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 Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox 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. 28 Comments.

  1. Did someone over shoot the carrier runway?


  2. 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.


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


  4. That was brilliant and I believe every word.


  5. 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.


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


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


  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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


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


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


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


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