Thank You Salute Of Respect

This April 2015 marks 70 years after the Battle of Okinawa during the last months of WW II. We must salute all who fight for freedom everywhere.

The 82-day-long battle lasted from early April until mid-June 1945.The Invasion of Okinawa was the bloodiest land battle in the Pacific.  Thousands died and many were wounded in this war. My father was one American service man that was wounded and received a Purple Heart. I recall growing up hearing my father cry out in his sleep over a nightmare of the terrors of this infliction. He never spoke about the island, the scattered bodies, the smell of death — but decades later, nightmares of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II still woke him up from his sleep soaked in sweat.

My father did tell me of fighting and sleeping in wet, muddy trenches for weeks so this photo from 1945 in Okinawa speaks volumes of those eighty-two days. okinawamarineorphan-600

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Click here for a short video clip of a veteran remembering the invasion seventy years later. It is well worth the minute to watch. God Bless America and the memory of Veterans on this 70th anniversary.

Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,

Rosie

 

 

4 Responses

    1. Gavin and Rosie

      Thank you Kathy for following along with Sweet Conclusions. I appreciate your heartfelt response.

    1. Gavin and Rosie

      Thank you Nic for following along with Sweet Conclusions. I am also glad you enjoyed the post. Dad was very important to you also.

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