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Haveing a Bad Day and thoughts like this don't help.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...-found-70-years-wwii-battle-article-1.2286447

When I see people Whine about so much, politions, Gays and such, and I see this...Think about it, here's a bunch of BRAVE Scared 18-20 yrs old Kids that GAVE UP THERE LIVES for us, and those who sent them into Harms way didn't see fit to bring there bodys HOME!!!! 70 Fking yrs ago!!!!

IF!! you think about So MANY who gave up so MUCH so LONG ago and those who sent them there and figured they were not worth bringing home, what the FK do folks have to Whine about today ???..
 

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Paddy,

I have a problem with that new found saying, "True American" .. While these Boys fought and Died for this Country, there bodys were wrote off as not worth going after to bring home TO THERE COUNTRY and family's to be buried for 70 fkiing yrs!!!!

Can ANYBODY explain to me why there should be any Pride in burying so many of our Brave Kids in an unmaked hole in the ground in some Sh!t hole place that most have never heard of??? To me, the True Americans, are the ones who went looking for them to bring them HOME!!!!
 

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My uncle was on Tarawa with The 2nd Marine Div., according to him it was 76 hours of hell. The first wave of LCVP's made it over the reef,
But after that the tide resided and the LCVP's got stuck on the reef, and the Marines had to wade a couple hundred yards to shore. They did have some of the newer LVT's which were a tracked vehicle that could transition the reef, but not enough for all the Marines to ride in.

There were a lot of Marines cut down wading ashore as well as landing craft that never made it to the beach!

My uncle received the Silver Star during that battle, he passed several years ago. God I miss him.
 

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“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as XO of the 2d Battalion Shore Party, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division, during the assault against enemy Japanese-held Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, 20-22 November 1943. Acting on his own initiative when assault troops were pinned down at the far end of Betio Pier by the overwhelming fire of Japanese shore batteries, he repeatedly defied the blasting fury of the enemy bombardment to organize and lead the besieged men over the long, open pier to the beach and then, voluntarily obtaining flame throwers and demolitions, organized his pioneer shore party into assault demolitionists and directed the blowing of several hostile installations before the close of D-day.

Determined to effect an opening in the enemy's strongly organized defense line the following day, he voluntarily crawled approximately 40 yards forward of our lines and placed demolitions in the entrance of a large Japanese emplacement as the initial move in his planned attack against the heavily garrisoned, bombproof installation which was stubbornly resisting despite the destruction early in the action of a large number of Japanese who had been inflicting heavy casualties on our forces and holding up our advance.

Withdrawing only to replenish his ammunition, he led his men in a renewed assault, fearlessly exposing himself to the merciless slash of hostile fire as he stormed the formidable bastion, directed the placement of demolition charges in both entrances and seized the top of the bombproof position, flushing more than 100 of the enemy who were instantly cut down, and effecting the annihilation of approximately 150 troops inside the emplacement. Assailed by additional Japanese after he had gained his objective, he made a heroic stand on the edge of the structure, defending his strategic position with indomitable determination in the face of the desperate charge and killing 3 of the enemy before he fell, mortally wounded.


And Bill Cosby has the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


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Four men received a Medal of Honor for their actions during the Battle of Tarawa. By his dauntless fighting spirit, unrelenting aggressiveness and forceful leadership throughout 3 days of unremitting, violent battle, 1st Lt. Bonnyman had inspired his men to heroic effort, enabling them to beat off the counterattack and break the back of hostile resistance in that sector for an immediate gain of 400 yards with no further casualties to our forces in this zone. He gallantly gave his life for his country.”
 

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I've made several trips to Tarawa.

The burial location of 80+ marines is no secret, except from the American public. A village has been built right on top of it. Both the Kiribati and US governments don't want to upset the poor village people, so don't do anything and it's kept hush-hush. But everybody knows where it is, right behind Red Beach.

Tarawa, by the way, is a shlthole. Red Beach is used as a toilet and garbage dumping ground. Go watch this free film: http://www.returntotarawa.com/ Leon is still POd that despite all the BS promises nothing has been done. The fine Marines who fought, died, and lived through the hell of Tarawa are as forgotten as those who fought at Shiloh and Valley Forge (nod to James Michener). Don't get me started!
 
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