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29th Mar '16 12:52:09 AM ANewEnigma
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* Samuel Whittlemore, the oldest man known to have participated in the American Revolutionary War. At the ripe old age of 80 he [[OneManArmy single-handedly ambushed]] a British brigade, [[BadassGrandpa shot and killed three redcoats]], was shot in the face, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill bayoneted 13 times]] and {{left for dead}} [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat in a pool of his own blood.]] He was found a short time later, [[MadeOfIron still alive]] and [[{{Determinator}} trying to reload his musket.]] The doctors said he had zero chance of survival. Even so, ''he recovered and lived another 18 years.''

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* Samuel Whittlemore, the oldest man known to have participated in the American Revolutionary War. At the ripe old age of 80 78 he [[OneManArmy single-handedly ambushed]] a British brigade, [[BadassGrandpa shot and killed three redcoats]], was shot in the face, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill bayoneted 13 times]] and {{left for dead}} [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat in a pool of his own blood.]] He was found a short time later, [[MadeOfIron still alive]] and [[{{Determinator}} trying to reload his musket.]] The doctors said he had zero chance of survival. Even so, ''he recovered and lived another 18 years.''
23rd Mar '16 9:17:07 AM Spitfire23
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*Don't forget the silver shield pikemen from the war of the successors. These men had followed Alexander the Great in his campaigns and continued fighting in the wars of his successors. They formed a unit that was undefeated in battle, the only reason they surrendered was when the rest of the army had been routed and their camp, which had their wives, children, and loot, were taken by an enemy army. Afterwards they were disbanded and sent two at a time on suicide missions that they never returned from.
29th Jan '16 9:27:01 AM zarpaulus
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* ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'': Sergeant Zim (no relation), and a few other veterans like Jelal probably qualify.

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* ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'': Sergeant Zim (no relation), and a few other veterans like Jelal probably qualify. It's also not uncommon for older men (such as Juan Rico's father) to enlist in the Mobile Infantry, those who make it through training are often fast-tracked.
12th Jan '16 7:16:29 AM bwburke94
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** BigFinish invokes the trope as one of their audios' titles - ''Old Soldiers'', featuring the Brig, who mentions a saying from his father: "In life, as on the fields of battle, there are old soldiers and there are bold soldiers, but there are very few old, bold soldiers."

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** BigFinish Creator/BigFinish invokes the trope as one of their audios' titles - ''Old Soldiers'', featuring the Brig, who mentions a saying from his father: "In life, as on the fields of battle, there are old soldiers and there are bold soldiers, but there are very few old, bold soldiers."
5th Jan '16 1:25:18 PM morane
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* Field Marshall C.G.E. Mannerheim. He joined the Imperial Russian Cavalry in 1882, fighting in the RussoJapaneseWar, FirstWorldWar and RussianRevolution. After the collapse of Imperial Russia, he retired 1917 in the age of 50 as General, returning to his native Finland. Little did he know his great years were only ahead. He was immediately assigned as the commander-in-chief of the [[FinnsWithFearsomeForests Finnish White Army]], leading them in victory in the Finnish Indpendence War. He was again nominated as Supreme Commander as Field Marshall in the [[SmallCountryBigWar Winter War]] and later in the Continuation War and War of Lapland. He was 78 when he retired 1945, taking the [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning office of President of Finland]]. Sadly, his health broke down and he passed away 1951.


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** General Lauri Sutela, Commander-in-Chief of the Finnish Armed Forces, retired likewise 1983. He had served as First Lieutenant in Engineer Corps in the Winter War 1939.
25th Dec '15 9:34:38 PM Gamermaster
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* Signum in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' becomes this after being transported to the modern Mid-Childan society, where her old Belkan sensibilities undergo a transformation to adapt to a society based on (non-)humanism rather than wartime duty and knightly honor. Unlike Vita, who finds herself in training the new generation of mages in this new world, Signum continues doing what she did her entire, very long life—fighting—and declining opportunities to do anything else. While not as grumpy as the typical examples of this trope, she does call out the rookies (e.g. Teana) on their mistakes.
14th Nov '15 4:24:07 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** Edward Buck fills this role in both ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'', where he's 42, and ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', where he's 48.
5th Nov '15 10:40:38 AM Hertzyscowicz
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* ''Literature/{{Bolo}}'': Bolos can spend years or decades on the front lines. Of course, they're self-aware tanks armed with a WaveMotionGun and [[MoreDakka whatever else the designers could bolt on]], so they tend to fight on a larger scale than most examples here. Seeing as they don't age and can eat a near miss from a nuke, so some of them end up as 'really' old soldiers.

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* ''Literature/{{Bolo}}'': Bolos can spend years or decades on the front lines. Of course, they're self-aware tanks armed with a WaveMotionGun and [[MoreDakka whatever else the designers could bolt on]], so they tend to fight on a larger scale than most examples here. Seeing as they don't age and can eat a near miss from a nuke, so some of them end up as 'really' ''really'' old soldiers.
5th Nov '15 10:38:57 AM Hertzyscowicz
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* ''Literature/{{Bolo}}'': Bolos can spend years or decades on the front lines. Of course, they're self-aware tanks armed with a WaveMotionGun and [[MoreDakka whatever else the designers could bolt on]], so they tend to fight on a larger scale than most examples here.

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* ''Literature/{{Bolo}}'': Bolos can spend years or decades on the front lines. Of course, they're self-aware tanks armed with a WaveMotionGun and [[MoreDakka whatever else the designers could bolt on]], so they tend to fight on a larger scale than most examples here. Seeing as they don't age and can eat a near miss from a nuke, so some of them end up as 'really' old soldiers.
27th Oct '15 2:36:04 PM 1NTEGRAL
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* Lehm from ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}''. He is a former Delta Force captain who served in the Gulf War and has years of combat experience (with scars to show for it). He is one of the senior members of Koko Hekmatyar's cadre of bodyguards and often serves as a leader and mentor. Lehm is skilled with many firearms and even acts as a sniper when needed.

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* Lehm from ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}''. He is a former Delta Force captain who served in the Gulf War and has years of combat experience (with scars to show for it). He is one of the senior members of Koko Hekmatyar's cadre of bodyguards and often serves as a leader and mentor.mentor to the team. Lehm is skilled with many firearms and even acts as a sniper when needed.
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