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Treasured Heroes

By David PeelDavid Peel

As an injury attorney, I have been blessed to represent many veterans who served our country valiantly.
Of course, they would just say they were survivors, not heroes.  The heroes, they would contend, are under white crosses at places from Normandy to Iwo Jima. Today, while you read this paper and go about your day, more than 700 World War II veterans will die. This happens every single day. The youngest are now in their late 80s, and some have never talked about their experiences at all. This “Greatest Generation” that we are losing constitute a lost treasure of stories, life and bravery. This heroic generation stood against the Germans and the Japanese, invading from France to the Philippines; and they are the only reason you and I live in this free country.
The people in Germany, somewhat like the U.S. now, never thought that a regime that promised peace, promoted education and peace through gun control would end in the Nazi’s extermination of six (6) million Jews.
The empire of Japan thought they could take out our entire Pacific fleet in one well-coordinated strike, and almost succeeded.
Children of the Great Depression, the WWII Generation manned the tank and airplane factories, the atomic research facilities, the powder plants (including the local one in Millington). They had the work ethic, duty and commitment to supply an army that was ranked low in capability to become the sole superpower.
Many of our veterans have never told about their experiences.
On your way to the beach, stop by the Battleship USS Alabama in Mobile. It boasts immense guns that fired a 2700 shell over 21 miles, propelled with 500 pounds of powder.  That would be like shooting a Volkswagen bug from Millington to Covington!  You might be able to talk with veterans who served in World War II.
I encourage you strongly to talk with any vets, especially in your family, and get their histories before they become one of the 700 that will pass away each day. They are a treasure that we are losing all too fast. What about you? Do you know an aging veteran? Would you go this week and just sit and ask to listen. We are all busy, but we are often busy doing “good” things, and not the “best” things. If I told you there was lost treasure in your yard, you would make the time to start digging.
There is lost treasure in our communities, they are there and many will be happy to talk with you about what occurred from 1941-1945. One more thing: bring your kids to hear, too. From our home to yours, thank you Veterans and your families.
Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through wherein other articles may be accessed.

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