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Capt. Ronald Speirs
: Well, go ahead and ask me. C. Carwood Lipton
: Ask you what, sir? Capt. Ronald Speirs
: The stories about me. You want to know if they're true, right? You know the funny thing about stories like that? Everyone always says they heard it from someone who was there. Then if you ask that person, they say *they* heard it from someone who was there, and so on. I bet if you went back 2,000 years, you'd find a bunch of centurions standing around talking about how Tertius lopped the heads off of some Carthaginian prisoners. C. Carwood Lipton
: Well, sir, maybe they kept talking about it because they never heard Tertius deny it. Capt. Ronald Speirs
: Well, maybe that's because Tertius knew there was some value to the men thinking he was the meanest, toughest son of a bitch in the whole Roman legion.
Capt. Ronald Speirs
: Flash. Pvt. Albert Blithe
: Thunder, thunder. Lieutenant Spiers, sir. Capt. Ronald Speirs
: Where are you going, private? Pvt. Albert Blithe
: Check out the noise, sir. Capt. Ronald Speirs
: I just came from there. Everything's under control. Pvt. Albert Blithe
: Yes sir. Capt. Ronald Speirs
: You got some nervous privates in your company. Pvt. Albert Blithe
: We do, sir. Yeah we do. I can vouch for that. Capt. Ronald Speirs
: They just don't see how simple it is. Pvt. Albert Blithe
: Simple. What is, sir? Capt. Ronald Speirs
: Just do what you have to do. Pvt. Albert Blithe
: Like you did on D-Day, sir? lieutenant. Sir, when I landed on D-Day, I found myself in a ditch all ny myself. I fell asleep. I think it was... it was the air sickness pills they gave us. When I woke up I really didn't try to find my unit... to fight. I just... I just kinda stayed put. Capt. Ronald Speirs
: What's your name, trooper? Pvt. Albert Blithe
: Blithe, sir. Albert Blithe. Capt. Ronald Speirs
: You know why you hid in that ditch, Blithe? Pvt. Albert Blithe
: I was scared. Capt. Ronald Speirs
: We're all scared. You hid in that ditch because you think there's still hope. But Blithe, the only hope you have is to accept the fact that you're already dead, and the sooner you accept that, the sooner you'll be able to function as a soldier's supposed to function. Without mercy, without compassion, without remorse. All war depends on it.
: [Steps in to the room holding a pistol
] Where is he? SSgt. Floyd 'Tab' Talbert
: How's Sgt. Grant? Ronald Spiers
: Where is he!
[Hears the other soldiers beating the Drunk G.I., He then walks to the room where the soldier is getting beaten
] Ronald Spiers
: Is that him? Sgt. Denver 'Bull' Randleman
: Yeah, that's him. Replacement I company Ronald Spiers
: [Looks at the soldier
] Where's the weapon? Drunk G.I.
: What weapon? Ronald Spiers
: [Hits the soldier with the buttstock of his pistol
] When you talk to an officer, you say SIR!