Thursday, January 05, 2017

A Novel in a Paragraph

"On October 16, 1918, [General Pershing] removed the 5th Division's Maj. Gen. John McMahon and the 3rd Division's wonderfully named Maj. Gen. Beaumont Bonaparte Buck. One possible reason for the removal of Buck was a rumor that he intended to lead a bayonet charge. Buck apparently did not lead the attack; he survived the war and did not die until 1950, at the age of ninety, after doing a 'vigorous foxtrot' on a dance floor with his thirty-four-year-old wife."

- From The Generals by Thomas E. Ricks

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