Terry Tibbetts

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Hi, I am Terry Tibbetts and I welcome you to my Blog site. This Blog will be used to communicate information relative to my new book "The Spartan Game", the life story of Donald W. Holleder.

Future Events





June 17
6:00-8:00 p.m.

I will host a program at the Forest Library in Oklawawa, Florida which will feature the two men alive today that can tell you how and exactly when the Vietnam War was lost. We have previously made this presentation before some 50 people, who watched and listened spellbound. They had scores of questions during and following the session. If you live anywhere near this location or the one below, please come.

June 19

3:30-5:30 p.m.

The same presentation will be presented at the Belleview Library in Belleview, Florida.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Recently, Bill O’Reilly, on his TV Program The O’Reilly Factor, speculated whether a student would actually report a fellow student he or she observed cheating. He concluded that it would NEVER happen. Well, Bill, West Point cadets have been bound by an honor code for nearly two centuries.

At the end of Thayer Walk, adjacent to the parade grounds, just behind the statue of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, is the THAYER WALK HONOR PLAZA, presented to the Academy by the Class of 1957. Inscribed thereon are words that should be the guideposts for not just cadets, but for each and every American.
From its earliest days, the U.S. Military Academy has sought to imbue cadets with an understanding of the importance of individual honor and integrity in the military profession. Colonel Sylvanus Thayer (Superintendent, 1817-33), “The Father of the Military Academy,” placed special emphasis on developing a steadfast sense of honor in cadets. He included an unwritten honor code, a presumption of trust and dealt severely with those who violated that code....A simple statement evolved which clearly expressed the honor code: “A cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal” (the words “or tolerate those who do” were added in 1970). The Cadet Honor Code endures as a cherished and respected part of cadet life. It demands firm adherence to the timeless principles of honesty, integrity, and non-toleration of those who violate its tenets. The code remains the noblest statement of the soul of the profession of arms. It is a legacy to the generations of the Long Gray Line yet unborn—may they be leaders of character and commitment prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow with courage and honor.

HONOR—Your word is your bond. Truth, honesty, and character are your watchwords never to be forgotten. Gen. Colin L. Powell
There is a true glory and a true HONOR: the glory of duty done—the HONOR of the integrity of principle. Maj. Robert E. Lee, USMA Class of 1829, Superintendent, 1852-55

In 1951, a cadet had a most difficult decision to make. He had observed that most of the football players were engaged in an organized cheating activity to provide answers to quiz questions. True to the Honor Code, he reported the activity, and it resulted in the expulsion or resignation of almost the entire team…including the son of the head coach.
Was it worth it? Ask yourself: In a foxhole with bullets flying over your head, would you want to be with a man of principle or a cheater?

...Grasp hands, though it be from the shadows,
While we swear, as you did of yore,
On living, or dying, to HONOR
The Corps, and the Corps, and the Corps.

From “The Corps”
Bishop H.S. Shipman,
USMA Chaplain, 1896-1905

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I recently watched a documentary about the Alamo on the History Channel. As the conclusion, the various commentators summarized the battle's historical significance. As they spoke, I bolted forward in my chair in amazement of the direct parallels between the decisions and sacrifices made by the 186 patriots in the Alamo to those of Don Holleder, Pinky Durham, and others at the battle of Ong Thanh. In both instances, though some of the specific details have been lost to the ravages of battle and the passage of time, the survival of truth remains. Americans paid the supreme sacrifice in the name of freedom for people who cherish liberty. When we doubt the tenacity, strength, and courage this country was founded on, we should read these words below, spoken by historians commenting on the heroism at the battle of the Alamo.

*All Americans can identify with the heroic sacrifices of the men in the Alamo. No matter of the details of how someone died. No matter whether a line was drawn in the sand. No matter how many Mexicans there were in Santa Ana's army. No matter whether there was any strategic value to that defense or not. These men still fought and died for liberty. They fought and died for their democratic ideals. That's something we always need to remember in this country.

*In a time when America talks about values, what does it take to give up your life for someone else? That is the story of the Alamo.

*Some things are so important you do them, even if the odds are against you.

* (This comment was made by a Texan decades after witnessing the aftermath of the battle) The Alamo is burned in my brain and indelibly seared there. Neither age nor infirmity could make me forget. The scene was of such horror that it could never have been forgotten by anyone who witnessed it.