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  • Yeager Destroys an ME 262

    08/24/2016 2:39:24 AM PDT · by Enchante · 33 replies
    ChuckYeager.com ^ | November 6, 1944 | Chuck Yeager
    Encounter Report from November 6, 1944 Cool historical document Chuck Yeager shoots down an ME-262 and damages 2 more.
  • WWII vet, 93, ends run across America with toes in Atlantic

    08/20/2016 2:36:57 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 15 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | August 20, 2016 5:12 pm | AP
    (not AP photos) ST. SIMON’S ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — After two years and 10 months, 93-year-old Ernie Andrus has made it across America. The World War II veteran dipped his toes in the Atlantic Ocean Saturday morning, ending a cross-country run that started in San Diego. Local media reported that Andrus was surrounded by hundreds of people including family members and friends who have joined him at different parts along his journey. He started his trek Oct. 7, 2013 on the sands of San Diego, weaving his way over the months and years through the southern United States until he...
  • WWII Airmen Get Their Memorial

    08/20/2016 1:45:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 20, 2016 | Robert Zubrin
    On Saturday August 6, I was privileged to attend the unveiling of the memorial to American airmen who fought in World War II at the Wings Over the Rockies aviation museum in Denver, Colorado. Created by Major Frederic Arnold (ret.), an artist who flew P-38 Lightnings in the Mediterranean theater of the war, the monumental sculpture depicts a pre-flight briefing, with the squadron leader at the mapboard explaining the mission plan, while the men of the squadron and the pale ghosts of their fallen comrades listen on. American airmen suffered a horrific casualty rate during World War II, with over...
  • Eric Metaxas Show interviews 103-year-old survivor of Pearl Harbor

    08/15/2016 3:10:08 PM PDT · by cdga5for4 · 10 replies
    Eric Metaxas ^ | August 12, 2016 | Eric Metaxas
    Jim Downing is one of, if not the oldest, survivors of Pearl Harbor. He is now 103-years-old and Salem radio show host Eric Metaxas interviewed him late last week. Jim's book, The Other Side of Infamy, releases in November. Classic line from the interview, "One advantage of being 100 years old is there's not a lot of peer pressure."
  • WWII veteran honored with escort down Wanamaker for 99th birthday

    08/12/2016 8:20:46 PM PDT · by lacrew · 10 replies
    WIBW ^ | Carrie Larsen
    WWII Navy Veteran Sharitt Baker received a special salute for his 99th birthday Friday. He was greeted by the Patriot Guard at noon in front of the Legend Assisted Living center. They escorted him down Wanamaker Road to the Kansas History Museum so that he could visit his donated WWII artifacts.
  • The Toilet that Sank the U-1206

    08/08/2016 9:14:58 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    Neatorama ^ | April 28, 2014
    The following is an article from Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader. The submarine may never be as famous as the Titanic, but the uncanny story of how -and why- it sank has earned it a place in the Uncle John’s Stall of Fame.
  • THIS DAY IN HISTORY WITH TARA ROSS

    08/06/2016 6:57:48 AM PDT · by knarf · 19 replies
    TaraRoss.com ^ | August 6, 2016 | Tara Ross
    “The time has come,” these Allies declared, “for Japan to decide whether she will continue to be controlled by those self-willed militaristic advisers whose unintelligent calculations have brought the Empire of Japan to the threshold of annihilation, or whether she will follow the path of reason.”
  • August 6 1945 ~ 71st Anniversary of Hiroshima Mission

    08/05/2016 11:46:13 PM PDT · by mkjessup · 103 replies
    Self | Aug 6, 2016 | MkJessup
    71 years ago, the crew of the B-29 Enola Gay under the command of Brigadier General Paul Tibbets, operating under General Curtis LeMay, dropped the first atomic bomb to be used in warfare on Hiroshima Japan. We all know (or should know) the story. Today's sob sisters and history revisionists all make the same whining and wailing excuses for why America should not have dropped the atomic bombs on Japan, but just like the radioactive dust those bombs produced, the opinions of such low lifes will also eventually dissipate into the insignificant categories of history. And God Bless President Harry...
  • Watch students' touching tribute to fallen WWII soldier

