CDW, you are a very insightfull young man. You were able to put into words what many of us have experienced. I applaud your guts and determination. you have captured something hard to describe.
I remember walking the halls of C Co 2/75 as a young private knowing that great men have walked those halls. Men have celebrated Their promotions, smoked sense into future Ranger First Seargents, Special Forces Team Seargents and Unit Operators. They have admired the guts and ingenuity of Ranger privates. They have mourned the loss of close friends, raged at the injustice of political inaction and most of all "become" Rangers in those halls. Those and every other hall of every other Ranger Battalion.
Only those that have shouldered the enormous responsibility of upholding the Ranger tradition will ever truly understand. You, my young Ranger buddy, have exemplified the shouldering of that burden through your words in this post and my hat is off to you.
Rangers Lead The Way
C Co 2/75 Weapons
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there" - Will Rogers