I would have been on yesterday but was watching all the history being shown on Pearl Harbor. I don't know if the actual ceremonies were shown or not. I never saw anything.
I telephoned my brother, "Buddy" who lives in Charleston WV and asked what he remembered.
He had gone to Huntington WV, about fify miles from Charleston, visited with friends then went to our brother "Rips" home to spend the night with he and his wife Iris.
The next morning he walked to the little grocery store to buy the Sunday paper. There was a lot of commotion and he asked what was going on...remember, no tv, cell phones, instant everything....he was told the japs (and no, I still will not capitalize) had bombed Pearl Harbor.He returned toRips, told him the news and left for Charleston.
On Monday the 8th he went in town to inlist in the Marine Corps. Due to the arm he broke as a child he was turned down. There is a slight bend...hard to describe.Went to the Army and was taken right away.
After traing he was sent to the Aleutians and was there until the end of the war.He was on several islands and was on Attu when the lost plane and crew recently found on the coast of Russia took off to bomb japan.
Rip inlisted in the Army Air Corps, sent to the Philippines and was executed by the japs.Of course what few documents that have been found do not specifically say that.Just that there were two airmen found and due to enemy atrocities were not identified but "they" didn't think they were part of our downed crew.At our crash site there were two outside of the unburned plane. One had been beheaded. No other plane down in that area so................
Anyway. I was seven years old and do not remember the actual day but after my brothers were in the service I learned and grew up quickly.
I think it is very interesting that four years after the crash and being buried more than once, the crew was returned to MO for a group burial. My dad had passed away and the government told mother if she wanted to attend the funeral she had to pay her own way which she could not do. And yet years later we give the japs that were interned in the U.S. for a time during WWII, $20,000 each.
Does anyone know how much our WWII POW's were given by our government for their years in those horrible camps?Was it $1.00 for each day?I would like to know exactly.