    08/02/2016 11:49:49 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug. 2, 2016 | no author listed
    Raw video: Group of students from Wartburg College sing 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' after pilot announced remains of WWII soldier were being escorted off plane
  • Martin Mars - Water Bombing Demo And Flybys - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

    07/30/2016 4:43:46 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    AirShowStuffVideos ^ | 7-25-16 | unattributed
    The "Hawaii Mars II", one of two remaining Martin Mars, performs flybys and drops 7,200 gallons of water for the crowd at the 2016 EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, WI. This massive flying boat is the world's largest warbird, and an exceptionally rare sight. It was delivered to the US Navy in 1946 and later converted for civilian use as a fire fighting aircraft. During AirVenture, the Mars is flying off of Lake Winnebago just a couple miles east of Oshkosh.
  • First trailer for Hacksaw Ridge (New movie from Mel Gibson about MoH Winner Desmond Doss)

    07/28/2016 12:47:42 PM PDT · by Callahan · 28 replies
    Mel Gibson is nuts but he's a hell of a director. Desmond Doss was a Seventh Day Adventist conscientious objector in WWII to who was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing 75 casualties despite refusing to carry a weapon.
  • When A War Went Worldwide 75 Years Ago

    07/28/2016 5:51:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Seventy-five years ago, the world blew up in just six months. World War II ostensibly started two years earlier, when Germany invaded Poland. In truth, after the rapid German defeat of Poland in September 1939, the conflict was mostly confined to Western Europe for nearly the next two years. By summer of 1940, only Britain had survived Hitler's European victories. The dormant European war only went global on June 22, 1941, when Germany suddenly surprise-attacked the Soviet Union, its former partner. America and Asia were still not directly involved in the 1941 expansion of the war until the Japanese attacked...
  • U.S. Army Officer Who Rescued Jews During Holocaust Dies at 99

    07/23/2016 10:56:02 PM PDT · by Scutter · 28 replies
    jspace news ^ | 7/22/2016 | Jewish News Service
    A U.S. officer who helped liberate 2,500 Jews during the Holocaust has died at the age of 99. On April 7, 1945, Lt. Frank Winchester Towers, who was the division liaison officer of Regiment 743 of the 30th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during World War II, approached (with his regiment’s tanks) a stopped train in which there were 2,500 Jewish prisoners bound for the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. The Nazis stopped the train because they were ordered to destroy it and drown the passengers in the Elbe river. When the U.S. regiment approached, the passengers shouted, “We’re...
  • Dying... Spitfire engineer, 95, gets last wish granted to be reunited with iconic plane....

    07/14/2016 1:49:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 59 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15th July 2016 | Nick Enoch
    A terminally ill former World War Two Spitfire engineer's 'last wish' to be reunited with the iconic plane was granted after top brass saw him looking forlornly through a fence at one from his wheelchair. Ken Farlow, 95, was an electrical engineer during the war, carrying out vital work to keep Spitfires and Hurricanes in the air in Syria and Palestine. But after being diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, the father-of-three asked daughter Helen if he 'could see a Spitfire - one last time'. Helen, 52, took him to Gloucestershire Airport where the vintage planes were being maintained by the...
  • Fooling the Nazis: How a Roman hospital invented ‘K Disease’ to save dozens of Jewish lives

    06/28/2016 3:56:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aletelial ^ | June 23, 2016 | Jesús Colina
    The name was terrible, but the “K Disease” was not a lethal virus. It was actually the clever invention of Professor Giovanni Borromeo and a religious of the Hospital of the Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, to save the lives of dozens of Jews persecuted by the Nazis during World War II.When the SS entered the Fatebenefratelli hospital located on the Tiber Island in Rome, medical personnel and religious explained to the Germans that behind the doors of two special wards, there were patients suffering from this terrible K Disease, some of whom were terminally ill. The...
  • Multi-billionaire Enterprise Rent-A-Car founder Jack Taylor dies aged 94 after a brief illnessEnter

