By Steven J. Zaloga, Tony Bryan

The M8 mild armored motor vehicle used to be the one major wheeled strive against automobile utilized by the U.S. military in global struggle II. together with the flippantly armed software model, the M20, it used to be the staple of the army's cavalry squadrons to be used in reconnaissance and scouting. First coming into strive against in Italy in 1943, it was once time-honored through the crusade in northwest Europe, although its off-road functionality used to be stumbled on to be short of. This name describes the layout and improvement of the M8, overlaying the various editions that have been produced in the course of global battle II and afterwards, in addition to a complete survey of its operational use.

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Mercado’s change-of-responsibility ceremony was the following day. He came to Charlie Company from Korea and had as little tolerance as I for any kind of drug use, sloppiness, or negligence. A native of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, Mercado was a twenty-year veteran of the Army and was exactly what I was looking for in a first sergeant. He was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War so he knew what combat was all about. He was a strict disciplinarian, physically fit enough to outlift and outrun most of the younger soldiers, and neat almost to a fault.

11065$ $SM9 12-13-04 13:15:26 PS PAGE 29 30 HEAVY METAL First-time drug users were given a chance to rehabilitate. But if a soldier came up hot on a urinalysis one time, he invariably came up hot a second time, no matter how much rehab or counseling. When the second-time offenders started popping up, we shifted our focus to be more efficient in getting them through the legal system and out of the Army to minimize the impact they were having on other soldiers in the company. It did not take long for the entire company to get the message and soldiers began turning in the users.

Division officials knew it would take little to turn the 3rd Brigade around and send it back for the fight. That’s exactly what its commander, Col. Daniel Allyn, a former paratrooper and Army Ranger, warned soldiers and their families could happen even before they had a chance to get reacquainted with one another and the soldiers had time to change their socks or grab a quick beer. The 3rd Infantry Division is a split division. Its 1st and 2nd Brigades and many of its supporting units, including division headquarters, are at Fort Stewart, about 40 miles southwest of the port of Savannah on Georgia’s east coast.

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