Love War Movies Part 3

Now we come to some war films which are very important to me. The first is Saving Private Ryan. My maternal grandfather served in the US Navy, stationed aboard an LST. He was on his ship just off Omaha Beach on D-Day. He returned home from the war unscarred thankfully, though so many did not. He told me from where his ship was, he saw the landings on the beachhead. And he never went into much detail, but remarked that Saving Private Ryan was an accurate portrayal of that day. As we all know though, like many events in life are, I'm sure that the firsthand experience on the beach or witnessing it in person was far, far more horrific than words can express. 

Here is the beginning of Saving Private Ryan, as they land on Omaha Beach.


And another awesome movie in my opinion, but rarely talked about today, is The Sands of Iwo Jima, starring John Wayne as Marine Sgt. John Stryker. I grew up watching this with my paternal grandfather, who served as an MP in the US Army, stationed in Okinawa, Japan.  John Wayne was an incredible actor, but in my book he really shines because I've known men who were just like the characters he portrayed.  

Especially in today's world, as I read some comments on YouTube about John Wayne, I realize that many in the younger generation are unaware that men like John Wayne existed in real life, not just on screen. Society has become so broken down that people no longer believe that society had many men like John Wayne and my grandfathers...

All I could find was a trailer from Republic Pictures for The Sands of Iwo Jima.

Stahl Stahl
31-35, M
1 Response May 18, 2010

Thanks for your comment soulfish. I loved it myself :)