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I met a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima today

 
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:12 AM
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Lewish, I did not apologize in any way, shape or form for what this old soldier said. If I thought it needed to be apologized for, I would not have quoted him. I just wanted readers to know that I was not implying any offense or slur to any person by quoting and using that term. There is a big difference.

As a side note, I believe our nation as a whole, over reacted to the Japanese race during that time period which is evidenced by the internment of almost every person of Japaneses descent in our country. These were loyal US citizens who were unlawfully stripped of their rights as US citizens because of the color of their skin and the shape of their eyes. they lost everything and many of them were never compensated for. A US made travesty and disgrace. Our nation has a rich history of racism and bigotry and I have both seen it and lived it. As a boy growing up, I had straight black hair, dark olive colored skin, almond shaped eyes and high cheek bone structure. In short, I looked very Asian and a lot of other kids contemptuously called me Jap and Chink. This is the way I grew up in the land of the free and the home of the brave even into my college years, 30 years after WWII. Ironically, I am almost completely of German descent. No Asian blood in me at all. It was a good lesson though that gave me a firsthand understanding of bigotry and racism and I am actually glad for it. Nuff said. I did not start this thread to go into this.

I said it once and I'll say it again. The war ended 64 years ago. Thanks to this old soldier and others, we won and that is what I am focused on. There is absolutely no profit gained in dwelling on the past evils of our enemies. If you want to dwell there, please keep it in your own house and please don't bring into my living room.

I invite you to join me in sharing my sense of honour and privilege to have met this man and been brought so close to this moment of our country's history.

-Mark

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Old 03-12-2010, 12:27 PM
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I love to hunt fossils, rocks and arrowheads and out near Topaz, Utah is a shale seam where you can dig for trilobites legally. By profession I am a sanitary engineer so my wife and I stopped by the ruins of the internment camp. There are some of the most stunning examples of brick work to be found in the old sewer manholes. Truly amazing craftsmanship.
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:31 PM
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I lived near and worked in Poston, AZ. for a time, site of one of the largest internment camp's in WWII . Certainly not our finest hour.

Am looking at a picture of my grandmother as a small girl, she looks most uncomfortable, like a little Sioux Indian girl crammed into white girls clothes, which is what she was I guess.

Can't change whats past, Let's move on. Mark thanks for the post, enjoyed it.
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Old 03-13-2010, 09:51 PM
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shorty, I couldn't tell from your post but, was your grandmother in the internment camp?
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Old 03-13-2010, 11:52 PM
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Chas1, No she wasn't ,she was from South Dakota. We just lived in AZ for a while.
I was a kid working for some Viet Nam vet's who had started a crop dusting service back in about 1970. Wildest assed pilots I ever met. Their airstrip was on the edge of town.
Used to eat lunch in Poston every day,spoke to the locals, Not one ever spoke of the camp.
Shame,indifference.ignorance, your guess is as good as mine.

Sorry didn't mean to hijack the thread. My point is that. No matter our background, no matter what
injustices that have been heaped upon our ancestors be they black, yellow ,red,white or brown, here we stand,today, AMERICANS! Warriors all!


AND NO i'LL NOT APOLOGIZE FOR WAVING THE FLAG, TO ANYONE
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Old 03-14-2010, 12:16 AM
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... No matter our background, no matter what
injustices that have been heaped upon our ancestors be they black, yellow ,red,white or brown, here we stand,today, AMERICANS! Warriors all!


AND NO i'LL NOT APOLOGIZE FOR WAVING THE FLAG, TO ANYONE
My sentiments exactly Shorty! Thanks.

-Mark
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Old 03-14-2010, 02:13 PM
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Re: I met a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima today

Well said shorty and thanks for responding.
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