A few months ago I read historian Steven Pressfield's Gates of Fire and it knocked me on my ass. After reading the last page I closed the book, set it down on my desk, and wondered how a human being could have created such an awe-inspiring work of art. It's about the Battle of Thermopylae (AKA "300") and I can't help but think Pressfield's version is exactly how things played out - word for word - straight down to King Leonidas' rousing speeches.
I've learned a lot about Major General Harmon over the past few years but had never heard his voice…until now. His 1962 speech to World War II combat veterans of the 2nd Armored Division ("Hell on Wheels") starts at 3:11 but this link will bring you right to the heartwarming conclusion [...]