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  • Day of Infamy: What happened to the eight sets of brothers on USS OKLAHOMA

    11/15/2019 2:09:27 PM PST · by fugazi · 17 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | 15 November 2019 | Chris Carter
    When the battleship USS Oklahoma turned over just 15 minutes after being hit by the first Japanese torpedo on 7 December 1941, 429 sailors and Marines were either already dead -- or soon would be. Men that somehow survived the initial nightmare of torpedoes, bombs, shrapnel, bullets, and fire had to swim through another level of hell to reach the relative safety of land. Those that remained inside the flooding ship would spend days in pitch-black darkness with no food, water, and what breathable air they had was being slowly used up while they hoped for rescue. 78 years later,...
  • Movie MIDWAY History Supplement - Video From US Naval War College Professor

    11/13/2019 10:51:45 AM PST · by gaijin · 66 replies
    US Naval War College & YouTube ^ | Nov. 13th, 2019 | historial Craig Symonds
    The newly-released movie Midway has generated some interest and a 150-post Freeper thread yesterday: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3793171/postsIn the video below a professor at the US Navy War College hits key info helping an viewer who choses to see this great movie. A key one that I'd read long ago but had not fully embraced: US damage control was considerably better than that of Japan. When Japanese pilots hit the USS Yorktown, they returned to their carriers joyous, "We have sunk a US carrier..!" Yet inside of an hour or so US damage control had bent Heaven & Earth to save her; the...
  • Explorers find long-lost USS Grayback submarine after 75-year mystery

    11/11/2019 8:42:20 PM PST · by csvset · 17 replies
    UPI ^ | 11 Nov 2019 | Nicholas Sakelaris
    Explorers find long-lost USS Grayback submarine after 75-year mystery Nicholas Sakelaris Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Undersea explorers said they have found a long-lost U.S. submarine off the coast of Japan that sank during World War II. The USS Grayback was carrying 80 U.S. sailors when it sank in the waters south of Okinawa in February 1944. The ship is credited with sinking 14 enemy ships before it was torpedoed. Private explorers Tim Taylor and Christine Dennison found the Grayback in June and made the announcement Monday, on Veterans Day. The search ended when they spotted an anomaly on the ocean...
  • After 75 Years, Explorers Discover Missing WWII Submarine U.S.S. Grayback 1,400 Feet Under the Sea

    11/11/2019 7:27:21 AM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 27 replies
    Time ^ | November 11, 2019 | Rachael Bunyan
    A World War II Navy submarine missing for 75 years has finally been found off the coast of Japan.
  • Heroes of a Generation: OSS spy Martin Gelb, 100, fought behind enemy lines

    11/11/2019 8:10:09 AM PST · by billorites · 15 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | November 10, 2019 | Joe Dwinnell
    It was 1944. Martin Gelb, an orthodox Jew from Brooklyn, was behind Nazi lines with a .45 and a Tommy gun. “I was asked to do a lot of strange things, but you follow orders. It did get a little crazy,” the 100-year-old OSS veteran from Hudson, N.H., told the Herald last week. He was part of William “Wild Bill” Donovan’s small crew of intelligence operatives working with the French resistance, hunting down German scientists and rounding up war criminals. He was an expert radio operator who knew Morse code and International Morse code who slipped into France and Germany...
  • Unsealed 75 years after Battle of Midway: New details of alarming WWII press leak

    06/05/2017 4:00:36 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5 June 2017 | Michael E. Ruane
    ... an intriguing side story: "Navy Had Word of Jap Plan to Strike at Sea."It was a fascinating, and detailed, description of much of what American intelligence knew beforehand of the enemy's fleet and plans. Indeed, it was too detailed. The report - 14 paragraphs long - suggested a secret U.S. intelligence coup, and became one of the biggest and potentially damaging news leaks of World War II. "This is the only time in American history that the United States government has ... taken steps toward prosecuting a member of the media under the Espionage Act," The story went on...
  • Obama, on Midway Atoll, speaks of protecting planet

