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(Huffington Post)   Frank Tanabe, WWII Veteran and Japanese internment camp Internee, has cast his last vote   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 52
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2012-10-22 09:30:28 PM
Please don't leave us yet, sir.

Hold on for just a little longer.

I'll be here and I won't forget.
 
2012-10-22 10:28:41 PM
They don't make 'em like that any more
 
2012-10-22 11:20:10 PM
Anyone check his ID?

Thank you, old warrior. May your death be swift and merciful.
 
2012-10-23 12:58:04 AM
And he is one of the reasons why we have the right and duty to vote. It's sad that it is taken for granted in this country. The last Presidential election in 2008 only had 57% turn out. That is horrifying.
 
2012-10-23 03:52:28 AM
At ease, soldier.
 
2012-10-23 05:44:19 AM
Rest in peace, Sir. A lot of people were caught up in those times of atrocity.
 
2012-10-23 05:49:47 AM
Hero indeed.
 
2012-10-23 05:53:01 AM

SpaceyCat: And he is one of the reasons why we have the right and duty to vote. It's sad that it is taken for granted in this country. The last Presidential election in 2008 only had 57% turn out. That is horrifying.


the irony being that he voted for Ron Paul and just threw his vote away willingly.
 
2012-10-23 05:57:05 AM

A true hero.

you can bet he had a hell of a sense of humor.

4.bp.blogspot.com
Ken Watanabe
 
2012-10-23 06:05:01 AM
At ease solder, smoke 'em if you got 'em.

/Kilroy was here
 
2012-10-23 06:08:01 AM
One foot in the grave and he's already voting Democ---No, I can't do it.

The man deserves his thread to be trolled by better men than I.
 
2012-10-23 06:14:58 AM
they had internet camps? Bastards!
 
2012-10-23 06:20:15 AM
...Personally, I don't care if his vote is the one that puts President Obama over the top. This is why he fought; this is why we still serve.
 
2012-10-23 06:38:43 AM
I think all of the rest of us should skip voting this year, just to surprise him.
 
2012-10-23 06:50:35 AM
i personally blame him for pearl harbor

/ he sneak attack and the movie
 
2012-10-23 06:57:04 AM
Go back to China
 
2012-10-23 07:14:48 AM

Crewmannumber6: they had internet camps? Basterds!



FTFY


CSB: Last year at a Veterans Day ceremony I met a WWII vet who was at the invasion of Normandy and Okinawa. He could barely stand, but he was up for the Anthem, stood for all honorifics for the troops and respected moments of silence, prayer etc. After I introduced my 10 year old son (a HUGE WWII buff) to him and walked away, my son asked me "Dad, that man was at the invasion of Normandy?" After telling him yes, and the invasion of Okinawa, my son thought about it and said "His balls clank when he walks, don't they?".

/outta the mouths of babes..... 
//was trying not to laugh too hard
 
2012-10-23 07:19:58 AM

kendelrio: CSB: Last year at a Veterans Day ceremony I met a WWII vet who was at the invasion of Normandy and Okinawa.


Did a lot of people get transferred from the European to the Pacific theatre? I've never heard of this before.
 
2012-10-23 07:21:53 AM

dervish16108: kendelrio: CSB: Last year at a Veterans Day ceremony I met a WWII vet who was at the invasion of Normandy and Okinawa.

Did a lot of people get transferred from the European to the Pacific theatre? I've never heard of this before.


Only Masons.
 
2012-10-23 07:27:44 AM

dervish16108: kendelrio: CSB: Last year at a Veterans Day ceremony I met a WWII vet who was at the invasion of Normandy and Okinawa.

Did a lot of people get transferred from the European to the Pacific theatre? I've never heard of this before.


Actually, never thought about it til just now.... Possible I got hit by a wannabe..... Gonna use the google-fu now....
 
