(Courtesy of our Vietnam War combat vet, Mike Collins, this is how my Dad got home in ’45.)
The U.S. military experienced an unimaginable increase during World War II. In 1939, there were 334,000
servicemen, not counting the Coast Guard. In 1945, there
were over 12 million, including the Coast Guard. At the
end of the war, over 8 million of these men and women
were scattered overseas in Europe, the Pacific and Asia.
Shipping them out wasn’t a particular problem ...
Bet you didn’t know it was called Decoration Day for close to a 100 years before it was a national holiday (1971), but the government gave the unions and working folks a day off on Monday, so as to keep them at the beach, full of beer, instead of in church. Since Decoration Day was always on Sunday fewer showed up.
Because the 9/11 wars aren’t over, we don’t yet have a name for those wars, or a national monument for our dead or their ...Continue Reading →