A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE

75 years ago today, Japanese Imperial Forces formally surrendered onboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending one of the most uniquely lethal and unforgiving combat campaigns ever fought by the U.S. and allied forces. I can recommend some incredible books (non-fiction that reads like fiction) written about the Pacific war if you’re interested.

Overall, roughly 160K Americans died in the Pacific theater. A staggering number spread out over FOUR years of land and naval warfare. 

As of today, we’ve lost more Americans in six months to COVID19 than Americans killed in the entire Pacific campaign. STAGGERING. 

WE ARE AT WAR WITH COVID19, AND IN MY OPINION—WE’RE LOSING. 

1,732 sailors died in the naval battles off Guadalcanal. I’ve read a few books about these battles. FAST. BRUTAL naval action—COVID19 kills as many Americans every two days.

7,100 Americans died on Guadacanal over a six month period—That’s seven days of COVID19. 

2,403 Americans died at Pearl Harbor—COVID19 takes that many American lives every three days. 

2,800 Americans died during the naval Battle of Leyte Gulf—COVID19 robs America of that many souls every three days. 

The 36-day battle for Iwo Jima resulted in 6,800 dead—COVID19 kills that many Americans every six days. 

Americans bore 12,520 deaths over three months in the Battle of Okinawa—COVID19 kills that many Americans every 11 days.

The Battle of Peleliu resulted in 9800 American lives lost—We lose that many souls to COVID19 every 9 days.