Monday, January 16, 2012

Thank you to the United States Marine Corps: The Battle of Saipan vs. the Battle of Helmand Province, Afghanistan

U.S. Marines advance on occupying Japanese forces in Tanapag, Saipan in June 1944
U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment in Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in November 2010.
While wars are increasingly fought with drones and other technology, Marines are still fighting these wars as they always have.  With Marines on the ground.  The same was true in Iraq.  

The actor Lee Marvin was a Private First Class in the Marine Corps and was wounded at the Battle of Saipan.  At the link is Lee Marvin narrating Our Time In Hell video, documenting the War in the Pacific. 

With the recent hypocritical over the top fake outrage over a few Marines urinating on dead Taliban, I thought about Lee Marvin's scene in Hell in the Pacific where he urinates on a sleeping Japanese officer played by Torshiro Mifune.  Granted it was just a fictional movie, but I do not recall Japanese outrage over how they were treated.  Marvin, in the true life "Our Time In Hell" documentary link above, notes how Japanese prisoners were in U.S. custody.  

h/t:  Dave in Texas at Ace of Spades on Saipan article.  

Update:  Victor Davis Hanson at NRO.  


  1. An excellent point that you have made, sir, and which, unfortunately, needs to be made frequently...

    1. We need to thank all our Marines and recognize what they have to face. And I am a "bloggerlady." But thank you for your comment.

  2. I'm incredibly proud of our Marines and the Navy Corpsman who take care of them over there! May they all come home safe and sound.


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