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  • Pabst Blue Ribbon Presents: The Greatest Beer Run Ever

    06/22/2016 3:28:17 AM PDT · 32 of 32
    Vaquero to mowowie; Talisker
  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2016 3:20:06 PM PDT · 13 of 13
    two23 to MNJohnnie

    Thank You for posting this.
    Today I was in the grocery store and I saw a senior man on a mobility scooter with a WWII Veteran cap. I asked him what day is it today?...and without missing a beat he replied
    “72 years ago today”
    I was humbly honored to be able to thank him.
    I had my Currahee - Camp Toccoa Paratroopers t-shirt on.
    We love our Veterans.
    All of you.

  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 3:05:55 PM PDT · 15 of 15
    conservatism_IS_compassion to MNJohnnie
    A new book on WWII for your interest:
    1941: Fighting the Shadow War:
    A Divided America in a World at War
    - Marc Wortman (2016)
    The takeaway is that FDR, while fully aware that the US was unprepared for war, was determined to get the US prepared for war, and to prevent the fall of Britain which, immediately after the Fall of France (May, 1940) and long afterward, seemed inevitable. The post-Dunkirk British Army was stripped of almost all its heavy equipment, and was short of small arms as well. And beyond that, German U-boats were grinding down the Royal Navy and merchant marine, threatening starvation in Britain.

    The isolationists were a very powerful influence in America. I had known that FDR blacklisted Charles Lindberg from service during the war, but had not known how very influential Lindberg had been in opposition to FDR’s policies. FDR’s policies, in fact, were impeachable offenses about as outrageous as Obama’s. His policies risked war with Germany when Germany was the dominant military power, and when Americans at large were no more enthusiastic about going to war than the British had been when they cheered - and they did cheer - Neville Chamberlain’s announcement of “Peace in our time.”

    Upon Hitler’s June, 1941 invasion of the USSR, not just Hitler but everyone else but the Soviets thought that Hitler would dominate the USSR within a couple of months. This would mean Hitler’s access to oil in the Caucus, and to Ukraine’s wheat production. But FDR’s right hand man Harry Hopkins - the man actually lived in the White House - was sent to Britain, and from there he asked FDR if he should go to Russia to find out what was what. Stalin convinced Hopkins of the fact that the USSR was far tougher than anyone else was giving it credit for and, with American aid, would be able to fight for years. FDR went to where a shipment of P-40s and B-17s was about to embark for British use against Rommel, and ordered the planes to be uncrated, assembled, and flown northwest to Russia.

    But the thing that struck me the most was the way the FDR Administration fell off the tightrope it was walking to help the British escort its convoys, check Japanese ambitions in the Pacific, and stay out of actual fighting until it had more military equipment - especially destroyers - to work with. The US had leverage over Japan in Japan’s need for imports of scrap steel and of aviantion gasoline. Japan had leverage over the US primarily in the fact that the US did not have enough military assets in the Pacific because of its commitment to the Atlantic. FDR wanted to pressure Japan, but not to precipitate Japanese military action. Foggy Bottom exceeded FDR’s orders, overplayed the US hand in the process, and put so much pressure on Japan that they acted. Acted in the knowledge that they were taking a long-shot gamble. The US ambassador to Japan knew full well that that would be the result - and that the Japanese would follow through to the bitter end, fanatically.

    FDR wanted war with Germany - but not too soon. He did NOT want war with Japan at the same time, and was dismayed that painful military defeats in the Pacific were inevitable for some time, before a US military buildup could allow offensive operations in the Pacific while still aiding Britain and the USSR. The Axis pact between Japan and Germany (and Italy) was aimed at the US electorate, to make clear that we would face a two-front war if we attacked Germany or Japan. That was more slanted toward the Germans than the Japanese, in the sense that Japan feared a US embargo, not a US attack. Hitler was not obligated by treaty to declare war on the US, since the Japanese themselves attacked, not the US. But Hitler had bitterly resented US aid to Britain, especially US escorting of ships to Britain. And Hitler was not one to have war declared on him, which he would have considered inevitable.

    And of course, the immediate result was the sinking of (unacknowledged at the time) 300 ships in US coastal waters by German U-Boats - for the loss, also unacknowledged by the administration, of zero U-boats.

  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 2:30:49 PM PDT · 14 of 15
    CyberAnt to MNJohnnie

    I cannot accept the premise that WAR is a WASTE.

    WAR has a purpose. It’s to set right the tyrants who try to destroy, manipulate, control and kill.

    Without WAR .. what kind of world would we really be living in today ..????????

