Kim UNBROKEN is a great book; one that I hope is read by millions of people world wide. It should not be viewed as anti Japanese but as history of man's cruelty to man following the historic dictates of governmental indoctrination and rigid control of the citizenry.
It is also a great biography of an interesting man.
Although not directly related to Tarawa, the book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand depicts the story of Army Pilot Louis Zamperini as a captive of The Japanese in WWII. I am an avid reader and had to... more
Unbelievable that we don't have the guts to call a spade a spade anymore. I guess its now our culture of trying not to upset people, even tho its the truth. Sort of like its not muslims that are... more
on reality. The same arguments have been used against Germans (twice), Japanese, Vietnamese, Koreans, Chinese, ad nauseum. Hell, they were even used against Yankees, Confederates, and black citizens. ... more
Happy to cop to being a "bleeding heart liberal." "An American," you are clinging to World War II-era racist views. I have letters written by my grandfather- Tarawa Medal of Honor recipient Alexander ... more
For the Moderator: Are you going to tolerate personal attacks on this forum? If so, you are reversing policy and I will get out. For An American I am a 92 years old Republican who has voted more... more
My comment was never meant to be an insult or a personal attack. I only wanted to comment that it appears that we must always be "politically correct" in what we say or it will anger people, as I see ... more
Grip, why don't you use your real name or are you embarresed to? I have known Col. Bales as tank commander from my days with A/1/6 at Tarawa,Saipn,Tinian and Okinawa. Col. Bales went on after W.W.11... more
A contributor to this forum, David Luis Pena, passed away at the VA Hospital, Houston, Texas on March 28, 2012. He was a young 69 years old. I met Dave about 10 years ago. He was more devoted to the... more
You're certainly right about Dave Peņa, Colonel. I knew Dave relative well, and he was the most dedicated Marine I've ever known. I attended several 2ndMarDivAssn functions with Dave, and while he... more
Col Bale, I very much appreciated your post that the "dictates of governmental indoctrination and rigid control of the citizenry" led to the narrow mindset and cruel behaviors experienced by POW... more
THANKS FOR THE KIND WORDS, DIRK. GLAD THEY BROUGHT A SMILE TO YOUR FACE. I DITTO EVERYTHING YOU SAID IN YOUR POST AND PLEASE KEEP ON POSTING YOURSELF. COL. BALE, DON'T YOU DARE LEAVE THIS POST. AHEM, ... more
Just to point out that "Unbroken" is basically a synopsis of Louis Zamperini's original autobiography on the subject called "Devil at my Heels" The new book basically retells his story which is far... more