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A Woke Military Wouldn’t Have Won World War II

Posted on Saturday, May 29, 2021
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AMAC Exclusive - By - David P. Deavel

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Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of summer and a time for patriotic remembrance of our fallen war dead and, for many of us, fallen family members, many of whom were veterans. I have been thinking of the five sons of Victor Sowers, Sr., my mother’s brothers, all of whom served in World War II and returned, while pondering the parlous state of the military today.

The Sowers brothers would, no doubt, have joined a group of veterans and Republicans in Congress who are banding together to fight the imposition of left-wing ideology on the U. S. Armed Forces. Air Force Lt. General Rod Bishop (retired) began Stand Together Against Racism and Radicalism in the Services (STARRS) last year when the Air Force Academy football team released a video endorsing both Black Lives Matter and “antiracist” education, reports the Washington Free Beacon. After complaining to no avail, the retired general heard from many other veterans and active duty members of the various branches who were experiencing the same kinds of indoctrination in Critical Race Theory and other progressive doctrines. After U. S. Space Force Lt. Colonel Matthew Lohmeier was fired for self-publishing Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest and the Unmaking of the American Military, a book detailing what he calls the “Neo-Marxist agenda” (and currently #4 among all books on Amazon), thirty members of STARRS sent an open letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin asking him to “take action to fight back against the creeping left-wing extremism in the U.S. military.” 

The Free Beacon reports that there is no response to the STARRS letter from the Pentagon, but the signs are not good given Secretary Austin’s own confirmation testimony that he would work to rid the military of “racists and extremists,” a statement that is ominous given the recent history of reports and statements from various branches of the military, as well as comments such as that of retired Army General Thomas Kolditz, who said that the goal should be to purge “Trump loyalists.”  Mike Gonzalez and Dakota Wood of the Heritage Foundation reported that the Defense Department is “reportedly considering hiring a private company to monitor the free speech of military personal on social media, using key words or algorithms that by their very nature reflect the perspective of those who select the words and write the algorithms.” 

While my Sowers uncles made all the jokes about the foolishness of those running the Army and Navy in the 1940s and laughed about the military censors’ sometimes senseless clipping of passages from their letters, they would not have thought what was happening now is at all funny. They fought for a country they did not believe inherently racist or unjust. They fought for a country where the perfection of freedom was sought. 

Blaine, the fourth son and a paper carrier, told a reporter more than fifty years later that he remembered hearing a dull thump on the porch the evening of December 7, 1941. It was 135 copies of an “extra edition” of the South Bend Tribune (the paper that interviewed him in the 1990s) detailing the attack on Pearl Harbor earlier that day. Victor, Jr., the second son, was already serving in the Army Air Corps (which became the Air Force in 1947), and the other boys would all eventually enlist as well—no waiting to be drafted—including my youngest uncle, Lowell, who lied about his age to get in the Army Air Corps and served in Japan.

Victor served in what even he considered was a “cushy” job, crew chief on board a plane used by the part of the Army making training movies. He ended up meeting a pilot named Jimmy Stewart and another officer named Ronald Reagan in his work. Oldest brother Bud was also in California with the Army, but he was testing “barrage balloons,” which were balloons with dangling cables meant for the interception of planes in case there was an invasion of the west coast à la Pearl Harbor.    

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Blaine Sowers’ Jeep

I heard most about the war from Uncle Blaine. I remember him telling stories especially when he and Aunt Esther hosted the annual family reunion, stories made vivid because he would take us for rides in the vintage World War II jeep he had bought and mounted with a (non-functioning) machine gun. My son Vincent loved that jeep as a little boy. Blaine had been stationed in the Pacific on board a minesweeper and monitored the radar. He recalled the time his radar screen “snowed” kamikaze pilots.

To me, Blaine’s best story involved his brother. Uncle Everett, the third son, was also in the Navy but spent most of his time in the Mediterranean. A sonar man on board the U. S. S. Ludlow, he received a commendation for finding a German submarine that the Ludlow was then able to sink. At one point during the war, however, Everett was out of contact with the entire family for more than a year. My grandmother, who had an American flag hanging out front with five gold stars—one for each son in the war—prayed on her knees every night for her boys, terrified as the time went on with no word if Everett was alive or dead. The suspense was broken, however, when, walking into a barbershop in Tokyo, Blaine spotted Everett sitting in a chair. That was a sweet reunion.

