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old soldiers never die; they only fade away

old soldiers never die; they only fade away in Culture

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A line from a song popular among soldiers in Britain in World War I.

Note: This proverb became particularly famous when General Douglas MacArthur quoted it after being relieved of his command in the Korean War.
The American HeritageĀ® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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