Rapid City Soldier Comes Home from Afghanistan with Plenty to Say
Thursday, 29 July 2010 09:06
By Eric Zimmer
When a high school classmate replied to a U.S. Soldier's online Facebook status earlier this month, a colorful, and, at times, shocking exchange unfolded. DakotaDay presents the following transcript without the intent to chastise any one individual, military or civilian. Rather, our intent is to shed light on a very aggressive, very political, and very public exchange that took place between a member of the U.S. Army, a member of the U.S. Air Force, and two citizens. All parties in the exchange, though stripped of any identifying information, are local to the Rapid City, South Dakota area, and all other aspects of the conversation appear as they did when posted on Facebook earlier this month with the single difference that DakotaDay has edited the original profanity of the soldier and his defenders.
Enlisted U.S. Army Soldier (Soldier): America is by far the greatest country ever and english is the onlky real language. everyone else can go eat a d**k
July 13 at 9:43pm
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Soldier's Friend: Welcome home buddy boy!!!
July 13 at 10:38pm
Another Friend: America, f**k yeah! Were coming to save the mother f***ing day. Lol. Sorry, everytime someone says America I think of Team America. Haha!
July 13 at 10:42pm
Another U.S. Soldier: F**kin right buddy.
July 14 at 2:33am
Soldier's Friend: agreed, im finally back!! time for the drinks to start
July 14 at 2:46am
Another Friend: ...like kobiyashi!!!!! lol!
July 14 at 6:08am
Soldier's High School Classmate: Hey [Soldier], I love your passion but maybe you should learn to spell in english before you dictate how everyone else should live.
July 14 at 11:58am
Soldier: Hey [Classmate] maybe u should be one to go eat a d**k and actually do something for the good of this country then come talk to me. I just got done fighting for this country so I'll say whatever the f**k I want. U prolly voted for the worst president ever too Obama I bet so u can suck my nuts
July 18 at 6:15pm
Soldier: How do you like that passion you snobby liberal b**ch?
July 18 at 6:19pm
Enlisted Airman (Airman): BAHHAHHAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!! CHECK AND MATE!!!!!
July 18 at 8:08pm
Airman: well played sir.....well played.
July 18 at 8:09pm
Soldier's Sister: Hahahaha! "if you cant stand behind our troops feel free to stand in front of them"
July 18 at 9:53pm
Soldier: Hey [Classmate], I don't want to offend you with my spelling so did I spell B**CH right? Just checking.
July 18 at 10:00pm
Airman: bahaha! nope [Solider] its spelled right!!
July 19 at 4:26am
Soldier's Friend: hahahahaha o god; im crying, this is f***ing hallarious.
July 19 at 2:08pm
Airman: i cant believe how people who have never put on a uniform can judge like they do...
July 19 at 7:49pm
Soldier's High School Classmate 2: you know, [Soldier], there are places in this world where soldiers' opinions are the only ones that are considered legitimate. They are called MILITARY DICTATORSHIPS. and that's the Commander-in-Chief you're talking about... glad to know you're safe. all the best to you.
July 20 at 11:17pm ·
Soldier's Sister: there's also a place in this world where people have the balls to talk s**t to their own AMERICAN soldiers who just got home from putting their lives on the line in the middle of a war.... and it's all because of people like them that we have our freedom of speech... funny.
July 20 at 11:52pm
Soldier: Ok for starters [Classmate 2] don't ever and I mean ever try and tell me what to call someone in the manner in which you just did. Next what the f**k do you know about the military or the opinions of the men in the military and where those opinions come from? Oh that's right you don't cause along with [Classmate] you haven't done anything significant with your life either so therefore what have you experienced? Also, where did you pull military dictatorships from; you're a**? Cause with what you just wrote to me, you sound like some liberal hippy who has no clue what you're talking about. You and [Classmate] are the only ones who don't agree with the status I wrote, and I was simply saying America is the greatest country. If you cant agree with that move the f**k out with a quickness. By the way did you write something because [Classmate] couldn't figure out what to say, just like back in high school when she would try to argue and would. wind up crying when she tried to argue with me?
Soldier: Oh and another thing, let's not lie to me or everyone else, u dont give a rats a** if i am or was safe over there and you of all people don't wish me the best so let's not try and blow smoke up my a** with stupid pleasantries ok?
July 20 at 11:59pm
Airman: With a quickness!!!!
July 21 at 1:33am
Friend of Soldier: toooo-shaayyy
July 21 at 10:06am
Soldier's Brother: sounds like there is two people in this conversation that are pretty ungrateful and pathetic. maybe they should get the F**k out of the country that people like [Soldier] fight to make safe and free? if you need money for a plane ticket i would be more than happy to help get your ungratefull and pathetic a**es out of "the greatest country ever" (yes thats AMERICA) and where "english is the only real language" (and yes, thats the language that AMERICA was founded upon).
July 22 at 4:54pm
What do you think about this exchange? Local civilians and members of various military branches have provided Dakota Day reporters with valuable insights into the legal and ethical issues involved in the exchange, its content, what the statements signify for contemporary military culture, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and many others.
Please post your thoughts on the issue, and check back to DakotaDay soon for further analysis.
This is an example of maturity, not an undisciplined soldier in the U.S. Army.
And telling people who see problems with our country to leave is unpatriotic... and bad management. You need people on your team who recognize problems so we can get their ideas on how to fix those problems.
Article 88 reads, in part: “Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”
An enlisted soldier could face charges under Article 89; disrespect; or Article 117; provoking speeches; or Article 134; conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline.
Soldiers, have restrained First Amendment rights, as is the case with civilian public servants in the government.
There is nothing new here - except the soldiers' blatant or willful ignorance. Read accounts of how the British Lobsterbacks tried, unsuccessfully, to exercise restraint of arms so as to not fully inflame the colonists. Later soldiers from the fictional Greatest Generation were court-martialed for using Bedouins as target practice in North Africa. Later still, President Johnson ordered that the rules of engagement in the US intervention in the Dominican Republic prohibited ALL firing unless specifically fired upon.