There is no way to do justice to a subject like courage in the space of an hour. But there is a way to hit some major wavetops, and that’s what we did this week. Combat vets Dave Hartmann and Douglas Dodge joined the show for a discussion about courage that ranged from the philosophical to the personal. And then Doug talked about Medal of Honor recipient SFC Al Cashe. If you don’t know about Al Cashe, you should. And if you haven’t heard Doug talk about Al Cashe, then you need to. Military guys do a lot of hard, traumatic things. But what Doug and Al Cashe went through is on another level. It may not tell you everything you need to know about courage, but it tells you more than you probably knew.
Have a listen here.
When I’m tired, I don’t get inarticulate, I get overly articulate and end up using polysyllabic words that don’t mean what I mean them to mean. And going into this show, I was tired. Not so tired that it detracted from Doug or Dave or the subject matter, but enough that I noticed it and felt bad enough to own up to it now. So, if you need to, grab a bunch of shots and make a drinking game out of my malaprops, brain farts and general over-articulateness.
I don’t want to be too maudlin about this, but Doug Dodge really fucked Dave and me up. It was the closest I’ve come to tearing up on the show ever – which didn’t help me become more articulate and less fatigued. Regardless, it’s a great compliment to Doug to pull that on Dave and me his first time out. And it’s a great compliment to him and Al Cashe – most of us will never know if we could have acted as bravely and most of us will never have to find out, but they set examples that day. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there was that time I watched my wife save a rooster from our Chihuahua, but you really don’t get examples like that too often (sorry, felt a desperate need to lighten things up).
Medal of Honor recipient SFC Al Cashe
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