16 November 2011 Midweek Manna

Seabees, ‘Do You Have Courage’?

             There are two types of courage that I would like to discuss in this weekly blog: physical and moral courage.  I believe that both are vital for you as a Seabee to follow.

              Physical Courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of physical pain, hardship, or threat of death.  An example of this type of courage was found in a lieutenant named Charles Fitzgerald during the Vietnam War. Here is his brief, yet courageous story. 

             At About 0300 on August 7th 1967 in Vietnam, Lt. William Charles Fitzgerald, who was serving as an advisor to the Vietnamese Navy, had his command overrun by Viet Cong forces.  Seeing that that his position was being over run he ordered his command to evacuate while he stayed back to provide cover fire.  Before he could get out safely, he was fatally wounded.  Fitzgerald could have saved himself, yet he chose to give his life for the benefit of others.  Rarely will men or women today take such a courageous action for the sake of another.  The truth is you will have to be courageous during your time in service to our great country.  What will you do?   Will you run and hide, or will you fight for the freedoms you swore to uphold and protect?

             The second and most important type of courage, which will be defined in this weekly blog, is moral courage.   Moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, or discouragement.  A man or women serving in todays military must have this type of moral courage to speak the truth and act out this truth even when others are not.  Will you lie, cheat, or steal?  Or, will you be honest and truthful while at work and during your off time? 

             You as a Seabee or a Sailor are always on call for your country.  In order to be prepared for the battle you need to find and implement both physical and moral courage 24/7.  So let me ask you a question, what kind of courage do you have?

 This message comes to you from Prospective Command Chaplain, Lieutenant Junior Grade Brian Meyers.