GTBlues53 karma2014-05-18 23:35:33 UTC
Well you look fabulous for 92 and I would have thought you were at least 20 years younger. If you could go back in time and give just one piece of life advice to your 20 or 30 year old self, what would you say?
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GTBlues53 karma2014-05-18 23:41:54 UTC
Do you think your grandpa might be interested in doing an AMA about his own time, as a POW (for example)? I can't get enough of people talking about history from a personal perspective rather than reading them from people that weren't even born at the time. No disrespect to historical writers, but I particularly enjoy first hand stories.
GTBlues29 karma2014-05-19 00:26:22 UTC
It's humbling to think of what he must have gone through for the sake of future generations such as us. I'm sorry to say I actually hadn't heard of the Bataan Death March. I will read about it though, for anyone else who is interested:
I did have a Japanese friend who worked in the UK as a nurse and she looked after an elderly chap who was a WW2 veteran. She loved him like he was her own grandfather and he often chuckled at her being Japanese. It was like a private joke between them as she was his primary caregiver and there was a very deep affection between them.
It seems crazy that on 28 July 2014 it will be 100 years since WW1 started. I'm in awe of your grandfather too. It's people like him that shaped history for future generations.
edit: I can hardly believe what I've just read (the Bataan Death March). What an atrocity. It's almost too horrible for words. What people will do to one another in times of war and conflict... :(
GTBlues13 karma2014-05-18 23:43:50 UTC
Thank you Sir!
GTBlues9 karma2016-04-03 17:05:22 UTC
For some reason I find this even more upsetting than reading about the atrocities. No right thinking person would even treat animals like that. It's like they didn't see them as fellow humans.
I always try to look for the good in someone, but maybe sometimes it just doesn't exist.
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