The Korean War was a great struggle in East Asia. I have read the book, "Give Me Tomorrow".
The George Company was thrown together from untrained recruits and World War II veterans, when North Korea’s invaded the south in 1950. When they went ashore at Inchon, most of the men had never seen combat and barely knew how to handle their weapons. But their arrival tipped the balance for the barely holding on South Koreans. It began an offensive that drove the North Koreans nearly to the Chinese border by late October. That's when the Chinese army entered the mix. That invasion set up George Company’s defining moment. Surrounded by overwhelming numbers near the Chosin Reservoir, the company held out with strong determination to protect a vital intersection and haven for other units. General Oliver Smith’s response, when asked if his men would retreat, showed their resolve: “Retreat, Hell; we’re just advancing in another direction.”
The book ends with a victorious tone: the battle was won and many of the men had survived. George Company then fought its way into Hagaru-ri and saw their 1stSgt Rocco Zullo, receive what seemed to be a mortal wound when they entered the town. For years, many of the survivors thought Zullo had died on that day and were astonished to see him walk into the room for their first reunion in 1986. Solemnly the book ended, with a monument to the George Company being built at Quantico, Virginia.
My book matters because it gives a retelling of what happened in a war which nobody really cared about. I think its really important for us to know about the Company's bravery and their sacrifices.
So what? After reading this book I had to think about that a bit. What could a story about killing, maiming, and crying possibly have to do with our lives today?
I think the best reason to read this book is to understand that despite the blood and death, this is a story of brotherhood and friendship. The Korean War might be long over, but the bonds the Marines made were nothing short of eternal. A few of the proofs for this can be found in my book.
"The nicest thing in my life was being on that ship. We had good times together. (O'Donnell 187)"
"There's no way you could understand war unless you were there. They were all my friends. (O'Donnell 190)"
And the bonds that they made, were evident at the George Company reunion many years later. "On this day, it was all fellowship-- friendships and bonds formed in battle among men who trusted and loved one another. "It was like heaven," recalled one George Company Marine, "Seeing my friends for the first time" since the war."
This is still valuable today, because instead of us fighting a war, we are fighting ourselves. Bullying and human trafficking is still around. If we acknowledged how good friendship can be for these situations, it might help the people going through it.
It's because of these things that I think the main takeaway from this book is friendship and how it can survive war, peace, and years of not seeing each other. This has been a great read!
The Korean War was a rare tragedy in modern warfare. There were more civilian deaths than there were military losses.
So far, my book has been very interesting. The George Company was thrown together from untrained recruits and World War II veterans, when North Korea’s invaded the south in 1950. When they went ashore at Inchon, most of the men had never seen combat and barely knew how to handle their weapons. But their arrival tipped the balance for the barely holding on South Koreans. It began an offensive that drove the North Koreans nearly to the Chinese border by late October. That's when the Chinese army entered the mix. That invasion set up George Company’s defining moment. Surrounded by overwhelming numbers near the Chosin Reservoir, the company held out with strong determination to protect a vital intersection and haven for other units. General Oliver Smith’s response, when asked if his men would retreat, showed their resolve: “Retreat, Hell; we’re just advancing in another direction.”
The Korean war is still important to modern day conflicts between North and South Korean. The two countries have been trying to repair their realtionship, using a variety of methods to do so. According to Britannica, "At the Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, North and South Korean athletes marched together (though they competed as separate teams) under a single flag showing a silhouette of the Korean peninsula. (The countries also made a joint appearance—with separate teams—at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens but failed to reach an agreement to do likewise at Beijing in 2008.)"
Despite this, relation between the two countries are anything but consistent. The love-hate relationship has been evident ion the mass propaganda from both sides, along with the occasional threat or comment via twitter. Britannica also explains, "The death of Kim Jong Il in December 2011 and the subsequent elevation of his son Kim Jong-Eun to the country’s leadership brought greater uncertainty to relations between North and South. In the years immediately following, North Korea once again instituted dramatic escalations of its rhetoric against the United States and South Korea, including verbal threats of missile attacks against both countries."
These threats have continued to be evident through 2016 and 2017.
This uncertainty is largely due to how the Korean War had no clear winner. The USA, China and the Koreas were tried of the bloodshed, and both sides pretty much just gave up. After the South Koreans got pushed back, nothing REALLY happened. War prisoners went back to their nations, South Korea got some extra land, and that was it.
In general, the indecisiveness of that war, led to today's rivalries.
The book, Give Me Tomorrow, takes place during the Korean War. The book is about the last stand of the Marines of the George Company in the war. The Marine Corps Association and Foundation explains, "This book tells the story of one of them, Company G, 3rd Battalion, First Marine Regiment, as related by survivors. What “George” Co endured following its involvement in the landing at Inchon, through the Chosin Reservoir and beyond, is a story involving heroism, endurance, sacrifice, devotion to duty and survival."
