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Smedley Butler
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Military Personnel
    (July 30, 1881-June 21, 1940)
    Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania
    USMC general
    Along with Dan Daly one of only two Marines to win the Congressional Medal of Honor twice
    Wrote 'War is a Racket'
    Saw action in the Philippines, the Boxer Rebellion, Haiti and in Vera Cruz, winning his two Medals of Honor in the last two actions
    Nicknamed 'Old Gimlet Eye'
    His full name was Smedley Darlington Butler which was bad enough in itself, but he named one of his sons Smedley Darlington Butler, Jr.!
    He quit high school (he was later awarded his high school diploma) 38 days short of graduation to fight in the Spanish American War and lied about his age (he was 16) to join the Marine Corps.
    He abused alcohol, once being relieved of duty because of it.
    He had a Marine Corps tattoo that reached from his throat to his waist.
    Hey, aren't Quakers supposed to be pacifists?
    He was unequaled in battlefield leadership and was particularly noted for incurring low casualties while inflicting maximum casualties on the other side. In one battle in Haiti he and his men killed 200 bandits while losing none.
    He suffered from mental illness, once taking a leave of absence from the Marine Corps after suffering a nervous breakdown and, after retirement, claimed that he had been asked to lead a 500,000 man army to overthrow President Franklin Roosevelt.
    He worked as a coal miner.
    He wrote and spoke out against American military adventurism and admitted that his actions in Central America and the Caribbean had been to protect American businesses there.
    During the American occupation of Haiti he set up a police force, public work projects and social services.
    He received a leave of absence for two years to serve as Philadelphia's Department of Public Safety. Within 48 hours he had over 900 speakeasies raided. He fired corrupt cops, enforced tough standards on the good ones and offered promotions for killings hoods. He later said cleaning up Philadelphia was tougher than any battle that he was ever involved in.
    He tried to return his first Medal of Honor, feeling it undeserved.
    He fought in one action in Nicaragua with a temperature of 104!
    If you are a legend in the United States Marine Corps, you deserve to be called a legend.

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