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Old 02-05-2015, 01:32 PM   #1
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Makin Island A true story-Marines

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A true story about 19 marines killed on a Pacific island (defending against the Japanese). They had to retreat, so asked the islanders to please bury them for us.

Years later, they checked and found a man who had been a teenager then and he remembered where they were buried. The Marines sent a C-130 and an honor guard there and found all 19 had been buried with their helmets on, their rifles in their hands, in perfect condition. The islanders had really done a wonderful job.

As they were loading the bodies, a voice from out of nowhere started singing "The Marine Hymn"..........gave everyone goosebumps. Turns out, the voice was from a man who spoke no English but remembered a song the Marines taught him when they landed. Very touching. They got all 19 and their photos are at the end. This of course was WW2!



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Old 02-05-2015, 05:57 PM   #2
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I have seen this or another like it before. But I still watched it and still got misty eyed when they started playing the Marine Hymn and Taps. Taps always gets me.
Thanks for posting and remembering our fallen.

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Thank you for this.I had seen it once before but,I couldn't remember how the story was told.My Dad was in the army in the Battle of the Bulge which was a tuff place to be also.
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What can one say. Remarkable that the old timer spoke up. I don't understand how such a beautiful place can have such a sad story. I wonder what there lives would have been like.
I thank those that gave there lives, that I have my Freedom.
When I closed out after watching it, it took me to YouTube and show's of Susan Boyle. Another Great story,
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Nice post Gerryl,, thankyou... I also have seen it, but it never hurts to get reminded on how we got/earned our Freedom... So many now days don't have a clue.... My Dad was a MARINE in The Islands... Brought home shrapnel in his arm and lived with it the rest of his life.... Thankyou to our Troops and First responders,,,
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Spritz, that one with Susan Boyle always brings tears to my eyes. Also the one with Paul Potts and the one with Kevin Skinner.
In a different way than the one about Makin Island that conveys tears of deep reverence and respect.
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There was a movie made about the action on Makin Island. Movie was "Gung Ho." One of the characters was portrayed by J. Carrol Naish (who was Luigi in "Life with Luigi" on the radio). The character he portrayed (renamed in the movie) was Lt. John Apergis. He retired as a bird Colonel. John later worked with Dow Corning Corp here in Greensboro NC, and I got to know him through my brother who also worked there. Apergis was a true man of honor, a marine through and through, and a wonderful and funny man. After retiring, he opened a Greek Restaurant in Northern Virginia (Falls Church???).

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