The following is a transcript from the Pro America Report.
Welcome, welcome, welcome, Ed Martin here on The Pro America Report. Great to be together today. We have another great show and I’m excited after the weekend to be together. I have so many things to talk about. But the title of today’s What You Need to Know, today’s WYNK, is who makes America great? Who makes America great?
And we will talk about one of the great, great Americans, General Jack Singlaub, who over the weekend passed away at 100 years of age. 100 years of age and what an extraordinary man! We will get to that and a lot more.
We’ve got some interesting interviews. The German question, you know Europe, right now you’re hearing Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine, Russia, Russia, Russia. There’s a question out there that smart people that understand politics are asking. And the question is what is Germany doing and what is it about? And we’ll talk with Ted Malloch, who has some experience on this, whether it’s NATO (Germany doesn’t pay their NATO debts), whether it’s the regulatory framework (Germany’s got a sort of activist position on that)… We’ll talk about the German question. It’s a problem. Let me say that — it’s a problem and it doesn’t seem to be getting any resolution anytime soon. So we will fill you in on that.
And also we will talk with our friend Terry Beatley about what is happening in the pro life movement. She was at the March for Life. She heads up the Hosea Initiative, The Hosea Initiative. So we’ll look forward to all that. Okay. But today what you need to know and please visit Proamericareport.com, proamericareport.com and sign up for the daily email that goes out. The daily WYNK, what you need to know, and I don’t sell your email address. Don’t give it away. Do nothing except send you an email. Monday through Friday, 08:00 A.m. East coast, 05:00 A.m. Pacific with what you need to know.
Well, what do you need to know? Usually a story or two, some links and some insight. And the insight is often what I’ve talked about right now in this segment. And so I think it will be today, we’ll see what tomorrow’s email brings. But I mentioned the topic, what you need to know, who makes America great?
By that, I don’t mean who actually sort of does the work. There’s lots of people, parents and teachers and coaches and military leaders and all. Instead, I want to say to you that when America produces men like General Jack Singlaub, men and women like Jack Singlaub and Helen Marie Taylor (passed away last week, was a great friend of mine, 98 years old – I got a lot of old friends). But Jack Singlaub, 100 years old, he was born in Independence, California, little town a couple of hours from Los Angeles, maybe 90 minutes, actually.
His mother worked in a library. His father worked for the county. When he was a young boy, they moved into Los Angeles County, which is a huge county. So still an hour or two from the city or an hour or more from the city of Los Angeles, but came from a little bit of nothing. Jack Singlaub.
And he wanted to go to West Point because he wanted to be a military man and he couldn’t get in. It wasn’t because of his qualifications. It was because when he went to see the politicians, he didn’t have any political clout, not sufficient to get in. So instead, it was late 1930s, his mother had forced him to study French growing up, a lot of young people studied French. A lot of young people study Spanish now. A lot of people studied French back in the 1920s, 30s, even 40s.
It was kind of thought to be the European language, and people studied French. He studied French. Well, when he couldn’t get into West Point, he enrolled at UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles, and he took as many courses – he told me, I asked him this about this. He took as many courses as he could figure out matched up with what they were taking at West Point. So he saw what the curriculum at West Point was – engineering, mathematics, all these things, rhetoric. And he took the same courses as much as he could at UCLA. And he decided to take also Japanese.
So he graduates from UCLA in I guess it was about late 1939, maybe 1940. I don’t know when he enrolled in college, but it was right around then. And because he wanted to be a military man, he had signed up for ROTC, the version of ROTC, I don’t think it was called ROTC at the time, but it could have been. And he was commissioned an officer, sent to officer school and commissioned an officer, and pretty quickly he excelled at that.
And he was not a tall man. He was probably 5’7″, 5’6″ or 5’7″ — real lean. He lived to 100, I saw him six months ago, as lean as could be.