    07/03/2016 1:47:12 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 25 replies
    The DailyMail ^ | 3 July 2016 | Hannah Parry For Dailymail.com
    Multi-billionaire Jack Taylor, who made his fortune after founding Enterprise Rent-A-Car in the 1950s, has died aged 94. Taylor, who launched the company in St. Louis, Missouri in 1957, passed away on Saturday after a short illness. This year, Forbes magazine estimated his wealth at $5.3 billion and listed him in the top 250 richest people in the world. But more than anything else, Taylor simply wanted to be remembered as 'a nice guy.'
  • Six Unbelievable War Facts

    06/27/2016 3:30:54 PM PDT · by cvolkay · 51 replies
    andmagazine.com ^ | Chris Volkay
    1. In WWII a number of soldiers died of well, farts. When ascending in an unpressurized plane to 20,000 feet, it causes intestinal gas to expand 300%. I guess some guys couldn't fart quickly enough. They should have brought pigs along with them. Then when Porkie was ready to blow, fly over the enemy's plane and drop him. When Porkie goes Blammo you blow the enemy to hell!! Even if you miss, it's okay. The explosion and fire fries up Porko Boy nice and crispy and countryside below rains down bacon, so the starving countryside gets fed. Yay! 2. Speaking...
  • B-29 Doc Gets Certified for Airworthiness!

    06/26/2016 11:12:22 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 37 replies
    War History Online ^ | June 8, 2016 | War History Online
    The B-29 bomber known as Doc may be flying again before the summer is over. On May 20th, the nonprofit group Doc’s Friends announced that they had accepted an airworthiness certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. Several dozen members of the group, along with other supporters, attended a ceremony at Doc’s hangar at Air Capital Flight Line, the former Boeing Wichita factory complex. “The biggest thing is how important this airplane is to history,” said Jeff Turner, board chairman for Doc’s Friends. “The light of freedom was growing dimmer (during World War II), and the men and women of our...
  • A Doolittle Raider Passes Away; Now There is only One

    06/25/2016 8:49:57 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 17 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | Saturday, June 25, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    This week America lost another hero. Retired Staff Sgt. David Jonathan Thatcher passed Wednesday in the Missoula hospital in Montana as a result of a Stroke. He was 94. After finishing High School, Thatcher joined the Army Air Corps in 1940. He was assigned to the Air Corps’ 17th Bomb Group as a B-25 Gunner. After the attack on Pearl Harbor that forced the United States into WWII, he volunteered for a top-secret mission. SSGT Thatcher was assigned and trained with 1st Lt Ted W. Lawson. Their B-25 was known as “The Ruptured Duck" and was made famous in Lawson’s...
  • WWII Lancaster bomber and its crewmen's remains discovered in German field [after] 69 years

    06/22/2016 9:29:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 30 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 21 June 2016 | Jill Reilly
    Sixty-nine years after their burning plane plunged to the ground after being shot down by the Germans, the remains of seven Lancaster Bomber crewmen have been recovered. They were discovered by a team of German historians who spent hours digging a muddy field near Frankfurt looking for the RAF crew after an eyewitness who saw the plane crash guided them to the site. Lancaster ED427 was one of 327 bombers that took part in a raid on the Skoda armaments works at Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. On their return to their base at RAF Fiskerton, Lincs, they came under fire from German...
  • 1 of 2 remaining Doolittle Raiders dies in Montana

    06/22/2016 6:23:57 PM PDT · by abb · 41 replies
    (Fredricksberg, VA) Free-Lance Star ^ | June 22, 2016 | Associated Press
    <p>MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — One of the last two surviving members of the Doolittle Raiders — who bombed Japan in an attack that stunned that nation and boosted U.S. morale — has died in Montana, his family said.</p> <p>Retired Staff Sgt. David Jonathan Thatcher died Wednesday in a Missoula hospital. He was 94. He suffered a stroke on Sunday, Thatcher's son Jeff told the Missoulian newspaper (http://bit.ly/28V8l2c).</p>
  • Could Long-Lost Amber Room Be Stashed in a Nazi Bunker in Poland?