2012-10-23 07:38:20 AM
Not going to provide links for everything I found but heres one of teh Googlies searches and it would seem it was possible, due to the dates of the invasions, to serve both at Normandy and Okinawa.

/clank
//clankety clank
///slashies clank
 
2012-10-23 07:45:51 AM
Kawasaki let the good times roll!
 
2012-10-23 07:52:27 AM
viceganda.net

♪I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want

If you Tanabe be my voter, you gotta be near your end.♫

/I'm sorry. That was horrible. But I already wrote it all out, so I don't want to waste all that effort.
 
2012-10-23 07:53:17 AM
Bet he considers himself fortunate to be a taxpayer and a citizen, too.

People in that generation (my dad was in that generation) were proud to do their share and own a stake in the country. A lot has changed.
 
2012-10-23 07:57:58 AM
battlestory.org

You've earned your rest. Let us take it from here.
 
2012-10-23 08:06:04 AM
What a great American, a man that everyone should aspire to be like.

Wait......you voted for the guy I'm not voting for???? YOU SON OF A B*TCH!!!!
 
2012-10-23 08:06:31 AM
The daughter, grand daughter, who ever the hell it was writing down the choices actually questioned them?
Twunt
 
2012-10-23 08:06:47 AM
He doesn't look Kenyan.
 
2012-10-23 08:14:34 AM
idiotflashback.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-23 08:15:52 AM
How am I to know if I should be sympathetic or outraged without revealing his voting choices?
 
2012-10-23 08:21:34 AM
Japanese internment camp Internee

michellemalkinisanidiot.com
"There was nothing wrong with detaining potential enemies!"
 
2012-10-23 08:24:35 AM
Some soldiers served multiple theaters, it depended on what they did. My Grandfather served in every theater, but then his job was to

dervish16108: Did a lot of people get transferred from the European to the Pacific theatre?


I know my Grandfather did, but then served in all theaters. He was a recovery mechanic for the Army air corps. When a plane crashed and they thought it might be salvageable he would go out and try to patch it up well enough to be recovered and flown back to a base. By the very specialty nature of what he did, he ended being sent anywhere they had to recover a crashed plane from. He ultimately flew out of every continent except Antarctica. After he was discharged he successfully spent the rest of his life never again getting on an airplane.

The Japanese soldiers who served were often treated very poorly and had very high rates of distinguished service. Anyone who did that deserves respect and it was unfortunate that it took so long for them military to give them their due.
 
2012-10-23 08:39:19 AM
Look, dying war hero, either we see a valid photo ID or you're not getting this ballot, said the GOP. If you don't have a driver's license, you still could have taken a few hours off from dying of cancer to go downtown and stand in line for a state ID card.
 
2012-10-23 08:49:07 AM
Oh my!
 
2012-10-23 09:00:24 AM
And he also never gave Hans Gruber the code.
 
2012-10-23 09:06:19 AM

kendelrio:
CSB: Last year at a Veterans Day ceremony I met a WWII vet who was at the invasion of Normandy and Okinawa. He could barely stand, but he was up for the Anthem, stood for all honorifics for the troops and respected moments of silence, prayer etc. After I introduced my 10 year old son (a HUGE WWII buff) to him and walked away, my son asked me "Dad, that man was at the invasion of Normandy?" After telling him yes, and the invasion of Okinawa, my son thought about it and said "His balls clank when he walks, don't they?".


Shame everybody's pissing away everything they fought for on things like the TSA, Patriot Act, Iraq, Afghanistan...
 
2012-10-23 09:11:55 AM

kendelrio:
CSB: Last year at a Veterans Day ceremony I met a WWII vet who was at the invasion of Normandy and Okinawa. He could barely stand, but he was up for the Anthem, stood for all honorifics for the troops and respected moments of silence, prayer etc.


The last time I saw a WWII vet was a couple of weeks ago. We passed him while he was hiking a mile and a half up a steep trail from the beach and he made a joke about how it was rougher on the way up. (Needless to say, our perfectly healthy eight-year-old got tired and had to rest several times on the way back.)
 
