A friend forwarded this story about Gen Peter Pace from a colleague of the eyewitness:
I wanted to share with you what we saw in Washington DC last week. After themid-term brief we toured the Mall and made the usual stops at the WWIIMemorial, the Wall, Lincoln Memorial, etc. At the Vietnam Wall we sawsomething unbelievable. We noticed three small index cards at the base ofthe Wall. I knelt down for a closer look and noticed that a 4-star generalsrank was pinned to each card. The cards were personally addressed and saidsomething like:
These are Yours- not mine!With Love and Respect,Your Platoon Leader,Pete Pace1 Oct
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs had laid down his rank for his boys whodied in Nam just the day before! I later found out that 1 Oct was also thesame day he stepped down as chairman.