Monday, March 19, 2012

The attack on the USS Franklin
67 years ago today

I’m a revisionist on WWII. I don’t hate the Japanese and know they didn’t plan to rule the US; they only wanted an empire close to home, like Russian dominance in Eastern Europe, German in Western and American in the Western Hemisphere. (None of which excuses what they did in China, the Philippines etc.) This war was probably preventable but that doesn’t take away from the courage of America’s ‘greatest generation’. One of the two Medals of Honor went to the ship’s Catholic chaplain, Fr Joseph O’Callahan, who might be the priest in the last scene in the old footage (giving Extreme Unction in Latin in the middle of explosions).

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