Sins of Omission

A Hero Among Heroes

Ever since the late 1960’s, the cultural Marxists of academe have worked assiduously to destroy American heroes or simply to omit them from textbooks—and they have been largely successful.  As we approach the 60th anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day and the youngest of the World War II veterans are entering their 80’s, it saddens me to find that most young Americans know nothing of such heroes as Butch O’Hare, Jimmy Doolittle, Joe Foss, John Basilone, Red Mike Edson, Commando Kelly, Pappy Boyington, Dick O’Kane, Dave McCampbell, Father O’Callahan, Tommy McGuire, Dick Bong, or Audie Murphy.

These men were my heroes when growing up.  I was told stories about them, read about them, saw movies about them.  This was all part of an American boy’s life in the 1940’s, 50’s, and well into the 60’s.  We didn’t hate ourselves then.  We were inspired by the courage and daring skill of a Doolittle or an O’Hare and aspired to be like them.

For many in America, Audie Murphy was the hero of heroes.  I had an uncle who served in an outfit under the same command for a time as Murphy.  The uncle could not tell me enough about Murphy, the most decorated American of the war—of any war.  I remember my uncle saying—and he was from Superior, Wisconsin, about as far north as one can go in the contiguous 48, and no particular fan of the Lone Star State—that...

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