    06/20/2016 7:01:27 PM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 June 2016 | Rick Lyman
    There is perhaps no lost-treasure mystery more seductive than that of the priceless Amber Room of Peter the Great, which disappeared in the chaotic closing hours of World War II. Now Bartlomiej Plebanczyk, an unassuming historian and museum director in northeastern Poland, believes he has found it. Elderly villagers told Mr. Plebanczyk that they had seen a German convoy unloading big crates into a secret chamber in a stark, moss-covered Nazi bunker near the Russian border in early 1945. So the Mamerki Museum, whichhe leads, recently completed a ground-penetrating radar scan of the derelict bunker that he said confirmed the...
  • SOWING THE WIND: THE FIRST SOVIET-GERMAN MILITARY PACT AND THE ORIGINS OF WORLD WAR II

    06/07/2016 12:06:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    WAR ON THE ROCKS ^ | JUNE 7, 2016 | IAN JOHNSON
    Before dawn on June 22, 1941, German bombers began to rain destruction down on a swath of Soviet cities from Leningrad to Sevastopol. It was the beginning of Operation Barbarossa, the largest military operation in the history of the world. By the end of the day, three million German soldiers and their allies crossed the Soviet border, inaugurating the bloodiest phase of World War II. The invasion also brought to a bloody conclusion 20 years of secret cooperation between Germany and the Soviet Union. While Soviet-German military cooperation between 1922 and 1933 is often forgotten, it had a decisive impact...
  • Bing, the dog of war who parachuted into France to become a D-Day hero

    06/06/2016 7:37:50 PM PDT · by chrisinoc · 24 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | Paul Harris
    He must have looked a fearsome sight as he parachuted into the heart of occupied Europe. His keen eyes scoured the battlefield for enemy troops and he was poised to hit the ground running. It might not have been quite what the Germans were expecting from Britain's D-Day invasion force – but Bing the para-dog played a vital role in liberating France.
  • A Long Thin Line of Personal Anguish

    06/06/2016 4:37:33 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 7 replies
    NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 17, 1944 – In the preceding column we told about the D-day wreckage among our machines of war that were expended in taking one of the Normandy beaches. But there is another and more human litter. It extends in a thin little line, just like a high-water mark, for miles along the beach. This is the strewn personal gear, gear that will never be needed again, of those who fought and died to give us our entrance into Europe. Here in a jumbled row for mile on mile are soldiers’ packs. Here are socks and shoe polish,...
  • The Strange Tanks That Helped Win D Day

    06/06/2016 6:46:09 AM PDT · by Iron Munro · 27 replies
    bbc.com ^ | June 6, 2016 | Stephen Dowling & Nigel Hawtin
    When allied forces landed on the Normandy beaches on D-Day, they did so alongside a fleet of bizarre tanks with very special roles – brought into life by an eccentric British commander. On 19 August 1942, Allied armies put their plan for an invasion of Occupied Europe to the ultimate test – by landing troops on the beaches and trying to capture a French port.
  • Return to Omaha Beach

    06/06/2016 8:49:02 AM PDT · by crz · 24 replies
    youtube ^ | 06/06/2016 | crz
    A navy vet returns to Omaha Beach. Two part video.
  • Leftist Lies on the Decision to Bomb Hiroshima

    06/04/2016 7:40:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2016 | Steve Feinstein
    Historical arguments based on fantasy and a desire to present America as a villain have made the use of nuclear weapons to end World War II into a “controversy.” Ignorance of history is a very dangerous thing. The President recently visited Hiroshima Japan, site of the first atomic bomb ever used in combat. The bombing took place on August 6th, 1945. It was followed three days later by a second bomb on Nagasaki. Although he was very careful not to explicitly “apologize” for our use of atomic weapons -- mindful of the harsh backlash that awaited him should his trip...
  • What China Learned from America's Biggest World War Two Naval Victory

