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  • Video: Jerry Yellin, World War II Veteran Interview

    02/07/2016 5:54:07 PM PST · by XEHRpa · 6 replies
    Capt. Jerry Yellin, from Fairfield, Iowa, flew the final combat mission in World War II. World War II veterans visit Iwo Jima for the 70th anniversary Mar. 21 in commemoration of the end of World War II.
  • D-Day Vet Goes on Final Jump

    01/31/2016 10:42:12 AM PST · by beaversmom · 14 replies
    Pueblo Chieftain ^ | January 28, 2016 | Peter Roper
    By Peter Roper The Pueblo Chieftain Published: January 28, 2016; Last modified: January 28, 2016 11:01PM Elmer Melchi survived parachuting into Normandy on D-Day and he survived jumping into Holland in Operation Market Garden -- although a German soldier shot him when the young 82nd Airborne paratrooper tried to escape from a POW camp. But death finally caught up with the tough 92-year-old veteran Thursday afternoon, taking him in his sleep at the Sangre de Cristo Hospice here. It was expected. Melchi had cancer and knew he was dying. "My dad went for his last jump," said a tearful...
  • Extraordinary bravery of two US WWII pilots

    01/27/2016 9:18:27 AM PST · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/27/16 | George Odling
    Disaster struck when a machine gun went off without warning, hitting two crew members and shooting off the plane's right stabilizer. In a jaw-dropping display of valour and skill, Capt Rogers and Lt Gorse managed to control the stricken aircraft for two hours. They jettisoned their bombs in The Wash, off the UK's east coast, and allowed their seven crewmates to bail out safely. Once the last two had jumped through the bomb bay near King's Lynn, Rogers and Gorse continued to the North Sea. THE LIFE OF NORVILLE GORSE Born in 1924, he was the son of a Chicago...
  • VIDEO: Federal Employees Brag About Swindling WWII Vets Off Their Land

    01/20/2016 9:44:05 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    the gateway pundit ^ | 1/20/16 | VIDEO: Federal Employees Brag About Swindling WWII Vets Off Their Land Jim Hoft
    This will make your blood boil. Federal employees with the Park Service brag about how they swindled two World War II veterans off the land for pennies on the dollar. Federal employees revel in the fact that they swindle land from private property owners at pennies on the dollar, in astonishing admissions captured in a recently released video. “We went out to the mine and the owners were two little guys that had been in the Second World War,” a California park service employee recalls at a retirement celebration for Mojave National Preserve Superintendent Mary Martin in 2005. The employee...
  • South Yorkshire D-Day heroes receive France’s highest military honour

    01/16/2016 1:40:09 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies
    doncasterfreepress.co.uk ^ | 16 January 2016 | George Torr
    ...In 2014, French president Francois Hollande, on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, pledged that all servicemen who fought alongside France to defeat the Nazis would receive the nation’s highest military honour. But due to the number that still need to be presented, medals are now being sent in the post. “It’s left the French government a bit red-faced to be honest,” Graham added. “They used to officially give them out at a special ceremony but now they post them through the door.” Other veterans in Sheffield are still waiting to receive the honour. Now talks are taking place to arrange...
  • The FRiday Night Movie - The Fighting Seabees (1944)

    01/15/2016 8:09:30 PM PST · by DemforBush · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    John Wayne is Wedge Donovan, a tough no-nonsense engineer who heads up a team of construction workers tasked with building island airstrips for the Navy for use against the Japanese...
  • Hal Baumgarten 29th Infantry [Survivor of D-Day short video]

    01/07/2016 12:13:52 AM PST · by beaversmom · 13 replies
    World War II Foundation ^ | October 27, 2014 | WWII Foundation
    Hal Baumgarten was a 19 year old private on D-Day. Jewish and originally from NYC, Baumgarten was in Company B of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th. He landed in the 2nd wave on Omaha Beach in one of the most heavily defended parts of Omaha, the Dog Green sector below the village of Vierville-sur-Mer (as depicted in the movie Saving Private Ryan). Hal was wounded 3 times on D-Day and twice more on June 7th. He had 23 surgeries after June 6, 1944, to repair wounds suffered on the Normandy coast of France. Hal has written several books...
  • Japan Wants to Sign a Peace Treaty With Russia After 70 Years

