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12 Aug 2020

War is Over... Commemorating the End of WWII

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Hello Folks. On August 14th, 1945, the Japanese accepted the terms of the Potsdam Declaration and surrendered every force in the Pacific. After 6+ years of bloody fighting, from the streets of Stalingrad, to Henderson Field on Guadalcanal,to the sands of El Alamein, to the beaches of Normandy, to the fields of Flanders (Market Garden), and to the rocks of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, the war had finally stopped in the hands of the atom bomb, ending a meat grinder that ended over 85 million lives.



Seventy-Five years later. WWII is still fresh in the hearts of many families that had relatives that fought in the war. By 2045, they will be all gone. That is why today, we at the ANA will be giving them the honor that these men and women deserve. (2045 stat from VA). Why? Because today, people are arching away from the heroic efforts of these people, and in fact, disgracing them. But these stories shouldn't be ignored and racially charged. They should be remembered as proud Americans doing their part in order to give us the lives we have today.




A quick notes before we start with the coins and the history behind them.




On May 17th, 2020, I posted an Article on the V75 coins that are coming out this November. Mokie (formerly "The Moke") pointed out that the 1500 gold coins should be used to improve the WWII Memorial in DC. As the memorial has now been defaced by ANTIFA, this is more true then ever. I wish the mint would sometimes stop thinking of new options and start thinking of the people and the places that fought for their right to exist.



Onwards now.



On December 7th, 1941, "A Day that will live in Infamy", the Japanese fleet under Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto attacked Pearl Harbor, and chased Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines. In revenge for Pearl Harbor and events all over the Pacific like the Bataan death march, Douglas, USN Admiral Chester Nimitz, and the USMC launched an all out island-hopping campaign throughout the Pacific, starting with Guadalcanal, and ending with the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. With the capture of every island, more and more airfields opened up, allowing bombers to not have to take off farther and farther away from Japan, like the Doolittle Raiders. This led to the bombing and eventually, Japan's capitulation.



On the 1993 half dollar, the island hopping campaign is memorialized. On the front are men from the the three branches of the armed forces that contributed the most to the Pacific campaign. On the back, is a USMC or a US Army soldier in the prone position, looking for the Japanese troops.



On June 6th, 1944, The US Army and the British Army with Canadian Forces invaded Germany. The AEF (Allied Expedtionary Force) were the first Allied troops in France since the Battle of France and the Dunkirk disaster. Before D-Day, the deception army, under George Patton, led the Nazis to believe that the attack would be in Calais, not Normandy. So, the Germans where partially surprised when the AEF landed in Normandy. After brutal fighting, the allies had gained a foothold in France.



The invasion of Normandy was the theme of the 1993 (dated 1991-1995) silver dollar. On the coin was a US army man running up onto the beach. On the back, is part of the speech Dwight D. Eisenhower gave to his men the day before the invasion. I think personally, Patton's speech to his Third Army was much better, but with Patton, came a speech laden with profanity. Therefore, I cannot print it here, much to my dismay. However, I will print the Patton (the movie speech) in the comments section down below.



In 1945, total victory was finally achieved. The Soviets ran over Berlin, and the Japanese finally came to their senses after they saw what the atomic bomb could do. This was represented on the final coin, the gold half eagle ($5). On it is a cheering American Soldier. On the back is a "V" with the Morse Code "V" superimposed onto it.



Thank you. To post further info about the end of WWII, post using the tag "v75". Thank you, and bless those in uniform.

Comments

Stumpy

Level 5

My Dad and Uncles all were WWII Veterans and I grew up hearing only the funny stories of course. The darker ones as I later learned you keep to yourself. My wife and I were stationed in Belgium during the 44th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge and being History Buffs we toured everywhere. It's hard to describe the region but outside of Bastogne one can see American and German foxholes only 20-30 feet apart. Some of this was due to the lines changing day to day, some to the fact that the Germans dug in during a snow storm. Standing on the old bunkers looking down on the landing beaches makes one think "How did so many come through alive?" I firmly believe that our Fathers and Uncles, truly were "The Greatest Generation" and I thank you for this blog that allows me to remember them. Thank you so very much.

Mokie

Level 6

My Father and my Grandfather fought on opposing forces in World War II, I am so glad they both survived and thrived in the post-war period. Those veterans of that greatest war deserve our continued respect and admiration. They will never be forgotten.

Longstrider

Level 6

Great blog. We owe everything we now have to all the men and women that fought and died ion all our wars. Thanks.

"SUN"

Level 5

Timely blog. Thanks

I think the privy marks were a great idea.

Mike

Level 7

I studied the D-Day invasion. I have a book you would love comes with a D.V.D with recordings of some of the surviors. And actual maps and artifacts. Everything to set up in your lingering room . All the artifacts are real and I handle with gloves.. I also have the coins from themint. I just have put up 15 commens on the different wars. Could not out them all up. Never forget. Thanks for the blog.

Golfer

Level 5

Nice way to honor our heroes in the military. Very informative history lesson. Military related coins and medals should be very popular among collectors.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Thanks for a great blog! We all have to walk that fine line of politics and coins these days but I wonder if these coins would be approved by the powers that be in this day and age. I see on the D Day coin they chose the European U.S. Army shoulder patch. I understand why this was picked signifying all the loss of U.S. military lives, but I can't help wonder if the 29th Division patch would have been more appropriate. The Blue and Grey was a division composed of soldiers from Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, West Virginia, North and South Carolina stationed from Fort Belvoir. Company A, 1 st Battalion, 116 th Infantry Brigade, 29 th Infantry Division had 34 soldiers from Bedford Virginia near Lynchburg. Nineteen of these brave men made the sacrifice that day for our freedom, a day that will truly "live in infamy". I was fortunate to have met a man who drove one of the landing craft who delivered the Bedford Boys to their rendezvous with destiny. He told me he knew the first three loads of soldiers he put on the beach that day would all die. It was probably the most heroic and determined assault by our soldiers since the battle of Antietam in the War of Southern Secession. Again thanks for a really important blog....

coinfodder

Level 5

Patton Clip (1970) I proclaim Fair Use. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sv9XNFpRdhg

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