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Saintswrath 11-11-2010 04:09 AM

Drew Brees: WWII vets still deserve our attention
By Drew Brees - As with many men in their 30s, the demands of building a career and family mean my gaze is focused on what's ahead, not what's behind. I do, however, enjoy reading about history — especially military history. But it took a trip to Okinawa, Japan, to make me realize the deep, if not always visible, connection between America's youngest generations and its "Greatest" one.

In April 1945, Okinawa became the site of one of World War II's bloodiest battles between invading U.S. forces and the defending Japanese. My grandfather, Ray Akins— then a 19-year-old Marine from Brady, Texas — was in the thick of it. As I walked around the island I realized I was walking in his footsteps. I stood at the spot where my grandfather stormed the beach with the 1st Marine Division. I imagined the noise and death surrounding the soldiers as they first set foot on the island.

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Choupique 11-11-2010 04:24 AM

There are over 200k homeless Vets in the USA.
Shame on ALL of us.

Many Americans haven't "earned this" as was stated at the end of Pvt Ryan movie.

neugey 11-11-2010 02:13 PM

Well said Drew. My grandpa was a tank operator in WWII, evaded Nazi capture and took on Panzers.

Choupique 11-11-2010 06:08 PM

My Dad was in the Pacific theater with the Marines.
That is him in the center of the lower row, smiling as usual.

Thanks to every single Veteran.

QBREES9 11-14-2010 10:26 PM

Thanks Drew, My Uncle was a Marine

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