    09/02/2016 12:16:41 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 42 replies
    Hono Star Bull ^ | Sept 1 , 2016 | staff
    President Barack Obama arrived on Midway Atoll today, paying homage to the men killed in a critical World War II battle and stressing the importance of protecting the planet and all its inhabitants from the effects of climate change. Obama emerged from Air Force One and greeted the roughly 40 inhabitants of Midway who had come out to welcome him. “We are going to have a great time,” he told them.
  • ‘Midway’ celebrates heroism with an old-fashioned approach to the epic war drama

    11/09/2019 1:06:36 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 74 replies
    LA Times ^ | Nov 8, 2019 | By KENNETH TURAN FILM CRITIC
    “Midway” is so square, so old-school and old-fashioned, it almost feels avant-garde. Ambiguity is not its goal, nor is nihilism its motivating philosophy. It aims to celebrate heroism, sacrifice, determination and grit, and if you don’t like that it really does not care. Though it’s appearing some 70 years after the epochal World War II battle it re-creates — and more than 40 years after a Hollywood film with the same name on the same subject — this “Midway,” as directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Wes Tooke, pays no attention to the notion that times have changed...
  • Just saw the movie Midway - Awesome movie !!

    11/08/2019 10:58:08 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 90 replies
    Nov 8, 2019
    Imagine, you know someone who doesn’t know anything about WW2, and you had to explain how the US was attacked at Pearl Harbor, the significance of Doolittle’s raid, the odds the US was up against the Japanese, how Intel helped us win the battle of Midway, and just how crazy, non-politically correct, and determined the Greatest Generation was - all in 2 hours. That’s the movie Midway in a nutshell.
  • Saw the Midway Movie yesterday...

    11/10/2019 5:56:14 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 96 replies
    10 Nov 2019 | US Navy Vet
    Very will done and presented. Was kind of disappointed the they didn't cover the Sinking of the USS Yorktown very much. Didn't really demonize any side (US OR Japanese) just showed Military Men doing their jobs. All in all at great movie. Really showed what war is really like.
  • Is anyone going to see the Midway Movie that is coming out Vets Day Weekend?

    10/27/2019 6:37:26 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 150 replies
    27 Oct 2019 | US Navy Vet
    Is so(or Not) Why?
  • How Britain’s German-born Jewish ‘secret listeners’ helped win World War II

    11/05/2019 5:00:30 PM PST · by Twotone · 19 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | November 1, 2019 | Robert Philpot
    LONDON — It was certainly not what the captured Nazi generals expected — or deserved. As historian Helen Fry describes in her new book, “The Walls Have Ears: The Greatest Intelligence Operation of World War II,” Trent Park, the stately country house in north London to which the prisoners were confined, rather resembled a gentleman’s club. The most senior generals had their own rooms, with adjoining sitting rooms. There was a room for playing billiards, table-tennis and cards. And, after afternoon tea on Christmas Eve, a festive dinner was laid out for them. There was even an appropriately deferential welcome...
  • Never forgotten: Remains of over 200 Pearl Harbor sailors, Marines identified

    11/03/2019 1:37:50 PM PST · by fugazi · 30 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | 3 November 2019 | Chris Carter
    On the morning of 7 December 1941, nine Japanese torpedoes struck the battleship USS Oklahoma, anchored on Battleship Row during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The massive ship capsized in just 15 minutes, trapping hundreds of sailors and Marines inside. Crews worked feverishly to rescue the survivors, which could be heard tapping the inside of the ship's hull for the next three days. Unsung heroes like civilian dock worker Julio DeCastro raced against the clock, cutting through sections of the hull to pull out dozens of men. Two Oklahoma sailors earned the Medal of Honor: Seaman James Ward and...
  • Lost WW2 British submarine found sunk off the coast of Malta

    10/31/2019 5:25:11 PM PDT · by csvset · 8 replies
    VALLETTA (Reuters) - The wreck of a British submarine, which vanished at the height of World War Two, has been discovered lying at the bottom of the sea off Malta, university marine archaeologists said on Thursday. HMS Urge had been based with other submarines in Malta and had carried out several deadly missions when the British navy ordered it and rest of the flotilla to redeploy to Egypt because of a relentless German siege of the Mediterranean island. Urge set sail on April 27, 1942, carrying a 32-strong crew, 11 other naval personnel and a journalist. However, it failed to...
  • Wreck of Famed WWII Destroyer USS Johnston (DD-557) May Have Been Found

