Thursday, July 16, 2015

BUSH 41:  We Share So Much!

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TO ASSESS THE QUALITY OF THOUGHTS OF PEOPLE, DON'T LISTEN TO THEIR WORDS BUT WATCH THEIR ACTIONS - Amit Kalantri

EVERY VETERAN IS A HERO - Joe Walsh


GEORGE H.W. BUSH
In jest I like to say that I am related to our 41st President, George H. W. Bush.  We share so much in common in our lives.  Not the least of which is that both of our families were into stock.  His were bankers and mine were horse thieves.  Sadly, more fact than fiction.  I have read several books about the Bush family.

BETTER TO BE THE WIDOW OF A HERO THAN THE WIFE OF A COWARD - Ibarruri


PILOT G. BUSH
George H. W. Bush joined the Navy to become it's youngest fighter pilot at age 18.  I joined the Navy to become the youngest radioman at age 17--couldn't get in the Navy younger than that.  Bush flew a Gruman TBF, a torpedo, bomber, fighter, off the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Jacinto.  I served as a radioman aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid.  He served during war time in the Pacific in World War II and I served in the Pacific in the Korean War.  He was a bit older than me being born in 1924 while I wasn't born until 1931.

A HERO IS NO BRAVER THAN AN ORDINARY MAN BUT HE IS BRAVE FIVE MINUTES LONGER - Ralph Emerson


GEN.TACHIBANA 
Chi Chi Jima is 150 miles north of Iwo Jima where on 2 September 1944 George was shot down.  His gunner lost his life.  Other flyers fought the Japanese off of George in his life raft until dark.  The Japanese commander had been skinning caught pilots, eating their flesh after torturing them to death.  After the war, General Yoshio Tachibana and Major Sueo Matoba were tried and hanged for war crimes.




THE HERO IS COMMONLY THE SIMPLEST AND OBSCUREST OF MEN - Thoreau


RESCUE OF BUSH
At dawn, Bush, vomiting and bleeding from a head wound, was rescued by the American submarine, the USS Finback.  I have a video of his rescue.  He was a tall skinny guy with a short haircut.  He said "Happy to be aboard" and I'm sure he meant it.  Few people in the world have ever heard of Chi Chi Jima.  Still, in 1951 my ship, the USS Yuma ATF94, rescued a Japanese ship in distress and towed it to Chi Chi Jima.  I still recall working the "Banana Boat Swing" of the Japanese radio operator.

NEVER IN THE FIELD OF HUMAN CONFLICT WAS SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW - Churchill


BUSH WEDDING
Seventeen-year-old George H. W. Bush met 16-year-old Barbara Pierce.  Their engagement was a secret until George was out of the Navy and they were married in 1945.  Although they had money behind them, they did not have money.  George worked hard building up an oil equipment, then oil exploratory, business.  They lived in one half of a house sharing a bathroom with two prostitutes and their customers.  Being interviewed  by Larry King about her book, Barbara Bush described her bout with depression, which I was suffering at the time.  At her urging, I sought the help she described for herself.

A BOY DOESN'T HAVE TO GO TO WAR TO BE A HERO.  HE CAN SAY HE DOESN'T LIKE PIE WHEN HE SEES THERE ISN'T ENOUGH TO GO AROUND - Howe


INJURED BUSH
Diplomat, U.S. Representative, CIA Director, Ambassador, Vice President and 41st President, 91 year old George H. W. Bush has fallen and broken a bone in his neck.  He will be out of the hospital with a brace in a couple days.  Two years ago he was jumping out of airplanes.  Like him, I live a life of adventure.

THE REAL HERO'S ARE THE LIBRARIANS AND TEACHERS WHO AT NO SMALL RISK TO THEMSELVES REFUSE TO LIE DOWN AND PLAY DEAD TO CENSORS - Coville


NO GREATER HONOR COULD BE PAID TO A NAVY VETERAN THAN TO HAVE A SHIP NAMED AFTER THEM.  THIS IS THE SUPER CARRIER THE
 USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH CVN77




1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Bush "41" is quite something and so are you!