And he went down to Fort Benning to jump school, and this is where his life turns amazingly. He’s down in jump school, and at the time, while Bill Donovan, the famous New York lawyer who had been in World War One, something of a hero as an officer, maybe a captain, he was friends with Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He had been in charge, by Roosevelt, asked by Roosevelt, to set up an intelligence agency, became the OSS – Office of Special Services.
So while Bill Donovan, famous guy, says to some of his people, go down to Fort Benning, see who’s jumping, who are parachutists, who are airborne, and see if anybody’s got that you think would be good to recruit into the OSS. And remember, some of them should speak languages if you can.
Well, you get where this is going. General Jack Singlaub becomes one of the earliest members of the OSS and becomes a Jedburgh. Jedburghs were guys that were trained to drop behind enemy lines in groups of three, one American, one European, and a radio operator. And of the 250 or so Jedburghs that existed, they trained in a place in Scotland called Jedburgh, I think they had about 300 of them, somewhere between 250 and 300 as I recall, like two thirds, more than half died. Because when you were caught behind enemy lines, they executed you.
So Singlaub, General Singlaub, Jack Singlaub (now, I think he’s a lieutenant), goes into France, and for the rest of the war, he’s organizing the French resistance behind enemy lines, very successfully. War ends, and they look again and they say, oh, you speak Japanese. They send them over to Japan and to get ready in China to invade Japan. And because at that time, that’s what everyone thought they were going to do. When they dropped the bomb on Japan, he is sent to liberate POWs from Japanese Marines. Japanese Marines were taller than normal Japanese soldiers, and they were mean. And so Singlaub had to liberate them.
Anyway, he comes back from the war. He serves in the clandestine side of OSS, which later becomes the CIA, and then stays in the military and serves all the way up through the eight, into the late 70s, when he gets fired by Jimmy Carter for basically saying Carter’s policies in the Far East as well as the Panama Canal are a bad idea, he gets pushed out of the military as a general and then spends the rest of his life arguing for and helping those who are fighting against Communism.
He’s down in South America, he’s down in Latin America, he’s all over the world. He helps raise money for the people that are fighting. He helps educate. Extraordinary man, an extraordinary man. He’s got a family. He’s got kids, grandkids. An extraordinary man, and just a wonderful character and so sharp.
You know, I often tell people the wisest people in the world have two things, right? They have intelligence, they have brains. They put it to use, they train themselves. And then they have time spent, not just alive, but time spent actively making decisions and actively making judgments. So by the time you get to somebody like Jack Singlaub, who I probably met when he was 90, maybe a year or two older than that, he has incredible wisdom because he knows a lot of stuff, he studied a lot of stuff, but he had decades and decades of experience deciding things, making judgments, and learning from that.
And in the years I knew him, he would often talk about how great America is. He would often talk about how special America is compared to the world. He’d seen every corner of the world, been everywhere. Compared to the systems that are implemented in other parts of the world – pick one from the monarchy in Britain to the dictatorships in third world countries, whatever. And he loved America.
He loved his service to the military, in the military. He loved his service to America. He loved his service in the military. He loved working with the young people. He was a big fan, and this is a great story, before General Mike Flynn was at all known famously, he was known in the military as a general, General Singlaub sent me some of his speeches. This is maybe eight years ago or seven years ago. And he said, watch this guy, this guy is really sharp. And then, of course, everything that happened. He wrote a letter on General Flynn’s behalf saying he should be pardoned. He didn’t say pardon, they should drop the prosecution.
He was just a great patriot. His life is an inspiration. If America is great, it’s because we turn out great men like him. Great women like Helen Marie Taylor. It’s amazing to consider and so I was sorry to hear of his death on Saturday. I miss him in a way – you know, I’m greedy, but I also know he ran a great race. He lived a great life. He made every day count. He was someone who contributed and cared and he loved America.
And what you need to know is who makes America great? It’s guys like Singlaub. And America is great because we create men like him.
And so there you have it. Alright, gotta take a break. We’ll be right back. Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Back in a moment.