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The USS Arizona lost practically the whole crew. It was awful, just awful. Ward feels like the war could have changed him. When he got back to the States, he had fought a war, shed blood, seen black and white die but he was treated the exact same when he got back as before the war. Ward had to kiss behind just to say I can walk the street. There were still theaters and busses and trains that were segregated. It was the same old crap. Was it worth it to Ward, things have changed. There are people who Ward will never know who hate him based on his skin color. There is animosity there. Ward has never done anything to them. He minds his own business. That is what Ward came back too. The 60s was an uproar and changed a lot of things. Wards hometown is Lee New Hampshire and he did not realize how many friends he had until his wife died. He was shored up from all corners. Seven people came and cleaned his yard up before the interview. Ward is invited to dinner constantly. They had a party in town for Wards honor. A kid laid a big bouquet in his lap. Ward is a black man who came to the town of Lee when there was only 876 people in town. Ward was the only black family. Ward has danced at his friendâ€™s wedding. He has babysat their babies, looked after children if he was asked. His wife was the town clerk. Ward worked for the police department for awhile. They asked Ward if he wanted to be a cop. Ward went to church to please his wife and the chief asked him if he would be a police officer. Ward thought he was out of his mind. Ward asked his wife and she thought it was alright. For five years Ward was with the police department. There was only one full time police officer. Ward likes his town; it is his hometown. It has been a lousy two and a half years for Ward since his wife died. He is getting used to being alone. He is starting to do more stuff. Ward was sick for the last year. Ward suffered a heart attack. This year Ward has begun to do things. He can still drive. If Ward loses his wheels he is going to go bananas. The nearest grocery store is six miles. Ward does not want people to send their kids to war unless they intend to win the war. Do not worry about the morality of your enemy. Do what you have to do. The enemy is there to kill you. Get off of the high horse and go to war. If not, do not go to war. War is immoral anyways. People die, people get hurt. The boys coming back now are coming back wounded. Ward believes there are still terrorists in America.
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