The Yin And Yang Of Two World War II U.S. Navy Veterans

Chinese philosophy or cosmology defines yin and yang as dualistic opposites that together provide harmony in the universe. One simple example is night (dark and feminine) and day (bright and masculine). These words perfectively describe the stories of two World War II U.S. Navy veterans published just a couple of days ago.

Yin applies to 94-year-old World War II Navy veteran Josephine Regnier. On December 7, the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, she was viciously attacked at her home in southwest Chicago. As she was entering her house, a man followed her, beat her, and took her purse. He fled and drove off in a stolen SUV with about $50..

In a typical screw-up, an ambulance took her to a hospital that refused to admit her because they no longer accepted patients from her insurance company. However, she was ultimately admitted to the Edwards Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital.

Judy Dusk, Regnier’s daughter reported to WFLD-TV:

So this man rushed her into the doorway and wailed on her, gave her a black eye, he hit her in the mouth, she’s got a big goose egg on her head, he fractured three ribs, we don’t know if he punched or kicked her or what he did, but left her laying in the stairwell and stole her purse.”

Good news, though. The mugger crashed his car and fled on foot. Fortunately, a security camera of nearby pizza place showed the man fleeing with Regnier’s purse. And, because of the expenses of the ridicuous ambulance/hospital screw-up, a Go Fund Me has been established to help offset her medical bills.

A Facebook posting also has information for the public to send her cards or letters. She is hoping to come home in time to spend Christmas with her family.

On a more happier note, yang applies to 104-year old U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) Raymond Chavez, the oldest survivor from that fateful day of December 7, 1941. He told his story of how his wife woke him up to tell him, “The Japanese are attacking us and the harbor is on fire.” Shortly thereafter, he managed to get to his ship, the USS Condor, a minesweeper, which immediately got underway. The rest of that day included a flyby of a Japanese Zero attempting to sink a passing U.S. destroyer.

In an interview with the Navy, Chavez said,

“To this day, I told them, I’d do it again if you want me. It made me very proud that I had joined, and I still am.”

Yin and yang, night and day, bad and good stories of Josephine Regnier and Raymond Chavez.

God bless all of our World War II veterans.


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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]

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