(18) Meditation at the Grafton Peace Pagoda – YouTube Yunsan, the Buddhist nun, survived Hiroshima.
My very beloved father-in-law peacefully fell to sleep at sunrise, age 93 years. He survived many things: the Great Depression, some of the worst battles of WWII, raising his two sons (we joked about that a lot, he and I) and his beloved wife. We are all devastated by his death but then, he is one of the last of the WWII vets. I will miss him greatly.
He was in three planes going down in the Pacific war, one crash, he was the only survivor being in the tail section. He crawled into caves, he even got some Japanese to surrender to him and gave them help for he was a medic. He saw many, many things I cannot imagine, like my own beloved father, he had to go into a series of human attempts at creating total hell.
He also was flown into China to help the Chinese and English prisoners of war who were terribly abused, he handed out candy to children in Japan and China and tried to make light of all his activities during WWII. This is how he survived.
I knew a number of his fellow Americans who all lived nearby and none of these men who were all Army or Marines, could talk about WWII at all because of the trauma. All of them, without exception, had set up perimeters to memories to protect themselves from the hell they went through, my father did this, too.
I had to do deep research to uncover my father’s traumatic past which was also this thing called ‘history’. These people were forced to make real history. They had to make gigantic sacrifices out of nowhere to do this. Heroes are forced to be heroes. And it never ceases to amaze me to see ‘ordinary’ people step up and become ‘heroes’ without complaint.
Can we live up to them all? We can only try our best. Peace and love to all, Elaine and Chris Supkis.
ᴴᴰ [Documentary] The Battle of Okinawa – YouTubeJapanese TV show about Okinawa.