It's been almost 16 decades since the very first Medal of Honor was awarded in the United States. About 3,550 medals have been awarded since. Actually another thousand can be added if you include the thousand plus, who had their medals stolen by the very government issuing them. (Much has been said on this site re the purge and that story.)
About 500 medals were awarded for actions in WW ll. Three of these came to 2 Canadians and one with ties to Canada, for actions in France, Germany and at Guadalcanal. Blogs on this site tell the stories of the three... Douglas Munroe, Charles MacGillivary and John Cary Morgan. The 500 represent one in 7 of all medals awarded since back in 1861.
The image calls out for all to remember those who gave so much for us, both at home front and on battlefields around the world.
Here in Victoria BC, a popular radio station brought us a story on September 2 about the famous signing of surrender documents in Tokyo. The local paper, one know for giving great support to the military community seems to have missed the occasion. It's publication for a few days before, day of, and days after the history anniversary date in history seems to have slipped their attention.
Yet ironically on the other side of the country, at Halifax just days ago listeners to yet another popular radio talk show host brought forth the reminder that not far from their offices is a marker honouring a Canadian Civil War naval hero by the name of Charles Robinson, oft noted in these blogs.
Here is a short clip off the net about our DUTY to remember those who came before us and faced the enemy, in the service of his... or her country.
It will only take a few minutes and I plead with you to have a look at it... and then return to this blog.
On 15 August 1945 the world heard Japanese Emperor Hirohito announced to the world, by radio, that WW ll was over. Hostilities in Europe had already come to an end 3 months earlier with VE Day marking and end to battling in those theaters. But the August surrender by the Japanese, became formal once they signed the documents presented in Tokyo on 2 September. The date has since become known as VJ Day, for the victory of the Allies over Japan.
One that has been said to have cost over 4 Trillion in current US Dollars. More troubling, it also cost the world the lives of some 2.3 BILLION military and civilian casualties. From 19-28 million alone died from famine and diseases.
After the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan had had enough and called it quits.
The ship, pictured after the war, was brought into Tokyo Bay to accept the formal Japanese surrender of 2 September 1945. On her decks and hanging form every possible vantage point were guests and crew wanting to take part, if by viewing alone, one of the most significant event in US and world History. Her deck was also playing host to about 200 journalists.
All for a ceremony destined to last less than 25 minutes!
This may well have been due to difficulties. He was blind in one eye from war injuries in WW l and came away from that war earning not one... but two Distinguished Service Order's and the Croix de Guerre from France.
The 2nd document was the one the Japanese would take to their leaders. It was signed correctly.
Hope you will join me then,