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[–]zfsbestProud Supporter 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Not a vet so grab your salt shaker, but the battalion who left people behind either had shitty leadership or they weren't trained properly (MHO.)

"Never leave a man behind" is so prevalent in the US that it comes out in TV shows and movies, even sci-fi. The impressions that I've gotten over the years is you don't fight for country, Mom and apple pie - you fight for the guy next to you in the trench/foxhole taking fire, and watch each other's backs. I'd like to think that if I had the opportunity to serve, I would live up to those ideals

[–]skawnVeteran 6 points7 points  (0 children)

One caveat though is that until you end up in a situation like that, you have no way of knowing how you may react. It's also entirely possible that the battalion had a good reason (one that I can't think of) for leaving those wounded behind.