Letter to Marine Commandant

April 28, 2020

General David Berger
Marine Corps Commandant
3000 Marine Corps, Pentagon
Washington, D. C. 20350-3000

Dear General Berger:

I regret your banishment of Confederate icons in the Corps.

They have been inspiring symbols for generations of many American warriors. Southerners have long contributed more than their share of soldiers. Presently, about 44% of military recruits are from the South whereas the region has only 36% of the nation’s population.  

The first American flag to fly over the conquered Japanese Shuri Castle fortress on Okinawa was a Confederate Battle Flag. It was put there by a company of Marines when they found it in the abandoned helmet of their commander after the South Carolina Captain had been evacuated with a paralyzing wound.  

I ask that you reverse your ban.

Sincerely yours,

Philip Leigh

12 thoughts on “Letter to Marine Commandant

  1. miketerry

    If the Confederate battle flag is a symbol what some consider ‘hate speech’ then consider that hate concerns the U.S. flag as well. Slaves were brought into this country under that flag and slavery prospered greatly under it. The Dred Scott case of 1857 proved that there was no violation of any law concerning the pros and cons of the institution of slavery.

    As a descendant of Confederate veterans and resident of the state of Virginia I too have served my country in war time and given blood for it on foreign soil. I have always been proud of that fact just like my fellow Virginians before me, namely Lee, Jackson, Stuart, Johnston, Ewell, Hill, Early and heaven knows how many more. They proudly served this country until it became torn by politics and unfair taxes and they exercised their rights granted in the U.S. Constitution.

    General, you are undoubtedly a person of sound education, can you tell me about the ‘Gadsden Purchase’ of 1853? Or the Dred Scott case of 1857 or how about the ‘Morrill Tariff of 1859? All of these historical accounts led to secession and the eventual War Between the States. Any one who would take history that was created 150 years ago and beyond and judge it by todays standards is a victim of demented thinking. And a voice spoke from the great beyond and it said,” Let these be the brain washed sheep of Obama!'”

    1. Phil Leigh Post author

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Mike.

      Although President Obama may share their opinions, the prime source of hostility toward Confederate Heritage is the present American History professors in academia. Most of those that write about the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras are on a mission to remove statues and symbols as well as misrepresent the chief reasons the typical Confederate soldier went to war.

  2. Tim Duskin

    I could not agree more. My father served as a Marine in World War II and he feels the same way as we do about this. General Berger is pandering to America’s Marxist enemies and not to real Americans who have long been the backbone of this nation.

    1. Phil Leigh Post author

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      While some are cultural Marxists, fewer still are economic Marxists. Most are people who have been taught that Southerners are bad people. You can see it in the comment sections of *The New York Times* and *Washington Post* and other elite media.

      I doubt, for example, that money-making operations like Google (YouTube), Amazon, and FaceBook are economic Marxist but they do disdain Confederate Heritage.

  3. RANDALL SCOTT - Author and Texas Storyteller

    I hope you don’t mind but I’ve copied your letter and mailed it to the General. Also, I’ve encouraged others to do so. Your words hit the right tone expressing my thoughts of the General and my disappointment in him as a man and a Marine. Mind you, General Berger doesn’t taint the institution, instead, he failed his country and sadly fallen short of his leadership obligations and responsibilities to the Marine Corps. The Corps will stand strong without him and it’s my belief that so long as there is a U.S. military it will always speak with a Southern accent.

    1. Phil Leigh Post author

      Thanks, Randall.

      All who want to save Confederate heritage may use my letter. I don’t care who gets the credit

  4. kkdaughtry

    Cannot wait to see it happen, try posting it onto Face Book
    R. Daughtry, SCV member, R.E Lee Camp No 16, Auburn, Al

  5. C.W. Roden

    Thanks for your post. I’m actually working on a blog post about the raising of Captain Dunesbury’s flag over Shuri Castle for US Memorial Day next month. Be sure to check it out.

  6. batemanboy

    Thank you for your letter to the Marine Commandant

    Kurt Anderson “Do not judge a man by appearances.  A rich heart may be under a poor coat.” — Scottish proverbNo trees were killed in sending this message, but a lot of electrons were terribly inconvenienced. 



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