R.I.P. George H.W. Bush

RIP G W Bush

George H. W. Bush in his Grumman TBF Avenger

The thought just came to me that he is the last President we had for which there was no polarization. Whether people voted for him or not, he was recognized as a good and decent man by the country.

One thing I want to add: While it is well known that he was the youngest US Naval aviator to enlist, and that he was shot down in the Pacific and rescued, it is not well known what would have been his fate had he been captured by the Japanese.

Something that stayed with me after years ago reading James Bradley’s book, Flyboys. This was his follow up book to Flags of our Fathers, the story of the Iwo Jima landing.

Chichi Jima is about 150 miles north of Iwo Jima, and was a hub for Japanese radio transmissions in the Pacific. Eight U.S. Navy Airmen were captured, with only Bush able to evade capture.

On the orders of the garrison commander, 5 of them were beaten, tortured and then beheaded. The Japanese then ate their livers.

The future of the country depended on a submarine commander seeing him in a raft on the Pacific.

Fair winds and following seas, Mr. President.

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One response to “R.I.P. George H.W. Bush

  1. A speck on the ocean – and to paraphrase Sir Winston, ‘some ocean……some speck’

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