The U.S. consumer market has been dependent on China for quite some time. This dependence has since slipped into some U.S. governmental operations.
American Legion Director of Media and Communications Jeff Stoffer discussed the dangers of Chinese dependence and told the story of a Pearl Harbor survivor on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
America’s Chinese dependence
It is not a secret that the U.S. is dependent on Chinese manufacturing of everyday products. This was completely exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic as hospital workers did not have the proper personal protective equipment such as N95 masks, sanitizing products and more.
Stoffer said this dependence has bled from the consumer market into the operations of the U.S. government.
As the U.S. produces a limited amount of computer technology, we are dependent on our perceived adversaries such as China for computer software and equipment.
Surviving Pearl Harbor
Stoffer discussed the upcoming edition of the American Legion Magazine, which includes the story of a Navy pharmacist who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. This pharmacist managed to pull 46 fellow service members from the water.
The pharmacist went on to complete a long military career, including service in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. As a 98 year old veteran, he returns to Hawaii to tell his Pearl Harbor story to visitors and students.
Brothers in arms
Stoffer ended the segment by discussing a story about brothers who served in World War II who are buried side by side in overseas cemeteries.
He said the author of the story traveled the country in an effort to gain knowledge about these soldiers, who their surviving relatives are and to pick up anecdotes about them along the way.