One of the many wonderful things my parents have been able to enjoy in their life is the opportunity to have lived in the South Pacific for several years in Guam.
The young marines were from Japan, Okinawa, and Pendleton that were there on maneuvers and were there also to learn of past history and glory and of respect that was won by these men. We went around the island (very small, 2 miles by 5 miles...1/3 the size of Manhattan Island), and went up on Mt Suribachi and gazed down on those black beaches where so many lost their lives. Many of these old Marines would stand there looking out over this very small island and tears would just flow down their cheeks with their wives standing right beside them, not having realized for all those years that something would affect their husbands quite like that. They just had never talked about it.
I have some of the sand from those beaches today here in my office. When you see someone disrespecting the US Flag....well, they need to be very careful where they do it! Needless to say it was a very solemn day and very awe inspiring. It is a national shrine for the Japanese. They lost many more and they are mostly still there. I wish everyone could take that tour and spend a day there...sorry I got to going so long here, but when you see that flag being raised on Suribachi...well, I was right there...it is and was something....jer
Here are some of the best WWII pictures I have seen. Don't know where they came from.
Be patient, the picture interface is a little testy but very interesting content."
Good stuff.. Thanks for sharing Jerry!