Usually, when I go to airports, I am well prepared. I have my main book; my backup book; my backup to the backup; and my ultimate backup, if I meet with a series of delays or the other backups are terrible or I somehow find time to read all the others. Once An Eagle traces the arc of a so This is a novel as big as a life. For one, it is an in-depth study of leadership.
I had been hoping to find the series on video or DVD for years and it was released again last year. I was introduced to the book through the series which I saw in High School when it came out in Back then I never missed an episode. I found the story which weaves the life of a soldier who rises from the ranks named Sam Damon who is played by Sam Elliott and a self-serving careerist named Courtney Massengale to be compelling then and caused me to get the book and read it back in High School and I found it even more compelling than the series.
Reading the book there made even more of an impact on me.
I guess it was something about getting shot at and being out in locations with small groups of Americans and our Iraqis with the big battalions far away that made it more poignant. I guess for me the hook is that ever since I was a small child I dreamed of all things military and knew that I would probably spend a major part of my life in the military I was attracted to the story.
Since I grew up in a Navy family and lived up and down the West Coast and the Philippines it was in my blood. Part of this was being surrounded by the Navy as well as the Marines.
I built hundreds of model tanks and armored vehicles, ships and aircraft and lived for the day that I could join. The idealistic and altruistic character of Sam Damon struck a chord in me.
The Character of Sam Damon is man who worked his way up from the ranks and not afraid to speak his mind who is able to lead men in the worst situations and accomplish the mission.
He cares for his troops but knows his job and knows that men, even friends die in war. It also traces his relationship with the ambition driven Courtney Massengale.
Tommy Damon Darlene Carr The book is very real in its descriptions of combat as Myrer was an enlisted Marine who was wounded during the invasion of Guam and his descriptions of military life including the hardships endured by military families and while the novel is set in an earlier time where military personnel and their families did not have the communication abilities as we do now, but even with such niceties deployments and family separations, especially those where the military member deploys to a combat zone take a terrible toll on military families.
The novel is very pertinent for those of us in the military because it makes us ask the hard questions of what we will do to further our career and the cost of such a life on our families.
I am coming up on 30 years service including about 10 years in the reserves and have made many deployments and my wife has had to endure many separations including my current geographic bachelor tour. Thankfully I am close enough to see her most weekends but we are apart more than we are together.
It is funny that knowing what I knew from my life as a Navy Brat and from books like Once an Eagle that I chose such a life. It is in a sense a calling for me.
I thank God for that privilege as well as a wife who when she was looking forward to me retiring from the Army Reserve saw me decide to join the Navy to go back on active duty following a mobilization tour where I lost my civilian job, without asking her first.
Once An Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale. Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above self interest. Massengale, however, brilliantly advances by making the right connections behind the lines and in /5(). A Department of Health and Human Services memo obtained by The New York Times insists that federal agencies should adopt a definition of gender that is single-sex programs and other arenas where gender was once seen as a simple concept,” the Times Get your daily dose of Eagle Rising by entering your email address below. Subscribe. Once An Eagle is the epic story of America in the 20th Century, told through the lives of two career soldiers, spanning the tumultuous years from WWI to the Vietnam Era. Based on the best-selling novel by Anton Myrer, Once An Eagle is one of the most acclaimed mini-series of all time, alongside "Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance."/5().
She has endured years of me being gone. In spite of this I am a realist when it comes to the institution of the military. It is not perfect. I remember who my idealism was shattered. The book is required reading in many advanced military schools and is on the Army and the Marine Corps required reading lists.
There is much to learn from it and a lot of wisdom on its pages.
When I finish the mini-series I will read the book again. I recommend it highly.Tonight I started watching the NBC television mini-series adaptation of Anton Myrer’s classic novel of war military life and love Once an Eagle on DVD. I had been hoping to find the series on video or DVD for years and it was released again last year.
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Director, National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) And always remember Once An Eagle, Always An Eagle. ― Anton Myrer, Once an Eagle. 0 likes. Like “He had chosen to spend his days in the world of men. Life was what mattered, its slow, priceless pulse, its burning fragility; his debt lay with those importunate Flanders echoes that had never really left him.
The private could aspire to be a general because both general and private, at their. Jan 11, · (From: caninariojana.com, conducting a campaign to get the "OAE" miniseries released on DVD) Sam Damon explains to his .
Once An Eagle Rebecca Lambert Assessment In order to assess the character of Samuel Damon from Once and Eagle from a military point of view this paper will follow a rough format of the Leadership Assessment Report (blue card) used to assess Army ROTC cadets. As the assessment of Damon is being made Courtney Massengale will also be assessed in order to compare the two men’s leadership .