Discussion in 'The PatsFans.com Pub' started by Triumph, Dec 7, 2018.
Pearl Harbor. RIP to all.
Horrible day. Though the Japanese had to deal with something much, much worse after that... the Marines.
I'll be sure to post a thread next August 6.
My Dad enlisted in the marines, despite having a deferment, he worked in an airplane factory. Fought on Okinawa, and part of the post war in Japan peace force.
I had the opportunity to visit the Arizona memorial and found it an incredibly moving experience. Only a handful of survivors remain.
The day when countless Americans and allies lives were saved by ending the war the Japanese started?
Cool. I'll look forward to it.
iT wUz An AcT oF tErRoRiSm lolllllll
it was the calling to the greatest generation
My Dad and 4 uncles served in WWII, with 3 of my Uncles returning with purple hearts. Curiously none of them begged out, suffering from debilitating bone spurs.
Effectively ended the war and put a stop to the Asian Holocaust.
My dad fought in Okinawa too. His job was to string communication lines and was shot at by snipers while up on a telephone pole. He also spent a day alone in an overturned truck during the typhoon that hit the island. Did your dad ever mention the typhoon?
One story my dad told: after the island was secured, GIs played a baseball game vs. Japanese prisoners. The Japanese took the game VERY seriously. When a Japanese player made a fielding error his commanding officer angrily balled him out something fierce.
My dad also worked on telephone lines in WWII, but not on Okinowa. I always had respect for the men who did that job. They were sitting ducks.
people grip about the nukes, but consider that 2 of the lowest yielding bombs were used....the alternative would have been to have proof to humanity be shown in megatons instead of kilotons
I'll be happy to engage on the subject when and if it happens. Bring your A game, you'll need it.
Thanks, in 23 years it will be the 100th anniversary. Just had the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI last month. Crazy to think it was a bit more than 2 decades between world wars. Grateful that it's a kinder, gentler place to exist.
Yep. ~8-10m people.
I think Stalin's reign of terror is around 15-20m
Can't even get my head around that....
Anyway, they awoke the sleeping giant.
My grandfather was in supply in WW2. He was in the Pacific theater. Didn't see any "action" but he served his country proudly.
His father, my great-grand-dad was in WW1. My grandfather said he was "badass" as I understand it. He was in the Marines and fought at Belleau Wood and a few other places in France. I didn't really know him well but I remember his funeral. I was like 9 or 10. He won a bunch of medals. They were pinned to his suit in the casket. I remember a few old timers he served with dressed up in full uniform at his funeral. One them played "Taps". There were younger Marines there who folded the flag and did the 21 gun salute.
Also today is Larry Bird’s birthday. NEVER FORGET.
Yeah my father did the same tour of the Pacific in a tin can in WWII.
Anyone (all due respect to your grandfather) that fought and survived Belleau Wood was a fierce fighter and a lucky sonofanutcracker. There is a WWI documentary (They Shall Not Grow Old) in theaters only on 12/17 and 12/27...colorized and treated by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, etc.). See it if you can, it's supposed to be stellar.
I do want to see that.
I've seen some documentaries on Belleau Wood. I don't know exactly what he did in that battle but it seems like it was incredibly significant. How he survived I have no clue.
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