When I was coming up in the Army, I looked to the stories of those who came before me for instruction on how to be a leader. My first unit had battle honors going back to before the American Revolution, and no shortage of heroic actions across the globe. When I was a junior leader I read about the bridgehead over the Vesle River in Fismette, France. There the Regiment fought like lions for a month in August of 1918. Junior leaders stepped up, took charge, and got their subordinates (and in some cases their bosses) through twenty seven days of hell. The regiment survived because the men whos duty position I now occupied had pushed them self with every ounce they had left. They would not let their men down, they would not fail their leadership.
For me, Fismette was the example of how to be a leader when war was it's worst. I told every junior enlisted soldier and every officer who stood still long enough about the battle, and how heroic the unit was. It gave me pride to wear the same crest and badges of those men.
What was your Fismette? When you were coming up what historical battle or event from your unit did you take the most pride in?