The book itself is a historical record of what happened. The things happening in the book are told from the perspective of the people in the George company, including their views and beliefs. It is a true recount of what occurred. In the prologue of the book, Cummings explains, "This book has been created using interveiws of the heroic men of the George COmpany."
North Koreans were unaware that they were starting the war. They were told it was due to America. South Koreans however, knew the war started because North Korea invaded. In general, North Koreans supported the war, while South Koreans were against it.
The American's in the book seemed to only fight to block Communism. They were also fighting to protect their buddies fighting next to them. This was admirable.
In general, the book is loyal to all the real life events that occurred.
A clean environment is good for more than just looking pretty. As the North Carolina Public Safety website explains, “Everyone knows that litter creates an eyesore and an image problem. But littering is not only ugly, it can be dangerous.” Not only that, “Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but it contributes to your physical well being, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. (University of Minnesota).” Even Scientific American describes how studies have shown the positive impacts a clean environment has on health (Franklin 2012). So, shouldn’t we strive for the cleanliness of our environment?
As children, many people visit parks, go to pools, and walk on green ways to enjoy the environment. These public areas of our state are part of our childhoods, and they will be a part of the future too. Future children and animals will visit same parks, breath the same air, and drink the same water we are using today. That’s why everyone should work to protect these important facilities.
According to the NC Department of Public Safety's litter facts, “In 2015, the North Carolina Department of Transportation spent more than $15 million to remove approximately 7.5 million pounds of roadside litter.” The government has done a lot to help, but there are still things we can do, but what exactly are we up against?
WHAT IS THE ISSUE?
The excessive pollution is due to major issues in air quality, water quality, and roadside litter. This could lead to an unhealthy community. Since the parks are as dirty as they are, no one will want to go to them, and the companies who run the parks will lose money. Then, they will be unable to provide us with more parks and greenways to supply our recreational needs.
If you think about it, water has to come from somewhere. If one water source is infected, it could spread to the whole watershed. However, trash here and there doesn’t cause all pollution. There is also ozone and diesel pollution. Clean Air Carolina, an organization that helps keep North Carolina's air clean, explains to us that ozone pollution happens when car exhaust reacts with sunlight, causing nitrogen oxides to form. Diesel pollution comes from trucks, buses, trains, and construction equipment.
Throwing out trash or other harmful things into our environment has been a problem for almost as long as humans have been around. Throughout the previous centuries, humans he have had poor sanitary conditions, which Mother Nature mostly took care of herself. Unfortunately, as time went on, throughout Industrialization in America and all the other countries, this little bit of trash here and there, and all the energy sources that were used resulted in severe air quality issues all over the world. The amount of trash that the average North Carolinian generates each year, is equivalent to the weight of 7,866,666 cars.
Today, places with high industrialization have incredibly high Particulate Matter Concentration(PM). India, has a PM of a massive 75. Egypt, has a PM is 73. Turkey, is also 73. And in China the PM is 71. In America, the Average PM is 10.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE DOING NOW TO BATTLE POLLUTION?
People are doing what they can to protect our environment from pollution. Pollution is a serious matter in today’s society. The greenhouse gases that we emit from various sources, such as cars and burning other fossil fuels, badly damages the environment, by releasing greenhouse gasses. Many organizations are trying to minimize the amount of greenhouse gas in our atmosphere like the previously mentioned Clean Air Carolina organization. Their goal is to inform citizen the types and dangers of air pollution. You can click on their name to learn more about them.
Air pollution is not the only way we’re hurting our environment. We are also tossing chemicals and waste into our water under the impression that it will be cleaned out at a plant. Instead, the waste is going to the nearest stream or pond. This water is contaminated with fertilizers, paint, oil, and other devastating chemicals we overlook. This can heavily affect the wildlife in the area that gets its drinking water from the water source. The City of Raleigh is a government body that handles some of the everyday things that happens in Raleigh. They have decided that the runoff pollution we cause has gone on long enough. They are asking that you report anyone you see that is disposing anything other than storm water into a storm drain. They plan to clean up the water we have so long polluted. You can find a link to their website in the sources.
Aside from air and water pollution, there is also littering itself. We see people doing it on a regular basis, despite the fine for it. Littering is not only an environmentally menace, but a safety hazard as well. For example, on June 9th, a sofa fell out of the back of a pickup truck onto I-40 and caused a crash that destroyed $20 million dollars worth of insulin. This is a larger scale of littering, but it conveys the point. NC Public Safety is another government body that encourages people to make a “ Litter Free NC”. They inform people of the hazards of littering and what it could do to you. Littering is a problem we can end today!
Pollution is a big problem, and the solution requires everyone's participation. Air pollution and water pollution might be difficult to deal with, but litter is a direct result of each person. So it’s our job to fix it. We have to pick up after ourselves, or other people, to ensure that our community stays a healthy, safe place to live.