    10/31/2019 8:26:12 AM PDT · by Constitution Day · 69 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute News ^ | October 30, 2019 | Ben Werner
    A few days past the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Samar, researchers from Vulcan Inc.’s research vessel R/V Petrel believe they’ve found wreckage from the engagement’s famed Fletcher-class destroyer, USS Johnston (DD-557). Images of twisted metal, a destroyed deck gun, a propeller shaft and other less recognizable debris were posted to Petrel’s Facebook page Wednesday, with a video narrated by Rob Kraft, Vulcan’s director of subsea operations, and Paul Mayer a submersible pilot with the team started by the late billionaire and philanthropist Paul Allen. “This wreck is completely decimated,” Kraft says in the video. “It is just debris....
  • The Battle of Midway

    06/04/2013 11:18:48 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 50 replies
    Self | June 4, 2013 | Self
    A Near-Run Victory at Midway Walter Lord and Gordon Prange considered Midway an incredible, miraculous victory. For Mitsuo Fuchida and Masatake Okumiya, the battle doomed Japan. The calculated risks Chester Nimitz took required assembling all possible resources, and still left him with a three to one disadvantage in ships. To appreciate further this tenuous condition note the fate of four Army B-26 medium bombers rushed to Midway. Captain James Collins led the aircraft in torpedo attacks. The pilots had never seen or practiced with aerial torpedoes. They would now only practice takeoffs and landings. Those early B-26’s earned a reputation...
  • Discovery of the Japanese Aircraft Carrier KAGA - Latest Footage

    10/23/2019 3:07:17 AM PDT · by srmanuel · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | 10/22/19 | Youtube
    A Group financed by the late Paul Allen is searching for sunken WW II ships. If you remember they found the Aircraft Carrier Lexington which was sunk in the battle of the Coral Sea. Now the group is attempting to located ships that were lost during the Battle of Midway. They have found the Kaga and more recently the Akagi. New Video of the Kaga on the ocean floor has been released. The ship is around 15,000 ft or more below surface. I find this type of thing fascinating just thinking of how many people on both sides are still...
  • Milan Wants U.S. to Apologize for World War II Bombing Raid That Killed 184... Children

    10/20/2019 7:31:26 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    ktla ^ | 10/20/2019
    Mayor Giuseppe Sala made the request following a Mass marking the 75th anniversary of the Gorla massacre, named for the quarter in the city that was struck, the news agency ANSA reported. Sala said, adding that he would formalize the request with the U.S. consul in Milan this week. The air raid on Oct. 20, 1944, targeted an industrial complex near the city, but a second wave of bombers went off course and released their bombs southeast of the target to lighten their loads as they returned to base. One bomb struck the Francesco Crispi elementary school as children raced...
  • Scientists 'discover two more' of the seven warships lost in the Battle of Midway (TR)

    10/18/2019 11:10:41 AM PDT · by DFG · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10/18/2019 | Milly Vincent
    Deep-sea explorers scouring the world's oceans for sunken World War II ships are investigating what they believe could be the third ship of seven lost to the Pacific during the Battle of Midway. Hundreds of miles off Midway Atoll, nearly halfway between the United States and Japan, a research vessel is launching underwater robots miles into the abyss to look for warships from the famed Battle of Midway. Weeks of grid searches around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands have already led the crew of the Petrel to one sunken warship, the Japanese ship the Kaga. This week, the crew is deploying...
  • Colonel Mitchell Paige

    08/11/2019 6:00:05 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Gathering of Eagles ^ | Col. James D. Coy
    “My parents and teachers instilled in me a devout love of God, family, and country. When I left home after high school to enlist in the Marines, my God-fearing mother admonished me to ‘Just trust in God always.’ Six years later, right after the fierce battle on Guadalcanal, I emptied the contents of my combat pack, and be-cause of my burned hands, I gingerly picked up my pocket New Testament which included the Psalms and Proverbs. The page prov-identially opened to Proverbs 3:5-6: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all...