Murphy’s Laws of Combat

Military Appreciation Month has been emotional straining on many, so I feel it is time for some humor! Therefore let’s look to our Maiden on the Midway, Anna and get a laugh or two…..

Maiden on the Midway


  • Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than you are.
  • No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy.
  • Friendly fire ainโ€™t.
  • The most dangerous thing in the combat zone is an officer with a map.
  • The problem with taking the easy way out is that the enemy has already mined it .
  • The buddy system is essential to your survival; it gives the enemy somebody else to shoot at.
  • The further you are in advance of your own positions, the more likely your artillery will shoot short.
  • Incoming fire has the right of way.
  • If your advance is going well, you are walking into an ambush.
  • The quartermaster has only two sizes, too large and too small.
  • If you really need an officer in a hurry, take a nap.
  • The only time suppressive fire works is when it is used on abandoned positions.
  • The only thing more accurate thanโ€ฆ

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About GP

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on May 31, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. What a dangerous situation.

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  2. Did someone over shoot the carrier runway?


  3. My Uncle was an officer with a map. He led his group 9 miles in the wrong direction (behind enemy lines) by accident. Ooops! ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • He didn’t happen to be in the 11th Airborne, did he? Smitty had an officer get his unit lost on New Guinea. That would be quite the coincidence – wouldn’t it?! Thanks for stopping in, Mary.


  4. There is not one soldier who would disagree with this
    The most dangerous thing in the combat zone is an officer with a map


  5. That was brilliant and I believe every word.


  6. Yikes wouldn’t want to be that pilot! Love the sayings!


    • Yeah – I don’t think the pilot was laughing at the time, but once back aboard ship, his buddies must have had a field day with him! Thanks for stopping in Elizabeth.


  7. If that is the USS Midway in the first photo, my very good friend and patriot is a volunteer on her. Great ship…


  8. Read today that Japan supplying gunboats to Philippines and Vietnam to protect territorial water 3-way against China’s hungry jaws.


  9. Love these military tips. I have a few–‘Donโ€™t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, heโ€™ll just kill you’ and ‘If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics s***’.

    Warrior humor is great.


  10. Thanks for the words of wisdom which I hope I’ll never have to remember and the GEE WHIZ! picture which I’m going to try to copy and share.


  11. gp, I really appreciate this re “humor in Uniform” as Readers Digest still calls it!!! I am trying to find my way to introduce the fact that despite the great sacrifice of some 58,000 dead in the Vietnam War, naturally, there were the moments of laughter. I want to do a few from my Vietnam service…..maybe a serious intro & then a humorous episode. I have a few in mind! Maybe call it, “My Vietnam: 1970.” Thanks for all re my latest post, “”Repair & Replace”!!!!!! Comments, Likes, etc. I responded there as you know! Phil


  12. I loved this one: “The most dangerous thing in the combat zone is an officer with a map.”


  13. No kidding about needing something lighter! Thanks for sharing this one, GP!


  14. And to put a cap on it, Murphy’s philosophy says: Smile… tomorrow will be worse ๐Ÿ™‚


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