    06/03/2016 8:35:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    The National Interest ^ | June 3, 2016 | Lyle J. Goldstein
    China’s aircraft carrier program is maturing. The first photos have now emerged that show Liaoning operating with a decent clutch of J-15 fighters, as well as helicopters on deck. The aircraft are now painted in telltale battle gray, rather than the yellow used with the initial prototype aircraft. It is difficult to tell for sure, but one may assume that the testing and training regimen has been intense. True enough, the Liaoning was bought from Ukraine and it is, unlike American “big decks,” conventionally powered rather than relying on nuclear power. It also has a ski-jump bow to assist with...
  • The Four Chaplains: Sacrifice At Sea

    05/29/2016 3:30:07 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | May 29, 2016 | YouTube
    The true story of four World War II U.S. Army chaplains who made the ultimate sacrifice so others could live.
  • Trump: Does President Obama ever discuss the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor while he's in Japan?

    05/28/2016 8:36:00 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 43 replies
    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump ^ | 2:34 PM - 28 May 2016 | Donald J. Trump
    Does President Obama ever discuss the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor while he's in Japan? Thousands of American lives lost. #MDW— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2016
  • Missing Remains Of WWII Marine Finally Returned To Texas

    05/29/2016 10:06:51 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 29, 2016 | Bob Price
    The remains of a U.S. Marine who was killed in action during World War II finally completed the 70-year journey from a South Pacific atoll to his home in Texas. His body has been missing since 1943. n November 1943, U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Elmer “Rabbit” Mathies, Jr. was killed during the Battle of Tarawa. Private Mathies was one of 1,200 Marines killed during the 3-day battle battle. His remains were finally identified and have been returned to Hereford, Texas in time for Memorial Day, the Amarillo Globe-News reported.
  • Vintage P-47 aircraft crashes in Hudson River, pilot killed

    05/28/2016 10:25:52 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 53 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 5-28-16 | Magdalena Doris
    The P-47 Thunderbolt crashed Friday during a promotion for the American Airpower Museum, which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the P-47 this weekend. Scuba divers recovered the body of the pilot, 56-year-old William Gordon, of Key West, Florida, about three hours after the crash. Gordon was a veteran air show pilot with more than 25 years of experience, according to promotional material for a Key West air show last month. The website for the April 2-3 air show says Gordon was an "aerobatic competency evaluator" who certified performers to perform low-level aerobatics.
  • DePaul president: Campus Black Lives Matter activists like D-Day troops

    05/28/2016 6:23:48 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 65 replies
    .washingtontimes ^ | May 26, 2016 | Douglas Ernst
    <p>The president of DePaul University likens campus race activists who shut down a conservative event to troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy during World War II.</p> <p>A letter issued by Rev. Dennis Holtschneider said the students were wrong — yet also very much like Allied Forces who fought and died in France on June 6, 1944.</p>
  • World War II Vet Recovering After Oxygen Tank Beating

    05/28/2016 5:39:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | May 28, 2016
    A 91-year-old World War II veteran is recovering after police say his caretaker beat him with his oxygen tank. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that 45-year-old Elena Erickson was charged Thursday with attempted murder for the May 15 beating of Michael Tristano. North Port police say Erickson hit him in the head multiple times with the tank before leaving him on the floor to die. They say she returned to the home the next day, found him still alive and called paramedics. She denied any connection to the beating.
  • WWII Color Photographs Taken by Hitler’s Personal Photographer

    05/28/2016 8:51:46 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 65 replies
    Vintag ^ | 5-28-16
    Hugo Jaeger is the former personal photographer of Adolf Hitler. He travelled with Hitler in the years leading up to and throughout World War II and took around 2,000 color photographs of the Austrian-born German politician. Jaeger was one of the few photographers who were using color photography techniques at the time.
  • Harry Truman Saved My Life, But Barack Obama Doesn’t Approve

