Friday, September 3, 2010
The Mighty Mo - Big Guns and Bigger Heroes
I was teary eyed from the moment I stepped aboard the hallowed deck where thousands of sailors scrambled to view the historic signing between General Douglas MacArthur and the Japanese emissaries.
The ceremony included remarks from
- US Senator from Hawaii, Daniel K Inouye, a decorated WWII veteran
- US Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Retired Army General Eric K. Shinseki, a decorated Vietnam veteran
and a portion of the speech from General MacArthur,
"It is my earnest hope, and indeed the hope of all mankind, that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past -- a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance and justice."
During the NBC Evening News, I watched the video of Frank Borrell attending the ceremony today. He is one of the last living sailors who witnessed Japan's surrender on board the USS Missouri:
At the end of the video, Frank visits the USS Arizona Memorial to pay his respects to relatives who remain entombed in the water below. As Secretary Shinseki noted, war is not victorious when you consider the carnage to preserve freedom.
But we do celebrate our freedom and I share a video link of US sailors celebrating V-J Day in Honolulu on August 14, 1945
Mahalo, Mary Jo Putney, for sending the link to me!
To honor the Mighty Mo, I am offering to mail any reader (US or international) a postcard from Pearl Harbor. Send your mailing address to email@example.com and tell me if you prefer a vintage or modern photo of Mighty Mo.
Join me on Monday, September 6, for a surprise book giveaway!
Kim in Hawaii
SOS Military Liaison