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YOUR OPINION: Stronger unified than separate

September 22, 2022 at 3:15 a.m.

Mike Barnhill,

Ashland

Dear Editor,

A new book called "The Mosquito Bowl" by Buzz Bissinger has been released. The book covers events leading up to and during the invasion of Okinawa in WWII. Prior to the actual invasion, a football game was held between the Army and Marines. The game was played in a stadium with a band, player brochures and football equipment. It was played by ex-college and high school athletes with the oldest player being 25 years of age. It was played because of an argument between Army and Marine personnel concerning the best college team to have ever played the game. The challenge was given by the Marines to the Army with the statement, "Marines don't settle differences of opinion by talking --‚ we fight it out."

The game resulted in a 0-0 tie and was a welcome relief from worrying about where you were going to be sent to relieve other troops already stationed in the Pacific. Of the 65 players, 15 lost their lives at Okinawa.

The primary thought I received from the MSNBC interview of Buzz Bissinger was his statement of, "There were no blue states or red states when you're in a foxhole together." Too many of us have forgotten the sacrifices made by those before us in achieving America's freedom of choice and democracy for all. Hopefully, we won't need another world war to remind us we are stronger unified than separate in long-term goals for America's people.

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