I had an uncle that was a marine for the entire war, he was already a Sgt when PH was attacked.
The only thing I could ever get him to say was “War is so horrible I hope to God you never have to find out” He died and took his exploits to the grave in 1968.
I wish I could talk to him now.
So many nuggets, insights and truths in the annals of time have come from the lips of eyewitnesses and participants in important historical events.
There'd be gaping holes in the chronicles of civilized man if all participants in events clammed up.....even for the most commendable of personal reasons such as shyness, self-deprecation, modesty or trying to avoid attention for oneself or family.
At the least, national-security-vetted memoirs can always be released after an honorable death.
I had no idea that Tojo attempted suicide by gunshot in his own home to avoid imminent arrest and I'm a pretty good student of history.
Thanks for posting.....and who can get that photographic clipping turned around, LOL.
First..."The best way of finding Tojo was to find our own U.S. newspaper people, because they were there well ahead of us," Wilpers recalled...
...got me to thinking how today's ass-kissing "press corps" would take you to Obama. It wouldn't be the enemy's press-corps, but our own. And the fact that there don't seem to be any real investigative journalists like those Mr. Wilpers describes.
Second, you have to love Mr. Wilpers nonchalance and humble comment "I just happened to be the one who busted open the door." A true American with firm American characteristics.