Perhaps America’s Greatest Hero was a U.S. Marine

3For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. Revelation 18

They called him “Old Gimlet Eye”. It was a nick name he earned during combat operations in Honduras from an undiagnosed tropical fever he suffered from at the time. The condition not only gave him a fever it gave him bloodshot eyes, and a seemingly piercing stare. It didn’t slow him down.

In World War I while concerned for the troops under his command and the muddy floors in their tents, he hauled duckboards used from the trenches at the Warf of Brest to line the floors. Because of this he earned the nickname “Old Duckboard.”

Born in 1881 Smedley Darlington Butler was the eldest of three sons from a Pennsylvania Quaker family. His Quaker heritage dated back to the 1600s in the Americas, and to England before that. It his Quaker heritage that gave him his most often used nickname, “The Fighting Quaker”.

Butler and Friends

You can tell a lot about a how well liked a military leader is by the nicknames the troops give them.

At the age of seventeen lied about his age and signed up for the US Marine Corps in 1898. He served until 1931 and participated in practically every war and conflict during those years. Those conflicts included the Boxer Rebellion, the Spanish – American War and the Philippine–American War. He eventually retired at the rank of Major General.

Highly decorated, He won his first Medal of Honor in 1914 at Veracruz, Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. He earned his second Medal of Honor in 1915 during combat operations in Haiti. During the Boxer Rebellion, as a young lieutenant he was promoted by brevet to the rank of Captain at the age of nineteen. It should be noted that at this time, in 1900, officers were not yet eligible to earn the Medal of Honor so earned a promotion instead. Had he been eligible, he might have been awarded three Medals of Honor during his 34 year career, something unheard of.

In Washington D.C. in July of 1932, a former Army sergeant, Walter Waters led a protest of thousands of World War I veterans. These vets were demanding bonuses promised to them for their service during the war. They protest became known as “The Bonus Army”. Always concerned for the troops, Smedley Butler, then retired, showed up to encourage these fighting men and their cause. A mere few days after General Butler’s visit, President Herbert Hoover ordered the protesters removed. It was none other than General Douglas MacArthur who led Army Cavalry troops to destroy their camps and break up the marchers. The contrast between a general who commands troops at the will of politicians vs. one who cares for his troops couldn’t be better illustrated.

In the 1930’s America was almost as politically divided as it is today. Communism was in full swing in Russia. Fascism was taking place in Italy and was praised by many Americans who saw it as one way to fight the Great Depression. In November of 1932 Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected to office. He had championed what he called the New Deal as well as other measures to tackle the Depression. Policies he would later implement. President Roosevelt was also sympathetic to the communists.

Not happy with the direction the country was taking, General Butler was approached by a group of wealthy businessmen who controlled many of America’s corporations at the time. These men had a plan to overthrow the FDR administration and the Unites States government. They planned to use 500,000 of the disgruntled World War I vets and already had 3 million dollars to start. They stated they could get 300 million more if needed. They wanted General Butler to lead this Coup. These men included John D. Rockefeller, J. P. Morgan, Prescott Bush (grandfather of President George W. Bush) as well as the heads of Chase Bank, Maxwell House, General Motors, Goodyear, Standard Oil, Dupont, Remington Arms Co. and Heinz.

A true hero and patriot, General Butler blew the whistle. Even though Congress found the charges were “alarmingly true”, the plot was brushed under the rug. No charges were ever brought against any of the conspirators. It became known as the “Business Plot” and also “The White House Coup”.

Believing American troops lives shouldn’t be risked for profits, General Butler became an outspoken critic of a series of occupations and military interventions that took place from 1898 to 1934 on behalf of American companies’ interests, particularly those of the United Fruit Company in South and Central America. As a result of his experience, having fought in many of these actions, and having been approached to lead a rebellion against the government he wrote his book War Is a Racket. It was published in 1935.


Published in October 2017 is a book titled Hitler in Los Angeles written by author Steven J. Ross. The book details another plot. Beginning in September of 1933, a group of American Nazis lead by Dietrich Gefken, one of Adolf Hitler’s paramilitary Brownshirts, plotted to take over the West Coast. While there is no indication that these two plots were connected, it’s important to consider what might have been.

What if a both plots combined and were successful? No doubt sanctions against Japan would have never been implemented. Pearl Harbor might never have happened. It would have been inevitable however that we would have entered the war on the side of the Axis powers. Can you imagine allies of the United States, Germany, Italy and Japan? German technology combined with American manufacturing would have been a formidable foe to Russia, and the United Kingdom. No doubt we would have won.

But would we have really?

Imagine a society where eugenics in rule the day, where minorities are second place, with a government ruled by the occult.

“If the late Major General Smedley Butler of the U.S. Marine Corps had not been a stubborn devotee of democracy, Americans today could conceivably be living under an American Mussolini, Hitler, or Franco.” – US Rep. John W. McCormack, former Speaker of the House and Chairman of The McCormack-Dickstein Congressional Committee

Now let’s ask the question.

What if a similar coup took place 30 years later in November of 1963?

Whatever the case, General Smedley Butler was a true American Hero both on and off the battlefield, and may very well have saved our Republic.

On November the 10th the United States Marine Corps will celebrate their 242nd Birthday. If you know a U.S. Marine, take the time to wish him or her:

Happy Birthday!

To all Marines, both former and active, all of you are my heroes!

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