Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton pioneered the route up to the polar plateau by way of the Beardmore Glacier, which he named for the expeditions patron. By January 9, 1909, the he and his foursome had trudged on foot to within 96 miles of the South Pole before being forced by dangerously dwindling supplies of food to turn and run for home. It was the hardest decision of Shackleton’s life, telling his wife Emily later: I thought you’d rather have a live donkey than a dead lion.
Lance Cpl. Brent Catherino offers candy to Afghan children during patrol Wednesday in Helmand province’s Kajaki district. Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, operate out of Patrol Base Sheheban, a joint position with Afghan National Civil Order Police that provides security for a Helmand River crossing.
Darn, I am having second thoughts before I post this. Is it possible that the creature above is a burro and not a donkey? I mixed up a B-17 and a B-29 this week. As for farm animals, my basic identification has been lacking at times, ie: duck vs. goose. If that is a burro, then my post still stands. I’ve got an excuse, I am in the Navy, not the Army. What do I know of such beasts?