Overnight Open Thread 5/28/17 (tmi3rd) | Main | Mid-Morning Open Thread
May 29, 2017

The Morning Report, 5/29/17

14278627091_e31092e4c6_b.jpg

Good morning, all. Today is Memorial Day. I thought it proper to refrain from the usual headlines and posts today so that we may reflect on and remember those who gave their lives for us and our country. And with that, let us proceed . . .

On Memorial Day in 1945, Lt. General Lucian Truscott was sent to the American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy to represent President Truman and America as part of the commemoration ceremonies. Barely a year had passed since the ill-planned and executed invasion of Anzio, which cost the lives of nearly 3,000 GIs. Truscott, who commanded the 3rd Infantry Division at Anzio felt an incredible sense of guilt over the casualties, and would be haunted by it for the rest of his life.

Bill Mauldin, the famed cartoonist who created the immortal dogfaces "Willie and Joe" for Stars and Stripes, was present as the General took to the podium. But instead of addressing the assembled dignitaries, he turned his back on them and faced the graves of the men buried behind him.

"He apologized to the dead men for their presence here. He said everybody tells leaders it is not their fault that men get killed in war, but that every leader knows in his heart this is not altogether true. He said he hoped anybody here through any mistake of his would forgive him, but he realized that was asking a hell of a lot under the circumstances . . . he would not speak about the glorious dead because he didn't see much glory in getting killed if you were in your late teens or early twenties. He promised that if in the future he ran into anybody, especially old men, who thought death in battle was glorious, he would straighten them out. He said he thought that was the least he could do."

One of the soldiers in the 3rd Infantry Division who fought his way out of Anzio was Cpl. Corrado Ciarlo from Waterbury, CT. Everyone knew him as "Babe . . ."


ciarlo_mom.jpg

Corrado "Babe" Ciarlo was killed in action on May 27th, 1944, near the town of Artena about 31 miles southeast of Rome. He was eight days shy of his 21st birthday.


digg this
posted by J.J. Sefton at 06:54 AM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Anna Puma (HQCaR): ""Allah uber alles" ..."

Frau Merkel : "These children are Germany's future. ..."

illiniwek: "they want madness to rule ... the elite oligarchs ..."

Anonosaurus Wrecks, I'm Dreaming of a White Privilege: "The German government wants to bring back the chil ..."

The Great White Scotsman: "First? ..."

mustbequantum: "Now I am officially beyond irritated.  Look a ..."

Grump928(C): "Bible Study Fellowship ? ..."

Kindltot: "rickl, that was Wednesday for me.I would maunder o ..."

FenelonSpoke: "All Girl BSF meeting on Monday... What is a BS ..."

kraken: "224 Posted by: kraken at November 24, 2017 11:2 ..."

Anna Puma (HQCaR): "Julia Poff, age 46 of Houston Texas, in 2016 attem ..."

rickl: "Pretty quiet here today. Is everyone out Black Fr ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64