Being ‘one Of The Few Means Being Always Faithful

By John Farnam

WW I Monument Castle Tower atop Mount Battie Maine
WW I Monument Castle Tower atop Mount Battie Maine
Defense Training International, Inc
Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO –-( “‘Impossible' is a word found only in the dictionary of fools.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Between December of 1941 and VJ Day (15 Aug 45), the WW I Monument Castle Tower atop Mount Battie, overlooking Penobscot Bay on the Maine Coast, was occupied continuously by volunteer members of the “Home Guard,” mostly ageing WWI veterans

They scanned the Bay, day and night, for signs of Nazi submarines.

Most carried personally-owned 1903 Springfield Rifles and Colt 1911 pistols. They were always armed!

Without fail, local Boy Scouts, daily and nightly, faithfully shuttled hot food and coffee to these observers, trudging up and down the five-hundred mountain, at least once per watch.

A weary guardsman, when asked why he was visibly armed, unapologetically replied:

“… my responsibility is to shoot Nazi spies who ascend the stairway”

It represented an unsung and non-glamorous chapter of WWII. No movies were made about these stalwart men who audaciously stood watch, day after day, night after night.

It was a different era. Everyone looked for ways to support the War Effort, to serve, one way or another.

Today, we veterans represent a dwindling minority. The vast majority of Americans have never worn their Country's uniform, never born arms in her defense, never fired a shot in anger. But, no matter our age, we are, bearing arms, ever-prepared to put the gear back on and join the fight once more- any time, anywhere!

“The thing that's always worried me about being ‘one of the few,' is the way we keep getting fewer!” ~ British Flight Officer David Campbell (played by Richard Burton) in the 1962 epic film, “The Longest Day


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

  • 4 thoughts on “Being ‘one Of The Few Means Being Always Faithful

    1. I am a Veteran, enlisted in April 1964 and may Veteran’s will agree with me that at the time of our enlistment we took a Solemn OATH to defend the CONSTITUTION against ALL enemies foreign and Domestic and as of this date No one has ever relieved me of my duties under this Oath!

      I am sure that we will protect our families, friends, neighbors and anyone who is being violated against their will!

    2. In 1964 I enlisted in the military and as many veterans, we took a solemn oath to defend the Constitution against ALL enemies, foreign and Domestic, so be advise No one has ever relieved me of my duties under this oath!

      This includes anyone who tries to do harm to me, my family and neighbors.

    3. Not to steal the harmony of the story, but I live by common sense, facts and evidence and the facts and evidence shows America is home to some 25 Million Veterans… Common sense tells you that means about one in twelve citizens is 1) A Veteran 2) Is most likely geared-up and ready for anything and 3) Will step up to the plate without hesitation, being asked or demanding a paycheck.

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