At 44 my maternal grandfather was called "by men in black Chevy's
" to supervise the production of certain machined parts. Though told nothing save for the Word of a fellow Freemason of the import of his task, he refused pay for it.
18 or so months later my "then to be" father was on a train bound for San Diego where he, as a fresh Lt., would participate in Operation Coronet, the conquest of Japan. His mission ended with his train stopping in Albuquerque on VJ Day.
A few days past marked the 69t
. Anniversary of our Nation’s leading, designing, equipping, and manning the largest military action in the history of man: 13,000 planes, 5,000 ships, and 500,000 men.
It was a full, frontal assault of free men upon Evil.
Less than a year later the man who led our efforts in the West, in accepting the unconditional
surrender of the German Empire, wired his superior: “At 02:41 local time this day the mission of the Allied Forces has been fulfilled
Three months later, across another ocean, the man who led our efforts in the East, accepted the unconditional
surrender of the Japanese Empire with the words “These proceedings are closed
Eisenhower and MacArthur did not “spike the ball
”. Instead, under the guidance of their superior officer, George Catlett Marshall, they transformed Germany and Japan into prosperous allies.
Indeed, this was "the Greatest Generation" since our founding.
And now, a Farewell Word from our Founder - the finest of wines distilled from the Enlightenment: http://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/washing.asp