It was time to check up on my #OLW, but then I saw a cousin’s post and I was off on a tangent. In search of history. In search of a different meaning of “BRAVE”. In search of a definition of HERO that I can uphold and believe in.
Can you name this iconic photo?
Where was it taken?
What is the significance?
The photographer won the Pulitzer prize for this picture in 1945. It was later found on a three cent stamp and also used for war bond sales.
Worthy of some recognition although it was “Before My Time”.
The statistics are alarming . . . the number of Americans killed. The number of Japanese who died. The miles and miles of tunnels. An island. The ferociousness of battle.
The flag, raised twice, was displayed at Mount Suribachi and seemed to herald an easy victory for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Marines. But pictures and stories abound.
I’m not sure what a “tractor” was. Many different vehicles are present in pictures and in books.
The post that sent me on a history search for a day was my uncle’s picture here posted by his daughter. A tractor commander. Multiple battles. A corporal.
“. . . outstanding qualities of initiative and courage . . . under heavy enemy mortar and artillery fire. . . . cool and calm under enemy fire, and his courageous conduct was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States naval service.”
awarded a bronze star
And in our present day, any person who raises their right hand and says,
“I, _________, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; . . .
as they enter into the armed services
is a HERO!
Who are your heroes?
Who did you celebrate on Veteran’s Day?
What stories of bravery are you collecting?
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