Alligator Preserves Episode 22: Duty, Honor, Country

Pat C. Hoy II, the man who helped to determine my future. Photo from a link to his full essay: Homage to Vietnam

Who will you remember today, tomorrow, and forevermore?  In this episode, Laurel reads an excerpt from an essay written by her West Point mentor, Pat C. Hoy II, who was instrumental in her decision to stay at the United States Military Academy.

Pat’s essay reminds us of the sacrifices made not only by service members of the Armed Forces, but by their families as well.

Read Pat’s full essay here: Homage to Vietnam

Order Pat’s book here: Instinct for Survival: Essays

and listen to the excerpt here:

“Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.” ~ an excerpt from General MacArthur’s Farewell Speech — Duty, Honor, Country (May 12, 1962)


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Laurel lives and laughs and publishes and podcasts in Colorado's Rocky Mountains! She has published several multi-genre books and hosts the podcast "Alligator Preserves," where she interviews fascinating people, talks about the human condition, and shares scary stories from her "Dark Ebb" collection.

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