Monday, February 11, 2013

Well, it's Monday and I have a lot of stuff to do.

and will get right on it in about an hour and a half.

Yesterday my books arrived as I read interesting things from time to time.

Eugense Sledge's "China Marine' came in and I have started that one. It is about what happened to him right after the war when the Corps sent him to China.

Most people had contracts for 'the duration plus six months' and when you remember we had a 12 million man military at the fime you have to realize that putting so many men on the street at once would have been a recipe for economic disaister. They discharged people by a point system and spread things out.

Eugene Sledge wrote one of the best books ever written about the war in the Pacific, "With  the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa". It is a classic.

But you have to remember that his hitch didn't end in Okinawa.

Sometimes the non-combat points of view of a war are more interesting than the combat side of things. We'll see how Sledge made out in China.

One of the things you have to remember is that for every guy in the $hit there were 8, 9 or even 10 required to keep him there. These people contributed, also and they have a different perspective, too.

I recall a guy I met growing up that spent his entire hitch in the Aleutians as a weather observer fighting weather and nature to keep the Pacific fleet informed as to what the weather was going to be.

Even though it's likely fiction, the play "Mister Roberts' is likely more truth than fiction as you have a crew of guys moving supplies and being bored out of their minds while working their asses off in the blistering heat.

Anyway, here's the post of the day.

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