GDG- Dead soldiers and looting

CWMHTours at CWMHTours at
Wed Jan 11 18:54:37 CST 2012

I read the last line of your post.
I wiped off my reading glasses,
And  it still said the same thing....
Your  Most Obedient Servant,
In a message dated 1/11/2012 7:46:35 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
tbarrett21 at writes:

Esteemed  GDG Member Contributes:

I usually went for the gold teeth  first...

Seriously, all that stuff is done, but discouraged if there  happens to be
anybody with authority around.  Just like the more  recent Abu Ghraib
experience, under violent circumstances a different sense  of morality seems
to take over.

Actually, I think more modern (SE  Asia forward) US soldiers, with some
exceptions, tend to be a little more  squeamish and a little more civilized
about that sort of thing than their  WW II counterparts.  A lot of people
pick up souvenirs, but not so  much body parts. 

In any war, CW included, there will be people looking  to pick up something
of value or something they can use.

The  Marines, now, in addition to eating babies and using improvised  candle
holders...but that's off  topic...



-----Original Message-----
From:  gettysburg-bounces at [mailto:gettysburg-bounces at]
On  Behalf Of George Connell
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 7:24 PM
To:  GDG
Subject: Re: GDG- Dead soldiers and looting

Esteemed GDG Member  Contributes:
Well, we certainly didn't have any qualms about doing so in  the Great
Southeast Asian Sub-optimizing Experience that we are not to  mention in 
group. Though I must stress we were usually looking for  something to eat
other than C-rations.

I think if you've just killed  someone the other stuff is of no moral
consequence (but not to be  encouraged because it's bad for  discipline).



On Jan 11, 2012, at  19:03, CWMHTours at wrote:

> Esteemed GDG Member  Contributes:
> I don't know about anybody else  but if I was a  CW  soldier and a friend
> mine, -or a strange corpse,   had money and  valuables on them, I would 
> unsure- and  uncertain as to the moral  quandary:  Morally should you 
> take anything at all or leave it out of  principle?    Should you take it 
> because someone else will take it if  you  leave it?
> It is 2012 and no longer Victorian times but what  should you  do about 
> stealing from corpses?
>  Actually I have always had an issue with it that upsets my   tummy.
> We have vets in here....  With my apologies for  intruding  with the 
> question what would YOU do?
>  Your  Most Obedient Servant,
>  Peter
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