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Re: My two-cents
In a message dated 2/21/00 11:06:47 AM Eastern Standard Time,
<< Not so. The statement was attributed to O.P. Smith, CG of the 1st
Marine Division. However, in my interview with him, and at other
times, he has said that he never made this statement. It's a good
one, though, and appropriate. BMF >>
I stand corrected on attributing the "Retreat Hell …" statement to Col.
Litzenberg. In David Douglas Duncan's 1951 book "This is War," Duncan
states: "General Smith …commented… 'Retreat? We coming out of here as a
Marine Division. We're bringing our equipment . . . our wounded . . . our
dead. Retreat, hell! We're just fighting in another direction.'"