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IN MEMORIAM: FOR THOSE WHO DIDN’T RETURN

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MAY 27, 2024) — THE PLANET doesn’t have much to say today as we bring to a conclusion this long weekend.

It’s a day America sets aside to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war. Ask those who have been through war, and they’ll not want to speak about it. They will tell you they they oppose war and never want to see it again. They will also add that war is futile, particularly the type in which America’s “leadership” has us engaged.

Combat veterans will, however, defer any notion that they were heroes. That’s how they roll. Instead, they’ll say the heroes are the ones who didn’t come back — the lives so tragically cut short.

My dad, Gino, served in the 99th Infantry, 394th Regiment (“The Battlin’ Babes). According to the Army Times, the men of I&R Platoon, 394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Division were the most decorated platoon of that battle and the entire war. They were the Band of Brothers before there was a Band of Brothers.

American dead at Buna beach, New Guinea, in WWII.

His unit saw front-line action in Belgium and Germany during the Battle of the Bulge. Gino came back, but he witnessed enough horror to last the rest of his life. He especially remembered being in the field during one of Europe’s coldest winters on record. It never left him.

He returned to the States, came home to the Berkshires, and settled in Pittsfield. He was one of the Greatest Generation who built this town after the war, making Pittsfield one of the nation’s finest small cities.

Gino was like most combat veterans. He didn’t talk much about it, though later in his life–he lived to be 96 years old–he would answer my questions. Stories included his narrow escape from being captured by a German patrol and his stay in a Paris hospital, what he saw there, and being sent back to the front two weeks later.

WWII made him detest all war.

Try to imagine what goes through a young man’s mind when he realizes he’s going to die in some hostile, foreign land, never to see family, friends, and loved ones again. A life, truncated.

And for what?

That is the question we have often pondered and must continue to ponder still.

Please join THE PLANET in remembrance.

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No duty is more urgent than that of giving thanks” — James Allen.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
18 days ago

Happy Memorial Day

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
17 days ago

I honor and respect those who made the ultimate sacrifice to this great country.

I honestly could not imagine today being a young high school graduate who instead of going to college or a trade school, made the honorable decision to serve his/her country, only to realize I might die fighting in Ukraine.

For what reasons though?

(1) deep state has to protect their illegal bioweapon labs at all costs to avoid a military tribunal, (2) CIA’s bases are in Ukraine and not Afghanistan anymore, (3) the ultimate DNC money laundering operation, and drum roll please…….(4) Trump is a “threat to democracy.”

Almost as bad a reason as uttered by another useless RINO Prez, George W. Bush, and his “weapons of mass destruction,” as a reason to invade Iraq.

Over 7,000+ deaths and over 30,000 suicides in the wars with Iraq and Afghanistan, to recover ZERO “weapons of mass destruction.”

https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/costs/human/military/killed

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
17 days ago

Dan,
Veterans like your dad and the many other heroes like him are in a class all by themselves. And will never be outdone when it comes to inner heart and soul for love of God, Country, and Family. The foundation they laid for our country to be built upon was like no other ever built. Unfortunately, in my opinion what had been built by them has been taken for granted now a days and if not reversed soon our country will never recover from the path it is on.

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
16 days ago

Well stated Dan I couldn’t believe the town of Lee canceled the small parade. Wouldn’t want anyone to get wet remembering those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for sure.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Ron Kitterman
16 days ago

Mark from the Lee VFW sure was pissed off!

snark shark
snark shark
16 days ago

Thank you to your Dad for his service.

Thank god he was spared witnessing the Jan 6th attempt to overtake the democracy he fought for. That would have broken his heart.

That sad day was a knife in the back of all who have fought for democracy in America.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  snark shark
16 days ago

Snarky, nice showing of Your TDS!!!

What they all fought for, was taken away, in the night of Nov 3-4 2020.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  snark shark
16 days ago

Are you trying to be funny? Or are you really this much of a moron Snark?

The J6 staged “insurrection” was set up by Pelosi and the DNC.

I’ll cliff note a section of this article for you Snark.

“……President Trump did in fact offer 10,000 National Guard troops to secure the U.S. Capitol, which was turned down.”

Chairman Loudermilk Publishes Never-Before Released Anthony Ornato Transcribed Interview – Press Releases – United States Committee on House Administration

Why can’t the FIB find the person(s) responsible for leaving the pipe bombs in close proximity to the Capital?

**Because they were left behind by an undercover federal (an alphabet) agency. That’s why.

The FIB can locate and lock up a 60-year-old grandma for taking selfies inside the Capital on 1/6 but can’t find a true domestic terrorist who left explosive devices in public.

Crybaby
Crybaby
Reply to  snark shark
16 days ago

Your a clown. Do you know how many times democracy is used in the constitution? We live in a democratic Republic. It’s different ,they obviously don’t teach this anymore in school.And to the Republic for which it stands one nation under God. Zero times is the answer. Morons ” I vote for democracy”.

Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
16 days ago

Talking about people that gave the ultimate sacrifice. Am I the last one to know that Tricia Farley Buffet is getting divorced by her husband??

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Flogging Molly
16 days ago

Who could blame him?

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Flogging Molly
16 days ago

Did he catch her cheating on him with the Chinese Buffet offerings?

Sim Ting Wong
Sim Ting Wong
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
16 days ago

He suspected she had crabs Rangoon