The Greatest Generation

Honor, Courage, Duty – Thank You To The Greatest Generation (The Veterans of WWII) – Awesome Aviation – Published on Oct 17, 2011.

The Axis Powers of Germany, Japan and Italy had plans to conquer the world for their cause of world domination. Without the entry of the United States military forces into World War II, the objectives of the Axis powers would have been achieved.

U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (D) called up the “greatest generation” of Americans to join the allied forces of other free nations in the fight against the axis powers and their allies. During the war, our brave Americans did not demand “safe space,” as so many of the “snowflake generation” demanded from colleges during the years of the Obama administration. Those of the greatest generation didn’t demand “anything,” as they fought and died to defeat the axis forces, and to keep our country free.

The death toll of Americans during World War II was 419,400; “college safe space” was not an item on their menu of demands.

It is difficult to describe World War II, and not leave some of the important details out of the story. One of the most important things that is being left out of this article, due to censor demands (not WP), is a video that shows the flag of our great nation.

In this post, I will attempt to show some of the things that were important to me, and hopefully to you, about the people, conditions and events of the war. One of the things that is important to me is that my father served in the Army Air Corps in the Philippines, near Manila, and in New Guinea; he survived the war. I was not yet born, although, I am a boomer…1946-1964). I can imagine that many of my readers had fathers, and other relatives and friends, that were not as fortunate as my father, and did not return home alive after the war.

I would like for you to consider the conditions of the concentration camps in Germany where U.S. POWs were tortured and murdered. Please let me say that the United States has no concentration camps where illegal aliens are being held. Also, in the U.S. we have no Nazis in our White House. True Nazi concentration camps, where Americans and allied forces were held, are discussed in the following video, and in other comments in this article.

Liberated American WWII Prisoner – “Nazi Concentration Camps” 1945
C-SPAN – Published on Nov 11, 2015
The axis powers of the world, being led by Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), and Hirohito (Japan), had their declared intent of taking over the whole world. Before the US entered the War, Hitler was already overrunning much of Europe. Great Britain was the last significant military force that Hitler was trying to overthrow. France had it’s “resistance,” but had no military force to oppose Germany. After the Japanese attack on American forces in Hawaii, on Dec 7, they attacked American forces in the Republic of the Philippines on the next day, Dec 8, 1941. Japanese forces quickly followed in their plan of overthrowing all nations and forces in the south Pacific.

Famous words of World War II: “I shall return.”

It was March 11, 1942. General Douglas MacArthur climbed aboard a gun ship in the Philippines under cover of darkness, and ran a Japanese blockade. Speaking to the press in Adelaide, Australia, MacArthur told reporters, “I came through and I shall return.”

Logistical problems had left MacArthur without reinforcements. President Roosevelt, fearing MacArthur would be captured or killed, ordered him to leave. On April 9, some 10,000 American troops surrendered to the Japanese.

MacArthur took command at Allied headquarters in Melbourne. Organizing a series of air and amphibious operations he turned the tide of the war against the Japanese. On Oct 20, 1944, he waded ashore on Leyte Island (Philippines) to tell the waiting press “I have returned.”

Consider the allied forces.

After the United States of America was drawn into the second world war, American military forces also began engaging axis forces in Europe and North Africa. Other nations of Allied support followed the lead of the United States to stop Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito as they brutalized the citizenry and military of the nations that were on their map of total world domination. As stated above, without the entry of the United States into World War II, Hitler would have overthrown Russia, and all of Asia. This Nazi objective would be accomplished through its attack from the West, with Hirohito advancing from the East, and Mussolini attacking from the South. Could any nation have succeeded in defending itself from such a three-front attack? The answer to that question is a definite, “NO!” Consider the number of civilians and soldiers, of Russia, which was our ally, that died at the hands of Hitler’s soldiers, as well as from the forces of Japan and Italy.

Consider the Russian military dead and missing, 8.7 million

Consider the Blitzkrieg of Britain by Nazi aircraft.

