A war correspondent – Memorial Day Post Five May 23, 2007Posted by daveintexas in honor.
He wrote about the death of a young captain, Henry T. Waskow of Belton Texas. A town just a couple of miles from me.
Here’s what he opened with.
In this war I have known a lot of officers who were loved and respected by the soldiers under them. But never have I crossed the trail of any man as beloved as Capt. Henry T. Waskow, of Belton, Texas.
What follows is one of the most touching stories I have ever read.
Here is another haunting phrase:
You feel small in the presence of the dead men, and ashamed at being alive, and you don’t ask silly questions.
Ernie Pyle was killed by a Japanese sniper near the end of the war, on an island close to Okinawa. He was 44 years old. And he was loved and admired by thousands of GIs and their families, who considered him one of their own.
It was a goddamn shame.