Researchers: 139 WWII Marines entombed on atoll

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Researchers used ground-penetrating radar, tediously reviewed thousands of military documents and interviewed hundreds of others to find 139 graves.
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Cleveland Joe

Erie, PA

#2 Nov 26, 2008
Where is Judge Duncrazy???
Joe

United States

#3 Nov 29, 2008
I served in World War two and am glad to see people still care. At 84 I feel about 55, still get out and can still see and hear like when I was 20. At least most days. When I look around this world, I often wonder what people care about. Many people my age are worried about the recent "ressesion" as it worsens.... I am glad that I have lived to see this generation of whimps tested, or at least begin to be. We will all be okay, in the end... at least most of those able to un-learn the bad me, me, me mentalities and credit card adiction that have hurt this nation for so long.

If I go at t red light five years from now, I will be looking down laughing, watching you all struggle to re-grow a backbone. It is nice to know that someone still cares enough about the boys who fought for thier country, however long ago, to find the graves of these brave young men.
Elsie YesSir - Las Cruces

Las Cruces, NM

#5 Nov 29, 2008
Like Joe, I was in WW2 (Navy) and in the target sights of many, many Kamikazes (one of which hit and disabled my ship). And like Joe, I still feel young and am active. But I disagree with him about the upcoming generation who are proving themselves in the Middle East, though all too many of their age group and not in the service do not understand at all that we are at war -- probably the most serious in our history.

We read too often about our being in two wars. We are not! Iraq and Afghanistan are two fronts of the same war. We are in a world war, being attacked by international terrorists. Iraq and Afghanistan are at this time the two fronts of that one war. In WW2, we did not refer to the "war in France" or the "war on Tarawa" or the "war in North Africa!" We were in one war -- against the Axis powers of Germany and Japan. Aside from these worrisome referents, I do not worry about the upcoming generation. They are doing a good job in the Middle East, and they are proving themselves every day.
Joe

Pensacola, FL

#7 Dec 2, 2008
Elsie YesSir - Las Cruces wrote:
Like Joe, I was in WW2 (Navy) and in the target sights of many, many Kamikazes (one of which hit and disabled my ship). And like Joe, I still feel young and am active. But I disagree with him about the upcoming generation who are proving themselves in the Middle East, though all too many of their age group and not in the service do not understand at all that we are at war -- probably the most serious in our history.
We read too often about our being in two wars. We are not! Iraq and Afghanistan are two fronts of the same war. We are in a world war, being attacked by international terrorists. Iraq and Afghanistan are at this time the two fronts of that one war. In WW2, we did not refer to the "war in France" or the "war on Tarawa" or the "war in North Africa!" We were in one war -- against the Axis powers of Germany and Japan. Aside from these worrisome referents, I do not worry about the upcoming generation. They are doing a good job in the Middle East, and they are proving themselves every day.
Your points are well taken my friend. But these days, America fights in a way that would make old Patton and Churchill shake thier head. Our equipment is state of the art. But our idea of hitting with everything we have has turned to BOMBS OVER BAGDAD and then scattered occupation. If we're in, we need to be IN, full surge, go go go and have a American for every 20 feet (when possible)
Your right about how we look at war now, which is part of the problem. But a war on terorism is a tricky buisness, because there has ALWAYS been terrorism, of some kind. If McCain had been president for 8 years, it would have been a different war. But as it is now, there is just to much crap going on. Our nations values have changed so very drastically, for many, military personel are a individual and different branch from regular civilians to the point that "hay soilder, meals on me" and "hay soilder, need a ride" are things of the past. This is the Me nation, leading a ME world, and so there is little chance for team work and back up from a nation.
Then there is also the buisness of why we didn't clean up Iraq 15 years ago. But anyway. Glad to've heard from you soilder. Take care.
Allie

University Park, PA

#8 Dec 2, 2008
Thanks so much to those of you who fought for my generation

“GodBless+KeepYou”

Since: Oct 08

Crawford County

#9 Dec 2, 2008
God bless you Joe and Elsie --keep sharing your story (history) with anyone who will listen, especially the kids! I wished my dad had shared his Korea experiences with me, but instead he handed me a book. I believe the name of it was "Reactionary" by Lt James Pate? It informed me well, but I really need my dad's view.
War is hell, and unfortunately it is very necessary! Once again, God bless you, gentlemen, and all our vets!
Pray for my son (and many others) who are soon to leave or there now, glad to serve our country and the Iraqi/Afghan peoples.
GBKY
Allie

Pensacola, FL

#10 Dec 2, 2008
Thank you for remembering. I wouldn't write so much about me, but then... I outlived Broqua (mis-spelled?) and he never interviewed me... so, I have to talk for myself. After years of decay from the media, outsourcing, selfishness and consumer epidemic, this nation is about to fall on hard times again like it did when I was a kid. I hope the world can learn from the few of us still talking. Not that we're so wise or anything... particuarlly... just that we grew up with basic common sense.
That will have to be re-learne dby many people. For instance, my grandson is a 28 year old laid off school teacher, currently un-embloyed, looking for jobs as a dishwasher. He is handsome, boyish, good hearted... and his wife of 5 years is leaving him. Why? Well, line up the reasons. But I think it's becasue they live in the way that- 50 or 60 years ago- was no so uncommon. Thier house is small, and PAID FOR, they have two cars (back then it was one) they have one bath, a hot shower, a stove, a sofa, and get groceries when they can and eat out about two or three times a month. With three kids, there is food- espeacially since the family will help, and at 78 my wife is still strong enough to take care of our un-spoiled grand children. Still this woman wants to leave. Why? Well, in her book, it's just not workin. Why?
Money. Status. HEll, the world on T.V. But in my day,(and don't you hate when old people say that?!) the world my grandosn struggle to provide would be NORMAL.
Love, endurance, hope, work ethic, smarts, foundation.
Thats what the world needs to re-learn.
As for my son, he'll make out. God speed America. ANd good luck.
Joe

United States

#11 Dec 4, 2008
Why did my name come up Allie!?

