Wwii Marines Tsmg Pic
Posted 02 May 2005 - 08:56 PM
Pretty good issue .
Posted 02 May 2005 - 10:33 PM
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Posted 03 May 2005 - 05:03 PM
enabled them to charge across that Island against a shower of lead could be seen in every effort they made to re-visit the site where many of them suffered crippling wounds and lost best friends. Those faces worn with age would lite up as they recalled where ole Mac caught some shrapnel in the ass, and then tear up when they spotted where ole Jim breathed his last. One pointed to the spot where he was hunkered down in a shell crater near a Jap bunker (the bunker is still there as are most of them) when he saw the flag go up on Suribachi.
What impressed me most was I didn't hear a single one whining about what they had to endure. They weren't looking for reimbursment from anybody, they just accepted the fact that freedom was at stake and it was their turn to defend it. And their willingness to put up with someone like me asking endless questions was special too. They took me in like I was one of them even though I didn't deserve be in the same room with such royalty.
One of the first ones I met on the flight from Hawaii to Guam revealed to me he had terminal bladder cancer. He was passing serious amounts of blood with every piss, but he was determined to "go back to the Island" as his "last hoorah." I guess courage is just a part of the nature of men such as these. He kept saying "I hope I don't get too weak to make the tour." Man that tore me up, and I think I'd carried him if he hadn't had the strength. It was a special time seeing him fill a bag with the black sand from the beach where he'd layed it all on the line some 60 years ago.
Sorry this got a bit long, but I just had to chip in on the praise of the Greatest Generation.
Posted 03 May 2005 - 07:09 PM