Photos of sunken wreckage have become the tombs of our lessons as we learn about torpedo alley in the video The Battle for Torpedo Junction.
The video explains that Germany's U-boats where attacking the eastern coastline of the United States. Unfortunately, the admiral was focused on repaying the Japanese for the losses in the Pacific and failed to watch our backs.
The purpose to educate us, set forth by the video, was accomplished by using old film footage, interviews with World War II veterans, video conversations with coastal residents, reading of WW II poetry, viewing of still-shot photographs, and dialogue with educated historians.
Interestingly, there were very few news stories on the situation on the East Coast; however, coastal residents could see the fires, wreckage washed ashore as did the bodies of the dead. The proximity to where I live was disturbing. I don't recall anything being said in history class at school about this part of the war.
I've always believed that we can learn from history so as to not be as vulnerable. For instance, saboteurs were sent to cause terrorist activities in factories i.e. bombs to cause mayhem. Unfortunately, it sounds hauntingly familiar to the last years in America's history.
It's striking to see elderly gentleman speak of their experiences and to see pictures of them in their prime; moreover, to realize that they are the fortunate ones as they are alive and escaped narrowly with broken bones, damaged organs and burns.
Just one small note, the word "hell" was used during an interview with respect to the horrible situations.
I learned and cried while watching The Battle for Torpedo Junction. Let's share with our children the lessons of the past so we will not repeat our mistakes as a people nor as a country!