One day after the attack on Pearl Harbor; December 7th, 1941 - bombing began on the island of Guam.
Two days later, over 5000 Japanese landed on the island.
Greatly outnumbered, less than 500 American military surrendered.
The Japanese occupied the island for 2 1/2 years - and began to prepare for what they knew would eventually come - the U.S. returning to reclaim the island.
Isaac is crazy, fascinated with WWII history.
This is Isaac standing on Asan beach where the Marines first came ashore.
He was thrilled to be here.
I, on the other hand, felt sick.
The markers, like the one shown below -
did not show a beautiful beach with crystal blue water and white sand.
As I looked around, I thought about 18 year old boys........
those whose moms had just got their prom and graduation pictures developed..........
those who now rode in a small boat toward this same shore........
and watched hundreds of men waiting,
to kill them.
I couldn't decide which would make me feel more afraid. Riding up to the shore in a boat..........
Not knowing at all what was waiting in the growth.
I can't imagine meeting someone face to face that is considered the enemy......
but in reality, just a young kid himself.
I can't imagine pointing a gun and screaming directions in English - while having a gun pointed at me - and unknown words in Japanese being screamed back.
|Isaac at the mouth of a cave|
as a mother
as a wife
Military life is nothing like it was during WWII.
I am proud to be a Navy wife.
I am thankful for those who serve now.
I am grateful to those who served in the past.
And I don't have words for those who lost their husbands
anything I can start to think.......
sounds really lame.
But standing on this beach helps me remember.