REAL HEROES DON’T TRADE ON THEIR HEROISM:
I HAVE NEVER HIDDEN MY DISDAIN for John McCain, who Relishes in Holding the Moniker, THE MAVERICK SENATOR FROM ARIZONA.
Some Say It’s Not Nice to Speak Badly Of The Dead & Dying . . . Why Not?
I really don’t know what Happened to John McCain at the Hanoi Hilton, and how McCain Really Responded to it. And unless you were there, neither do you. But what I do know, is that there is no shortage of American Prisoners who were at the Hanoi Hilton at the same time as McCain, who do not have much nice to say about him.
Was John McCain An American Hero? Sure he was. But so were every American Man & Woman who wore the UNIFORM, which goes for Then and Now. Was John McCain Tortured . . . ? I will take him at his word that he was, but so were a LEGION of other American Heroes . . .
BUT . . . To the Best of my Knowledge – What I do Know, is that John McCain has RIDDEN his Vietnam Experiences like a Runaway Pony, all the way to the US Senate, and a Shot at the White House, while other American Heroes who didn’t come from a Privileged Family, came home and went about their Business trying to Build a “Normal” Life Without the PR Braggadocio.
MY DAD . . . ISRAEL “EDDY” GALGANOV WAS A REAL WAR HERO – WOUNDED & ALL:
My Dad Was In The Fight . . . AND I MEAN REALLY IN THE FIGHT, Literally from the Day Britain Declared War on Germany in September 1939. My Dad was in the Invasion of Sicily and was Wounded at Monte Casino, yet Stayed in the Fight Bloodied & All. My Dad Fought and was Decorated for Bravery Above & Beyond the Call of Duty . . . MORE THAN ONCE.
Israel Eddy Galganov FOUGHT in the Battle of The Bulge – He Single Handedly Took out a Nazi Machine Gun Nest with Nothing but a Hand Grenade & His Bren Gun, Saving Countless Lives of his Fellow Warriors.
MY DAD . . . was Recognized for Bravery Above & Beyond the Call of Duty, for Single Handedly Capturing More than a Dozen German Soldiers in the Dead of Night, bringing them back to Camp with their Arms Raised in Surrender.
MY DAD WAS SO BRAVE . . . That he was Awarded one of the Netherland’s most Cherished Medals (The Bronze Lion), Presented by Her Majesty Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands . . . and that was just the Tip Of It, as my Dad Fought from England through Italy, Holland, France, Belgium & Germany . . .
And You Know What . . .
My Dad . . . Israel Eddy Galganov – A Real Hero – Never Once Talked About It.
I knew some of what my Dad did, because I often asked him, what Many of his Medals Represented, to which he always Replied “For Stuff I Did Over There”. And that was it.
I learned more about what my Dad Did from the Men who were “Over There” with Him, than I ever did from the Lips of my Dad. And I Learned the Most about his Courage at his Funeral, when the Presiding Rabbi Read from a Canadian War History Book (Invictus), which Featured some of my Dad’s Incredible Exploits.
SILENT WAR HEROES:
My Dad Didn’t Talk About It. And he didn’t try to Parlay his Courage & Sacrifice During WWII into a Financial Benefit . . . or for a Better Station in Life.
My Dad, like MILLIONS of other Brave Men & Women did his Duty, came home, and quietly got his life together as best He could, Under Real Difficult Circumstances . . . to Raise & Support his Family . . . Wife, Two Girls and Me – Asking For Nothing From Anyone.
I have been Blessed to Know Many War Heroes, from the Second World War (all dead and gone now), Korea (mostly dead and gone), and Vietnam, who are now Older Men & Women of my Age.
Anne and I Wept at the Vietnam Wall in Washington, as we Witnessed Vietnam Vets, Touch the Names on the Wall of their Fallen Comrades. We Weep at Memorial Parades . . . & MORE THAN ONCE, Anne and I have Picked up the Meal-Tab for a Man in Uniform.
When I Hear, Read & See John McCain Capitalizing On His War History . . .
WHAT HAPPENED IN VIETNAM IS REALLY NOT OF MY CONCERN:
Trump The Candidate Was Right . . . McCain Was No Hero.
My Concern with McCain is really not what he Professed to do in Vietnam, but Rather, what McCain has Done in the Senate, which has Really been to the Benefit of the American People . . . For which there is Very Little to Nothing I can Put my Finger-On.
Being A Political Obstructionist To One’s Own Political Party . . . Does not Make One A Maverick – It Makes One an Obstructionist & Narcissist, who Thinks he’s Better & Smarter than Everyone Else, at the Expense of Everyone Else Around Him.
I will Remember John McCain for Many Things, None of them Good, BUT MOSTLY, for the Way John McCain BLEW THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, Ushering-In 8-Years Of Misery for America, Israel and the World at Large.
I Will Remember how McCain THREW HIS RUNNING MATE Sarah Palin Under the Bus, because he Refused to Come-Out Fighting for her Dignity, as Sarah Palin and her whole Family were Viciously & Constantly Attacked and Belittled by the LEFT and Mainstream Media, Especially, when the Only Bright Spot to McCain’s PUTRID CAMPAIGN was Sarah Palin.
AND NOW . . . Even On McCain’s Way Out – He’s Still Being A Self-Centered Prick, Putting Himself Above & Beyond Everyone Else . . . McCain’s No Maverick. McCain’s Just a Bitter Mean Spirited Man Who Luxuriated In The Swamp.
McCain’s Final Demise Will Not Be A Loss To America.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov