Friday, May 23, 2008

Seaman Phillip Simmons a hero in Japan, ignored in the USA

Seaman Phillip Simmons from Moss Point, Mississippi, currently stationed on the United States Navy aircraft carrier the USS Kitty Hawk, stationed in Japan, Yokosuka Naval base, performed a heroic deed in Japan.

Seaman Phillip Simmons was on the train platform at Yokosuka's Kenritsu Digaku station of the KEIHIN-KYUKO railway, when he saw a man fall onto the railroad tracks. Mr. Simmons jumps to the track lifted the man off the tracks to the outstretched arms of Japanese on the platform, who also pulled Mr. Simmons from the tracks as an express train roared into and past the train station.

Seaman Phillip Simmons action was virtually ignored by the American news media. Because heroism by the members of the U.S. military does not fit into the news medias agenda, thus such heroism is ignored. Doing a Google News search would produce on article which appeared in Stars and Stripes, the new organization of the United States military.

Had Seaman Simmons been involved in the hazing at Abu Ghraib prison in Bagdad, Iraq or at Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay Naval base in Cuba, the U.S. media would be reporting on the incident weeks on end.

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