Thanks to all who now or have earlier put themselves in harm's way for the rest of us.
My father, who died last year at 84 yrs, was in the USAF 1950-54 , the height of SAC domination. He was in B 47s and said there was never a time that there were not enough nuclear weapons in our jets to annihilate our adversaries, at any moment. My uncle was in B-29's- 1944 /45 Tinian. Never heard much else, as most of us would not fully comprehend what the experience was like.
Thank you....this brought chills up and down my spine and brought a tear to my eye.
There is an organization, not certain what it is, that my best friend's Dad was contacted by. They archive WWII vets history and document their accounts of what happened to them when they were in the service.
Unfortunately, my best friend's Dad passed away several months ago....Pearl Harbor survivor....the diary he kept is now being sent to this org. I have to find out just what this organization is but while the interviews and such were going on I learned a ton.
Sad to see that this generation of Heroes is passing on.
Great vid. Thanks to. ALL WWII vets and all before them and after them, past, present, and future vets. It is sacrifices by them that allow me to be free as an American. 90 some years ago my grandfather had to escape communist in Russia, and then again from China in the late 1950's. So finally we can live in peace and be free here in United States of America.
Just watched it. Now I'm balling my eyes out. Thanks for the link. Reminds me of my Grandfather. He fought in the Philippines. He was wounded but survived to live a full life and be a super Grandfather. We lost him just before 9/11. His Purple Heart hangs proudly in my living room. Thanks to all that served both then and now.
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME, Thankyou for posting this, There are not many of our heroes left from that war that fought for our freedom as we know it. I wish more could see and appreciate the sacrifice they made. I thank you all that have seved and sacrificed for my freedom..
Longtime lurker. This is as good a place as any for a first post.
Wet eyes, indeed. I wish I had been smarter and tape recorded some of the stories I overheard as a young man...I have now deceased family members who were WWII vets. One was a Pearl Harbor Survivor who went on to serve in several submarines, including the Wahoo...now at Pearl as a museum. Once we were there and aboard and he was giving us some info as the guide was talking. She heard him and asked if he was a vet. "I am a retired Chief Petty Officer and served on this boat as a young man"
He gave the rest of the tour.
The young people who have served these past years, including my son and the son of a dear, dear friend, are the best of America. This nation is fortunate that her sons (and daughters) rise and respond to the call...every time, popular or not.
My Grandfather was stuck in the Ardennes during the Bulge. Doctors wanted to amputate his frozen feet. A Belgian Dr. insisted that if saline was injected every hour he might be able to keep his feet. He got to keep his feet and his life. He was much more fortunate than many of his friends in that battle.
When I was a kid I used to be curious about his experience so I would ask him about fighting in the Army and Western Europe, he would reply "it was a tough time." Knowing his stoic nature it must have been hell. Those that survived came back to America and built industries, businesses, families, and took their new lease on life to an unimaginable level. They not only freed the world from darkness they rebuilt America and made it the greatest country on earth.
Truly one of the greatest generations that ever lived. Everything we have we owe to them.
We should do our best to make sure their sacrifices were not in vain.
My Grandfather was in WWI, my father was in WWII & Korea, I was in Vietnam.
A problem with the "Greatest Generation"....they gave us Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and a lot of horrid leftist politicians...they gave us high taxes by who they voted for...their voting patterns gave us the country heading towards the current socialism.
Yes, the greatest perhaps for WWII...the worst for what happened to this country afterwards.
That was a great clip. I am glad that someone has taken the time to organize this, and what a way to honor those who fought to keep Freedom alive on earth in the 1940's!
That said, isn't it rather sad that we speak of them as the "Greatest Generation?" I mean, seriously, would we not be honoring them even more if we were living up to the ideals that they fought and died for, and standing on their shoulders to hold Freedom even Higher?
Look around at the youths growing up today, and the young fathers and mothers today. There is a terrible lack of character and personal responsibility in today's young people. Why were today's young parents not brought up to take responsibility and stand up to fight for freedom like those of the 1940's? All of us have parents or grandparents who could have told us stories of "when I was young, what Dad said went without question. If I talked back, I got a strapping."
And yet, today, parents try to bribe their kids to get them to do something, or reason with them, instead of simply telling them to do as they are told. And the kids sass their parents without consequence.
These kids then grow up directionless, and become spoiled welfare recipients, rather than becoming the entrepreneurs that their grandparents were.
Maybe that is why we must call the survivors of the Great Depression and World War II the "Greatest Generation."
I, for one, would rather Honor their Sacrifices by attempting to look to them as examples, and to stand on their shoulders, and to try to reach even greater heights in the Preservation and Defense of Freedom, and attempt to set the stage where Our Generation could be Greater Still, because of them, and because of their example which we built upon.
We can and we must move on, and walk in their shadows, and learn from them until it is time for us to carry the torch for them, and make America even Greater than it was. If we do not, then they have fought and died in vain, and they will always remain the Greatest Generation, for we would not strive to become even greater. This would truly be a tragedy.
Thanks for sharing this link, and May God Bless those who remain who fought in WWII. May they not have died in vain!
That article brings more than one tear to my eyes. My father was scheduled to attend that event but due to heath issues he was not able to attend. He is now 86 years old. He was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces. He was a B-17 squadron leader. He led his men on daylight bombings raids over Germany.
He still has his pilots license (not up to date of course) and shows it to anyone that talks to him about flying.
Seems like I am the black sheep in the family as both my paternal grandparents flew in WWI. My paternal grandfather flew a Sopwith Camel. He bought one after WWI I’m told for $50. That’s what my dad used to learn to fly.
My brother can fly just about any fixed wing aircraft out there.
I was in the bank with my 6 year old daughter a couple months ago when we noticed a man in a WWII hat. She walked up and thanked him for her freedom (it's a thing that my family does to all men of previous wars that we notice in public) and he started to cry, like really cry. I went up and apologized to him and he said he wasn't upset, it was just the first time since 1944 that someone had said that to him. It made me more ashamed of my fellow humans than I ever have been, and fiercely proud of my little girl. We had a really nice talk for a while afterwards.
hats off to them all!! thanking them isnt enough, for the rubbish they all went threw. as now we stand, we need to thank them in the up most way by standing together ....we the people, now need to take back our libertys n freedom... as they fought for us n the bill of rights!!! foreign and domestic
truely!! thank you
That was an awesome video. I do think that the guys and gals that volunteered to go into the military and fight the terrorists are now the greatest generation. No one will really see that until sometime down the road. I think that we should honor the WWII vets by taking care of the injured and broken vets that are in need now. They come home to a crap economy and hardly any money to take care of their own families in many cases. Thank you to all that served.