    01/06/2016 1:06:25 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 26 replies
    time.com ^ | Jan. 4, 2016 | TIME Staff
    Japan Wants to Sign a Peace Treaty With Russia After 70 Years TIME Staff Jan. 4, 2016 The two nations never got around to it at the end of World War II Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, has said that Tokyo would like to sign a peace treaty with Moscow.
  • The Nazi Brotherhood (Saturbray)

    01/02/2016 9:14:44 AM PST · by bray · 4 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 1/2/16 | bray
    Exodus 1:10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.” At the end of WWII when it was obvious to the Germans they would lose and did not have enough men to fight the allies they began a terrorist campaign. This campaign was an organized group of German terrorists called the Werwolf operation. This was an organized guerilla group of SS soldiers who committed terrorist acts behind allied lines obstructing freight and terrorizing the soldiers. They were a...
  • Paraguay keeping M3 Stuart, M4 Sherman tanks in service

    12/30/2015 9:35:29 AM PST · by Snickering Hound · 88 replies
    IHS Janes 360 ^ | 12-29-2015 | Erwan de Cherisey
    The M3 Stuart light tank and M4 Sherman main battle tank, both nearly 75 years old, appear to be going back into service with the Paraguayan Army as operational trainers. Although the Paraguayan Army made a brief use of Italian Ansaldo CV33s, the M3 and M3A1s were its first real tanks. A total of 15 M3s were delivered in 1970 in three successive lots as donations from neighbouring Brazil. Paraguay's Stuart tanks first served with Cavalry Regiment N°3 (Regimiento de Caballería N°3: RC3), part of 1st Cavalry Division (División de Caballeria 1: DC1), headquartered at Campo Grande near Paraguay's capital,...
  • Nazi Germany’s Panzer Corps Faked It ‘Til It Made It

    12/28/2015 10:27:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 167 replies
    War is Boring ^ | December 27, 2015 | David Axe
    The terms of the Versailles Treaty that ended World War I prohibited Germany from joining Great Britain, France and other major powers in developing tanks — those heavily-armed, thickly-armored tracked vehicles that had debuted late in the conflict and had helped to break the stalemate of trench warfare. But the tank ban didn’t actually stop Nazi Germany from inventing new tanks and refining tactics for their use. Instead, the treaty limitations pushed German armored vehicle development into the military-industrial shadows. In the decades before Panzers swept across Europe and the Soviet Union, the Panzerwaffe armored corps evolved in secrecy.
  • World War II and "American Christmas Classics"

    12/25/2015 1:24:02 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    YouTube ^ | Oct 14, 2009 | Ronald Clancy
    AMERICAN CHRISTMAS CLASSICS was inspired by those who nobly served in our country's military services, especially the veterans of World War II.
  • World War II Christmas

    12/25/2015 1:23:59 AM PST · by WhiskeyX
    YouTube ^ | Dec 18, 2012 | AmericaInWWII
    Travel back to the 1940s and taste the bittersweet experience of wartime Christmas--at the front and on the American home front.
  • Battle of the Bulge - The Western Front - US 84th Infantry Division - WW2 - 1944

    12/24/2015 11:34:17 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    YouTube ^ | The Big Picture, U.S. Army
    Tried by Fire - Winter battles by 84th Infantry Division in Battle of the Bulge, crossing of the Roer and Rhine, and the desperate race to the Elbe. The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 -- 25 January 1945) was the German offensive campaign launched through the Ardennes forested region of Wallonia in Belgium, France and Luxembourg on the Western Front toward the end of World War II in Europe. The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard and became the costliest battle in terms of casualties for the United States, whose forces bore the brunt of...
  • Harold, the American Soldier at the Battle of the Bulge

    12/22/2015 7:34:45 AM PST · by rktman · 15 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 12/22/2015 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    A two hour flight later I was in my beloved South, assaulted by humidity and cold. A heavy and constant rain made it difficult to drive my rented Corolla. I expected humidity and hot and I was shivering in my light clothes. The roads were deserted compared to the heavy constant traffic in D.C. Once in a while a solitary car would pass going in the opposite direction. I had the excellent road all to myself. The dense vegetation and trees displayed lovely shades of green. Hanging lavender wisteria formed nature’s intricate draperies. White, pink, and fuchsia azaleas were in...
  • Weapons of Mass Deception [WW2 Ghost Army]

