Solomon Islands

@RubyHawk (29419)
Atlanta, Georgia
August 11, 2016 9:34pm CST
Jabo suggested I write something about my father who served in the Solomon Islands during World War 11. He went in the navy just before the war was over. I was very young at the time, but I remember some of the things he told us. Although he didn't talk much about his experiences, what he said stuck in my mind. The sailors dug foxholes because the Japanese climbed the trees where the sailors couldn't see them and shot the sailors in camp. When the Japanese started shooting the guys would dive for a fox hole, but after hours and hours they would have to come out to get food and drink. I could just imagine the horror of it and how hungry and thirsty the sailors must have been to come out to be shot. But the sailors would come out and those who weren't killed would go after the Japanese and kill them. War is so horrible. I wish we could get to the point where we would have no more war. Sending our young men and women to fight and be killed is the most horrible thing in the world.
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@rebelann (42834)
• El Paso, Texas
12 Aug 16
War is so scary and although sometimes it's a necessary evil I wish there were a more civilized way to solve conflicts.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Aug 16
So do I, and if countries would try to work together, we should be able to compromise and work out the difficulties.
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@rebelann (42834)
• El Paso, Texas
13 Aug 16
Wouldn’t that be nice @RubyHawk
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
14 Aug 16
@rebelann it would be the greatest thing that could happen.
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@LadyDuck (176770)
• Switzerland
12 Aug 16
I agree, all the wars are horrible and I cannot understand why the politicians are always so quick to send young men and women to fight.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Aug 16
We will never know the way of politicians.
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@Tampa_girl7 (26219)
• United States
12 Aug 16
War is a very sad thing.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Aug 16
The saddest thing in the world to have to send your child where he or she is likely to be killed.
@TheHorse (72440)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Aug 16
The "principle of continuity" leads me to think that war will never end.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Aug 16
You are probably right. Wars have been with us since the beginning of time and I can't see that we've grown wiser.
@TRBRocks420 (82800)
• Banks, Oregon
12 Aug 16
Yes. war is awful and, I pray someday we can live in a world where it doesn't exist.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Aug 16
That is my fondest dream. That we can live in peace.
@PatZAnthony (13057)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
13 Aug 16
Like you state here, war in horrible. Many of us have stories and experiences stuck in our heads that should serve to stop future wars-but it has not worked so far.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Aug 16
It's a hard world, I've often said let the politicians go work it out or fight it out. Of course we wouldn't have any politicians if that were the case.
@just4him (127241)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Aug 16
It would be nice if war would cease. That must have been horrific for him.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Aug 16
I'm sure it was, and to all the young men and women who go off to war.
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@jaboUK (55052)
• United Kingdom
12 Aug 16
How interesting Ruby, thanks for telling us this. That must have been horrendous waiting in those foxholes knowing that they were likely to get shot when they came out.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Aug 16
I can hardly think of anything more terrifying.
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@Platespinner (17062)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Aug 16
War is horrible, and I'm not always convinced that the government has good reasons for sending our troops to intervene in other areas of the world.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Aug 16
I'm of the same opinion. Look at Iraq. We lost many of our military there and it's worse now than it was at that time.
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@acelawrites (12285)
• Philippines
12 Aug 16
The Japanese were known to be so brave and daring during that time. They also occupied the Philippines during WWII.
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Aug 16
Yes. I understand they were in all the islands.
• United States
12 Aug 16
my dad ne'er spoke 'f his time'n war. said such t'was'n the past 'n that's where he preferred't. yepperz, 'tis a big shame that folks can't get 'long peaceful, but such's been that way purty much since the beginnin' 'f time. too many wishin' to inflict their thoughts 'n ideas 'pon others....'n take what aint theirs by any means possible :(
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@RubyHawk (29419)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Aug 16
That's true, It looks like people would learn that we don't all have to think alike. We should be able to live with our differences.
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