Courage Boys, a new segment on The Glenn Beck Program, features stories to inspire and leave you feeling hopeful. In this age of social media and unprecedented access and sharing, it’s easy to feel insignificant and under attack — like you can’t make a difference. But the truth is you can — we all can.
By sharing stories of courage and strength, we can use the technology at our fingertips to spread encouragement and confidence. Making a difference is not only possible, but something we’re all capable of accomplishing.
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Sniper Soft Spot
How do you defeat an army that has mastered psychological warfare to the point where they know exactly how to keep you from shooting your target? Even worse, how do you handle the guilt after following an order that takes the lives of innocent women and children?
For Jack Tueller, a 22-year-old pilot with a wife and a baby at home, music was the answer.
Captain Jack Tueller in 1943 in his P-47 fighter plane.
After executing just such an order, Jack returned to his base and, not being a drinker, reached for his trumpet to dull the pain. Worried that a German sniper hiding in the woods might hear him and shoot, Jack's commander ordered him to put down his instrument. But, Jack kept on, playing songs like Lili Marlene and Oh Danny Boy well into the night. You see, Jack figured those German soldiers felt just as lonely and homesick as he was.
The next day, a group of German soldiers captured overnight included the sniper --- who asked to see the trumpet player. The German sniper, a 19-year-old newly wed who had just danced with his new bride at to Lili Marlene, just hadn't been able bring himself to fire on the trumpeter.
For a moment, the bomber and the sniper were more than soldiers. They were both men.
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