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Who Is J. Edward Pawlick?

MN Staff
November 2002 Print Edition

A member of the Greatest Generation, Ed Pawlick has done many things in his lifetime.

This includes raising his four young children in Weston as a single parent by himself, without a nanny, while founding Lawyers Weekly newspapers across the country. He ran the business from its inception in 1972 until its sale in 1997. At that time he employed forty lawyer editors, twenty reporters, and many business types for a total of 120 persons.

One of his daughters is a PhD clinical psychologist who has run an Iron Man triathlon, another is a cum laude lawyer and the third is happy being a mother. His son and Kiwi wife live in New Zealand. Ed has seven grandchildren and another on the way.

The blood of his children is Italian, Jewish, German, Irish and Belgian. Two of his grandchildren also have a wonderful father who just happens to be black. People will say that the fact that his daughter

After raising three girls and a boy as a single parent for fifteen years, Pawlick married Sally McVay in 1985. They have ten grandchildren between them, and two more are imminent.

married him has nothing to do with Ed. But he disagrees because he always taught his children that the color of a person's skin is not important. It is obvious that this message was heard. He does not talk publicly about his children because they deserve their privacy, but this is difficult for him when some fanatic says Ed is a hater or a bigot, as fanatics are wont to do.

Ed joined the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, just out of high school, and still can't understand the people who wanted him to charge the beaches of Japan and help kill many more people than the two atomic bombs did. He often wonders if these people realize that we had to drop a second bomb before the Japanese finally surrendered. He understands how lucky he is that he was saved from killing and being killed.

He was drafted in 1952 and sent to Korea as a private in the Infantry to fight the Chinese Army. Luckily, Dwight Eisenhower ended that conflict while Ed was on a troop ship. So he was spared the killing part again. Although he disliked the Army, particularly as a rifleman in the Infantry, he has great respect for what they accomplished in taking large numbers of young men who did not want to be there and making an army out of them. Since it was liberal Presidents (Wilson, Roosevelt, Truman and Johnson) who led us into the terrible Twentieth Century wars, he wonders how anyone can blame the military leaders for what the teenagers of this country were asked to do.
Ed Pawlick (right), a 25-year-old rifleman in the Infantry with a shipping tag on his shoulder, prepares to board a ship for Korea in 1953 to fight the Chinese Army.

This is particularly true of Woodrow Wilson who gave us what he called "the war to end all wars" with his attempt to solve the centuries-old problems in the Baltic. We are back there again today in Bosnia. Instead, Wilson gave us Communism in Russia, unconditional surrender of Germany which led directly to WWII and a century of war all over the world. Although Ed disliked the Navy and Army, he sees no fault in our military leaders who were following the orders of their civilian commanders.

He thinks often of his roommate at Williams College who was a hero who never came back from Korea because he volunteered to fly in a light plane over Chinese enemy lines and scout their fortifications. He hopes his roommate was killed and was not one of the Americans who were deserted by us and taken all over China and Russia as captives.

He wonders how many people even know that American teenagers were forced to fight the Chinese Army only a few years ago in savage winters with summer uniforms. (Ed even went through bivouac in a foot of snow while training in the Pennsylvania mountains in a summer uniform in 1952.) Having served as a guard at an Army stockade for a few weeks before shipping to Korea, he guarded the teenagers who had gone AWOL to return home. They had been seized by the FBI and brought back to the Army to be put in a stockade before being shipped to kill and be killed. These boys were literally dragged from their homes.

Ed was given a loaded carbine and told to march these prisoners in front of him around the base to medical appointments. The rumor was that if anyone escaped, you took his place. No one ever escaped.

If you talk with anyone in the "Great Generation," you will find that the vast majority agree with everything he writes and encourage him to keep doing so. They know without any doubt that it was a different and better country before the 1960s.

There was an enormous difference between WWII, when almost every teenager was in the service, and Korea, where most college people were able to avoid it. This caused many guys to have a twinge of guilt, although they didn't deserve it. Ed never knew anyone in the service, particularly those in the Army, who wanted to go to war. But if they were called, they did their best to serve.

This became really bad in the 1960s when the liberals dragged the boys out of their homes for Vietnam.

That trauma damaged an entire generation (which has never understood the issues) and our whole society. (The boys who went to WWII did not relish killing people any more than the boys of the 1960s. It was not a more "noble" war. Ed says most of them just did their job and hoped that someone else would finish it before they got there.)

Whether our country will ever recover is open for conjecture.

If the present Massachusetts establishment disagrees with those of the "Great Generation," it is their duty to tell why. But when you look at the painfully obvious problems that the Bill Clintons of the 1960s have brought to this country - especially to young children and teenagers - everyone must have doubts about the way they have us headed.

All persons of good will must be concerned about personal attacks against someone who is spending his own time and money to help the vast majority of citizens with their desire to keep intact the moral foundations of our society.


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