“December 7, 1941 - a date which will live on in infamy,” ushered the United States' entry into a second World War.
That morning also marked the first time my uncle saw armed combat while stationed in the Philippines. While he was ultimately captured by Japanese forces on Bataan, those events shaped his life. Growing up as part of a close family, it made me want to further understand the events surrounding his capture, which is why I seek out World War II historical sites.
Reading about history allows one to only know the story behind events. Visiting them in person, you’re able to put the story into context and begin to imagine what it must have been like to live in those times.
The Pacific theater was a brutal place. No amount of reading adequately conveys this. The mountainous landscape conjures up frightening images of horrific combat. Only by setting foot in the same location, can one begin to hope to understand the challenges of those who fought. It’s a powerful lesson about how if aren’t careful, we will repeat ourselves.
What period of history are you most drawn to? What moment in time or location would you like to experience?
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