Monday, May 29, 2023

Memorial Day, 2023

Today, I want to remember my mother's oldest brother, my Uncle Myles.

Uncle Myles fought in WWII in the South Pacific. He was one of the lucky ones. He came back.

He entered Michigan State College (later known as MSU) on the G.I. Bill.

That is when he "lost his shit".

Details are very sparse.

What I overheard as a young nipper is that shortly after entering college, he deduced that the United States had NOT won the war in the sense that the ideals of the NAZI party and Japanese fascist had taken root in the college/university.

He had chums who died or were wounded fighting against those evils. He had faced privation and mortal fear beating back the totalitarianism and elitism and intolerance.

And he came back to find those ideas coddled in state-funded institutions and being force-fed to students.

Myles took some time off. Once he had cooled off, he checked out some other institutions of higher learning. He liked Western Ontario in London, Ontario. The GI Bill was good with the arrangement and he continued his education.

I wish he was around so I could ask him how he knew so early. What did he see? What did he hear, exactly? Uncle Myles "losing his shit" was considered shameful at the time but in retrospect it was a canary in the coal mine.


  1. Infiltrating and subverting our Education system was a goal of the communists long before the beginning of WWII.. They succeeded to a far greater degree than most people would ever admit.

  2. Watch the movie "The Best Years of Our Lives" 1946. Deals with PTSD and shows the education system corrupting the kids.

  3. What happened to him ERJ? Did he just disappear off the family radar?

  4. He got a degree in education. Married. Moved to Rochester, New York area. Had two sons and three daughters. I think he collected a Master's degree and ended up in academic counseling. Was a deacon in his church.

    1. Jeeeeze louise its a small world. I lived in Hilton and Henrietta (suburbs of Roch-cha-cha) for 20 years of my life! He could have baptized my kids!

  5. Sounds like your uncle Myles was truly awake to the 'long march through the institutions' that was taking place even back then. Last night my elder sister and I were lamenting the fact that by the time the Soviet Union fell apart in 1989, Communism had already been successfully transplanted here.

    These people moved to the USA in 1935 - Columbia University.
    Neither the USA nor Columbia has been the same since...

  7. He'd seen the elephant. And recognized what was going on...

  8. Wow! I didn't realize it was so prevalent way back then, as a child i remember the McCarthy hearings but I thought the consensus was overzealous.I had thought the trouble we have today started in the sixties. Scary to think it has been lying in wait all this time. What did Soviets brag (with out firing one shot)?


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