- Feb 23, 2021
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My uncle Blondie was Marine on Iwa Jima during the invasion. A Jap officer slashed at his back-my uncle swung around and shot him. That sword was over his mantle at least until I joined the Navy. My uncle Wilson was in the Army in WW2 Europe, I have the 48 state flag that was draped over his coffin. My uncle Don was a Photographer’s Mate on a carrier in the Pacific. When he learned I was joining the Navy, I was shown many of his movie clips. I was surprised how most of it was actually in color, and recognized some shots that were used in movies! My uncle Bill was in Navy boot camp company 25 of 1940, RTC Great Lakes. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor and his ship was sunk at anchor. He said the only reason he survived was because he was on a 3 day pass, shacked up with a hooker! He carried a rice paper letter in his wallet from FDR. It was a mass-printed 1941 version of a stop-loss message. FDR apologized that uncle Bill would not be able to go home when he thought he was……..