There is significant, warranted attention being paid to the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. As a blogger and as a veteran myself of both large and small wars, I find it difficult to do sufficient honor to those who fought on D-Day and during the Second World War in general. Huge sacrifices were made to rid the world of National Socialism and Imperial Japan. 

When it comes to issues like dropping the atomic bomb on Japan, I can only suggest that they deserved it. There were horrible things done by the Nazis in the name of National Socialism and the agenda that its leadership espoused. In my opinion, the Japanese rape of Korea and China was just as bad. They all got what was coming to them. We owe a debt that we can’t repay to those who set things right, often at the cost of their own lives. All we can do is pay it forward and uphold the principles that they fought for. 

23 COMMENTS

  1. Totally agree.

    And we are still issuing Purple Hearts minted for the expected casualties from the proposed invasion of Japan.

    After the war, the analysis of the prepared defenses determined that we would have been radically short, if we were to win.

    And people still try to convince me that we didn't need to drop the bomb.

  2. One of my Dad's brothers was a paratrooper who jumped in the first wave of C-47's across the channel.

  3. Yep. My father and my FIW were both training in the Philippines for the invasion of Japan when the bomb was dropped. Both combat infantry, 77th Div. and 97th Div. Good chance neither my wife or I would be here if they had to invade.

  4. Yeah, about those A-bombs–

    1. WWII ended.
    2. We won.
    3. None have been used in anger since.

  5. That was a hell of a generation and I'm honored to have known some of them. I knew an uncle who was a tail gunner(a dashing fellow), another uncle who was a seabee in the pacific( never spoke about it and never the same) and one who was also a gunner in the aircorps who never came back. Much bigger balls and in greater numbers than what's around these days. Surely there are brave men and women in service today but not in the numbers that generation produced.

  6. No family member was at Normandy. I did have an uncle at the Bulge however, and a grandfather, who also served in WWI, was in north Africa and Italy. I too am thankful the bomb ended WWII. Dad was in the navy at Okinawa and my father-in-law was a Marine at the same location. Both would likely have taken part in the invasion of Japan, as would another uncle who had not yet deployed. My wife and I might not have been here if Hiroshima and Nagasaki hadn't gone up.

  7. Yeah, my Dad was slated for the first USN conventional air strike into Nagasaki, until we gave the place the Instant Sunshine treatment, instead. When he was flying people around Japan afterwards, to do inventory, he was able to tour a lot of the mountains he'd have been flying over/past, and they were mostly hollowed out into hangars, flak nests, and strongpoints. He was always a big fan of the Bomb.

    (a) Yeah, they deserved it – and I am a lot more sympathetic towards Imperial Japan than many. If we'd nuked the Nazis, they'd have deserved it too.

    (b) If we'd had to invade the place, there would be no Japan today, and no Japanese culture… just some more US States with Japanese-ethnic minorities; we were pretty damned riled up, by that point. So, the Bomb worked out to their benefit, too.

    -Kle.

  8. Off on a bit of a tangent here LL.

    My second step father was in the invasion and also liberated one of the concentration camps. My father was a waist gunner in a bomber and survived 35 missions. My first step father was on Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. Finally the man I was actually closest too in a father like way was a gunner on a destroyer in the kamakazi days.

    All I know is I am so proud to have has them as guiding figures who in turn imparted their love of country onto the man who I am now.

    I'm upset as hell that of course the lefty garbage is not only politicizing today but also trying to rewrite not only the importance of it but also in effect demean and abase the sacrifice of all the folks who defended us.

    We not only owe them for that but for the fate they saved from.

    The fact that the country is now being force fed the far left stands that they fought against is sickening beyond belief. It is an insult to not only their memory, but to the very core of what we were founded as a country.

    In my eyes, that war was not just against the Nazis and Japanese, it was in fact a battle for everything we stand for.

    I have no problem with how we ended that war. I do have a problem with the fact the indoctrination of our society is somehow dishonoring their sacirfices

  9. Yes indeed. By forgetting the past we doom ourselves to a large extent to an uncertain future. Society today tends to glorify the wrong people. What are the names of service members and police officers, killed in the line of duty just this year?

  10. Thank you Kle for your third paragraph. I have been saying and writing the same thing for years and have not, until today, seen anyone else who agreed with me.

    Paul L. Quandt

  11. Just a follow up as to what I see as to the left's garbage slinging. I found this headline in the Washington Post:

    "When commemorating D-Day, don’t forget the dark side of American war efforts"

    And people wonder why I'm pissed?

  12. Just FWIW: the Japs and Jerrys still hate us. After all these years, and all we have done for them, the hatred remains.

    And yes, the Japs got what they deserved, they were the cruelest regime since Ghenghis Khan, and that's saying something.

  13. Very little has been written in English about the Japanese war experience. We have all the classics , "Shots fired in Anger", "With the Old Breed", Guadalcanal Diary", etc, but it is all the US view.
    "Japan at War", Haruko Taya Cook and Theodore F. Cook is a must read for anyone interested in the war in the Pacific. Interviews with Japanese in all walks of life, from school girl nurse on Okinawa,combat infantry, to camp guards at biological warfare labs. Fascinating reading and not PC or sugar coated at all. Many of the interviews were conducted in secret, because of the extreme reluctance to speak about the war.
    The initial opening of Japan to the west, and the rejection of a 250 year Tokugawa dictatorship was a huge breath of fresh air- you can see it in the art- the Japanese love of nature collided with the western art scene and made some beautiful children…Japanese Art Deco is something to see!
    Then somehow they descended into a police state. Stories of the Kempo tai secret police rounding up people who were influenced by the west are in Cooks book- like Jazz? you must be a western lackey. Even the military swords went from a western hilt pattern in the Japanese Russo war back to a traditional samurai mount. Go figure- medieval dictatorship in 1865, to beating an European power in naval warfare 40 years later, to Taisho era western embrace in the '20's, to a military police state 10 years later. What a crazy ride.

  14. Yikes.

    Of course, these are the same people who will bend over backwards to defend the Soviet Union…

    -Kle.

  15. I didn’t reply to comments individually, but they are clearly on point and express a deep understanding of history and the human condition connected to it.

    The march to war by all parties involved was complicated and was rooted in their past. Japan invaded China and Korea because they could. Germany invaded the Sudetenland, Poland, etc. because they could. War weary France fell because they planned to fight the last war, etc.

    Are we ready?

    To fight the next war?

  16. I spent a week years ago to walk the beaches of Normandie and visit all the places where history took place. Doing it gave me something I could not get from reading the history alone. What that generation sacrificed must never be forgotten. Being among all the white crosses at the graveyard and listen to the silence while thinking of the sound of war when these men gave everything makes you humble. I think the the speech Trump gave was good, the best part was when they honored Ray Lambert. Larry that was a man who did more than just his duty. Bless their memory.

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