[September 3, 2018] In the United States, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Like all successful nations, the U.S. built its foundation on Christianity and Capitalism. Despite the hardships of many, we recognize their hard work and patriotism. Ultimately this is why Labor Day was created.
Whether it is a farm laborer, a Fortune 500 CEO, a school teacher, or a Soldier, all labor to make our culture better and more free. The real Labor Day should recognize everyone who contributes to better their family and community. As such, today I’m recognizing Merrill’s Marauders for their effort to disrupt the Japanese Army in Burma, 1943-44.1
“We were expendable. A plan existed on paper to get us into Burma, but no plan existed to get us out.” – Merrill’s Marauder Sam V. Wilson, U.S. Army Retired Lieutenant General, who helped start Delta Force, 2016
Originally, 3,000 men volunteered for a “secret and dangerous mission” that was so secret they weren’t told what they would be doing. They volunteered anyway and their mission was to march into Burma and fight the Japanese Army while disrupting as much of their logistics network as possible. These were the first Americans to make contact with the Japanese on land.
Their journey led them on a 1,000-mile, history-making march through enemy-held Himalayan foothills into the jungles of Burma.. With only what they could carry on their backs or pack on mules, the Marauders walked farther than any other WWII fighting force. Their courage is only now being told.
Today, Labor Day 2018, I’m highlighting their courageous work to ensure everyone understands that all those who make a contribution to their nation are also part of this special day.
Happy Labor Day 2018.
- Officially named the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) with the United States Army as a long-range penetration special operations jungle warfare unit.