It’s Monday, which is always a dicey proposition, and a Holiday Monday (Observed) to boot. While we’re remembering those who served in the real world, it’s interesting to consider those who have served in fictional realities as well. In my youth, it was considered de rigueur for a true tough-guy character to have served in Vietnam, a concept that lasted well into the 1990s, until the time-frame became untenable, as septuagenarian badasses can sometimes be hard to write. As emblemized by the legendary A-Team, though, the REAL hard-cases were always former “Green Berets.” (Though the general public loved this term, especially circa the sixties, members of the Special Forces have been quoted as saying that a Green Beret is nothin’ but a hat.) Also, I’m pretty sure that the concept of the hyper-competent Green Beret-wearing soldier went south when Baywatch’s Mitch Buchannon debuted back in ’89.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) throws its mighty shield, and all who chose to oppose the shield must yield, asking: Who’s the toughest soldier in all of pop culture?