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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2020 3:33 p.m. PST

"Marine Private Eugene Sledge watched in stunned horror. Two Japanese soldiers with samurai swords had attacked his unit's position on Okinawa in June 1945 but had been killed before they could cause harm. A fellow Marine with a dazed look on his face approached one of the corpses and repeatedly plunged his rifle into the dead man's head.

"I winced each time it came down with a sickening sound into the gory mass," Sledge later wrote in his memoir of the war. "Brains and blood were splattered all over the Marine's rifle, boondockers, and canvas leggings."

Comrades of the shell-shocked Marine took his arms and led him away to an aid station…"
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Legionarius05 Aug 2020 5:02 p.m. PST

Sherman said it best: "War is hell."

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2020 11:52 a.m. PST

(smile)

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Puster Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Aug 2020 6:51 a.m. PST

Whenever the debate on wether dropping the nukes was justified pops up, I do remember Sledges book.

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