NO not this year. It was way back in 1945, 66 years ago, but indelible in my mind as if it were yesterday, something you you don't wish to summon up as a recurring dream but unforgotten nevertheless.
(Google - OPERATION ICEBERG), approx ten weeks of gory death and destruction during the lead up to and including the invasion of Okinawa on April 1.
My action station on the Air defence platform - exposed to the max; up high in the ship, a dreadful job, and the only redeeming thought was that I was far too young to die.
However about 45,000 Americans died and a mere 2,500 British copped it too.
Ah well! it was not for the faint hearted , the ship and crew I was serving with had been in commission for two years at that time in question, and the average age of our crew nineteen years of age, I was just eighteen and a bit..... Great wages then, Five bob a day plus bug laden food and shelter. Those were the days!!
To advise that Vest (Les Bowyer) passed away this morning. Regards, Chris (Son).
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