I am a lifelong World War Two buff, and I do not know why- I just am. I am intrigued by each and every minute aspect of those war years, and have immense respect for most of American civilization before, during, and after that war. My father was stationed in Japan a year after the war’s end, and he did not tell me ‘till last year that he walked through Okinawa after the battle- a point that I was pissed to find out about after so many years because I have so many questions for him that he can't answer now. Why didn’t he tell me before?
I guess people who lived those years and those events don’t discuss their experiences, something that non-participants don’t truly ever understand.
The Uyeno’s were good family friends for decades, and not once did the subject of WW2 ever come up. After the father (Don) died, I found out that even though his parents were locked up in the racist internment "camps" because they were Japanese Americans, he volunteered for the army and was a member of the famous 442nd, the unit the army called on when things got impossibly deadly- the most decorated unit in the history of the American military.
The 442nd were ordered to perform the most deadly missions and then ordered to stand aside while the white troops took the credit for the misson and paraded through Italian cities as heroes even though the Japanese-American soldiers did the deadly work and suffered most of the causalities.
I read about how this unit fought and it sometimes (most times) brought tears to my eyes imagining myself in their places back then- horrifying! How would I perform in battle??? I dunno! Probably not like these heroes did. I'm sure that I would shrink and cower under fire unlike these honorable men.
Twenty years ago, I wrote Senator Daniel Inouaye from Hawaii a letter expressing my deep admiration for his world war two courage in battle fighting for the 442nd, and actually got a letter back. He is a war hero in my mind, forever. His aggressiveness in battle is one of the most impressive stories of all the military history in our country's history. Don't know of this hero? Look him up. He died a while ago, and I wish that I had met him before he passed. He did give a few interviews where his understated telling of events is overshadowed by the telling of the very same events by other participants, definition of honor.
Now, every time I think of the Uyeno’s, I always think of Don’s quiet persona, and admire that man for the part he and his fellow soldiers played in our nation’s history. I am telling you now- the 442nd is the ultimate definition of Dignity, Honor, Respect, and Courage. I would give ANYTHING to talk to Don Uyeno again.
The invasion dead (all ww2 dead) deserve something called RESPECT, a word unknown to our president. This word means “hush-hush” one’s petty, childish, immature, bickering out-loud thoughts about personal gripes and grievances that bother tRUMP- someone who knows abso-damn-lutely nothing about cowering behind a blade of grass or a pebble to hide from German machine guns that have the ability to vaporize your fleshy body with a half-second burst.
tRUMP was a spoiled rich kid partying in NYC while his peers fought and died in Vietnam, unable or unwilling to shirk duty when their country called on them.
The current PRESIDENT of the country that took part in the most difficult and impossible task during that invasion, goes on world-wide TV to bash political opponents during a ceremony to honor the innocent sons of city dwellers and farmers alike, exposing himself for the total ignorant bumbling idiot fool that he is...no concept of honor. Best word to describe him-“Asshole!!!”
With THOUSANDS of headstones in the camera’s background, our “president” has no sensitivity of the moment. No understanding of his unique role in the world. No cerebral nor honorable thought processes visible at all to anyone.
I saw this interview about twenty minutes ago, and became enraged. His insensitive stance on the importance of World War Two is totally lost on this person. My conclusion, reached so many times before for so many other diverse reasons is this:
tRUMP is incapable of governing himself, let alone our country. He needs to go. NOW. He needs to crawl back into the hole he slithered out of in 2016, and go home, and anyone who could support this man after this incident needs to be introspective of values. Which morals are most important? Its a question easily answered by at least 66% of the population.
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