Major winters, sadly passed away just recently. He was a true leader, no doubt about it. He lived from January 21, 1918 – January 2, 2011. He commanded Company “E”, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during World War II. I know about him because of the non-fiction HBO series Band Of Brothers. I chose him as a leader because he was technically the leader of Company E. Winters once quoted ”I cherish the memories of a question my grandson asked me the other day when he said, ‘Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?’ Grandpa said ‘No… but I served in a company of heroes.” I’ll post a link of Winters here, please pay some respect and read about him. Maybe look up band of brothers Richard Winters on YouTube to see a few clips of this veteran. It’s depressing, because a lot of the veterans are passing away, I know I don’t personally know them but, it’s still sad to me how I’ve watched the show so much and then finding out that there gone. I found out he died because my friend told me, and m friend found out because of a Facebook group, that’s sad if you think about it. I once saw a quote on that group that said; “Its saddening that most people took less than two hours to hear about Micheal Jackson’s death, when it took some people 8 days to learn of the death of a true hero, Rest In Peace Major, you deserve it.” This is the most true quote I’ve ever seen. He was a leader in world war 2, and is a leader in our hearts. Rest In Peace, you’ve been through enough, I wish the best for your family.
Thinking about the marines (what i want to do when I’m older) I think about leadership. Every single person in the whole military, is a leader. They are brave, strong hearted, and anything and everything good. However there are “leaders of the leaders.” The smartest, person with the most common sense, and wisdom. These are the born leaders, one that i hope to be one day. The other men/ women in the marines, are a mixture of born and made leaders. I remember times when I was little being a leader in things small as a game of manhunt to now when ill play air soft and lead the team sometimes. You may think air soft is stupid, but i have to say its more fun then it seems. Whenever i think of leaders I think of school, because teachers lead the class. You are following a leader in school whether you realize it or not. I consider myself a leader and not a follower, I’m my own person and like it that way. if anyone wants to follow me then so be it, but I don’t follow. I hope to one day to show that i was a born leader, like i talked about. I think i am a leader because, I don’t show emotion very much so nobody thinks I’m sad, or mad. Usually they can only tell when I’m happy. I use my head, mind over body thinking things out before I do it. I have a lot of common sense for someone my age, i know some people who couldn’t guess which way an elevator is going if we gave them 2 tries! No common sense, or just plain dumb? I don’t even know. I’m also brave, I had- scratch that have to be brave with my stomach, and I wish to be a marine which takes bravery to be in. There saying is; the few, the proud, so you have to be proud with what you do. I have other good qualities, but well save those ones for later to talk about. Do you consider yourself a leader?
On August 5Th the San Jose copper gold mine near Copiapo Chile collapsed. There were 33 miners trapped deep below ground, for 68-69 days. They were all alive when rescued, but it must have been hard for being under ground for over two months. They were rescued on October 13, the first miner was rescued at 12:1o I believe (00:10) and the last miner was rescued at 9:55 (21:55). I don’t know what i would have done. Maybe hunt for any food I can find. Even if it was having to eat a rat. It’s gross, and I would feel so bad for doing it, but if there was no choice I would have to. Also water would be a big deal, unless there was some way of getting it easily which I’m sure there wasn’t. When i got out, I would immediately go to the hospital if there weren’t ambulances already bringing me there. Then I would probably quit mining, and live life to the fullest without having a dangerous job.