Ma Deuce Gunner

Ma Deuce Gunner

PROTECTING FREEDOM.....HALF AN INCH AT A TIME.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

 


Today is the 64th anniversary of the event that drew us into World War Two...the Japanese sneak attack against the U.S. Navy fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

My wife and I had the priviledge to visit the USS Arizona Memorial 8 days ago. It is an amazing tribute, steeped in reverence and remembrance. Having lived in Hawaii from 1994-98, I had multiple visits to the Memorial, whenever family would visit. This visit, although the memorial, the museum and the program for the tour has not changed, was more moving than it had ever been before. I am not sure why. Because I have seen war? I have seen tradegdy, loss, death, and the joy of seeing your buddy emerge from the cloud of black smoke and fire unscathed. Freedom is sweeter, a little more touching, to those who have seen the face of battle.

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5 Comments:

At 3:56 PM, Blogger TODD said...

MDG

I don't think the freedom is sweeter, I think that freedom becomes more cherished than before. You start to realize all the sacrifices that those who fell in battle really do mean to this country. Thank you for your service.
We must stay the course

 
At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Carl said...

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

~Benjamin Franklin

 
At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Donna, Los Osos, CA said...

Thanks for all your service. God bless you... We love you guys!
Always grateful,
Donna

 
At 2:03 AM, Anonymous Veteran said...

Hey Gunner, you got to remember that we have to rewrite the history books. The Japanese made a PREEMTIVE STRIKE on Pearl Harbor. And they had good reason to suspect that we had WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. And those guys, in 1776, who went on board that British ship in Boston Harbor and threw the cargo overboard, those guys were terrorists. You can't possibly compare Iraq with World War 2. The Japanese attacked us, and German submarines were coming into our harbors, checking on cargo ships being loaded, and then attacking them on the high seas, and Germany declared war on us.Osama Bin Laden attacked us, from Afghanistan. If we are going to send 160,000 men into this war, we should have sent them there. It would have been nice if we could have gotten him and all his leaders before they scattered all around the world. I guess you think, now that we know China is shooting protestors over there, we should invade that country. Didn't our President just visit there? Maybe China isn't afraid of us. Glad to see you made it back safely. I'll be glad to see our neighbor's kids come home safely too.

 
At 10:23 AM, Blogger Scott_Machinist said...

Hey gunner, try to open your mind to some truth. you commander in cheif (I use the term lightly)is a lier and a border line retard. How much money have we dummped into the black hole of iraq. get real dude. I have nothing but respect for the Military. My father and uncle both served in Vietnam. They both think this war is a huge Mistake. You will label me a "godless commie lib". Im not, I love my country. Im not a Rep or a Dem. Im american. If your GOP leaders are so worried about homeland security, Why havn't they done anything about our joke of a southern border. Why do they waste time on things like gay's, the ten commandments, and terri schivo. why did they out a cia op.
why didnt they put forth a real millitary effort in afganistan. Enough rant. Veteran,im with you. Gunner be safe. Id pray for you If I thought someone was listening.......but thats a whole other ballgame. peace

 

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