Author: Smedley D. Butler

Smedley Darlington Butler (1881-1940), nicknamed “The Fighting Quaker” and “Old Gimlet Eye,” was a Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. By the end of his career he had received 16 medals, five of which were for heroism. He is one of 19 people to be twice awarded the Medal of Honor, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor, and the only person to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions.

War is a Racket

War is a Racket

The classic expose of the military-industrial commplex by two-time Medal of Honor recipient Major General Smedley Butler, U.S. Marine Corps. Contains a dozen historical photos from the career of Major General Butler and a biographical foreword from fellow Marine and Gulf War veteran James Landrith. More info →
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