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How Your Great-grandfather Won the War by Deb Weir

  Did you know that your great-grandfather single-handedly brought the end to WWII? Well, he had a little help from the Hershey candy company.   Victory in Japan, or V-J Day, was 75 years ago. Grea t-grandfather was one of the youngest men in the U.S. Marines on that day of September 2, 1945. He joined the Marine Corps because of their reputation for tough training, and he knew that the experience would protect him in battle. He was too young, however, to experience active warfare; the fighting was over by the time he reached Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima and Japan.   He fought a different battle; the fight to secure the peace. His weapon was Hershey bars.   Mike Weir, USMC, 1945   Great grandpa was one of the first Americans in Nagasaki, Japan after the explosion of the second, more powerful, atomic bomb. It not only destroyed buildings but contaminated the food and water. The few surviving, and starving, Japanese feared that they would be tortured by the Americans, and so they hid. They hid


  Always carry a notebook. and I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.   ~~ Will Self