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Pte. Silcox
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posted 07 February 2021 01:38     Profile for Pte. Silcox   Email Pte. Silcox     Send New Private Message     Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote
I read a short story called "Gentlemen Your Verdict" by an author who was a canadian artillery guy (gunner) during WW2 (apparently it was an old bar room argument according to author)

(during 1947)
Essentially it was about a submarine crew who crashed on the bottom of the sea somewhere, and they couldn't be rescued for 7 days (due to storm). There are 30 crewmembers, Only the captain knows they have air for only 2 days. Quickly and Descievely(after recontacting HQ to re-confirm rescue time) the Captain orders the 2 IC to round up the men. Once the men came, the captian told them he had good news, and he took out a bottle of licker and poured each man but 5 family men a drink. The Captain told the men he was proud of them, then toasted and all the men but the 5 who didn't drink died(very quickly) from poison.

The Captian told the 5 remaining (3 officers, 2 NCOs) of the air supply and when rescue would come. He then contacted HQ and told them the 5 men had absolutley no knowledge of what happened (killing the 25 men).

The Captian then joined the crew and killed himself via the poison

The 5 guys got questioned at the court martial
and that's how the story was told

Anyways, the questions are as following

- Is the Captian a murderer or a Hero?
- What gives him the right to play god
- would you kill 25 to save 5?

We had a huge discussion in English class about this and I was just wondering what your thoughts are on this.

Travis Silcox

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