  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2016 9:20:00 AM PDT · 12 of 13
    Oatka to reed13k
    I hadn’t known about this part - now I’m going to have to go pull my Naval ops of WWII books:
    “They tell epic stories of destroyers that ran right up into shallow water and had it out point-blank with the big guns in those concrete emplacements ashore.”

    Stephen Ambrose, in his "D Day: June 6, 1944" book, told of the destroyers coming in so close their keels scraped bottom and of one Polish destroyer that nearly ran aground in their attempt to get as close as possible. They saved the day.

    He also wrote of one U.S. soldier who knew Morse Code, had a WWI signal lantern and was directing fire - all the Navy spotters were killed in the first wave.

  • A Long Thin Line of Personal Anguish

    06/06/2016 9:18:00 AM PDT · 8 of 8
    Hot Tabasco to MNJohnnie

    Well thanks for posting them.

  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 9:16:15 AM PDT · 13 of 15
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to MNJohnnie

    War is not a “waste”. What is a waste is tyranny, the lust for power and control over others, the fanatical hatred of other races and religions than yours, and unbridled greed.

    Thus it can be distilled into a simple thing: deploring war instead of the people that cause it is like blaming guns, instead of the criminals who misuse them.

    If you just try to take away guns, you end up just disarming those who want to protect themselves from criminals, who can always get guns.

    And if you try to “outlaw” war, as did the idealists in the modern iterations of the Geneva convention, you just force those people who defend themselves against tyrants and fanatics, to carry out war without calling it war.

  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 7:45:21 AM PDT · 12 of 15
    sauropod to sauropod

    read

  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 7:41:07 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    Ruy Dias de Bivar to WKUHilltopper

    I read one of Ernie Pyle’s books about the war in Italy fifty five years ago. It was brutal, but true. It is an unforgettable book.

    One of the stories was of the B-17 bomber crews who flew from North Africa over southern Europe. The crews completed their required number of missions and were being sent stateside. As soon as they had a plane load of several successful crews the plane takes of for the USA, crashes on takeoff, killing everyone on board.

  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 7:37:13 AM PDT · 10 of 15
    marktwain to EarlT357

    Yes, we are suffering the ills of affluence.

  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 7:29:09 AM PDT · 9 of 15
    EarlT357 to marktwain

    Pyle’s Generation (my father’s, too!) forgot what brought them there and what made them hard as nails: the discipline of poverty and faith. When they raised their children, too many forgot those lessons and spoiled their children, forgetting how to say “no” and believing that money and gifts were more adequate than time actually spent with their kids.

    The “Greatest Generation” is greatly responsible for the excesses of the Boomer Generation and the things they spawned. Hope the Trump revolt reveals enough of us who were raised correctly by the “Greatest” and that we can prevail over the spoiled brat Boomers.

  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2016 6:55:22 AM PDT · 11 of 13
    Pelham to SES1066

    I used to stay up late when I was a boy in the late 50s and watch Victory at Sea. Grew up surrounded by WWII vets and wanted to know everything I could about the war.

  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2016 6:48:24 AM PDT · 10 of 13
    SES1066 to MNJohnnie

    Yesterday. I took advantage of my Amazon Prime membership to watch 20 episodes of that fantastic 1952 TV series, “Victory at Sea” at no charge! An amazing patriotic series presented by NBC with Richard Rodgers (Rodgers & Hammerstein) music detailing much of the US Navy action in WW2, from the convoys that were so savaged by the U-Boats to the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

    In WW2, it can be truly said that all gave some and some gave all, so comparing one battle to another is really pointless as all participants were endangered. This series made clear that these Axis advisaries were insatiable and committed to our destruction in order to save their own worthless hides.

    It is a shame that the issues are so much more clouded today. Our ‘sophisticated’ culture abhors the blatant nationalism and propaganda from WW2 to the point that they bend over and tuck their cranium into their rectum. Multiculturalism is fine but it does not excuse the metrics as to what society / culture has the best record for the most people.

  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 6:30:03 AM PDT · 8 of 15
    Verginius Rufus to MNJohnnie

    Ernie Pyle was killed by enemy fire on April 18, 1945, while covering the invasion of Okinawa.

  • A Long Thin Line of Personal Anguish

    06/06/2016 6:22:06 AM PDT · 7 of 8
    Albion Wilde to MNJohnnie

    Riveting and heartbreaking. Thanks for posting, MNJ.

  • A Long Thin Line of Personal Anguish

    06/06/2016 6:09:06 AM PDT · 6 of 8
    gloryblaze to MNJohnnie

    Thanks for posting.

  • A Long Thin Line of Personal Anguish

    06/06/2016 6:05:36 AM PDT · 5 of 8
    MNJohnnie to Hot Tabasco

    Good idea. I post these every D-Day. Never year I will Number them Part !, Part 2 Part 3

    Pyle wrote them in this order

    A Pure Miracle.

