“The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years.” James Forrestal – Secretary of the Navy – 23rd February 1945″
Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.” Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz – 16th March 1945
Unfortunately, someone somewhere down the years spilled coffee (?) on this photo. When Grandpa Les pulled out pictures to show us, invariably he would choose this as one of them. He was proud of his service and this is one of the most famous scenes from the war.
Grandpa Les was understandably proud of the moment and cherished the unique momento of history. After all, books have been written about this moment in history. This moment has been memorialized with the United State Marine Corps Memorial and the recent movie Flags of Our Fathers.
My Grandfather brought these photographs home from the war. I am told that he was friends with Ernie Pyle. The famous World War II journalist. Grandma had the photo album hidden away in her house. She was afraid that something might happen to them. I think they are a treasure and should be shared. Fortunately, back in 2001 she let me borrow them long enough for me to scan them. I have wondered at a means of sharing them. Now that I have a blog, this is the perfect vehicle for such an endeavor. I’ll bring them out in categories that seem logical. The Bomb. The treaty. The people of Asia. The Soldiers.
These are pictures of the bomb. One of them. Exploding over Nagasaki or Hiroshima. A terrible decision that saved American lives. Possibly millions. But ended hundreds of thousands of Japanese lives and affected the next generations terribly.
War is a terrifyingly, wretched endeavor.
“A bright light filled the plane. The first shock-wave hit us. We were eleven and a half miles slant range from the atomic explosion but the whole airplane cracked and crinkled from the blast… We turned back to look at Hiroshima. The city was hidden by that awful cloud… mushrooming, terrible and incredibly tall.”
– Colonel Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the B-29 Enola Gay
“I become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.”
– J. Robert Oppenheimer, a scientist involve with the development of the atomic bomb (July 16, 1945 quoting the Hindu Scriptures after the first atomic bomb detonation) [summited by Jim Marchetti]
How in the hell did American Idol get on the NFL Super Bowl Pre-Game Show? Ryan Seacrest and the Red Carpet. What the hell is that? They gonna bring out Joan and Melissa Rivers next. And that gay dude from the Oscars. The Queer Eye for the Straight guy does the Super Bowl. I’m getting freaking nauseous. Can anyone say; “SELL OUT!!!” Paula Abdul!?! Randy whatever the hell his name is!?! I feel all girl-ified now. Is Super Bowl XLII sponsored by Revlon, Tampax and a resurgent Zima or what? I feel a strong need to go on a 25 mile road march after R. Lee Ermey shoots me in the leg and tells me to quit whining by smacking me on the back of the head and shouting; “shut the **** up and drive the hell on, B*TCH!”
What is this?
As far as the game goes, I don’t think New York has a chance. I’m hoping it’s a good game and not one of those blowouts like New Englands ’85 Super Bowl effort. Pats, Giants: Entertain us! Giants do you part. I’m almost…ALMOST…hoping that Manning gets taken out somehow and the Big Fella gets in there and wins it for the Giants. I don’t think there’s a snowballs chance in hell of that happening. But it would be one hell of a game if it did. So here’s to the Hefty Lefty. Go J-Lo!
My teams are out. I’m a Titans fan. I follow the Dolphins as well. But they didn’t even make the playoffs. Miami was so terrible it took over half the season to win just one damn game. Hopefully, the fortunes of these two teams is turned around next year.
Since they couldn’t give me anything to cheer for on the field this year. I had to console myself by cheering for the cheerleaders.
With Lindsey and Brenda on the sidelines, it wasn’t difficult to do.
And then there is Bibiana:
I gotta go with the Pats in this one. They’ve found a way to win no matter the challenge this year. They’re one of the best in NFL history. I’m not a Pats fan. But I’m not one of those morons who hates on the successes of others either.