catmandu: His only stories were the "funny" things that happened
Dancin_In_Anson: I was talking to a friend about Eugene Sledge's book yesterday and I got to thinking how fortunate I am to have been born to a WWII vet and to have grown up around as many as I did. My uncle was USN and was at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, my best friend's Father was wounded at Enewitok, next door neighbor was Army infantry in Europe, three across the street flew Marauders, Mitchells and Super Fortresses. My landlord in college was captured at the fall of Corregedor and spent 4 years in a Japanese POW camp. In my little town I became acquainted with quite a few others...a Lodge Brother that earned a Silver Star as a Marine in the Pacific, one that was Army in the Philippines, a neighbor that flew P40s over Normandy, his Brother that, like my Father, was a USCG combat vet. A few of my customers as well. One that was a navigator on a Flying Fortress that was shot down over France, one that had survived a kamikaze attack in the Pacific and one that lived through Okinawa as did Sledge. Funny how most of them never really talked much unless asked (one local man who was captured in Phillipsburg, Germany in January 1945 and spent 'only' 5 or so months as a POW absolutely REFUSED to say anything about it to his dying day) and even when they discussed it the common thread was they 'did what had to be done'.As Stephen Ambrose wrote in Band of Brothers, "They had been kicked around by the Depression, had the scars to show for it. They had grown up, many of them, without enough to eat, with holes in the soles of their shoes, with ragged sweaters and no car and often not a radio. Their educations had been cut short either by the Depression or by the war. "Yet with this background, i had and still have a great love for my country," Harry Welch declared forty eight years later. Whatever their legitimate complaints about how life had treated them they had not soured on it or on their country."Subsequent generations will suffer for not knowing these fine men and women.
Dancin_In_Anson: Subsequent generations will suffer for not knowing these fine men and women.
sheep snorter: USS Liberty survivors still miffed at being ignored on their anniversary. Maybe if they wore a sexy nighty made of wool and had a couple of holes to use for super happy fun time in a blessed bed space.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Liberty_incident
sheep snorter: USS Liberty survivors still miffed at being ignored on their anniversary. Maybe if they wore a sexy nighty made of wool and had a couple of holes to use for super happy fun time in a blessed bed space.
Dancin_In_Anson: Funny how most of them never really talked much unless asked
whither_apophis: And to cover their asses for the loss of life, the Navy court-martialed Cap. McVay.
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