    The Horrible Waste of War.

    A Long Thin Line of Anguish.

  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2016 6:01:29 AM PDT · 9 of 13
    MNJohnnie to reed13k

    Oh yeah. The stories I have read tell of the DDs were running right up scraping the shore to take out German emplacements.

    Here are some links for you

    http://www.agtimes.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=71915

    http://www.ww2f.com/topic/49866-usn-tin-cans-at-omaha/

    http://ibiblio.org/hyperwar/NHC/DestroyersAtNormandy.html

  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 5:51:00 AM PDT · 7 of 15
    marktwain to IWontSubmit

    “What the hell happened?”

    100 years of “progressivem”.

    100 years of attacks on Christianity.

    100 years of worship of the State as the arbiter of what is good or evil.

    100 years of attacking the Constitution as a dusty, archaic limit on the ability of “the government” to do good things for all.

    100 years of “progressives” taking over the education system, the entertainment industry, the media, with the express purpose of advancing “progressive” ideals as a way to “make a difference”.

    That is what happened, and why we are where we are.

  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2016 5:35:47 AM PDT · 8 of 13
    GT Vander to MNJohnnie

    I thank you. At least here people remember the sacrifices of history.

  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2016 5:27:59 AM PDT · 7 of 13
    zzwhale to MNJohnnie

    my father in law was in the first wave at omaha beach as an enlisted engineer. the landing craft didnt get far enough in and when he stepped off the ramp he went down but a fellow soldier grabbed him by the hair and dragged him ashore. once ashore he was operating equipment and had his wrist watch shot off. his commanding officer told him to get off the machine becuase he knew how to operate and reapair all of them. within seconds the officer mounted the machine and took over and was shot in the head. he got back on the machine and did his job clearing obstacles.

    My father in law made it all the way thru to the german surrender. In another case he was asleep in a foxhole and this big fat german fell in on top of him. He was small and said they both struggled and it took him an hour to maneuver his rifle and kill the german and he said it took him two hours to dig himself out due to the confines and weight of the german on top of him.

    He had so many hashmarks that when he went to paris on r+r he said a general saluted him.. He felt it was his patriotic duty to fight for freedom. When he came back they questioned his citizenship (he was born in san fele) and his father had gone back to italy in the middle of 1915 to fight in ww1 against the austro hungary german alliance with the west allies. It took a year to straighten it all out.

    Along the way he was asked to volunteer for glider training for requirements in burma but he declined and soldiered on in the fight against germany. a high percentage of the glider volunteers died in crashes. about 40% of the engineers on omaha were killed...

  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2016 5:26:09 AM PDT · 6 of 13
    reed13k to MNJohnnie

    I hadn’t known about this part - now I’m going to have to go pull my Naval ops of WWII books:

    “They tell epic stories of destroyers that ran right up into shallow water and had it out point-blank with the big guns in those concrete emplacements ashore.”

  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 5:24:19 AM PDT · 6 of 15
    IWontSubmit to central_va

    You read this piece and think ....
    Obama and retinue will be gone some day but his voters will remain amongst us ...

    What the hell happened?

  • A Long Thin Line of Personal Anguish

    06/06/2016 5:23:40 AM PDT · 4 of 8
    T-Bone Texan to MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

    Ernie Pyle is to today’s MSM what Robert Mapplethorpe is to Norman Rockwell.

  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2016 5:18:32 AM PDT · 5 of 13
    T-Bone Texan to Tupelo

    Today’s journalists would never write that sentence.

    It only reinforces the glaring fact that today’s MSM is the avowed enemy of my people, my Nation, and freedom itself.

  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 5:16:06 AM PDT · 5 of 15
    central_va to MNJohnnie

    I ask the Free Traitors™ who will make our “stuff” that is expandable in time of war after we de industrialize the USA? So wars are never going to be fought again like that? Really? Don’t count on it.

  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2016 5:09:05 AM PDT · 4 of 13
    Redleg Duke to MNJohnnie

    It was a different time and a different America, where Americans did for their country and not to it.

  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2016 5:08:21 AM PDT · 3 of 13
    Tupelo to MNJohnnie

    “In this column I want to tell you what the opening of the second front in this one sector entailed, so that you can know and appreciate and forever be humbly grateful to those both dead and alive who did it for you.”

    There is a sentence that make an old man tear up.
    My God. That man could write!

  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 5:05:44 AM PDT · 4 of 15
    WKUHilltopper to marktwain

    I can’t think of anything to add to your observations.

