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0 posted 06-23-2005 11:46 PM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

A wonderful thing just happened!

This is about my friend Bob, the neighborhood storyteller who used to visit me long after he left the rest of us, waiting for his wife to join him....

Here's the basic story, which I can't tell nearly as well as Bob would.

Typical Bob, he was off limits looking for souvenirs on some little hell-hole island -- Kwajalein comes to mind but it could have been any of a dozen  -- when two half-starved Japanese soldiers who'd been hiding from capture jumped him -- one had that bayonet but instead of shooting them like a sensible Marine, Bob shot over their heads to make them stop, and disarmed them....

As he was marching them back to the base as prisoners, the one with the bayonet was balky, so Bob gigged him in the rear with his own bayonet, made him bleed....

He felt so badly about it later  that he went to what passed for a hospital and apologized. He told me the Japanese soldier was in tears over that, being shown kindness and humility by an enemy he'd tried to kill, and then having the enemy apologize for hurting him needlessly.....he'd been told that Americans ate their captives.

Bob's house has been empty for several months now, ever since Sophie died....and today there's a dumpster outside, with a man taking everything out of the garage.....such a sad, dismal procession.......he let my son Brian walk around, and I came back with Bri later, the guy not caring if I took things....I wanted one thing only, searched until I found that bayonet.  I can almost feel Bob's hand when I touch it....

He hasn't visited since Sophie came to join him, but I think he'll be happy that it will belong to someone who remembers him, and how he came to have it.

Here's a picture -- the little  insignia at the base of the blade is that of the Kokura arsenal, where it was made.

....and yes, I'm going to rehabilitate it, make it look like the cherished memory it is. I've always thought that Bob used it in that off-hand way because he still felt a little sting of shame over the incident, but I never asked.

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1 posted 06-24-2005 12:07 AM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

And -- right now there are two bottles of Heineken in my kitchen, that have spent something over an hour in a bowl of ice.....Two -- one for me, one for a dear, dear friend...since my friend can't help, I'll drink 'em both.

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what a touching story...how wonderful that you now have it...I'm sure he'd be glad. If it was mine? I would want it to go to someone who cared...
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3 posted 06-24-2005 12:45 AM       View Profile for Greeneyes   Email Greeneyes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Greeneyes

very touching ED heart warming in fact....and what a bond you two must have shared!

I keep a fragrance bottle my
muse gave me when I met him
in endless winter and he
settled me into remembering
who I am.

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4 posted 06-24-2005 12:48 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Ed

"He hasn't visited since Sophie came to join him, but I think he'll be happy that it will belong to someone who remembers him, and how he came to have it."  I think he will be happy too....and about those Heineken, cheers!  
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5 posted 06-24-2005 02:40 AM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

Ratleader,
Memories and a friend with a good heart. It doesn't get much better than that. Bless you and thanks for sharing. I felt very rewarded for the opportunity to read of the experience.
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6 posted 06-24-2005 07:58 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

Wonderful! the story and your mission to keep his memory intact.

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Even if Bob is so happy at being reunited with Sophie that he doesn't visit anymore... I'm betting that somewhere, he's smiling... and hoping you enjoy every sip of those Heinekens! *S*
I am so very glad you found the bayonet... for you know its history... and Bob couldn't have asked for a truer friend than you.
Thank you for this... a small happy moment happened here as I read the story and saw the picture... Sometimes... things do work out the way they should.
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What a wonderful warm hearted story Ed.
And...cheers!
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9 posted 06-26-2005 12:21 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

So glad I popped in tonight to read your story. Thank you for it. martyjo
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Good for you, Ed.....salutes to Bob!
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