The Sowers boys were survivors. As part of the “greatest generation,” they went on to careers in all sorts of fields, raised children, and served their communities and churches in myriad ways. They knew they were not heroes—“They’re all buried at sea or in some cemetery,” Blaine told a reporter a half-century later. “We’re five of the luckiest guys in the world.”

As we remember the heroes and the brave men who survived this weekend, let us remember that their sacrifices, great and small, were noble ones done on behalf of a country that they knew was imperfect—which one isn’t?—but is also worth fighting for. They knew racism existed but also that it is not part of our Constitutional DNA. A woke military that considers the country racist and conservatives no better than Nazis stands little chance of being willing or able to defend us.

David P. Deavel is editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, co-director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, and a visiting professor at the University of St. Thomas (MN). He is the co-host of the Deep Down Things podcast.

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Edward
Edward
1 year ago

To compare conservative to natzis is just disgusting this author lost all credibility with that line.

Edward
Edward
1 year ago

To compare conservative to natzis is just disgusting this author lost all credibility with that line.

Michael Jones
Michael Jones
2 years ago

Maybe your grandmother flew a flag with five WHITE stars? A GOLD star represented one who was lost in war, as in “Gold Star Mothers”.

Raven Brewer
Raven Brewer
2 years ago

“They fought for a country they did not believe inherently racist or unjust. They fought for a country where the perfection of freedom was sought.”

They fought for a country that still had Jim Crow in full swing in the South, in a military that was still segregated at the time. Yes, we’ve made progress since then, but let’s be honest here. 

Sami
Sami
2 years ago

Could the Woke turn against the countru?

David Tate
David Tate
2 years ago

Unfortunately the United States has been very frustrated militarily since 1945. The United States has been unable to bring armed combat to a successful conclusion. This includes Korea, Vietnam, the First Gulf War, and now the Global War on Terror. The United States has been at war for nearly 30 years fighting over former Communist Bloc countries in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, and other places and continues to seek elusive goals.

These are indicators that the United States is in permanent and irrevocable decline.

Eric
Eric
2 years ago

He may be right that it’s inconsistent with military success. However, it is historically incorrect to say the US won WW2. That attitude will weaken our military too.

John Egan
John Egan
2 years ago

Yo, Dave –
Google the 1943 race riots in Detroit and get back to me.

retiredMAJUSA
retiredMAJUSA
2 years ago

“Woke,” “asleep,” it doesn’t really seem to matter. Our military hasn’t won a war in 75 years. We tied in Korea, lost in Vietnam, beat 90 construction workers in Granada, lost in Syria. LOST BIG TIME in Mogadishu, lost in Desert Storm, lost in Iraq and lost in Afghanistan. We spend > $700 billion a year on feckless and effete chains of command and the only ones who suffer are the enlisted ranks, the NCOs and the company grade officers. No one on active duty today has ever seen a victory. But look at any general officer’s chest, he/she looks like Idi Amin.

Believe me, you don’t get to be a flag rank officer without being a superb politician. Generals/admirals sniff the political winds like dogs sniff each others hindquarters.

Lin Zexu
Lin Zexu
2 years ago

America’s military became “woke” in a manner of speaking because of World War II. Little inconsistencies like fighting a war against Nazi racial ideology while maintaining Jim Crow at home were getting hard to miss. Within the Black American communities this became the “Double V Campaign”; Victory over fascism in Europe and victory over racism at home. Even white Americans became aware that America needed to work to remain the “City on a Hill.” Truman desegregated the US Army in 1948. Recognizing the need to make this change represented a moment where Americans were “waking up.” To the extent that being “woke” means something in 2021 it’s simply having an awareness that that the process of addressing race/racism in American society is not over.

Sarah
Sarah
2 years ago

I don’t mean to nitpick, but in the very first paragraph the author mentions that all five of his grandmother’s sons returned home at the end of WWII. Towards the end of the article, he states that she had a flag with five gold stars on it. I believe that is incorrect – those stars would have been blue. I know, because my own great-grandmother sent seven sons to that war. Her flag had six blue stars – and one gold.

My great uncle Roland is buried at Nettuno.

Christopher Putnam
Christopher Putnam
2 years ago

I still do not see any description of what “woke” is and then to extrapolate an undefined term into infecting the military in a way that makes it dysfunctional makes no logical argument. I think everyone can agree our people showed great courage in WWII and sacrificed much, so to inject an unsubstantiated declaration about their understanding of racism as it relates to the constitution does them a great disservice.

Karen
Karen
2 years ago

Hold on…..we’re in for a bumpy ride!

Ed J
Ed J
2 years ago

“Woke” anything and all the associated “Critical Race Theory” crap will only lead to dystopian results for America. These sorts of dysfunctional ideological thrusts into our mainstream American values cannot, and never will, produce any positive outcomes for America or Americans. You just can’t make poop smell like a rose garden, no matter how hard you try!

Gunny Joe
Gunny Joe
2 years ago

I was born 5 June 1944, my father walked ashore 8 June 1944, (not knowing if I was a boy or girl just that my mother had given birth), he went all the way to Paris. Was in the battle of the budge, and more. His next younger brother was killed in July 1944, (still rest in Europe).
I joined the United States Marine Corps 1 August 1961, retired as a Gunnery Sargent 1 September 1981, was a Helicopter Mechanic, and Crew Chief, served three tours in Viet Nam, as my father the only wounds, I bare is mental, neither of us was in the rear with the gear. Not hero’s just doing what need to be done. Other uncles served, during WWII and Korea.
I attended, at command direction race relations, during the late 60′, early 70’s. I then saw the relationship of Marines become a stronger one, not white not black, or any other race just Marines. I do not believe what is being pushed today is doing that. IMHO it is dividing not only the races but the nation. Todays actions again IMHO will destroy our Nation and its people, Black, White and others if the current trend is continued.
I pray that our Nation as a people shall stop this and unite, I fear only God can bring this Uniting about, it sure will not happen with the current leadership, from the president the lower civilian and some uniformed officers and senior staff nco’s, are following this new but yet old socialist line of dividing all to control all.

Paul
Paul
2 years ago

I’ve never seen a Presidency so corrupt and dysfunctional as this administration of His Excellency Joey Biden and his Communist sidekick Kamala Harris in seventy-one years. The only way American Citizens will save America is that every Republican, Democrat vote Republican in 2022, no rinos. In 2024 all Independent, Democrat, and Republican vote for Republican. No rinos.

William Larney
William Larney
2 years ago

On this Memorial Day, I think we can all agree that the current times call for stronger action. It’s time for AMAC to organize “mature conservative citizens” for street rallies to support our values. We have the time available and a lifetime full of courage. We are conservatives who can’t be cancelled because our careers are in the rear view mirror. It’s up to us. Are we going to allow Biden’s Marxist mob to ruin our country and the Republic for which hundreds of thousands have given their lives to preserve? Thousands of AMAC members marching with their very sturdy walking sticks would gather local/national media coverage, increase AMAC membership and give hope to millions of young conservatives.

Dave
Dave
2 years ago

Our military cannot be defeated head on, and our adversaries know that. Therefor the goal is to undermine it from within; the communists started this with the “peace” movements in the ’60’s and has continued since right up to the newest form that we call “wokeism”. The ultimate goal is to make our military ineffectual on the battlefield and one that will fire on American citizens when told to.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

So true & same for Korean War but that was a truce

Jesse F Tiede
Jesse F Tiede
2 years ago

Very early in my military career (20+ years Active Duty Air Force) I was made to attend “Race Relations” classes which, if anything, taught a young white boy from Down South that, indeed, there WAS this thing called “PREJUDICED”, which, over time has morphed into the current shame of our Society, RACISM! But, it was NOT as I was told! I was a naive young airman, forced to sit in a classroom for hours, while older blacks, male and female, of ALL ranks, to include officers and NCOs, literally screamed their hatred and anger at ME! The “Instructor” in charge of the class, a black woman with the rank of Captain, demanded that we handful of young white airmen, sit and be subjected to this abuse! I was accused of being one of the “Massahs” who kept and regularly abused the slaves that my Great Grand parents supposedly owned! They didn’t seem interested in anything “I” had to say, even when I managed to shout over them and say that “MY” Great Grand Parents were “Indentured Servants” from Europe on one side, and recent immigrant German farmers (1800s) on the other! They didn’t CARE that “I” wasn’t responsible, they just wanted to scream HATE, and hurt “Whitey”! This was in 1973, at an Operational Air Force Base in New Mexico, and, it DID teach me that Racism was real, and practiced, with consent of the Government, against white people! This “Reverse Discrimination” was present thruout m career, in the form of denied promotions and “Fast Tracking” that led to promotions! And, after another 17 years as a Civil Service worker for the DOD, I can absolutely attest to the fact that RACISM is ALIVE and being practiced TODAY, against white people…

