Letter: Wisdom from the Greatest Generation
This is a recommendation to read two books: "You’ll Be Sor-ree," by Sid Phillips, a Guadalcanal Marine, and the biography of John Basilone, USMC Medal of Honor recipient of WWII, written by Jim Proser. Of course, we are a Marine Corps family, but the history these two men lived is important to every American, and the wisdom they share with us is so needed today. All of the memories written by Sid Phillips are of value, but there are comments that will ring a bell for many:
"As I look back at my pictures, it is startling to think that America was considering these young volunteers as her defenders. They had the heart, but not the experience. Of extreme importance as to what carried them through it all was they were Depression kids and had never had very much of anything as civilians, plus, in my opinion, American humor and the optimism of youth and pride in being an American. Added to this was the additional pride of being a United States Marine." Note—pride in America.
His Christian beliefs—"With relative truth we can continually improve things as more data is learned. Absolute truth scientifically would require all data, and this means a knowledge of all things past, present and future, which is omniscience; since man cannot have omniscience, only God can expound absolute truth. So, man must look to God’s word for absolute truth. I believe compromising Scripture in the past and trying to make it say what it does not say has been man’s greatest blunder."
"I have such a clear memory of so many things that happened during WWII. One thing I remember so vividly was that the media did not try to divide us." My note—I wish the media wasn’t doing so today.
"We are undoubtedly a great generation, but I believe the greatest generation of Americans is yet to come and will be the generation that turns our nation back to God."
I pray his words are proven soon! Both of these books are factual and have meaning to all Americans.