Closing down the war

Source: Wikimedia Commons A unit of Marines rests briefly at the base of a Japanese memorial on the island of Okinawa while in pursuit of Japanese troops in World War II.

Source: Wikimedia Commons
A unit of Marines rests briefly at the base of a Japanese memorial on the island of Okinawa while in pursuit of Japanese troops in World War II.

James Bradley
For Veteran Voice
Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts of James Bradley’s self-written memoirs of his service in World War II. At the end of Part 1, Bradley’s unit, along with others, was assaulting the island of Okinawa, near Naha. Part 2 picks up the story.

The tank platoon I was with (on Okinawa) concentrated our fire on a big soap factory south of town that would make an excellent bunker. We emptied out every round of high explosive we had, including the “Willy Peter” (white phosphorous), which was a large shower of red-hot metal.
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Veterans thanked for helping get nursing home

Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer Dan Depagnier, chairman of the United Veterans of St. Lucie County, shakes hands with county commissioners Frannie Hutchinson, Kim Johnson, Chris Dzadovsky, Tod Mowery and Paula Lewis (not shown) following the recognition ceremony thanking all those involved in bringing the veterans nursing home to St. Lucie County.

Mitch Kloorfain/chief photographer
Dan Depagnier, chairman of the United Veterans of St. Lucie County, shakes hands with county commissioners Frannie Hutchinson, Kim Johnson, Chris Dzadovsky, Tod Mowery and Paula Lewis (not shown) following the recognition ceremony thanking all those involved in bringing the veterans nursing home to St. Lucie County.

Brandon Zeris
For Veteran Voice
TRADITION — To mark the end of an extensive, community-driven effort to secure the state’s seventh veterans nursing home, local representatives thanked those who played important roles Monday morning at Tradition Town Hall.
St. Lucie County Commissioner Frannie Hutchinson, Port St. Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faiella, Florida Rep. Larry Lee, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy and Senators Joe Negron and Gayle Harrell took turns thanking those who helped.
“Congratulations to St. Lucie County,” Murphy said. “We won this because we deserve this.”
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