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I met a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima today

 
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Old 03-10-2010, 04:17 PM
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He said the defending "Jap" (no offense to any Japanese reading this) general -Mark
Mark, no need for that qualifier for using the word "Jap."

Anyone who remembers, reads about WWII in the Pacific, or has spoken with military personnel engaged in that conflict will vehemently tell you that "Jap" is the best thing you can call those people.

The Jap was the cruelest, most barbaric soldier we've ever fought. They made the Germans look like alter boys.

An old Marine I knew said he wished we'd had a lot more than two A-Bombs to drop on Japan, so's we coulda killed all of 'em!
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Old 03-10-2010, 05:27 PM
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John Wayne was never in the service BUT he did make some dam good war movies
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John Wayne was never in the service BUT he did make some dam good war movies
But his boyfriend was
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Old 03-11-2010, 12:31 AM
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"Kill Japs, Kill Japs, Kill More Japs!" The more of the little yellow bastards you kill, the quicker we go home!

Admiral William Halsey.
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But his boyfriend was
Dont go knockin the Duke now boys. Sergant Stryker may have been a fictional character played by John Wayne, but the movie, like most all the ones John Wayne played in was a good one. I have never been a soldier of any kind, but I was a cowboy. If John Wayne portrayed the part of a Marine in combat that sacrificed it all, as good as he portrayed ranchers at the turn of the century, then I see NO reason at all to dog him for it.
Like I said I was never a soldier, so I dont know what combat is like, and I wont pretend I ever could know, but like all his movies he was the hero. Whats wrong with making a movie where a Marine is the hero? Whats all the ''gay'' crap about?
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I work as a nurse at the Boise VAMC and it is a distinct honor to care for many of "The greatest Generation". I've met all kinds of veterans of WWII from guys that never saw combat, POW's, and the ones that fought their way across Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. Best career choice I ever made. One of the most touching was a civilian contractor that had been captured by the Japanese on Wake Island and spent the entire war being starved and forced to do slave labor. He couldn't tell you what day it was or where he was but remember every detail of those horrible years he spent in captivity at the hands of the Japanese.
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Old 03-11-2010, 05:56 PM
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Re: I met a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima today

My father was there on D-Day, he went in on what they called Easy-Red. He never would talk about it except when he and some of his buddies got really drunk, and then only with each other.
Even though I spent some years in the Navy, I never really understood until I saw Saving Private Ryan.
It took me ten minutes after the movie ended to clear the tears out of my eyes before I could walk out of there.
I saw that movie with my children, they were 20 and 17 at the time, my daughter said that could not ever remember seeing me like that, I am not usually very emotional.
Sitting there thinking about what my dad had gone through I now understood why he would not talk about it, who the hell would want to think about that part of your life if you did not have to.
Dad died in 1987, 11 years before the movie. He survived the war and made it home without any serious wounds and spent the next 30+ years working for one of lesser known "Agencies" just outside DC.
It is really sad to see where this country seems to be going, it is like NO ONE understands the Freedom is NOT FREE and it is not the governments responsibility to take care of you.
OK I will stop ranting.
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