    05/27/2016 7:57:54 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 27 May 2016 | Rebecca Mansour
    It’s an incontrovertible fact that millions of lives were saved because President Harry Truman dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. I know because I’m one of them. My father enlisted in the U.S. Navy the day he turned 18 in 1945. He finished his basic training as the Allies were preparing for “Operation Downfall” – the code name for the invasion of the Japanese mainland. Experts predicted it would be ten times bloodier than Iwo Jima. Casualty estimates ran into the millions – for both sides. Lest we forget, Imperial Japan was a ruthless warrior culture whose war crimes rivaled the...
  • Brian Williams: U.S. Is ‘The Only Nation to Have Used’ Nuclear Weapons ‘In Anger’

    05/27/2016 7:15:12 PM PDT · by PROCON · 65 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | May 27, 2016 | Curtis Houck
    MSNBC breaking news host and ex-NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was allowed out on MSNBC’s airwaves early Friday afternoon to discuss President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima so he could resurrect a taped report that aired in 2005 on the 60th anniversary of the nuclear bomb’s dropping on the Japanese city. In the course of discussing the event afterward, though, Williams threw some shade in the direction of the U.S. military and then-President Harry Truman by complaining that “we’re the only nation to have used them in anger” against the horrifying Axis Powers member.
  • CBS poll: Plurality of Americans now disapprove of decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan

    05/27/2016 7:28:52 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 126 replies
    HotAir ^ | May 27, 2016 | Allahpundit
    An addendum to Larry’s item this morning, which correctly diagnosed Obama’s appearance in Hiroshima as a bit more apologetic than the White House wants observers to believe. If you come to the site of an act that ended four years of horrendous war and insist that a “moral revolution” is needed to ensure that such acts aren’t repeated, you’re obviously making a statement about the morality of that original act. If you want to protest guns, you don’t do it at a place where someone once used one to defend himself successfully from a threat. You do it at a...
  • I was better to End WWII with a Nuke than start the Korean War with one ~ Vanity

    05/27/2016 2:40:37 PM PDT · by GraceG · 67 replies
    All these threads about Hiroshima got me to do some thinking. What would have happened had by some miracle we didn't drop the nukes on Japan and they had surrendered after a the equivalent amount of firebombing but right before an invasion. Some libs would think this would have been the "best Case Scenario" but I think it would have been a disaster! This is why: After the two nukes hit Japan many news reels in the months and years after it showed off to the whole world the absolute horrors of what Nuclear Weapons could do. We saw images...
  • Hiroshima Survivor Recalls Bombing In Fight To Achieve Nuclear Disarmament

    05/27/2016 10:47:27 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 55 replies
    npr.org ^ | May 26, 2016 | npr
    ...So I crawled in the total darkness, and I got to the opening. And by the time I got there, the building was on fire. That meant most of the girls were burnt to death. Although that happened in the morning, it was already very dark, like twilight. And the two other girls managed to come out, and three of us looked around. And in the darkness, I could see some dark moving object approaching to me. They happened to be human beings shuffling from the center part of the city to where I was. They just didn't look like...
  • 10 Japanese Atrocities From World War II

    05/27/2016 9:12:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies
    listverse.com ^ | May 6, 2014 | staff
    The Rape of Nanking and the evil human experiments done by Unit 731 usually come to mind when we think of Japanese war crimes. Unfortunately, those awful incidents weren’t isolated cases. Fueled by racism, fanaticism, and finally desperation as their defeat seemed inevitable, the Japanese in World War II perpetrated several acts on par with Nazi war crimes. 10Laha Airfield MassacreFebruary 1942 This ghoulish event, which killed more than 300 Australian and Dutch POWs, followed the Japanese capture of the Indonesian island of Ambon. Allegedly as an act of reprisal after the Allies destroyed one of their minesweepers, the Japanese...
  • During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Sent Updated World War II Bombers to Hit Laos

