By Paul T. Angel. On February 17, 2016, Willis Allison Carto, 1926–2015, was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, on property once owned by the family of Confederate war hero Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Carto earned this honor, having received a Purple Heart after being shot by a Japanese sniper during his time in the U.S. Army in the Pacific Theater of World War II. “I never held any animosity for that Japanese soldier,” Carto told this writer many years ago. “He was doing his duty, and I was doing mine.”
The Military Honor Guard arrives.
Carto, a fierce opponent of perpetual war, spent most of the rest of his life exposing the horrors of war to any and all who would listen.
“World War II was the greatest tragedy to befall the world and the white race in the long history of man,” he said, joining forces with the likes of Gen. Robert Wood, Gen. Hugh Johnson, Col. Charles Lindbergh and other war heroes who fought tirelessly to condemn war, and praise the efforts of those fighting for peace between nations.
The Military Salute…
Of course, many in the establishment media saw it differently, namely The Huffington Post, whose editors went to great lengths to defame Carto as an “anti-Semite” for his efforts to expose to the world the forces behind the global war machine—those politicians and armaments makers who profit greatly from the death and destruction wars bring about. His burial at Arlington is a ‘national disgrace,’ one rabbi interviewed by the Post said.
Of course, you can bet that rabbi has never set foot in a battle zone in his life, nor have the vast majority of the politicians who so willingly have sent our children to fight and die in the devastating wars of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries—with more to come.
The Post also trotted out self-proclaimed “expert” on the right wing, Todd Blodgett, a self-avowed crack head who has publicly admitted he had a brain-addling $250-a-day cocaine habit while acting as a consultant at Carto’s Liberty Lobby. How did snitch Blodgett pay for his insatiable lust for illegal drugs? He was on the payroll of the federal government—drawing nearly $100,000 per year from the feds—spying on Carto and Liberty Lobby, trying to dig up IRS violations or other misdeeds. Of course, he did not find any, as Carto and Liberty Lobby were scrupulously honest in their business dealings.
The Army Chaplain offers a eulogy as mourners bow their heads…
We have been encouraged to “let Willis rest in peace,” but, of course, Carto never rested while alive, and he’s probably not resting now, lecturing any soul who has made it past the pearly gates on the horrors of war and the nefarious forces profiting from the mayhem war spawns.
How can we honor Willis’s legacy of peace? By continuing to support the publications he created during his lifetime, including American Free Press newspaper and The Barnes Review history magazine.
To find out what Willis really thought about war, I encourage you to contact AFP at 202-544-5977 and get a free copy of Willis’s last monograph on the subject, A Straight Look at the Second World War, in which he lays out his case that war is the worst of preventable disasters.
Willis dedicated his life to peace, and we will continue on with his mission, despite what the warmongers think or say.
The Honor Guard solemnly folds a United States flag.
The Chaplain presents Mrs Elisabeth Carto with the flag and offers his final condolences. In a letter Willis wrote to Mr William Hollis in 1999 in regard to his WWII service, he stated, “I am proud of my combat infantry badge. I would not trade that experience for anything, but I wouldn’t want to do it again, and that’s for sure.”
Above left: Pastor Thom Robb, a dear friend of Willis, reads from the Bible, which Willis had given to Pastor Robb as a present only a year ago. Willis had received the Bible from his mother in 1935 when he was nine year old. Robb holds a copy of the Bible given to Carto by his mother when he was nine years old.
Above right: Stanley Rittenhouse, a life-long friend of Willis, was a lobbyist on the Hill for Liberty Lobby. His American family roots go back to 1680, and he authored a book: For Fear of the Jews. His latest article for TBR was on Col. John S. Mosby, “The Gray Ghost.”