You can read a free excerpt of the book on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. But be warned, if you do, you will want to read it all.
Enjoy your Holiday, remember why it exists.
I am sure many here know this story. For those who don't I place it here in time for Memorial Day.
Amazing tale of WWII pilot's encounter with German flying ace who saluted an American plane and let them fly safely instead of shooting them down | Mail Online
There is also an excellent book of the incident and it's aftermath.
Chivalry, integrity and compassion. One of the higher lessons in life.
Hence the fallacy of broad generalizations of an entire culture.
Chivalry over Tokyo: The WWII story of Hap Halloran and Hideichi Kaiho - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
"Honor" is a word and concept not heard nor expressed often enough these days. When was the last time when faced with a challenge you told yourself "I shall do the honorable thing"?
We all have a capability to rise above adversity and instinctive selfishness. We usually know the right thing to do, just doing the right thing often requires a moral fortitude easily ignored.
Thanks for the great story and reminder Borneo, very appropriate.
Indeed. And that was the whole point. In the first instance they were not parachuting, yet Stigler's own personal code of honor afforded them the same status. In the second instance, Hap Halloran was parachuting, and Kaiho's own personal code of honor caused him to behave differently than his countrymen.Of course you can always find exceptions to the rule among all parties concerned.
My grandfathers and my father all believed, and taught, that if you wish to have honor you must study the lives and actions of honorable men. I so too have taught to all young men who would listen. It wasn't a history lesson, or at least not meant to be, nor was it really a debate. I was simply sharing something I felt particularly appropriate on the eve of Memorial Day 2014.