Roger McGrath: “The Warrior Heroes of Our Tribe ”


American Renaissance


Published on Sep 16, 2017

The 2013 American Renaissance Conference.

Roger McGrath, a retired history professor, noted television commentator and author of "Gunfighters, Highwaymen, & Vigilantes" speaks on the importance of honoring our heritage. “I was instinctively proud of our people when I was growing up in California,” he says. “The Golden State really was the Golden State. We must pass on to our descendants this pride in our people, our culture, our history.”

He speaks here of the devotion and courage of the American pilots who fought the Japanese in the Pacific. He cites many names of heroes, among them Butch O’Hare after whom the Chicago Airport is named. Early in the war, O’Hare was flying a Wildcat, a plane distinctly inferior to the Japanese Zero. He was the only pilot in the sky when nine Japanese bombers attacked the carrier Lexington. O’Hare shot down five bombers and damaged a sixth before other American planes finally arrived to protect the ship. O’Hare saved the Lexington and thousands of men single-handedly.

O’Hare was later awarded the Medal of Honor and reporters asked his wife what she thought of her hero husband. In words that captured the spirit of the times, and show how much we have changed, she replied, “I think he’s just swell.”

Professor McGrath also speaks on the Doolittle Raiders, of “Pappy” Boyington, and the men who carried out the precision attack that brought down the architect of the Pearl Harbor attack, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. These and many others, he says, are fit heroes for our tribe, men whose bravery can be a model for our own behavior.


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