North Platte, Nebraska — a place in WWII history

I am a proud son of the Greatest Generation — those people who endured and brought us out of World War II and into prosperity as truly the greatest nation the world has ever known. My father, like the parents of most of my friends, served in WW2 and there can be no doubt that these were great people for they endured hardship in battle yet came home — the lucky ones did — to work and prosper and, amazingly, never did they complain! They just worked and had an ethical structure that they tried to pass on to their children. I think it stuck to me, mostly, and I’m thankful for it. But then there’s North Platte, Nebraska. What about that?

The folks there took up a cause to support soldiers and sailors just like my father, and boy did they ever do it up right. I had never heard of North Platte before, at least not in this light, and the story is truly amazing. The YouTube video follows below and you really need to spend the 7 minutes it will take from your busy day.

And when you’re done, thank a solder, a sailor, an airman or marine.  Now grab a tissue, pull up a chair, and click ‘play.’

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About Gil Jones

CPA/Attorney/Judge by training and trade. Hobby nut at heart with BMW m/c, computers, ham radio, kayak fishing, photography, hiking and, starting in 2010 some semi-serious running and bicycling (road and mountain bikes). Retired after 16 years on a Texas District Court bench and since 2013 have been mediating cases. I am a Credentialed Distinguished mediator (TMCA).
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4 Responses to North Platte, Nebraska — a place in WWII history

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  2. Gil Jones says:

    Well, my primary focus in this piece was really intended to be about that generation that between the soldiers and those helping, things got done. And will little grousing.

    I don’t yet know if the “funding” of banks and business — and keep in mind I’m a Republican, so-called “big business” kind of guy — is a good thing or not. There are a couple of known facts that do give me pause, however:

    1 – the bailout was done in quite a bit of haste. That is never a good thing.
    2 – it flies in the face of historical successes and follows historical failures.
    3 – there has been a lot of “skull-duggery” in the process with backroom exemptions for bonuses where now the Dodd/Administration/Treasury finger-pointing has become a national spectator sport.

    I sure don’t discount the many talented and dedicated public servants who endure what they do to serve us. Hell, I endure the same weekly myself! 🙂 But it dishonors the faithful servants when most of the cabinet appointees have been dishonest on their taxes, 13 of the bailout recipient companies also have taxes due, and there is obvious lying about who exempted the bonuses.

    All in all, I suspect, Bob, that we agree on more here than we disagree on. Cheers!

  3. Bob Dawes says:

    I was struck by the contrast between this posting, in which handouts to soldiers and sailors are presented as a thing that makes this country great, and your previous posting, in which handouts to failing banks and institutions are presented as a thing that will bring us down.

    Sure, there are obvious differences: The ladies of North Platte organized voluntarily, pooled their own resources and hugged the grateful recipients; whereas the government organized the stimulus program, funded it with taxpayers’ money, flogged the sullen recipients with rules and conditions, and will never hear a word of thanks from them.

    But there are also similarities, if you are not too blinded by pessimism to see them. In both cases, the organizers are doing their best out of love for their country. Their organization and resources in both cases are appropriate to the scale of the problem. And in both cases, failure is not an option.

    So you can grouse about all the things that go wrong if you want to, and you can complain about the stupidity of Harvard graduates if it makes you feel good; but I’m glad that there are talented and dedicated public servants willing to endure all that froth and spittle to organize the nation’s resources against an economic catastrophe. They aren’t handing out donuts, and they aren’t hugging the unemployed, but they are doing what their talent and their experience enable them to do and I admire them for that.

    • Don Bynum says:

      Bob,

      You pointed out the most significant difference. The Ladies of North Platte took voluntary action involving their own assets and those of others who volunteered. Their actions in no way encumbered future generations.

      The current doings in Washinston do not resemble those in any way. They may, or may not, be necessary doings but they do not involve voluntary contribution and they do encumber the assets of future generations. These are inarguable facts and are whether necessary or not are, in those facts, a stark contrast to the North Platte effort. You may not believe that other citizens have a right, or the intellegence to do so in a way that you see as wonderful, to be concerned, object, or be flat out madder than hell, but those facts are facts which make your analogy tenuous at best.

      There are other differences but if you cannot understand the extent to which a large minority in this country (and it may actually a majority… do not confuse “popularity ratings with belief that we are now moving in “the right direction… there are poles which point both ways, so who knows).

      The arrogant approach we are seeing from our nation’s capital as they have largely nationalized our financial system and our manufacturing base is troubling. It has now surfaced that they are now working a plan to export the manufacturing jobs at GM to Canada and/or China, perhaps in the belief that we should be remade into an “information economy.” That will be great for our PhDs and academic grant-mooches, but not for those citizens who due to inclination or ability prefer to BUILD something that can be sold to other in or out of our country. Add to the list of arrgant actions the planned energy tax (CAP & Trade) which will, among other things blow the cost of agriculture sky high and either raise food prices on all families or outsource our food production also. Heck we can import salmonella by the trainload then. And the raw energy cost increase for households is currently being projected at between $2K and $3K per year, not counting indirect impacts such as that on food. Of course, being in search of economic justice without regard to our actual laws or anything else but whatever their murky agenda may be, the solution will be to give :”the poor” an energy subsidy check and raise the energy taxes on the rest of us yet more to pay for it.

      No, there are very big factual disconnects in your analogy and even more worrying, and easily observable, indications that there will be no turnaround allowed. The goal may well be to completely wreck the economy with the plan of usurping existing Constitutional and legal tools which encourage investment and entreprenuership in favor of complete subservience to a “benevolent wise leader”.

      Perhaps he will even come to be called “Beloved Leader.”

      Don

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