Wednesday, January 9, 2008

A WW2 submarine veteran holds his hand over his heart as the ashes of Rear Admiral USN (retired) Eugene Bennett Fluckey are carried by at his funeral at the Naval Academy. A highly decorated officer, as commander of the submarine Barb during WW2 in the Pacific Fluckey is credited with sinking more tonnage than any other US skipper. He also independently launched a ground assault on mainland Japan from his submarine, blowing up a troop transport train, the only American ground combat on home Japanese soil. I feel honored to cover lives like this, to mark their passing . I think thats one of the most important jobs of newspapers, to recognize what the rest of the world has forgotten.