  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 5:01:00 AM PDT · 3 of 15
    marktwain to WKUHilltopper

    Pyle’s generation had a vast storehouse of accumulated cultural and moral attitudes that have been used up, worn away, squandered and denegrated by the generations that have followed him.

    The leftists of his era took most of Christian morals and ethics as a given, instead of a hard earned cultural heritage to be fostered, cherished, and built upon.

    We have been reaping the rewards of using up that cultural accumulation of moral precepts, courage, and good will.

    It is time to start to build it back up, but those who benefited most from it are working hard to destroy all of it.

  • A Long Thin Line of Personal Anguish

    06/06/2016 4:58:43 AM PDT · 3 of 8
    Hot Tabasco to MNJohnnie

    I noticed this was the 2nd article you posted by Pyle......If you’re going to post more, how about numbering them so they can be read in order.......thanks

  • A Long Thin Line of Personal Anguish

    06/06/2016 4:51:57 AM PDT · 2 of 8
    MeneMeneTekelUpharsin to MNJohnnie

    Oh man...that’s powerful. And, it seems, they died for nothing.

  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 4:49:53 AM PDT · 2 of 15
    WKUHilltopper to MNJohnnie

    Pyle would be shocked by the turds we have running the show now.

  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2016 4:48:29 AM PDT · 2 of 13
    Gaffer to MNJohnnie
    Ernie was a GI’s reporter. A real one. Not the liberal metro puke activists our media calls ‘journalist.’

    He was killed later a half a world away on Ie Shima in the Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa, the largest). The island was our main receiver complex when I was stationed there doing comms work at Kadena.

  • A Pure Miracle

    06/06/2016 4:40:45 AM PDT · 1 of 13
    MNJohnnie
  • The Horrible Waste of War

    06/06/2016 4:39:03 AM PDT · 1 of 15
    MNJohnnie
  • A Long Thin Line of Personal Anguish

    06/06/2016 4:37:33 AM PDT · 1 of 8
    MNJohnnie
  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 5:37:41 PM PDT · 17 of 17
    JMJJR to DJ Taylor

    William B. Hunt

    Not Forgotten.

  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 5:14:49 PM PDT · 16 of 17
    tweakDU to DJ Taylor

    ...What a story of bravery and officer incompetence. I served alongside these ticket punchers and hate them to this day... God bless our fallen Patriots...

  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 4:57:41 PM PDT · 15 of 17
    Chode to DJ Taylor

    No Greater Love... RIP

  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 3:29:10 PM PDT · 14 of 17
    silverleaf to DJ Taylor

    Outstanding

  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 1:17:16 PM PDT · 13 of 17
    DJ Taylor to Gay State Conservative

    Yes, I’m aware of that.

    Our effort was an attempt to upgrade Bill Hunt’s award of the Silver Star to a Medal of Honor.

  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 11:50:55 AM PDT · 12 of 17
    Sequoyah101 to DJ Taylor

    Sir:

    I have read this from front to back and saved it.

    I am without words today.

    Best regards,

  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 11:41:27 AM PDT · 11 of 17
    Grampa Dave to DJ Taylor

    Thanks for your service and the sacrifice of your buddy/friend.

    “William B. Hunt has been left behind by his country but not by his brothers in arms. It has been said a man doesn’t really die as long as his memory is kept alive, so I thank you for reading this and keeping the memory of William B. Hunt alive for just a little while longer.”

  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 11:32:35 AM PDT · 10 of 17
    Nailbiter to DJ Taylor; IncPen

    Thank you for your service.

    Thank you for posting this

    Incpen, thx for the ping

  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 10:49:30 AM PDT · 9 of 17
    IncPen to DJ Taylor; Nailbiter

    A compelling read.

    Thank you for posting this.

  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 10:41:32 AM PDT · 8 of 17
    T-Bird45 to DJ Taylor
    MG DePuy promised that as soon as the Mike Force located COSVN, he would respond with the full force of his Division, and this turned out to be an empty promise.

    BG Hollingsworth’s final words were, "The situation down there is hopeless, and I’m not putting anyone else into it," and then he just flew away.

    I’ve read and heard too much of this type of perfidy in stories from VietNam.

  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 10:34:20 AM PDT · 7 of 17
    PGalt to DJ Taylor

    WOW

    love

    BUMP

  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 10:27:38 AM PDT · 6 of 17
    CARTOUCHE to DJ Taylor

    Thanks you for this remembrance DJ. Another reason to never forget. You’re a good man to honor his sacrifice and to keep his memory alive.

  • In Memory of a Fallen Comrade

    05/30/2016 10:25:25 AM PDT · 5 of 17
    IronJack to DJ Taylor
    Some bodies may have been left behind. But the men themselves, their spirits and memories, are not.

    Remember.