    05/24/2016 10:59:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 100 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 23, 2016 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    More than four decades after the fall of Saigon, Washington is still holding on to various classified details about its fight in Southeast Asia. Among the Pentagon media arm’s still-secret records are photos and video of updated World War II-era bombers the U.S. Air Force sent to hit Laos. In May 1966, pilots and crews from the 603rd Air Commando Squadron brought eight B-26K Invaders from their base in Louisiana to Nakhon Phanom Air Base in Thailand. Desperate to stem the flow of troops and supplies flowing down the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam, the flying branch had...
  • Heartwarming moment World War II veteran, 94, is reunited

    05/20/2016 9:08:58 PM PDT · by Lera · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/18/16
    Full title :Heartwarming moment World War II veteran, 94, is reunited with man he saved from Nazi concentration camp in 1945 A 94-year-old World War II veteran was reunited with one of the prisoners he helped liberate from the Dachau concentration camp. Retired U.S. Army corporal Sid Shafner said he was among the first Allied troops to reach the Nazi camp in April 1945, and that he is the last surviving member of his unit. His tearful reunion with Marcel Levy, 90, who was a teenager when he was liberated, came during a recent tour of Europe and Israel. 'You...
  • Obama signs bill to allow female pilots' ashes at Arlington

    05/20/2016 8:58:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 20, 2016 3:38 PM EDT
    President Barack Obama has signed a bill into law that will again allow the ashes of female World War II pilots known as WASPs to be placed at Arlington National Cemetery. The women served in a unit called Women Airforce Service Pilots. They flew noncombat missions to free male pilots for combat. They were considered civilians during the war, but federal law since 1977 granted them veteran status. …
  • Susan Rice: Obama Hiroshima Visit to ‘Honor’ World War II Veterans

    05/19/2016 10:22:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 19, 2016 | Charlie Spierling
    The White House is trying to tamp down opposition from World War II veterans who view President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima as an apology for using the atomic bomb in Japan to end the war.
  • VIDEO: Kamikaze Attack In 1945

    "This is incredible actual footage during the 80-minute attack on the USS Laffey. About the best naval footage ever shot by a Navy cameraman. The camera was in the gun turret under attack. The USS Laffey, "the ship that would not die", was hit by 6 Kamikazes and 4 bombs, but remained afloat after an 80 minute battle that included 22 Kamikaze attacks"
  • Norman 'Dusty' Kleiss, Battle of Midway hero, dies at 100

    05/14/2016 11:05:28 AM PDT · by DFG · 59 replies
    CNN ^ | 04/25/2016 | Richard Roth
    I knew the day might come. The news still hurt. The daughter of an amazing war hero called the other night to say her father was dying. An overnight email a day later told me that Norman "Dusty" Kleiss, 100 years old, hero of the Battle of Midway, had died Friday. He was the last surviving dive-bomber from the sea battle that turned the tide of World War II. In discussing Dusty with his daughter, we agreed it was as if the pilot was determined to reach the age of 100 before his health faded. Several weeks ago, there was...
  • Female WWII Pilots Approved For Burial At Arlington Cemetery

    05/12/2016 7:32:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    Congress has approved a burial plot in Arlington National Cemetery for women who served as pilots during WWII. The women served as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP. They flew noncombat and training missions, but their jobs weren't entirely without danger--38 women died in service. Despite this, they weren't considered to be veterans until 1977, when federal law changed to acknowledge their service. Even still, the Army revoked the right of WASP to be buried at Arlington in 2015. Pending President Obama's signature, that will change shortly.The legislation to reinstate their eligibility was introduced by Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ). [...]the...
  • Nazi gold train hunters defy sceptics and begin digging for treasures

    05/10/2016 7:06:19 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 12 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 9 May 2016 | Matthew Day
    <p>Two treasure hunters who claim to have found the last resting place of a German military train believed be to laden gold are set to begin digging on the site despite widespread scepticism over their claim.</p> <p>Piotr Koper and Andreas Richter, the two treasure hunters, sparked international attention and a mini gold rush last summer when they claimed to have found the train in a secret siding beside a railway line near the southern Polish town of Walbrzych.</p>