WWII Casualties & Honor

There were times when some were blown to bits, and parts scattered. There was no time to gather the pieces together. We had to move on and rely on ones following us to do the assembling job.

My book “Unleswebsitepoem (1)s You Have Been There” contains some of the carnage. But I could not at that time get too far down and dirty. I felt most would not understand what we had to do to win.

I’ll never forget what a British Soldier once said. He told a fellow soldier who was being sent home, “Tell them when you get home we gave our today’s so you all could have a tomorrow.” May Edmonds British Soldier – Burma

No one can say anything better than that. We who survived honor those who gave us tomorrow.

Poem:

Our Honored Dead Speak 

       We hope that with the passing years, we’ll not forgotten be.

              We, who fought and bled and died, to keep our country free.

                    We heard our country’s cry and call, and gladly gave our all,

                          So that thru freedom you enjoy might live and never fall.

                                Whene’er you pass our resting place, at home or o’er the sea,

                                         Remember that we gave our lives for hallowed liberty. 

WWII and various other quotes from leaders:

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars treated and appreciation their nation.” George Washington.

“If a man has done his best, what else is there.” Gen. Patton 

“Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” Gen. McArthur

“In War resolution, In Defeat Defiance, In Victory Magnanimity, In Peace Goodwill.” Churchhill

“The eyes of the world are upon you. The Hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.” Eisenhower 

“But we…..shall be remembered, we few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.” Shakespeare

“All those soldiers belong to somebody they got Mom’s wives, kids, they’ve got somebody that loves them.” Liz Allen, Nietname Nurse

“Let’s not mourn for those who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived.” Gen. Patton.

“Not in vain may be the pride of those who served and the epitaph of those who fell.” Churchhill

Here rest the soul of our nation, here also should be our conscience.” C.  Wienberger

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors. The men it remembers.” John F. Kennedy 

“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.” Ronald Reagan. Oct 27, 1964

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WW2 Casualties

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If added correctly the total died is 104, 366 graves http://

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Brookwood England – 468 dead

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Normandy France – 9012  dead.

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Ardennes Belgium – 5329 dead

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Cambridge England – 3812 dead

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 Brittany France – 4410 dead

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Epinal France – 368 dead

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Flanders Field -368 dead

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Florence Italy – 4402 dead

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Henri-Chapelle, Belgium –  7992 dead

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Lorraine, France – 10,489 dead

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Luxemborg, Luxemborg – 5076 dead

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Meuse-Argonne 14,246 dead

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Oise-Aisne, France – 6012 dead

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Rhone, France 861 dead

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Sicily, Italy 7861 dead

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Somme, France 1844 dead

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St. Mithel, France – 4153

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The Sullivan Brothers of Waterloo, Iowa:

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The Sullivan Brothers: Honoring the Sullivan Brothers:

News of the deaths of all five brothers became a rallying point for the war effort, with posters and speeches honoring their sacrifice. Extensive newspaper and radio coverage of the incident made the loss of the brothers a national story, producing “a wave of humility and sympathy…” and condolences poured in on the Sullivan family in Waterloo, Iowa. One woman told the Associated Press, “And now I wonder how the sugar and coffee hoarders feel.” War bond drives and other patriotic campaigns culminated in the 1944 movie, “The Sullivans.”

Their sister Genevieve enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Specialist (Recruiter) Third Class and, with her parents, visited more than two hundred manufacturing plants and shipyards under the auspices of the Industrial Incentive Division, Executive Office of the Secretary, Navy Department. According to a 9 February 1943 Navy Department Press Release, the Sullivans “…visited war production plants urging employees to work harder to produce weapons for the Navy so that the war may come to an end sooner.” By January 1944, the three surviving Sullivans had spoken to over a million workers in sixty-five cities and reached millions of others over the radio.

To honor the five Sullivan brothers, the Navy has named two destroyers, USS The Sullivans. On 10 February 1943, the Navy officially canceled the name Putnam (DD-537) and assigned the name The Sullivans to a destroyer under construction. Sponsored by Mrs. Alleta Sullivan, mother of the five Sullivan brothers, and commissioned 30 September 1943, The Sullivans served the Navy until final decommissioning on 7 January 1965. In 1977, the destroyer was donated to the city of Buffalo, New York, as a memorial in the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Servicemen’s Park. The second The Sullivans (DDG-68) was laid down on 14 June 1993 at Bath, Maine, by Bath Iron Works Co. and launched on 12 August 1995 sponsored by Kelly Sullivan Loughren, granddaughter of Albert Leo Sullivan. Commissioned on 19 April 1997 at Staten Island, New York under the command of Commander Gerard D. Roncolato, the motto of the ship is “We Stick Together.”

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Charles Andert (91)- Charles is Paul’s older brother. Charles served in the Navy. This is the ship Charles served on during WWII . Charles would go on to re-design the tail of the DC-10 in later years. Charles Andert received a certificate for his design. C. Andert is 23 yrs of age in this pic (click to enlarge)

Asia Theatre burials at sea

Asia Theatre – Sailors being buried at sea.

Navy: 34,667 – Source Naval Air college (Revision 1995)

Marines: 17,376  vetwarriorsinspir

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Click  to hear Rex Calvert’s service in WWII on Voices of Oklahoma Radio Interview with John Ehrling.

Mr. Calvert was  at Iwo Jima during the raising of the flag http://www.voicesofoklahoma.com/rex_calvert.html

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