- Aug 29, 2000
What with all the hype about Pearl Harbor lately, I had forgotten about today's D-Day anniversary until the news tonight. NBC had a segment on the son of a Navy Vet who is currently using various new technologies to locate the many items off Omaha and Nebraska beaches- tanks, weapons, personal effects-in addition to photography of wrecks like the USS Rich sunk offshore. The point was made that the landing offensive gets most of the attention while the Navy's part is sometimes minimalized-so this guy is on a mission. Then there was an interview with a French guy who for 20 years has salvaged the same area, opened a museum to display everything from howitzers to dogtags. He is ticked that this American guy wants all the wrecks turned into memorials and the salvage to stop. The Frenchmen says he is doing everybody a favor because the large debris is cluttering up the fishing lanes and nets. I must admit some of the stuff he brought up is fascinating but I did start to squirm upon seeing those dogtags. I thought about my cousin who died over Papua New Guinea in a bombing run on the Alexishafen airfield-it took me 2 years to find out what happened to him working daily- 47 years AFTER the tragedy-and I would have been so relieved to have had his dogtags-as no doubt the families of those men whose identification is in this man's museum. MSNBC had a further bit on a 9 a.m. So what do you think about all of this?