Saturday, March 23, 2019

Senior Chief, US Navy, Irvin A. Godfrey and the USS Missouri

I found the above pictured medallion that my late Uncle, Senior Chief, US Navy, Irvin A. Godfrey, received (as did all aboard), and gave to me long ago, in commemoration of being aboard the USS Missouri when General Douglas MacArthur boarded the ship for the formal signing of the Instrument of Surrender by the Japanese Government, formally ending WWII, Tokyo Bay, Sept 2, 1945. Here read an account (Click here) of the ceremony and events leading up to it, and General MacArthur's famous, short, historic speech that ended World War II.

There is a great old Native American proverb which I love. It, basically says, we stand in the center of six generations, three generations that came before us, parents, grandparents, and great grandparents, and three generations which are coming after us, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. And all that we do and that we say should serve to honor the past generations, and teach the generations coming after us.  I believe this bit of history will serve to do just that.

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