My father served in the Rocky Mount which was scheduled to participate in
Operation OLYMPIC, the invasion of Kyushu, Japan.
My father-in-law was in
the Army that was being prepared to take part in that invasion as well.
If these men had
perished (like these Americans
on Saipan) in the fierce fighting that was
expected, none of the
people in this picture would be alive today.
I wish to thank the veterans who preserved my freedom.
I also wish to thank Harry
Truman who preserved the lives of so many servicemen
by ending the war before the invasion.