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#281 Old Man

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Posted 07 December 2020 - 03:42 PM

I always thought the Battle of Midway was pretty awesome way of out smarting your enemy.



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Posted 07 December 2020 - 03:53 PM

Re: Duffel bag returned to WWII soldier, 68 years later

Very cool.

I do some work for a store that buys storage lockers. I come across WWII memorabilia and personal items from the war from time-to-time. It's fascinating to look through and a little bit heartbreaking to think that somebody in that person's family might want the stuff. But we've found it really difficult to try and find family and when we do, they often don't really care about their ancestor's items.

My mother passed away a little while back and we went through a lot of her stuff and found some of my fathers WW2 things.  we came across his dog tags.  The information stored on them was interesting.  The address and phone number on them were from a place that we never knew our parents lived .  Memories and connections to the past are always worth something.


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#283 Mark Carver

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Posted 08 December 2020 - 09:52 AM

I always thought the Battle of Midway was pretty awesome way of out smarting your enemy.


The Japanese didn't think so... :-P

 

It was and many action were credit because the accomplishment of breaking the Japanese Navy General Operational Code, or JN25.

 

https://slate.com/hu...ore-midway.html


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John Keegan, a renowned British military historian, has called World War II the greatest single event in the history of mankind. - Tom Brokaw, NBC special correspondent and author of "The Greatest Generation"


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Posted 08 December 2020 - 09:59 AM


The Japanese didn't think so... :-P

 

It was and many action were credit because the accomplishment of breaking the Japanese Navy General Operational Code, or JN25.

 

https://slate.com/hu...ore-midway.html

I was aware of that, and thats what makes to me, so interesting, that we were able to guide the Japs to where we wanted to fight them, but with more power than they expected.

 

That and with the weather, really helped make it winnable for the US, and a major breaking point in the war.



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Posted 08 December 2020 - 12:45 PM

FWIW my father was one of a handful of officers on Midway Island when the battle was being fought.  Something like 20,000 Japanese Marines were poised to come ashore so it should come as no surprise that I'm personally very grateful for the work of the codebreakers. Otherwise the Orioles would have one less lifelong fan, I figure.

 

I have the telegram that he sent to his brother the next day letting him know he was Okay.


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