Who is Smedley Butler?
a.k.a: The Fighting Quaker, Old Gimlet Eye and Old Duckboard
lived: July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940
served: 34 years in USMC
awarded: Navy Medal of Honor
Navy Medal of Honor
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Major General Smedley Darlington Butler was the most decorated US Marine at the time of his death. Realizing wars are fought for corporate interests, Butler became a critic of US war profiteering. He gave speeches in hopes of saving young military men’s lives. He ultimately wrote a book, ‘War is a Racket’, where he explained, through his military experience, the truth about war and the consequences of fighting them.
Who is Smedley Butler? A HERO DEFINED
‘War is a Racket’ was a speech written and given by Butler. It’s success led him to write a longer, 14 page, booklet with the same name.
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