We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Come On. Big Village. Be quick. Bring Packs.
P.S. Bring packs. W.W. Cooke"
-- Last message from Custer at the Little Big Horn
"... if this call [for assistance] is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country—Victory or Death
William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. comdt"
-- last message from the Alamo
"Enemy on island, issue in doubt."
-- last message from Wake Island, sent as Japanese landings were taking place.
"XI Corps, with its six divisions, has done its duty to the last.
Long live the Fuehrer!
Long live Germany!
-- last message from German army out of Stalingrad. Probably the best authenticated of the several last message. The final one might alternatively have come from a weather reporting unit shortly afterwards.
I understand that this message convinced the admiral in charge of the fleet coming to the rescue that it was a waste of effort so they choose to stand down. In retrospect he should have said we have them on the run and need reinforcements to finish them.
The carrier task force commander interpreted his order to hurry to Wake Island as at the speed of his slowest ship, a 12kt oiler. Then there were delays caused by the decision to keep his DDs tanks topped off. In the middle of all this the Pacific Fleet commander was replaced, and made the correct decision that the island could not be held. Whether the Marine defenders and civilian construction workers could have been evacuated is another story. When the garrison surrendered the nearest carrier was 600 miles away, out of range.