There isn't too much difference between a good outfit and usst another one that does its routine job in its own routine way.
It isn't the draft board, army selection, or luck; it's just a happy circumstance when certain men are chosen as officers and others for enlisted men -- and it's even a happier circumstance when they click into a well geared machine.
But an outfit isn't a machine either. It's a group of 600 individual personalities who are thinking 600 different ways towards getting the job done.
It's the 600 different ways of thinking that makes an outfit good. It's the American soldier with his self-initiative, imagination, intelligence and ability. It's the American officer with his leadership and knowledge, and it's the American field commander with his patience and restraint -- that makes a good outfit.
We, the men of the 48th Engineers, want to tell you the story of our outfit -- the 48th Engineer Combat Battalion.
United States Army, World War 1939-1945, regimental histories, 48th Engineer Combat Battalion
United States Army, "We the 48th" (1945). Regimental Histories. 200.
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