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  • Remarkable tale of Hitler's young Jewish friend

    06/23/2020 12:34:35 AM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies
    SMITHSONIAN.COM ^ | 13 November 2018
    Remarkable tale of Hitler's young Jewish friend 13 November 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Adolf Hitler hugs Rosa Bernile Nienau in a signed pictureImage At first glance, the picture of the man hugging the beaming young girl appears to show a scene of great happiness. But a closer look reveals a far darker tale: this is Adolf Hitler, the man behind the murder of six million Jews, and the little girl is Jewish. Despite this, Hitler would go on to build a friendship with Rosa Bernile Nienau, which only ended when top Nazi...
  • Battle of Britain ace fighter pilot Paul Farnes dies aged 101

    06/19/2020 10:54:51 PM PDT · by robowombat · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 30 January 2020
    Battle of Britain ace fighter pilot Paul Farnes dies aged 101 30 January 2020 The last surviving Battle of Britain ace pilot from World War Two has died aged 101. He was born in Hampshire and died on Tuesday morning in West Sussex, where he had lived for most of his life, His battle victories made Wing Cdr Farnes an ace, a term taken to mean any fighter pilot credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft. His tally was six enemy aircraft destroyed, one probably destroyed and six damaged, the trust said. The trust added Wing Cdr Farnes...
  • ATale of the A Shua Diversion of Feb 1971 and FINAL MISSION OF WO1 GERALD E. WOODS

    05/30/2020 2:10:52 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Wall of Faces ^ | 11.6.2015 | William Killian
    POSTED ON 11.6.2015 POSTED BY: WKILLIAN@SMJUHSD.ORG FINAL MISSION OF WO1 GERALD E. WOODS Pilot WO1 Gerald E. Woods, aircraft commander CW2 George P. Berg, crew chief SP4 Walter E. Demsey Jr., and door gunner SP4 Gary L. Johnson were assigned to Company A, 101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne Division. On February 18, 1971, their UH-1H was dispatched as part of a flight of four on an emergency patrol extraction mission on the west side of the A Shau Valley in Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. The patrol to be rescued included SGT Allen R. Lloyd, CAPT Ronald L. Watson, and...
  • CAPTAIN GRAHAM REMEMBERED

    05/27/2020 1:25:39 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Wall of Faces ^ | Several
    CAPTAIN GRAHAM REMEMBERED I was an Oral History Team Chief, gathering recorded interviews at An Hoa on the day Captain James Graham died. The land was so flat we could stand on the bunkers and see, far off in the distance, part of the battle. Fox, 2/5 had been caught in a classic horseshoe ambush, a very large one. Men were lying down in the rice paddies and still getting hit. Major Richard Esau, the 2/5 S-3, grabbed every available Marine in the area, cooks, Remington raiders, Motor T, and they took off straight across the rice paddies to relieve...
  • The Saga of PFC Donald Sparks

    05/27/2020 12:59:15 PM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    The Wall of Faces ^ | 4.26.2014 | W KILLIAN
    PFC Donald L. Sparks and CPL Larry A. Graham were serving as pointmen for their company when it was ambushed by an enemy force of unknown size on June 17, 1969 near Chu Lai, in the Tien Phuoc District, Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam. Witnesses indicated that both men were wounded and fell to the ground. As the remaining members of the patrol withdrew, they observed North Vietnamese Army personnel stripping PFC Sparks of his clothing and weapon. No one was able to reach the area where they lay for almost twelve hours because of heavy enemy fire, however, several...
  • World War II Airman Found Frozen in Glacier

    05/26/2020 12:54:51 PM PDT · by robowombat · 38 replies
    Aircraft Wrecks.com ^ | October 18, 2005
    KFSN-TV/DT abc30.com October 18, 2005 World War II Airman Found Frozen in Glacier October 18, 2005 - It was a plane crash back in 1942 that wasn't discovered until 1947. Now, hikers made a frozen discovery in connection with a World War II plane crash. Hikers found the frozen body of an airman while scaling Mount Mendel Glacier in the Sequoia National Park. Now, the military is working to find out who this airman is and whether he was ever reported missing. It's believed the airman has been frozen in the glacier for decades until a pair of climbers got...
  • Lockheed P2V-5/Douglas C-118A mid-air 2/1/58

    Lockheed P2V-5/Douglas C-118A mid-air 2/1/58 On February 1, 1958 a Lockheed P2V-5 BuNo 127733 USNR departed Los Alamitos Naval Reserve Air Station on a routine training flight with a crew of eight on board. At about the same time a Douglas C-118A # 53-3277 USAF departed Long Beach Municipal Airport en route to McGuire AFB in New Jersey with forty-one passengers and crew on board. At about 7:15 PM the P2V-5 and the C-118A collided over the city of Norwalk, California killing forty-eight persons including one woman on the ground. Incredibly two men aboard the P2V survived the crash. One...
  • This is the prayer for our country and Our President.

