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I met a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima today

 
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:19 PM
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My uncle JR Pickering was at Iwo. He drove a Amtrac that got hit by an artilery shell. He didn't get a scratch. He did just about get killed in a car wreck not soon after he got back from the war. He never talked about it alot but I didn't ask. God rest his soul.
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:50 PM
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I appreciate all the replies to this thread. it was a great privilege and honor to meet this man the other day and this just one of many thousands... some who came back and some who didn't.

I know the Japanese did a lot of very bad things to our soldiers as well as other conquered people. But the war ended 63 years ago. I know and am friends with some Japanese students here at MSU and they are some of the nicest and friendliest people I know. I have also visited Japan a number of times and was very impressed with the people and culture as a whole and was always treated with kindness and respect. One thing that especially made an impression on me was while I was riding their version of the subway in Tokyo, that children from all ages, 5 yrs and up, rode on the train unescorted to and from school without fear of harm. Crime was almost non-existent, at least to my observation.

The reason I posted this thread was to share this experience I had with you and to remember the sacrifice and good of this man and many others and not the bad of the Japanese. I don't believe it does any good to dwell on past evils.

I posted this experience in another forum and have got a lot of replies from those who knew other men and women from this generation and others with their own stories. It been great reading here and there as well.

Thanks, and please continue to share if you have any other stories.

-Mark
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:15 PM
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Very good Mark, the Japs are a warm and fuzzy, cultured people now. But, of course, they are also a homogenous society, so they tend to be less troubled with domestic strife and crime.

We are completely different from the Japs, we're force fed multiculturalism and diversity, which of course, is one of the main reasons we are such a lawless and polarized country today. If we try to encourage a more homogenous society we're called racists.

BTW, the Japs have always been among the most unregenerate racists extant. They think anyone who isn't a Jap is of a contemptibly inferior race...a waste of skin.
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:19 PM
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Screw pro sports idols for kids. Theyre are all about me me me me me........Soldiers/Sailors/and Airmen are the real deal. Well said Winmag.
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:44 PM
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Lewish, I didn't start this thread to talk about Japs or Japanese, and I'm not in the habit of judging a person by his genetics. I judge each man and woman by their own character and actions and right now I'm finding your character and actions lacking. I hope I'm wrong.

I did start this thread to share an experience I had with a hero who participated in a great battle and significant event of our countries history. I would be happy if you care to add to that.
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:47 AM
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Mark , you inserted an apology to anyone who would be offended by the word "Jap." That's what set me off.

I'm old enough to remember WWII, my uncle was an Army Sergeant in the Pacific, and I've talked to many vets of the Pacific War (including the PBY aviator who first spotted the Jap fleet headed for Midway). I would never, ever apologize for using the word "Jap" in the WWII context.

BTW, I'm disappointed no one has mentioned the Japanese-American 442d Regimental Combat Team that fought with great valor and success against the Germans in Italy, and won several Presidential Unit Citations. These men were great Japanese warriors in the highest Samurai tradition...but the sobs that fought us in the Pacific were "Japs."
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.but the sobs that fought us in the Pacific were "Japs."
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