2012-10-23 09:32:59 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: They don't make 'em like that any more


Take a look at the obit of anther great man of Jaoanese heritage, John Kashiwabara, MD. He was our family doctor and the person who helped bring me into this world safely. I have since moved away from SoCal so I lost touch over the last 20 years. I didn't find out he died until a few months after. I'm sad he never got to meet my daughter and she never got to meet a great man.

The nisei and their families imprisoned in America for their race marks one of the darkest periods in our history. But due to the honor bound by their culture many fought bravely in WWII. Dr. John took the route of medicine and participation in civic organizations. People like that are rare. Senator Inouye is another.

BTW...What ever happened to participation in civic organizations who strive to make the community a better place? Perhaps if we got involved we wouldn't have people waning the government to keep their hands off their Medicare or wonder why taxes are needed to pay for infrastructure like schools so that the standard of living remains high. *sigh*
 
2012-10-23 09:36:51 AM

Free Radical: Japanese internment camp Internee

[michellemalkinisanidiot.com image 500x529]
"There was nothing wrong with detaining potential enemies!"


The face of race-bating evil.

How ironic.
 
2012-10-23 09:45:21 AM

Cerebral Knievel: The daughter, grand daughter, who ever the hell it was writing down the choices actually questioned them?
Twunt


As someone who just cared for a terminal friend during her last days, depending on pain meds the patient is in, it's often difficult for them to focus on a task.

Lighten up, Francis.
 
2012-10-23 10:23:45 AM
You continue to inspire us, sir, with your sense of honor and duty. Thank you.
 
2012-10-23 10:25:04 AM

lohphat: Cerebral Knievel: The daughter, grand daughter, who ever the hell it was writing down the choices actually questioned them?
Twunt

As someone who just cared for a terminal friend during her last days, depending on pain meds the patient is in, it's often difficult for them to focus on a task.

Lighten up, Francis.


Ive been there as well, trust me. But the article painted the picture that person jotting down the votes was asking because of her personal idiology, rather than concern she was getting it right.
So back at ya :P
 
2012-10-23 10:31:57 AM
He didn't fill out the ballot? That's Republican voter fraud, right there.
 
2012-10-23 10:50:05 AM
Poor guy. He should have moved to Chicago so he could continue to vote.
 
2012-10-23 11:00:58 AM
Voting was the very least of this man's accomplishments. RIP.
 
2012-10-23 11:13:13 AM
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RIP Battle of Taanab Maneuver
 
2012-10-23 12:36:56 PM

lohphat: Free Radical: Japanese internment camp Internee

[michellemalkinisanidiot.com image 500x529]
"There was nothing wrong with detaining potential enemies!"

The face of race-bating evil.

How ironic.


Michelle thinks that if she bashes immigrants and the coloureds enough, the white people will finally accept her as one of their own.
 
2012-10-23 01:12:48 PM

dervish16108: kendelrio: CSB: Last year at a Veterans Day ceremony I met a WWII vet who was at the invasion of Normandy and Okinawa.

Did a lot of people get transferred from the European to the Pacific theatre? I've never heard of this before.


It only happened with specialists. My great uncle was a signal intelligence guy with the Signal Corps. He was transferred to the Pacific theatre after being stationed in Dover England. He is still alive at 91.
 
2012-10-23 01:26:42 PM

dervish16108: kendelrio: CSB: Last year at a Veterans Day ceremony I met a WWII vet who was at the invasion of Normandy and Okinawa.

Did a lot of people get transferred from the European to the Pacific theatre? I've never heard of this before.


My Father was a Warrant officer/Tank commander, he was offered a transfer from European theater to Pacific after Germany surrendered. He took the transfer then a priest talked him out of it and he went stateside.
 
2012-10-23 05:57:54 PM
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