John Wesley
John Wesley
2 years ago

I joined the USAF after John Kennedy said, “—–Ask what you can do for your country.” After his assassination, I lost faith in the leaders of the American military. At this point in time, all of the good leaders have been removed, to be replaced by subversives or outright traitors. I do not see us being able to overcome this coup. The courts, and audits, are not going to save America.

Felix
Felix
2 years ago

News Max runs episodes from the program “Victory at Sea”, showing real life footage of what war is like. War is hell on earth, soldiers and sailors leaving family and friends to fight for our nation against another nation of soldiers and sailors with the sole intent of killing the other side. The woke have no idea of how horrible war truly is. The Army recruitment ad showing a cute little girl of lesbian parents, is so dishonest to what war really involves makes me very fearful of what our military is becoming God have mercy on our nation.

Paul W
Paul W
2 years ago

The ONLY thing a “woke” military would win is an award for the stupidest philosophy…EVER!

Drue
Drue
2 years ago

My Father served in WWII as a ball turret gunner on a B-17. He was shot down and was a P.O.W. After the war, he returned home, married and had 2 sons. He went about his life, earned a living and took care of his family. Not a hero by most standards, but he was to me. A man of honor. Both his sons served in the military and my son is an army veteran. I know my Dad would be horrified if he were alive to see the state our Country is in. We must pray to God for direction to right the path this Country is goin down.

Bonnie
Bonnie
2 years ago

My grandfather served in North Africa and Italy in WWII, he was in the Quartermaster unit. Although he never spoke about his time in the Army, I was able to get a written “interview” with him (for a school project when I was in junior high) and I found out not only what he went through, but how he felt about it. He was truly an amazing man.

Stephen Fuller
Stephen Fuller
2 years ago

Things are so out of hand. The military that my father and uncles served in and my mother served as an Army nurse would be sickened by the woke culture that has leaked into all aspects of our culture and society. Yes there was racism but not the overblown idea of systemic racism being pushed by people who are too young and too brain-washed by Liberalism transformed into Marxism to know and understand the truth. When we remove faith in God and make morality subjective as it has been pushed forward we take out hope and truth that makes our country worth fighting for.

Bonni
Bonni
2 years ago

We’d be speaking , German, Chinese or Russian by now if we didn’t kick butt..

Lakesha Scout
Lakesha Scout
7 months ago

What people are calling “wokism” is nothing more than the imposing of Hegelian dialectics upon the American people. These are the same dialectics used by the Hegelian Socialists of the 3rd reich against the European people of Judah during WWII
The actual identity of these activities is called “War in Antithesis”
There are many Antithesis wars where they war against what these Hegelians define as “Thesis”
The 3rd Reich identified the People of Judah as the Thesis, then warred in Antithesis against them, to destroy them.
The same holds true of the warring in Antithesis by the Hegelians in America. Further their final intent is identical to that of the 3rd Reich…. Completely eliminate the Thesis.

John C. Tate
John C. Tate
9 months ago

First, the term “woke” must be defined. Based on observation, I’ll make a stab: WOKE is the antithesis of E Pluribus Unum. To be or support woke is to embrace a culture of unAmerican division which can have only one logical purpose: the destruction of the greatest social blessing the world has ever developed. YES – America is the product of the UNION of the world’s prior lessons in civics, law, commerce and economics. Likewise, America is the product of the UNION of disparate individuals who left their homes and came to America for the liberties of boundless opportunity … a society based on equal opportunity and advancement determined by merit. Woke is the result. We too well protected the shiftless. Woke is the philosophy of the lazy, the losers, the jealous … the enemies of America. No, an army made of such traitors cannot and will not defend the nation. They are on the other side.

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