    04/01/2020 10:03:22 PM PDT · by true believer forever · 38 replies
    April 2, 2020 | True Believer Forever
    Lord, we are true believers. You have been our refuge for all of our lives. We have waited on you with holy fear and sacred awe. And now, with the Holy Spirit to help us, we open our mouths. Like David, we have marshaled our thoughts like men of war and, like arrows, we make straight aim with our prayers. We direct our prayers with all of our strength, we let our arrows fly. When the arrows and our prayers, have left our hands, only then, Lord, will we look up. We expect, Oh, Lord, according to Your Word, to...
  • A Birthday request from a 100 yr old Sailor

    04/01/2020 9:26:43 PM PDT · by ping jockey · 7 replies
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    This old fellow just turned 100 years old yesterday. Because of the quarantine he was not able to have a normal party so he wished for 100 comments and shares. It is currently going viral and I am sure a little Freeper love will send it to the moon. http://www.khou.com/mobile/article/news/health/coronavirus/veteran-surprised-with-car-parade-and-more-for-100th-birthday/285-b44f4cf2-b5dc-400e-8028-68a46760a236?fbclid=IwAR1JvHtjP15sa748e-PEee542Abb2z2XSSMZNxKvo5n4EnmNRaHo9j393fk
  • Black Rifle Coffee Launches ‘Buy a Bag, Give a Bag’ Campaign to Support Those Battling COVID-19

    03/27/2020 5:04:24 AM PDT · by AF_Blue · 25 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | March 26th, 2020 | Gabriella Hoffman
    Black Rifle Coffee Company (BRCC), the popular veteran-owned business known for their coffee, announced the launch of their “Buy a Bag, Give a Bag” initiative in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. From March 24th to April 3rd, 2020, for every coffee product purchased on their website BRCC will donate a bag of coffee or other coffee products to medical personnel, first responders, and service members fighting on the frontlines of COVID-19. “Since founding Black Rifle Coffee Co., it has been my goal to serve high-quality coffee to men and women who put service before self,” said BRCC founder and CEO...
  • The New Four Letter Word: Pain. And the V.A.'s war on veterans.

    02/24/2020 11:18:53 AM PST · by Steve Newton · 58 replies
    The Silver Star Families of America ^ | 2-14-20 | Steve Newton
    The Silver Star Families of America, the SSFOA, is well aware of the dangers of opioids in all their various forms and, for the most part, agrees with the new federal and state guidelines that are tightening up the distribution of the drugs as long as it does not adversely affect the veteran population. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6501e1.htm
  • CAPT ELMER JOHN KALLMEYER

    12/22/2019 7:48:20 PM PST · by robowombat · 1 replies
    CAPT ELMER JOHN KALLMEYER ConflictServiceStatus KOREAN WAR UNITED STATES ARMY Unaccounted For On February 5, 1951, Allied forces in Korea launched an offensive against North Korean and Chinese Communist Forces (CCF) north of Wonju. Republic of Korea units and the 38th Infantry Regiment and supporting artillery units, including the 15th and 503rd Field Artillery Battalions, and the 82nd Antiaircraft Artillery and Automatic Weapons Battalion, initially met light resistance on their drive to the north. On February 11, the CCF launched an aggressive counteroffensive that caused the Allies to withdraw back southward. However, the CCF had established a series of roadblocks...
  • Death is Mercy to Secessionists

    12/19/2019 8:38:38 AM PST · by robowombat · 102 replies
    Abbeville Institute ^ | Mar 21, 2016 | Bernard Thuersam
    Death is Mercy to Secessionists By Bernard Thuersam on Mar 21, 2016 William T. Sherman viewed Southerners as he later viewed American Indians, to be exterminated or banished to reservations as punishment for having resisted government power. They were subjects and merely temporary occupants of land belonging to his government whom they served. The revealing excerpts below are taken from “Reminiscences of Public Men in Alabama,” published in 1872: Headquarters, Department of Tennessee, Vicksburg, January 1, 1863. [To] Major R. M. Sawyer, AAG Army of Tennessee, Huntsville: “Dear Sawyer — In my former letter I have answered all your questions...
  • Private Luke Quinn – The Unlikely Celebrity of Harpers Ferry

    12/04/2019 9:34:53 AM PST · by robowombat · 18 replies
    The Emerging Civil War ^ | June 16, 2018
    Private Luke Quinn – The Unlikely Celebrity of Harpers Ferry Posted on June 16, 2018 by ECW Guest Post When Private Luke Quinn arrived in Harpers Ferry, Virginia on October 18, 1859 he likely did not imagine that he’d never leave. He certainly could not have imagined that he’d be popularized in the small town with a namesake pub, an interesting monument and an unrestful sleep in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Here’s a quick look at the lively afterlife of the most unlikely celebrity of John Brown’s Raid… Little is known about Private Luke Quinn prior to his untimely death. From...
  • Armer Mountain, AZ Transport Plane Crashes, Dec 1951

