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Letters to the Editor

WWII memories

December 11, 2011

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To the editor:

Dec. 7, 1941; news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that Sunday morning was shock. In college, after Christmas break in January ’41, male students disappeared, signing to train in the Army, Marines, Navy, Army Air Corps. College became a girls’ school.

Domestic changes too: food rationing, gasoline and tire rationing, one pair of shoes per year. The farmers and ranchers had priority stamps allowing unlimited fuel and tires in food production for the military. A fiancé became a fighter pilot, flew from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal. Time out for a tropical disease and a leave in Auckland, New Zealand. He was killed in action June 3, 1943, I a widow at  21. 

Two neighbors were killed in the European Theater, a pilot friend killed in North Africa. I found the name of a college friend in the Normandy Cemetery in France in June 1981. Jack was a smart whimsical senior, played piano, a good writer. Another school friend joined the Airborne Infantry as he “didn’t like to walk.” Another school friend and paratrooper landed in Bastogne in frigid weather, was out of commission with frozen feet. Older brother’s best friend died on the Philippine Death March.

Mankind’s history is of wars and weapons from the time of the ancient Hittites’ use of iron and before, and better weapons to the present day. That the day will come when we can live together, war a thing of the past, is a goal. Knowing human nature, however, Americans remain watchful.

Comments

its_just_math 3 years ago

Man has been at war from the beginning and it will never stop, unfortunately.

Awaiting the usuals blaming Republicans.....tick, tick, tick.........

Plurilingual 3 years ago

I think we should blame the trolls...

Ron Holzwarth 3 years ago

"That the day will come when we can live together, war a thing of the past, is a goal."

Definitely, and it is an admirable one. Unfortunately, it doesn't have very much basis in reality. The most that we can hope for is that the interludes between them will become longer.

Although, the Messiah may come and save us. But a lot of people don't believe that's going to happen.

Crazy_Larry 3 years ago

Let's be a little more optimistic. What is reality, Ron? We can change things. The story of 5 Monkeys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZeiSK...

Ron Holzwarth 3 years ago

I'm sure this will sound really terrible. Well, more than sound terrible, it is a horrifying thing to even think about.

I spend a lot of time reading, and so it's not at all surprising that I am also reading in my dreams.

Not long before I woke up this morning, I dreamed that I was seeing and somehow also reading a history book from 1,000 years in the future.

I dreamed that I was reading about how within 600 years from now, wars were conducted very differently than they are today. That is, wars reverted to the method that was used very successfully for hundreds of thousands of years prior to our time.

Nations that were aggressive towards another nation were depopulated. Meaning, using powerful bombs, all of the cities of any size were totally destroyed. Then, automated drones whizzed through the destroyed nation looking for survivors, and they were eliminated also.

The nation that was eliminated then became the territory of the nation that destroyed it. One big advantage of this method of warfare was that the fossil fuels and mineral deposits of the depopulated and eliminated nation were not damaged at all.

The other big advantage was that after a few demonstrations of this method of warfare, there weren't any more wars. Suggestions that a war should be started were looked upon with horror by the population, and any politician that advocated starting one was quickly assassinated by someone who was then considered to be a national hero.

It was a very strange dream. However, it really doesn't seem all that unrealistic considering the direction that the human race appears to be headed.

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