October 31, 2010, - 5:30 pm
I thought I’d give you all a break from the media’s non-stop coverage of the mid-term elections and the Muslim explosives from Yemen aimed at the Jews. Below is a document from my collection of World War II memorabilia. (Most of my stuff is Jewish WWII and WWI memorabilia–dog tags, letters, etc.–so if you have any you’re willing to part with, please let me know).
Although it’s undated, it’s in fact from WWII, though I don’t have a specific time or year. The document pertains to soldiers having sex with women who are not their wives and sexually transmitted diseases. Why would I post a memo on such a sleazy topic? I think it’s an important document because it contrasts with today’s military, which gives few admonishments (if any) against this kind of behavior and how it helps the enemy. There was at least some sense of moral decency back then in this area. Very little of it now (and you have a third of a ship’s female soldiers–back in the first Gulf War–getting impregnated; of course, there were few female soldiers back then).
Although it may seem quaint to some, I think it’s great the government actually had the good sense to try to preach some semblance of morality to our soldiers, even if it then provided “medical advice” on how to “get treated.” You’ll note that the medical advice isn’t exactly sound and that there are separate “prophylactic stations” for “White” and “Colored.” But, to me, the story here is the absolute lack of morality preached to our soldiers, today, compared to back then. Sad.
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