For us to help with this issue, we have developed an action plan. We will organize a litter clean-up and walk to House Creek trail, split up into small groups, and pick up trash for two hours. Some things we would need to do before the clean up are:
Although pollution is such a big issue, if we all work together we can make a difference. Achieving our goal will make our neighborhood will be a little bit cleaner and make us a little happier too.
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“How Does Nature Impact Our Wellbeing?” Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, University of Minnesota,www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/enhance-your-wellbeing/environment/nature-and-us/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing. Accessed 30 Mar. 2017.
“Litter Facts.” NC DPS, NC DPS, www.ncdps.gov/DPS-Services/Crime-Prevention/Litter-Free-NC/Litter-Facts. Accessed 30 Mar. 2017.
“North Carolina Department of Public Safety.” NC DPS, www.ncdps.gov/DPS-Services/Crime-Prevention/Litter-Free-NC. Accessed 30 Mar. 2017.
Personality is a collection of attributes that make up your character, and what causes people to connect with you.
I'm the type of person who would act quiet and reserved around people I'm not familiar with. I would act "normal" (if normal exists) and stay focused and generally quiet. Around friends however, I'm lazy, loud, slow, and food-oriented.
A food desert is an area that has limited access to fresh or healthy foods. Southeast Raleigh is a food desert. People live miles away from grocery stores, and have no cars to drive themselves there. They have to resort to walking, using the loooong bus rides, or simply eating at McDonald's everyday. People are affected by this issue b not having food. Unhealthy food leads to an unhealthy life.
I am interested in this issue because I think everyone should have access to healthy food options. Other people should care about the issue for the same reasons.
This issue can be helped by growing food, building more grocery stores, having a weekly farmers market, a food truck that "serves" healthy foods.
Solving this issue could help the lives of many people.
Raleigh has quickly been growing into one of the largest cities in North Carolina, bumping its suburbs up with it. Cary, Morrisville, Holly Springs, and Apex are only a few of the nearby, developing towns.
The urbanization of these towns holds both a positive and negative connotation. Some benefits are the growing economy, one of the most obvious being real estate, better transportation, better opportunities for housing and education, better medical care, increased job opportunities, and greater access to goods.
However, it is possible that the traffic, pollution, violence, etc. could outweigh the benefits. In addition, the World Health Organization shows that those who live in cities have an increased risk of diseases like cancer and asthma. Cities also have more person-to-person contact, which can lead to more deadly or disabling outbreaks of contagious diseases.
This is an interesting issue because it is, even now, being debated by scientists. Is it more beneficial to be spread out and separate or together in a large cluster?
The growing cities also effect the people in the communities. Outbreaks of infections occur naturally when people live close together. Another issue is the traffic, pollution, and overall quality of life. If you have ever visited New York City, you know what I'm talking about. Many people argue that urbanization only makes it harder to live a happy life.
Despite the effects on local people, urbanization also affects people not living in the community. When that many people live close together, there isn't much room to grow food. Food has to be shipped in from other parts of the state to make sure people don't starve. This would make the prices for food increase with the demand. On the same side of the coin, this would lead to farmers earning more money than they usually do for their crops.
To contain urbanization, we could try some of the following things:
Preserve land. Open spaces such as parks can help keep the air clean by growing trees and can help reduce pollution.
To deal with the traffic, we could build larger roads to accommodate the extra people. We could also invest tax dollars into public transportation, something we could use in Raleigh. And once we do get the transport, USE IT.
Finally, as a community, we could help clean litter off streets and keep our city healthy!
Overall, I don't think Urbanization is a HUGGGGE issue, however, I do think it is something we have to keep in mind as our area develops.
What do you think?
America is sometimes called a "a country of immigrants". Most people's ancestors can be traced to Europe, Asia, or Africa. More than twelve million came into the USA just through the New York harbor. Immigrants came to the United States looking for economic prosperity. Our Industrial Revolution was just beginning. People needed skilled workers in their factories and immigrants were hoping to be a part of that.
"Pay was poor in Britain, and these skilled workers could get much more money in America. So, many of them came. Hundreds of thousands. Some factories -- even some industries -- seemed completely British," explains a program in special English by the voice of America.
While America's industry was booming, some other countries weren't have such good luck. "Fleeing crop failure, land and job shortages, rising taxes, and famine, many came to the U. S. because it was perceived as the land of economic opportunity," says the Library of Congress.
However, not everything was sunshine and rainbows for the immigrants. Often times, poor immigrants lived in unsanitary conditions, and had to deal with long work hours. More than 500,000 injuries to workers were reported each year in the 1880s and 1890s. Immigrants, especially “new” immigrants, also faced discrimination in their workplace from "American" or native workers who resented the immigrants’ willingness to accept lower wages and work in worse conditions. Their resentment was so bad, they placed a ten-year ban on Chinese immigration in 1882*.
All in all, it was not a good time to be an immigrant. Regardless, America would not be the melting pot it is today, if not for the people that toughed it out all those years ago.
*History repeats itself! D: