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Old 12-05-2014, 04:41 PM   #21
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The ultimate weapon took hundreds of thousands of Japanese lives to save hundreds of thousands of Americans lives.
Atomic bomb trivia— Two-thirds of the Catholics in Japan lived in Nagasaki, and Hiroshima was the site of a Jesuit mission. (I'm not Catholic, but I find it ironic that we bombed the few Japanese people who believed in the same God we do.)
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Old 12-05-2014, 04:44 PM   #22
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Thank you Andy for posting this, and I'm sorry I am late to put in my 2 cents. I'm an Army veteran of the first gulf war. I was in Germany when the wall fell, and Reagan was my CIC.
Pretty momentous times to be in Germany. Both my mother & father were Navy, and my grandfather on my mothers side was a sub torpedoman in both WWI and WWII. My Uncle was a Navy corpsman in Vietnam. My Uncle Richard is the one I most admire, being a corpsman, he has some stories.
I would like to thank all of those serving around the world in support of this great nation. Lest we all be humbled by what those before us have sacrificed so that we can be free today. God bless America.
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Old 12-05-2014, 06:15 PM   #23
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Thanks for posting, Andy. And I treasure the flag which you donated, and which flew over the U.S.S. Arizona on 7 December 2012...which I received at a rally earlier this year. My Dad served during WW II (Leyte and Luzon) and retired after 26 years in the Army. I served for 20 and did a year in Vietnam. My son graduated from West Point and served 5 years. While my Dad is now buried at Arlington, my son and I keep the traditions alive, and in particular on Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, and Pearl Harbor Day. We have added 9/11 to this. I have also visited some of the most beautiful military cemeteries both in the US and Europe. Seeing thousands of white markers truly brings home what prices have been paid for our freedom. I continue to work with the US military and am continually amazed at the wonderful young Americans who continue to serve. We are privileged people who live in a privileged country. Freedom has definitely not been free.
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Old 12-05-2014, 06:33 PM   #24
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My grandfather was a ship's captain in the Merchant Marine during WW2.

His ship was shot out from under him by a German U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship sank almost instantly, killing many members of the crew who were below-decks when it was attacked.

From another WW2 incident, on his desk he kept an empty shell from one of his deck guns, which had been "fired in anger," as he put it, at German planes attempting to strafe his ship while it was in port.

He didn't talk about the war very much, though. Like so many others, he simply did what had to be done.
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