The importance of the presence of U.S. forces in the battle against the axis powers can not be overstated. Without the defeat of the forces of Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito, the freedom of America, and other free countries, would not have been saved.

Consider the murder of unarmed U.S. soldiers at the hands of the Nazis, in the following video.

Discovering a Whole Field of Dead Americans – American Heroes Channel – Published on Mar 27, 2014 – Chuck “Red” Hensel describes arriving on the scene of the Malmedy massacre where unarmed American POWs had been slaughtered by Joachim Peiper’s 1st SS Panzer Division (There were no “snowflake” college students in this field of death; only the snow that covered the dead bodies of American soldiers was present.).

Hitler had a strong-hold in North Africa, and would have marched southward, until all of Africa would have flown the flag of Nazi Germany. Germany, Italy and Japan would have continued their assault on Asia, until the flags of those nations would have flown no more. The nations of the Pacific, to include the continent of Australia, would have been easy prey for the assault of the axis forces, with the result of many more Nazi flags flying in the lands of the Nazi-led conquest.

After the attack on Hawaii, there was great concern that the west coast of the United States would also come until Japanese attack. There was also a fear that sympathizers of Japan living in the United States would begin attacks on the mainland of the United States. Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt reacted to the fear of attack “from within” the USA, by the internment of citizens of the USA, who were of Japanese ancestry.

Concerns of the President were found to be valid when a German u boat was sunk off of the east of coast of the USA, and was found to have loaves of bread from a local bakery stored in the boat.

The military forces of the USA was at a weakened state of readiness when the Japanese attacked Hawaii. Without a national resolve to defend our country, and defeat the axis forces in other parts of the world, the USA would have been the starting point of axis entry into North, Central and South America, where the Nazi flag would have been planted. The success, liberty and tolerance that we have as great fortune in the United States of America, would have been replaced with the Nazi desires for our country, as well as for the rest of the world. There would be no NFL, NBA, MLB, or multi-millionaire contracts for athletes. Every other aspect of our lives would be totally different, whether it would be employment, hobby, relaxation, recreation, or any other part of our individual or combined lifestyles.

The Liberation of Dachau

Notice that a concentration camp is designed to hold political prisoners. Such detainees are starved, beaten and killed. There are no concentration camps in the United States Of America.

Notice the American Soldiers liberating the German concentration camp at Dachau. The prisoners were Jews of the Holocaust. Members of the U.S. military died in their support for our flag, and to keep it flying. There is a Bible verse that tells of the war dead of the USA, and its allies.

“The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them.” (John 15:13)

I am proud to be an American, and proudly salute our flag, just as I salute, “The Greatest Generation.”

I am also very proud to be, “United States Air Force Retired.”


Author: Equipping

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23 thoughts on “The Greatest Generation”

  1. I am re-blogging your post because more people need to know about The Greatest Generation and the atrocities of the Nazis. More need to learn to be proud of being an American. God bless you for your service!

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    1. Vicklea, You’re absolutely right in what you said and did a good service in passing this Very Important article by Equipping! I would like to do the same if so desired by him because I couldn’t agree with both of you more in how this history is so vital and that as many as possible get to read this in order to appreciate all the truth; never forgetting what it took to get us all to this place in time where we continue to struggle but are maintaining enough balance to have FREEDOM and suppress evil. The enemy is working overtime to confuse and dishearten the faithful if possible, in order to bring darkness upon humanity at its first opportunity!