    11/24/2019 5:33:45 AM PST · by robowombat
    Grneral Disasters ^ | Stu Beitler
    Armer Mountain, AZ Transport Plane Crashes, Dec 1951 Submitted by Stu Beitler I went with the advance party of an Air Force evacuation team to the summit of Armer Mountain, a 7000-foot peak that juts out of the Sierra Ancha range, 65 miles northeast of Phoenix. First Lieut. DONALD C. HUMPHREYS of Coolidge, Ariz., Staff Sgt. JOHN WEIS of Pittsburgh and ARNOLD JOHNSON, a cowboy, rode horses to the summit. M/Sgt. RALEIGH D. CURTIS, of Macomb, Ill., T/Sgt. NORMAN C. VAN TASSEL of Warsaw, Mo., and I walked. The climb was tough all the way. We struggled over icy rocks...
  • BG Cullen's LAST FLIGHT, THE MISSING AIRMEN, MARCH 1951

    11/22/2019 1:31:30 PM PST · by robowombat · 6 replies
    LAST FLIGHT, THE MISSING AIRMEN, MARCH 1951 [Author’s Preface: This is an abbreviated account of the ill-fated flight of the C-124 Globemaster II N43173C, 49-0244.] At 1915 Zulu, on Wednesday, the 21st of March, 1951, the C-124 commanded by Major Robert J. Bell of the 2nd Strategic Support Squadron departed Walker AFB, loaded with aircrews and equipment of the 509th Bomber Group, final destination was RAFB Lakenheath, England. At 2212 Zulu, they touched down at Barksdale AFB, Shreveport, Louisiana where they remained overnight. On Thursday, the 22nd of March Brigadier General Paul T. Cullen and his staff joined the other...
  • Captain Ben Salomon (1914-1944)

    11/22/2019 12:47:17 AM PST · by robowombat · 3 replies
    Dental Problems and Solutions ^ | 2015 | Xavier Riaud
    Ben Salomon was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 1, 1914. He graduated from the Dental College of University of South Carolina in 1937 and soon began a dental practice. When the United States entered the war, his patriotic instinct led him to enroll in the army in 1940. After basic training, he joined the 102nd Infantry Regiment and quickly proved to be a natural soldier with weapons and a leader. Within a year, he had risen to the rank of sergeant and was in charge of a machine gun section. In 1942, Salomon was to become an officer in...
  • Flanders off the beaten path: The secrets of Flemish Brabant

    11/19/2019 11:24:50 PM PST · by robowombat · 2 replies
    Flanders Today ^ | Wednesday 20 November 2019 SEARCH | Toon Lambrechts,
    Flanders off the beaten path: The secrets of Flemish Brabant by Toon Lambrechts, The rich heritage of Flanders has left many traces behind. Some are touristic highlights, others remain virtually unknown. Flanders Today went in search of its quirkiest historical spots for our five-part series: Flanders off the beaten path. This week we visit the province of Flemish Brabant, unearthing forgotten tales of revenge, haunted castles and country churches AN EYE FOR AN EYE Odds are you’ve never heard of Meensel-Kiezegem, one of those long village names it’s easy to forget. But the cemetery behind Meensel’s local church bears witness...
  • Veterans exchange Benefits

    11/14/2019 9:09:45 AM PST · by mountainlion · 13 replies
    Military.com ^ | 2019/11/07 | Military.com
    Just how the Defense Department will allow an estimated 3.5 million veterans and their caregivers on base early next year to use commissaries, exchanges and some recreation resources is still largely unanswered, despite a looming deadline and potentially complicated access issues. Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, all service-connected disabled veterans, caregivers enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs' Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers program, and former prisoners of war will be able to shop at on-base grocery stores and exchanges. They will also be allowed to use some MWR amenities, such as golf courses and bowling alleys.
  • Operation Harvest Moon

    11/12/2019 4:29:39 AM PST · by robowombat · 2 replies
    3rd Marines Net ^ | Bob Neener
    Operation Harvest Moon By; Bob Neener 0351 3rd Platoon Lima Company 3/3 On 9 Dec 1965, at approximately 1300 hours LIMA Company 3rd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, was the lead Company, a spearhead, sent into the Que Son Valley to rescue the 5th ARVN Regiment who had been under heavy attack since daybreak. It was Tuesday, December 8th 1965, Lima Company had just been pulled from MAG 16 perimeter duty for what we thought was going to be a couple of days of R&R. We were in the rear area (Battalion HQ) somewhere on DaNang Air Base. Our...