In a videotaped interview with the U.S. Naval Institute for its Americans at War program, [retired Marine Col. John] Ripley said he and about 600 South Vietnamese were ordered to "hold and die" against 20,000 North Vietnamese soldiers with about 200 tanks.
"I'll never forget that order, 'hold and die'," Ripley said. ... "When you know you're not going to make it, a wonderful thing happens: You stop being cluttered by the feeling that you're going to save your butt."
--Associated Press on gaining life by losing it
The world is a tough place. You’re never going to get out of it alive.