Letters to the Editor

Early American values, part 3

To the Editor:

The early American values discussed so far in this dissertation have continued to be adhered to during the growth of America.

A fairly recent demonstration of American values is the WWII flight of the Doolittle Raiders in 1942. There were 80 airmen led by Jimmy Doolittle asked to perform a task never done before. The task was to take heavily loaded bomber planes off from the deck of an aircraft carrier and bomb Tokyo.

The 80 airmen were told they would not have enough fuel to reach a safe landing field after dropping their bombs on Tokyo. Every one of the men asked to make this attack accepted the assignment. After successfully bombing Tokyo some bailed out, some crash-landed in friendly territory. I believe there were six men lost. Another example of the American values that allowed America to become the greatest nation the world has ever known.

During WWII Winston Churchill said, “This is England’s finest hour.” I think we can also say the same about America.

One last testimony of America’s values. I know of no other wars in which there were no spoils exacted by the victor. America instead restocked Germany with food, medicine and, for farmers, grain seed and pregnant female livestock.

There were huge amounts owed America by her allies for arms and munitions which allowed them to win the war. Most of which was never repaid.

Next month, see the consequences of leaving early American values.

Clifford Evenson

Johnsburg

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