      I love the explanation “Hannah Arendt” beautifully explains this way; “Yes, there is a time when good men and women must stand up for what’s right, even when it involves risk, but that moment comes only after evil has already been well established and is powerfully on the move.” Evil is inherently weak. The truth is that evil survives by tricking the good into doing its will. “Without thousands of basically decent people confused enough to obey, evil would fail quickly.”
      She goes on to summarize evil this way: “The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil. These people wouldn’t initiate murders by themselves, but in the name of duty, loyalty, unity, and/or the greater good, they cooperate with evil and give it their strength. But each plays a small part—none of them stretches so far that they’d have to contemplate the final effects of their actions.”
      In the 20th century, however, the actions of such people led directly to the murders of 260 million people. And they did this precisely by avoiding decisions… by merely obeying.
      “People think of murder, lying, and robbery as sins, but none of those has nearly the death toll of obedience.”
      “Basically decent men and women obey agents of evil for very mundane reasons. The process often goes like this:
      1. Being confused and intimidated, they look for the center of the pack.
      2. They try not to make waves.
      3. They learn that they can avoid making waves best if they adopt the perspectives of their overlords. So they run the overlords’ slogans through their minds as a default program.
      In the end, these people don’t make up their minds. Rather, they take on the minds of their overlords and do their will.
      And so, the vast majority of evil done on Earth traces back to minds and wills that have been abandoned to fear and laid on the Altar of Obedience.”

      She is so right, and her observations in conjunction with the facts and history that Equipping brought out here are imperative for this confused world we currently are living in to start focusing on more in order to not drop the torch of FREEDOM!

      God Bless You and Yours!
      Happy 4th of July, 2019.
      Lawrence Morra

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      1. I’m honored and it’s indeed a pleasure to assist you and the good message you bring to others! Thank you very much for your kind words to me! God does work in mysterious ways and I’m certain He has been and will continue to inspire you to your calling in doing His will.
        God Bless You and Yours!
        A Fellow Patriot and servant of God’s.

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  2. Thank you for a great article and overview of what WWII was and meant to us!
    They who fought for our Nation and the world back then certainly were the “Great Generation” without any doubt! Sadly today we have multitudes of citizens that don’t connect to them or what they accomplished with their willingness to give the fullest measure of service to God, Honor and Country without which you’re absolutely right this entire world would be so much different today and very brutal! I dare say in such a world any citizens demanding safe space would be sent off to hard labor camps (Concentration Camps) or be summarily executed without any trial whatsoever! Too many citizens take all of this for granted and I fear are or have been forgetting what their freedom and opportunities cost in real treasure of human lives cut short because they were willing to give it all; in order that others might live FREE! I’m willing to kiss the earth below my feet in honor of all those dedicated heroes and beautiful people, and I would be willing to do what they did if the same need arose to protect and preserve what they, the “Great Generation,” passed on to us the living as their gift to us because I assure you they love from Heaven, my father being one of them; should we do less! In my mind and heart never in a million years would I drop the ball and not live proud, thankful and true to the real tangible prize given to us by them of FREEDOM!
    God Bless You and Yours this 4th of July, 2019. Amen.

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    1. Thank you for such a wonderful description of that which you saw in The Greatest Generation. I am very glad that there are people like you, who recognize the sacrifices that they made and the reason for that which they did. I wish you will as you live your live as a patriot and a follower of our Lord. May you have a blessed Independence Day.

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      1. You’re welcome and thank you again for taking the time in putting your strong perspective and insight into this article, of what was truly a most significant period in America’s history along with the entire World’s; that became a turning point from utter darkness and horror only because many truly good men and women were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to resist and prevent imminent defeat, but instead propelled mankind on to “victory and light” full of blessings for generations to come! My prayer is that enough of our younger generations will awaken to these facts and reality if they haven’t already, of what transpired before them in order to fully understand and appreciate that which they enjoy so freely in these times of relative peace came at such an enormous price; and that those dark forces are always lurking or waiting for people around the world to become too complacent or apathetic, giving evil an opportunity to wreak havoc on mankind! We all must remain vigilant and always be willing to make whatever sacrifice is necessary to hold onto peace and freedom; even unto death!
        As these fine words by Edmund Burke cut to the heart of these truths, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
        I feel it is profoundly stated in these following words what the main objective of your article is truly all about! “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana-1905 In a 1948 speech to the House of Commons, Winston Churchill changed the quote slightly when he said (paraphrased), “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”
        God Bless America on this 4th of July.

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      2. Your words of encouragement, and fact, and greatly received. I trust that the people whom come into your circles of friends and associates may benefit greatly from your views on current day life, and times of history. Please continue with that God-given calling, and blessing.

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