"Bob" was a Korean War vet. He helped evacuate the Marines from Chosin Reservoir. He talked about the Chinese shelling the roads as he drove his jeep back and forth from the port to the hills. Bob liked to read yacht magazines and nap during our night shifts. He earned his rest.
That was "The Greatest Generation". They're gone now.
Today, we have Captains that kill people through negligence, then abandon ship at first trouble. A few years ago, it was that Italian Skipper. Only a few died under his "leadership". Now, we have that Korean "captain" that leaves a bunch of school kids to die.
I never worked with any Italians, but all the Koreans I've known have been great people. As a matter of fact, The ROK (Republic of Korea) Marines are one of the few allies I'd request to fight in combat with.
I don't think it's a national or cultural issue. It's the times we live in. Cowardice no longer has the stigma it used to. It should. When I think of the bravery of average guys like Pete and Bob, I'm disgusted by those with higher responsibility that fail through moral weakness.
In the USMC, they always taught us that every Marine was a leader. Now, I look around, and it seems like those masquerading as leaders have cheapened the concept. God help us all.