“GodBless+KeepYou”

Since: Oct 08

Crawford County

#12 Dec 4, 2008
It's OK, Joe, we knew it was you... maybe you thought you put her name in the 'name' place thinking you were replying to her. Stuff happens :)
GBKY
Alex Burgello

Pensacola, FL

#13 Dec 4, 2008
Hate to be a kill joy here, but couldn't we do somthing more productive with the money, like provide for the poor, or up-hold gay rights?

The "greatest" genration is a buncha old guys who got drafted and did what they thought was right in thier time. They have nothing to do with people living thier own lives, individually today.
Thier sacrafices are the stuff of hollywood movies that just fuel ingnorance, racism and violence. Give it a rest grandpa. It's a new day. Hitlers dead, and we have current problems.

“GodBless+KeepYou”

Since: Oct 08

Crawford County

#14 Dec 4, 2008
Uh, Alex, what did YOU do to serve your country? And may we ask, did they have to twist your arm or did you just 'step up?' And how does your 'grandpa' feel about your opinions? I'm proud of my 'grandpas' and their contributions, and my dad, uncles, and son. God bless 'em all!
GBKY
Alex Bergello

Pensacola, FL

#15 Dec 4, 2008
I don't have to serve the Dogma of my country. I serve me. Right now, I'm going to serve myself by going to sleep.

Peace.

p.s. No one twist my arm lady. I'm just a free thinker. And I'm tierd of people romantizing the past.
Joe

Pensacola, FL

#16 Dec 4, 2008
I bet I could still kick your ass! That isn in less you sat on me! I bet your a fat-@#S internet blog kid who lives with his parents and think he's h@t sh@t! You wanna talk tough, come back to 1945 when I was fresh off the boat and walk into a bar of nice, clean, honest people with CHARACTER and we'd give you a piece of our miinds! I bet you need a good kick in the rear, and some boot camp. I still walk 5 miles a day! I can do ten push ups and I cut my own wood~! I take care of my dog and grandkids! Whatd do you do? Talk about how you so above everybody. Just cause your not invested in a damn thing around you! damnj kjd you make me sick!
Joe

Pensacola, FL

#17 Dec 4, 2008
P.S. LEts get a time and a place. You bring your Buddies I'll bring mine. Some of them fought in Korea and my son in vietnam! He's only 56 and he'd moider yuh!

But seriously, lets get abeer and talk. You need to understan somr things!
Joe

Pensacola, FL

#19 Dec 4, 2008
Your a disgrace! A disgrace! I think we should send you to China! What a fink! A looser! Damn kid you don ev

“GodBless+KeepYou”

Since: Oct 08

Crawford County

#21 Dec 4, 2008
Ok, gentlemen... calm down, please?
GBKY
Bessy

Pensacola, FL

#22 Dec 5, 2008
I just want you to know, if your still there, Alex, that my husand suffered a heart attack the following morning and is now in critical condition. Thank you for whatever cruel comments you made. I cannot prove it, but after hearing him talk, I decided to look into it... Now I know why he was upset when he came to bed that night, why he yelled at me after a bad dream.

I'm Not very good on the internet, but I thought I'd leave you a peace of my mind and tell you, I'm sure your awful, confused, inmature comments had more then somthing to do with it. You are, and someone should tell you, a inmature and small minded young man, dispite all you may think. You have lack the basic dignity that gos with respect and honor which made this country great... more then that, you lack somthing even more inate. You lack what it is to be a man, and fully human, to realize that it is not all about you, but those who love us and protect us, who fight for what is right. God bless you, I hope you wake up.
Allie

University Park, PA

#23 Dec 5, 2008
Alex Burgello wrote:
Hate to be a kill joy here, but couldn't we do somthing more productive with the money, like provide for the poor, or up-hold gay rights?
The "greatest" generation is a bunch of old guys who got drafted and did what they thought was right in their time. They have nothing to do with people living their own lives, individually today.
Their sacrifices are the stuff of Hollywood movies that just fuel ignorance, racism and violence. Give it a rest grandpa. It's a new day. Hitlers dead, and we have current problems.
Liberal much? Yeah you're right let's forget half their friends died, let's forget that these could be brothers, parents, grandparents, spouses, etc. I'm sure the families don't really care about closure, we should probably let them go on not ever knowing when or how their family died. That's justice right?

Oh and I corrected all the spelling.

“GodBless+KeepYou”

Since: Oct 08

Crawford County

#24 Dec 5, 2008
Allie:
You go, girl!:)
Bessy and Joe:
God bless and heal you, folks. Thanks for all your sacrifices. You're not alone.
Alex... All I can share is I'm glad my parents taught me to respect others. A gentle answer turns away wrath. God bless you.
GBKY
Poohawk

Ames, IA

#25 Dec 5, 2008
Way to go, Joe! Don't get too upset. Alex is just showing his immaturity. Someday, hopefully, he will realize that his freedom to vent was provided by those of us that have served our country. Hey Alex, the day that you get to thinking about others,instead of your self, and realize that"Freedom is not free!" will be the day that you start becoming a man.
Cheers...

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