Regarding the April 6 obituaryof Marine Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr.:
An obituary should report the death of a person with an account of the person’s life. While items of controversy are normally included if the deceased is notable, fairness demands that the obituary be balanced. The reporting of the general’s passing, however, placed undue emphasis on controversy and, as a result, implicitly criticized the former Marine commandant. While this may satisfy those who disagreed with the general, the views he held were always honest and in the best interest of the country and never self-serving. The Post failed its readers by allowing what belongs on the editorial page to leak into the obituary page.
Bernard E. Trainor,
The writer is a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general.
Very few people become public figures without making at least one comment that can be easily misconstrued, but this does not justify a stone-throwing obituary that misrepresented a distinguished life of public service. The obituary for Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr. was even more unfair because the target of the piece is no longer here to respond.
Having been a friend of the general and his family, I know that he probably would wave it off, confident that his life and character speak for themselves, but The Post’s report is a matter of record. The Post should have quoted people who admired and appreciated the general, of whom I am just one of many.
Elaine Donnelly, Livonia, Mich.
The writer is president of the Center for Military Readiness.
In an era of “political correctness,” Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr. had the fortitude to speak candidly and directly based on more than three decades of dedicated service to our nation. I’m sure many disagreed with The Post’s erroneous characterization of the general as “an aging leatherneck out of touch with changing times,” for his views were based on the experience of leaders who had to deal with difficult issues while serving in our nation’s armed forces.
The general was a great American and the epitome of soldierly virtue. The fact that his views differed from those of the liberal establishment did not make them wrong. He was a gentleman warrior. Rather than being criticized, he should be lauded for his service to our nation in peace and war. May he join those other Marines who are proudly guarding heaven’s streets. Semper Fidelis.
David Garner, Woodbridge
The writer is a retired Marine Corps colonel.
Would The Post consider inserting an image of an American flag into the obituary for any active or veteran serviceman or servicewoman? It just seems to be the right thing to do. Given that most Americans have not served their country in that capacity, this would be one last honor to those families who have endured the separation and anxiety over their service to this country.