We must never forget the sacrifice of these military men or the hard work and sheer grit
that produced all the war machinery needed by our military.
I fear we have never continued to give sufficient credit.
Carefully study this artwork. Then, read what we did.
Not only is the picture awesome, but so are the statistics!
During the 3-1/2 years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 and ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, "We the People of the U.S.A." produced the following:
22 aircraft carriers
420 destroyer escorts
34 million tons of merchant ships
100,000 fighter aircraft
24,000 transport aircraft
58,000 training aircraft
257,000 artillery pieces
3,000,000 machine guns and
2,500,000 military trucks
We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and, ultimately, conquered Japan and Germany.
It’s amazing what America did in those days
Many of you already know the story, here is the update.
THE FINAL TOAST
The text below references the movie “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo”
There is a second film made in 1944 that details the “show” trials of the 11 airmen
that were captured & tortured by the Japanese titled “The Purple Heart.”
Three were executed as war criminals, a fourth died in captivity.
The FINAL TOAST! They bombed Tokyo 78 years ago.
After Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, with the United States reeling and wounded, something dramatic was needed to turn the war effort around. Even though there were no friendly airfields close enough to Japan for the United States to launch a retaliation, a daring plan was devised.
Sixteen B-25s were modified so that they could take off from the deck of an aircraft carrier.
This had never before been tried -- sending such big, heavy bombers from a carrier.
who himself flew the lead plane off the USS Hornet,
knew that they would not be able to return to the carrier.
They would have to hit Japan and then hope to make it to China for a safe landing.
The Raiders were told that they would have to take off from much farther out
in the Pacific Ocean than they had counted on.
They were told that because of this they would not have enough fuel to make it to safety.
Four planes crash-landed; 11 more crews bailed out, and three of the Raiders died.
Eight more were captured; three were executed.
Another died of starvation in a Japanese prison camp. One crew made it to Russia .
and to the rest of the world: We will fight. And, no matter what it takes, we will win.
Of the 80 Raiders, 62 survived the war. They were celebrated as national heroes, models of bravery.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a motion picture based on the raid; "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo ,"
starring Spencer Tracy and Van Johnson, was a patriotic and emotional box-office hit,
and the phrase became part of the national lexicon.
In the movie-theater previews for the film, MGM proclaimed that it was presenting the story........
"with supreme pride."
to commemorate the mission. The reunion is in a different city each year.
In 1959, the city of Tucson , Arizona , as a gesture of respect and gratitude,
presented the Doolittle Raiders with a set of 80 silver goblets.
Each goblet was engraved with the name of a Raider.
Each time a Raider passes away, his goblet is turned upside down in the case at the next reunion, as his old friends bear solemn witness.
The year is not happenstance: 1896 was when Jimmy Doolittle was born.
they would open the bottle, at last drink from it,
and toast their comrades who preceded them in death.
As 2013 began, there were five living Raiders; then, in February,
Tom Griffin passed away at age 96.
What a man he was. After bailing out of his plane
Over a mountainous Chinese forest after the Tokyo raid, he became ill with malaria,
and almost died. When he recovered, he was sent to Europe to fly more combat missions.
He was shot down, captured, and spent 22 months in a German prisoner of war camp.
the Cincinnati Enquirer obituary for Mr. Griffin that, on the surface,
had nothing to do with the war, but that was emblematic of the depth
of his sense of duty and devotion:
"When his wife became ill and needed to go into a nursing home, he visited her every day.
He walked from his house to the nursing home, fed his wife,
and at the end of the day brought home her clothes. At night, he washed and ironed her clothes.
Then he walked them up to her room the next morning.
He did that for three years until her death in 2005."
Dick Cole (Doolittle's co-pilot on the Tokyo raid),
Robert Hite, Edward Saylor and David Thatcher. All are in their 90s.
They have decided that there are too few of them for the public reunions to continue.
The events in Fort Walton Beach marked the end. It has come full circle;
Florida 's nearby Eglin Field was where the Raiders trained in secrecy for the Tokyo mission.
The town planned to do all it can to honor the men: a six-day celebration of their valor,
including luncheons, a dinner and a parade.
have tended to it in a way that is worthy of their sacrifice?
They don't talk about that, at least not around other people.
But if you find yourself near Fort Walton Beach this week,
and if you should encounter any of the Raiders,
you might want to offer them a word of thanks.
I can tell you from first hand observation that they appreciate hearing that they are remembered.
The men have decided that after this final public reunion they will wait until a later date --
sometime this year -- to get together once more, informally and in absolute privacy.
That is when they will open the bottle of brandy. The years are flowing by too swiftly now;
they are not going to wait until there are only two of them.
They will fill the four remaining upturned goblets. And raise them in a toast to those who are gone.
Their 70th Anniversary Photo
" I Stand To Honor, I Kneel To Pray "
" One Nation, Under GOD."
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