2. "First Lieutenant George Armstrong Custer—his new regular army rank dated to July 17—was"
- Thom Hatch, Glorious War: The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong Custer
3. "Damnation, she’s bleeding! he roared, the sight shocking him into action. He spun around, nearly colliding with his flag-captain, his flag-lieutenant, the first lieutenant, and a little midshipman who looked as though he was about to piss his breeches. Damn your eyes, Colin, how the hell could you simply let her walk off the flagship?!"
- Danelle Harmon, My Lady Pirate
4. "After seventeen days of flying school he could now call himself a pilot. After putting in twenty-five hours of flying time, he was commissioned a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. W"
- Winston Groom, The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker
5. "First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha, a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey. They were not love letters, but Lieutenant Cross was hoping, so he kept them folded in plastic at the bottom of his rusack. In the late afternoon, after a day's march, he would dig his foxhole, wash his hands under a canteen, unwrap the letters, hold them with the tips of his fingers, and spend the last hour of light pretending."
- Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
7. "A World War II battalion headquarters in combat is difficult to describe because they varied so much. Typically, the actual headquarters was where the commanding colonel set up his command post (CP). He might use a tent about twelve feet square or a log-covered bunker. Headquarters personnel might consist of the battalion commander (usually a lieutenant colonel), his executive officer (a major), and captains for administration (S-l), adjutant in charge of operations (S-3), and supply (S-4), with a first lieutenant for intelligence (S-2)."
- George Wilson, If You Survive: From Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge to the End of World War II
8. "The Dorchester was assigned the role of troop transport, and suffered the indignity of having her luxurious, predominantly first-class accommodation gutted, and transformed into spartan quarters for up to 800 troops. She retained her 120-strong Merchant Marine crew, led by Captain Hans Jorgen Danielson, and was fitted with one 4-inch, one 3-inch and four 20-mm guns. This armament was manned by a squad of twenty-three US Navy Armed Guard seamen, under the command of Lieutenant William Arpaia."
- Bernard Edwards, The Twilight of the U-Boats
9. "usual call to quarters. This was part of the daily routine, but on this occasion, with a chase in sight, the preparation and inspection was more than usually rigorous, the captain himself accompanying the first lieutenant round the decks to see that all was in order and ready for action; so that all hands were kept busy till it was time to pipe down the hammocks and set the watch."
- R. Austin Freeman, 6 NOVELS & 5 SHORT STORIES Flighty Phyllis The Exploits of Danby Croker The Golden Pool The Great Portrait Mystery and Other Stories (5 Short Stories) ... of
10. "The famous Dubner maggid, a gaon, was asked by an admiring student: How is it that you always have the perfect parable for the topic under discussion? The gaon smiled. I’ll answer with a parable. And he told the following story: A lieutenant of the Tsar’s cavalry, riding through a small shtetl, drew his horse up in astonishment, for on the side of a barn he saw a hundred chalked circles—and in the center of each was a bullet hole! The lieutenant excitedly stopped the first passerby, crying, Who is the astonishing marksman in this place? Look at all those bull’s-eyes! The passerby sighed. That’s Shepsel, the shoemaker’s son, who is a little peculiar. I don’t care what he is, said the lieutenant. Any man who can shoot that well— Ah, the pedestrian said, you don’t understand. You see, first Shepsel shoots—then he draws the circle. The gaon smiled. That’s the way it is with me. I don’t search for a parable to fit the subject. I introduce the subject for which I have a perfect parable."
- Leo Rosten, The New Joys of Yiddish: Completely Updated