Worst Way to Die

Discussion in 'General' started by canuck, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Adam's thread about the worst jobs in WW2 made me think about the myriad different ways that one could die during that conflict. Blown to oblivion by a shell or slowly starved to death in a Japanese POW camp are two obvious contrasts.

    The one that stands out in my mind is the description by Eugene Sledge in With the Old Breed, of an American Marine on Peleliu. Attacked in his foxhole by a Japanese soldier, each had lost his weapon in the struggle. The desperate Marine finally killed his enemy by jamming his forefinger into the man's eye socket. This occurred in the dark so it was not until the sun rose that the other Marines learned of the source of the blood-chilling screams from the night before. Until reading that, I had never considered that method of killing a human being. For the Marine, if he survived, it is the stuff nightmares are made of.
     
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    The desperate Marine finally killed his enemy by jamming his forefinger into the man's eye socket.

    All the fancy uniforms , insignia , the weapons & technology all mean nothing when it comes to that most basic & primitive way of killing.

    Gruesome.
     
  3. urqh

    urqh Senior Member

    With the wifes voice ringing in me ears...
     
  4. gliderrider

    gliderrider Senior Member

    As i receive my cheque for £20 million off the Lottery.

    In reality is their a good way to die :huh: I mean thats it, blackness nothing everything you had,have,wanted strived for, gone.

    Now ive cheered myself up, im off for a coffee.
     
  5. CM3

    CM3 Junior Member

    As i receive my cheque for £20 million off the Lottery.

    In reality is their a good way to die :huh: I mean thats it, blackness nothing everything you had,have,wanted strived for, gone.

    Now ive cheered myself up, im off for a coffee.

    No one is getting out of here alive! So just hang on for the wild ride of life and see what develops.
     
  6. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    hi urgh,yesterday.06:18pm.worst way to die.i have just wached your utube link,i was not in the army,i was deeply moved.and for those who did not make it home.may they rest in peace.enjoy your day.bernard85
     
  7. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    With the wifes voice ringing in me ears...

    Actually, marriage falls under the Suicide category being that it is a deliberate act of self destruction. :D
    It is only deemed to be involuntary if your father-in-law was armed during the ceremony.:hoverboy:
     
  8. MI9

    MI9 Member

    Sinking ships in shark infested waters is one that comes to mind in the Pacific Ocean.
     
  9. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

    Worst thing about it all, my nearest and dearest and friends will arrive in a Mini car. They will have the advantage on me , I will be the only one who has not realized I have gone - enough to hack anyone off! Toying with the idea of having the will written up in Chinese that way they will have to wait to see what share of my debts they are responsible for - and my choice of music for the send off at the crematorium. Nah am feuer heute nacht. (close to the fire tonight)

    Andrea Berg - Nah am Feuer **Live Oberhausen 2004 - YouTube




    A pal who likes a drop again and now - claims it will take the crematorium a week to put the fire out when he 'marches off'. A word of advice from my mother all those years ago, live a good life, you will not wish the Devil as landlord - you'll not get near the fire for all of the Bishops!
     
  10. Joe Brown

    Joe Brown WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Dying of phosphorus incideniary wounds on the battlefield. This awful death should not happen to anyone, but for man's inhumanity to man. It should not have happened to this young lad whose infectious good humour - frequently at the respectful expense of his platoon commander - could raise the spirits of the platoon. Remembered . . . always will be.

    Joe Brown.
     
  11. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Blown to oblivion by a shell
    Has to be the best way to go isnt it?
    Over in a nano-second.
     
  12. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I've never thought there necessarily is a worst. Bit of an uncertain place for relativism.
    Lance up the jacksie, bullets, bombs, Nuclear flash, trapped in a ship's engine room, sealed up in a Maginot bunker, camps, Gestapo cell, etc. etc. etc.
    All horrible really.

    If I had to choose a 'best', I think I might at least follow Owen's 'instantaneous' thought...
     
  13. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Worst way to die ?

    Alone.

    Ron
     
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  14. arnhem44

    arnhem44 Member

    Actually , you can not ascertain the worst way to die, because a) you'd have to interview those that died, and b) ask them to try out other forms of death and make up their minds. :p

    You can only figure out what are our worst fears of death forms.

    And still it wouldn't matter..
     
  15. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Death by Ruru !:)
     
  16. martin14

    martin14 Senior Member

    Worst way to die ?

    Alone.

    Ron


    Wisdom wins out. Well said Ron.
     
  17. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    As i receive my cheque for £20 million off the Lottery.

    In reality is their a good way to die :huh: I mean thats it, blackness nothing everything you had,have,wanted strived for, gone.

    Now ive cheered myself up, im off for a coffee.

    Not for Christians
     
  18. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Not for Christians

    Nor for Muslims, Hindus, or Buddhists either, I believe.
     
  19. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Not surprisingly I was thinking along the lines of POW in a Japanese Camp or on the Burma Railway, then von Poop awoke one of my own terrible phobias aka, 'trapped in a ship's engine room'.

    But as Martin rightly says, Ron probably has it correct. Alone, and far from the family who love you.
     
  20. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    It takes about two hours to die in agony as one steps on a schu mine - as my good friend Walter Pollard did...
    Cheers
     

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