#SouthCarolina lawmakers voted to consider removing the Confederate flag from their Statehouse grounds. I agree wholeheartedly with removing the Stars and Bars. It is a symbol of oppression. Now the focus is spreading to include renaming streets, buildings, military installations and maybe some towns. While I agree in principle, some of the military bases are places I have served. I never once condsidered the names racist, but I guess they are. I read with interest an article by Jamie Malanowskimay from May 25, 2013 in theNew York Times Sunday Review titled Misplaced Honor on this subject. The article mentions several bases including Fort Lee in Virginia, Fort Hood in Texas, Fort Gordon in Georgia, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, Fort Rucker in Alabama, and Camp Beauregard in Louisiana. I agree that it's time to rename these bases. The naming of installations is responsibility of the Assistant Secretary of #Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs). But who do we name them after? The names of several World War II generals come to mind: Omar Bradley, Mark W. Clark, Dwightn D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George marshall, and George Patton, Jr., to name a few. Any other suggestions?
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