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If you have ever been in a Cavalry unit, then you know the Attitude that becomes most apparent when hanging around with other units.

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What does IYACYAS mean ?

Among other things: AirCav

With some Action

Or maybe Adventure

Using lots of Ammo

And some Aviation

The full Background

Could be Cavalry

Probably in Combat

Involving Defense

On these DVDs

There is Equipment

Which might be FUBAR

Of course, Guns Guns Guns

There is History

There are Helicopters

If You Ain't Cav,

Joint Operations

Kills - Killers - Kill 'em all

There are many Legends

About Mini-guns & MLRS

And Napalm

And Night Vision

Or Observation - Operations

Known Positions

In a Quadrant

During a Recon - Report

Perhaps being Safe or SNAFU

See Target - Pull - Trigger

There are Uniforms

And Units

Resulting in Victory

Via someVectors

The Mission might be to Verify

Utilizing Whiskey or Willy Pete

X - change

If You Ain't Cav

You ain't ___

Zulu


Of course we have all heard the famous Cav line from COL Kilgore:

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

"It smells like Victory."

There are some other interesting quotes by the same screen writer, John Milius:

  • That line in "Dirty Harry" in which Clint Eastwood's Harry Callahan describes the power of the .44 Magnum.
  • The line in "Jaws" when Robert Shaw, playing the shark hunter, talks about his buddies being eaten alive by sharks during World War II.
  • Here is one for a new movie about stopping murderous drug traffickers in Mexico: "We need to go down there, kill them all, flatten the place with bulldozers so when you wake up in the morning, there just ain't nothing left,"
  • "I do believe if you have a military, you use it."

Milius is one of Hollywood's most outspoken conservatives, but he isn't all blood and thunder. As a surfer, whose surfing exploits as a teen helped to forge his self-sufficient world view, he's lent his gruff voice as narrator to a new documentary about surfing soldiers during the Vietnam War. In a movie entitled, "Between the Lines," there is a revealing chapter of the war not widely known, outside the fiction of Duvall's character and his famous line, "Charlie don't surf."

"One of the most poignant things of the film is how many California surfers went to Vietnam, and how many didn't come back," said Milius, 64, who learned to surf while growing up in Southern California. "One of the reasons I put surfing in 'Apocalypse Now' was because I always thought Vietnam was a California war." Milius thinks of Vietnam's soldiers as having the laid-back attitude associated with the West Coast lifestyle. "You had the guys hopping up their Huey choppers with new engine parts and painting flames on the rocket pods." Milius clearly loves surfing. He credits it with forging his most powerful friendships and uses it as a metaphor for life. As a lifeguard along California's treacherous Zuma Beach north of Malibu, Milius learned "to be a loner, because when you get planted by a big wave, there's no one who can help you," he said, audibly lighting a cigar. "Your fate is involved in a different universe." The 1978 surfing coming-of-age film "Big Wednesday," co-written and directed by Milius, has become a respected classic in surfing culture. "Apocalypse Now" has its own morality, said Milius. "It has its own rules." That might also be said about Milius himself -- who displays what might be described as a larger-than-life personality. He's said to be the model for the character Walter Sobchak in the Coen brothers' "The Big Lebowski," an item Milius doesn't dispute. "They told me they based that character on me," Milius said, adding that he had previously turned down the Coens' offer to appear in their film "Barton Fink" as a studio chief.

Milius' days in Colorado showed themselves in his screenplay "Jeremiah Johnson," the 1972 film starring Robert Redford as the lonely fur trapper and mountain man. In 1984's "Red Dawn," Colorado is the battlefield where Americans fight a guerrilla war against Russian invaders. "We were promised, when I was growing up, this war with Russia," he said, explaining the film's legacy. "We were promised World War III." His love of firearms -- he's a board member of the National Rifle Association -- helped inspire his "Dirty Harry" lines. "I have a .44 Magnum, I love the .44 Magnum, in fact I still have the .44 Magnum that inspired that line," he said. "The Second Amendment becomes more important every day," he added. Another famous line by Kilgore in the screenplay, "Charlie don't surf," is Milius' personal favorite. That line, he said was inspired by a published quote by Israel's Ariel Sharon during the 1967 Six-Day War. A victorious Gen. Sharon went skin-diving after capturing enemy territory, Milius said, and declared, "We're eating their fish." "That just really appealed to me," he laughed. "He was saying, 'We blew the s*** out of them, and now we're eating their fish.' Charlie don't surf." Milius' latest project is a screenplay for a three-hour biopic of Genghis Khan, "the son of a hit man whose father is murdered and who went on to conquer the known world and become the greatest military and civil genius in history," as Milius described him. Production could begin in early 2010, he said. Milius said Khan inspired another popular line, Arnold Schwarzenegger's list of a few of his favorite things in 1982's "Conan the Barbarian": "To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women," goes the line. That came right from the history books, said Milius.

"That's the most famous Genghis Khan line. It's a paraphrase of what he said when he was with his generals and he was asked what was the greatest thing in life," he said.

"There's no shame in the world, and without shame, you cannot have honor. Our world is ruled by consensus now. There is no sense of honor." If that sounds like the lament of an outsider, Milius said it's probably because he feels like he's been treated like one through much of his career, given his reputation as a conservative and his opposition to gun-control laws.

Yet another engaging video clip is in the link below:

Classic Napalm run with White Phosphorous


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familiar with the special jargon that is so often used by combat veterans the world over.

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so if you still do not understand what IYACYAS means, then here is a very simple clue:

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