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Platoon Leader: A Memoir of Command in Combat Platoon Leader: A Memoir of Command in Combat by James R. McDonough
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“The roads that lead young men to war are not political roads, or national and international roads, but individual roads. What propels young men to combat is not the draft. Those who are not destined for armed combat usually will not be drafted for armed combat. The pool of human resources is vast, and the number of riflemen is small. The person who wants to avoid the draft will avoid it. And, in Vietnam, as the war went on, the numbers who successfully avoided the draft increased. So who fights? The fools, the uneducated, the knaves? I was none of these - or so I maintain. But I fought.”
James R. McDonough, Platoon Leader: A Memoir of Command in Combat

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