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On the Effects of War

John Larch, who portrayed Joseph Trinian in "Yesterday Died, and Tomorrow Won't Be Born" (Season 1), had this to say about the effects of the four years he served in the Army during World War II:


I was a thoroughly mixed-up young guy . . . What was my hangup then? Just about everything. I was looking for the four years I had lost in service. I was also looking for a rhyme or reason to the mass murders that took place. I was looking for the ideals I had once had. I was disgusted with the world — a world in which civilians acted as though there hadn't been a worldwide holocaust.


Read the article linked below. It tells a lot about what our returning servicemen go through. It tells why so many veterans end up sleeping on park benches, turning to alcohol and drugs, and even taking their own lives. It even lets us begin to understand why they become pacifists, preferring to find a way, any way, to resolve conflicts before they reach the battlefield. Let us pray for our servicemen.


Source: "John Larch Finds Success At End of the 'Road Back'". The Berkshire Eagle. Pittsfield, Massachusetts: September 18, 1965, p. 28.

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honu59
honu59
Jun 29, 2023

This was an excellent article and thanks so much for sharing it. War is a hell that I have no way of imaging. I can understand why it would affect our servicemen and women the way it does. I know a guy who was in Vietnam back in the day. Now he is a member of an organization called "Veterans for Peace." Here is information from their website:


Veterans For Peace has three integrated program areas that work together to forward our grand mission to abolish war. It is the intent of Veterans For Peace to:

  • educate the public about the full cost of war

  • be a leading example of resisting militarism through efforts to end current wars and work…


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Steve's Girl
Steve's Girl
Jun 29, 2023

Thank you for providing that link, H50. Very interesting to read. I doubt that today , though nearly 60 years have passed, things are different.


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H50 1.0 FOREVER
H50 1.0 FOREVER
Jun 29, 2023
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No. They come home today just as badly affected as they have from every war. I really don't know why people can't sit down at a conference table and work out their differences. It frightens me that, today, people don't seem to be willing to compromise. Compromise is essential! After all, not even identical twins agree about everything.

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