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7th Rangers: Colonel Frederick Spencer Chapman - Author of The Jungle is Neutral - By R. Gowri - August 21, 2016

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" ā€œWhen you're left wounded on
Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,
Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,
And go to your God like a soldierā€
General Douglas MacArthur

" ā€œWe are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.ā€

ā€œIt is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.ā€
ā€œOld soldiers never die; they just fade away.
ā€œThe soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,
for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.ā€
ā€œMay God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .ā€
ā€œThe object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

ā€œNobody ever defended, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
ā€œIt is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
The Soldier stood and faced God
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as bright as his brass
"Step forward you Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint."
I've had to work on Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,
The Soldier squared his shoulders and said
And I never passed a cry for help
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burden well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

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Colonel Frederick Spencer Chapman - Author of The Jungle is Neutral - By R. Gowri - August 21, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2022

NST : Christopher Spencer Chapman, the son of World War II hero Colonel Frederick Spencer Chapman, talks to R. Gowri about his fatherā€™s capacity to overcome challenges throughout childhood and adult life.

AS I stepped out from the grove of bamboo and tropical hardwoods where the hotel jeep had dropped me, I had to suppress a gasp. On my right, startlingly blue waters, as brilliant as a blue emerald, washed up against the powder-fine sands of Emerald Bay. 

(From left) Stephen, Christopher, Hazel and Sue cut a cake in the shape of the Statesman, marking the 71st anniversary of their ancestorā€™s escape and 20th year of Chapmanā€™s Bar at Pangkor Laut Resort.

The lustrous bay on the private island of Pangkor Laut is one of the most romantic places in the world to honeymoon in, famed for its picture-postcard beauty. Couples cocooned in the five-star comforts of Pangkor Laut Resort, a YTL luxury resort, linger over private dinners on the beach and take romantic cruises aboard an old-world Chinese junk.

To me, it seemed an unlikely place for a wartime adventure but 71 years ago to this date (May 13), one of the most daring World War 2 rescue missions in Asia took place on this island, from this very bay. 

Christopher and his brothers Nicholas and Stephen had a ā€˜normal childhoodā€™ and the family often journeyed to see and observe the wildlife when his father was stationed in Africa. Christopher is seen here with his parents in the 1960s.

Pangkor Laut was an uninhabited island at the time of the Japanese invasion of Malaya, which began on Dec 8, 1941.

On May 12, 1945, two British commandos, in disguise as Chinese labourers, successfully made their way to the small island on foot and sampan. Colonel Freddy (Frederick) Spencer Chapman and Major Richard Broome had left their Gurun camp hideout in the jungles of Perak on April 27, travelling some 97 kilometres, aided by Chinese guerillas.

Chapman was part of the small stay-behind parties of the British Armed Forces that had been ordered to ā€œorganise and lead reconnaissance and operational parties behind the enemy linesā€ when the Japanese invaders landed. He had been in charge of 101 S.T.S., the Special Training School in Singapore established by the British in 1941 that trained fighters in guerilla warfare, intelligence gathering and sabotage work. Broome was from Force 136, an arm of the Special Operations Executive of World War II.

Contact had finally been made with their headquarters in Ceylon and it was essential that the men return with pertinent information on the state Malaya was in then.

Read it all here............
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