Monday, January 18, 2010

What WWII Was Really Like

History tends to idealize war. There is nothing ideal about war in its bloody ruthlessness. Two sources I know personally tell the truth without either sanitizing history, or creating unnecessary drama. I invite you to investigate the sources below and consider supporting their efforts to keep the stories of WWII alive in American hearts and minds.

God bless them.

With so many of our WWII veterans gone already we are at risk of losing entirely their direct memories of their experiences and their sacrifices -- as well as the sacrifices of our entire country -- during WWII. If you do not already, please consider supporting the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. I visited there in 2005 and was moved beyond words by the sight of the Arizona's remains. Their education program also is very good. This is part of the National Park Service so please consider supporting this very worthwhile portion of our national parks.

THE TANKER TAPES & The Bailout Plan
No, not that kind of bailout! A friend of mine, Aaron Elson, in memory of his father has in the last several years has been recording WWII veterans' oral histories through personal interviews. I have several of the CDs and I can tell you they are startling. Whatever your notions of WWII, these vets (including Normandy survivors) will blow you away with their calm, matter-of-fact narratives. Below is a link to Aaron's site. You can listen to several interviews free. I have The Tanker Tapes and several others. This is an extremely valuable endeavor, and Aaron is running against the clock as many of these men are in declining health, and some have left us since his interviews. Please consider supporting his worthwhile efforts.

Thank you.

1 comment:

  1. Remember Pearl Harbor -- Keep America Alert!

    America's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient, living his 101st year is former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Ordnanceman (ACOM), later wartime commissioned Lieutenant John W. Finn, U. S. Navy (Ret.). He is also the last surviving Medal of Honor, "The Day of Infamy", Japanese Attack on the Hawaiian Islands, Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941.

    (Now deceased) 'Navy Centenarian Sailor', 103 year old, former enlisted Chief Petty Officer, Aviation Chief Radioman (ACRM, Combat Aircrewman), later wartime commissioned Chief Warrant Officer Julio 'Jay' Ereneta, U. S. Navy (Ret.), is a thirty year career veteran of World War One and World War Two. He first flew aircrewman in August 1922; flew rearseat Radioman/Gunner (1920s/1930s) in the tactical air squadrons of the Navy's first aircraft carriers, USS LANGLEY (CV-1) and USS LEXINGTON (CV-2).

    Visit my photo album tribute to these centenarian veteran shipmates and other Pearl Harbor Survivors:

    San Diego, California


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