Tag Archives: World War II

Nazis, Paris, Executions ◦ June 13, 1940 ◦ The Seattle Times Front Page

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I’ve been looking through newspaper files, focusing on events on the front page, to see what my great uncle was seeing and reading while living in Seattle in 1940. The war was on, but America was not yet directly involved in the hostilities.

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“I’m so thankful for the atom bombs.” — WWII vet

IL_NGTODAY’S CONVENTIONAL WISDOM
says that dropping two nuclear bombs on Japan to end World War II was wrong, despite the clear evidence of the even worse alternative: sending thousands upon thousands of American soldiers to invade the Japanese homeland.

The estimates on the resulting casualties helped convince President Truman that the atom bomb was the way to go. I greatly and appreciate Truman’s decision and admire his steely resolve.

He must have known there’d be critics. Yet, he wasn’t worried about how the naysayers would try to rewrite the past.

Revisionist leftist historians, often anti-American in outlook, cry foul, but always fail to mention the masses who would have died trying to force Imperial Japan into reality that their ignoble cause was lost.

One of those revisionist leftists, the haughty John Kerry, a career politician now serving as our secretary of state, recently visited Hiroshima.

I am so very thankful for politically incorrect World War II vets.

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Bob Burgess, Boss

It’s nice to see a tribute to my old boss. I worked for him back in the Nineties. He lived in Wallingford, a neighborhood in Seattle.

I did some graphic design and other computer work for him. I also mowed the grass at the apartment complex where he lived, which he owned. He called his little operation Burgess and Associates.

Mr. Burgess was a vet. He served during World War II in the Pacific theater. I am sure he had many stories to tell, but he only told me about them briefly.

He was more concerned with the direction of the country. A very conservative and religious man.

One man in particular drew his ire, retired newsman Walter Cronkite. Cronkite had helped found a liberal interest group called The Interfaith Alliance. Bob wanted to counter it with a group he called The Outer Faith Alliance. His heart may have been in the right place, but, of course, our efforts didn’t amount to much.

I am glad I got to know him a little. Sadly, his wife had died before I started working for him.

Stalin’s Gratitude

A seller on eBay from Tallinn, capital of Estonia, has a proclamation from Stalin thanking a soldier for ‘liberating’ the towns of Bütow (Bytów) and Berent (Kościerzyna) in Pomerania during the last days of World War II. Stalin’s portrait graces the top center and is flanked by flags. The bottom portrays a Kremlin tower, possibly with celebratory fireworks.

It’s known as decree No. 296, issued on the 8th of March 1945. Issued by Commander of the 2nd Belorussian Front on behalf of Supreme Commander-in-Chief Marshal of the USSR Joseph Stalin, Senior Sergeant Vladimir Starodubsky was cited for excellence in battle. The document has the stamp of the unit and hand signature of the commander.

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I am looking for an image of it. The one I posted originally via a link has disappeared.