The Memories Never Stop

Posted May 28th, 2011 by Iron Mike

It was an accident of timing, but because of it I knew so many of them.  I trained with them,  jumped out of airplanes with them,  climbed mountains and waded brackish swamps with them, laughed, drank and joked with them.

Even then I was sometimes awed to be in their company.  I was privileged to soldier with giants.

They return in my head most nights – the ones I knew, and the ones I’ve only read about.  The men and women who gave us freedom, and the ones who gave freedom – or the chance for it – to millions around the world.  America has produced millions of extraordinary heroes. It came with a very heavy price.

We have lost 1,343,812 killed, and 1,529,230 wounded – many horribly. Over 38,000 are still classified ‘missing’.

So-called ‘closure’ never comes. Parents, wives, children, buddies – all are left with burnt holes in their souls. Tears still come – unexpectedly, and on weekends like this. The echo of Taps still constricts my throat.  23 million living veterans know exactly what I mean.

So do the living relatives of those who served. The two most precious items in my home – my father’s folded flag and my buddy’s 501st Airborne beer stein.  John, we hardly knew you.

Americans, if you love our Young Republic, and want to keep her strong,  don’t just wait for Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day to remember and honor what it has cost us.  Fly your flag!  Get an American Flag decal on your car. Get involved with Bugles Across America.

And go storm your local school boards and demand they resume teaching real American History in your high school. Do not let these one-world socialists destroy in two drug addicted generations what took two hundred years of heroes’ sweat and blood to build!

   /s/ Iron Mike
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2 Responses to “The Memories Never Stop”

  1. Tom Gilroy

    Outstanding! I wonder how many can name the locations and especially the five sailors above who all died together? The Sullivans, may they rest in peace.
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    You are correct Tom.

    The story of the Sullivans – who enlisted / re-enlisted together after Pearl Harbor on condition they serve together – were on the light cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52) which was torpedoed off the Solomon Islands 13 Nov 42. Three went down with the ship, one jumped off a life raft the next day, and the last died on his life raft about a week later, since a search for survivors was mounted very late.

    A new destroyer The Sullivans (DD-537) – was named for them. In the modern Navy, a guided missile destroyer (DDG – 68) is also named for them.

  2. Roger Dane

    You said, “We have lost 1,343,812 killed, and 1,529,230 wounded – many horribly. Over 38,000 are still classified ‘missing’.” A tragedy but you rightfully note that ‘Freedom is not Free’ … every patriot should read “The Naked Capitalist”… educate yourselves and your children. The battles are not over. Thanks for a great site.