    12/22/2015 11:19:50 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 13 replies
    Works That Work ^ | 2015 (Vol. 6) | Rick Beyer
    Imagine being assigned to create a massive trompe l’oeil, and not just a painting, but a complex, 3-D, multimedia installation spread out over many kilometres. Imagine that it must convince an attentive and discerning audience to believe in and interact with something that is not really there. Further imagine that your workspace is in the middle of a war zone, and that thousands of lives depend on your success. Also, imagine that next week you will be asked to do it again. That, in a nutshell, was the mission given to the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, also known as the...
  • World War Two Patton and the Battle of the Bulge 1944

    12/17/2015 9:47:18 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | History Channel
    Patton 360 - Battle of the Bulge by History Channel
  • Operation Wacht am Rhein

    12/18/2015 7:13:22 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    YouTube ^ | Uploaded on May 26, 2009 | Youtubes Official WW2 Channel
    The Ardennes Offensive (16 December 1944 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive launched towards the end of World War II through the forested Ardennes Mountains region of Belgium (and more specifically of Wallonia: hence its French name, Bataille des Ardennes), France and Luxembourg on the Western Front. The offensive was called Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein (translated as Operation The Guard on the Rhine or Operation "Watch on the Rhine") by the German armed forces (Wehrmacht). This German offensive was officially named the Ardennes-Alsace campaign[5] by the U.S. Army,[6] but it is known to the general public simply as...
  • Battle of the Bulge, Hitler's Last offensive

    12/17/2015 8:23:55 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 83 replies
    YouTube ^ | National Georaphic Channel
    Generals At War: Episode 06 The Battle of the Bulge The Greatest battle America ever fought was against Hitler's Army when it staged one of the last offensives of the war in Belgium against American troops who were alone and unprepared for the Nazi onslaught. Despite overwhelming odds American troops defeated the German Blitz preventing history from repeating itself as it did when Hitler first invaded Belgium in the begining of the war.
  • December 15th, 1944: Mostly Quiet on the Western Front. The Bulge begins tomorrow.

    12/15/2015 6:15:43 PM PST · by OKSooner · 26 replies
    US Army History ^ | 12-15-2015 | Phillips, McManus, et al
    December 15, 1944. All is mostly quiet along the western front in France, Belgium, and Luxembourg. It's cold, and the nights are dark. So dark that GI Joe, sitting and waiting, can't see his hand in front of his face. Four divisions of the US army are parked at a 75-mile front along the western frontier of Germany. The American commanders believe that the German Wehrmacht is finished and not capable of offensive operations. They either haven't been talking to some of the GI Joes in the front lines, or they aren't taking GI Joe seriously. He has been hearing...
  • The ignored historical Nazi-Islamic supremacist alliance

    12/09/2015 5:48:52 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 6 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/19/15 | Benjamin Weingarten
    In a recent article titled “Why Hitler Wished He Was Muslim,” the Wall Street Journal draws our attention to two books that reflect the historical Nazi-Islamic supremacist axis. Given the goings-on in Europe, we thought these to be poignant titles adding necessary context to a continent that appears to be a potential powder-keg. Of Stefan Ihrig’s ”Atatürk in the Nazi Imagination,” the Journal writes: Through the 1920s and 1930s, Nazi publications lauded Turkey as a friend and forerunner. In 1922, for example, the Völkischer Beobachter, the Nazi Party’s weekly paper, praised Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the “Father of the Turks,” as...
  • 1932 and 1944: Two new books shine spotlight on success, failure of FDR

    12/08/2015 7:54:34 AM PST · by statestreet · 12 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | December 8, 2015 | John Bicknell
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt loved to keep secrets. He didn't want the public to know he was bound to a wheelchair, so he went to elaborate lengths to hide his inability to walk on his own. And when he was dying, his doctors hid it from the public. Even Roosevelt himself didn't want to know. Secrets of a different sort lie at the heart of two new books about Roosevelt the candidate and Roosevelt the president, with a special guest appearance by Adolf Hitler, before he became der fuehrer. David Pietrusza's 1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR--Two Tales of Politics,...
  • The speech where Adolf Hitler declared war on the USA, 1941

    12/11/2015 6:00:13 AM PST · by equaviator · 65 replies
    On December 11, 1941, several days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States declaration of war against the Japanese Empire, Nazi Germany declared war on the United States, in response to what was claimed to be a series of provocations by the United States government when the US was formally neutral during World War II. The decision to declare war was made almost entirely by Adolf Hitler, without consultation. Hitler had received no advance notice from the Japanese about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Although he and his Foreign Minister Ribbentrop had verbally indicated a willingness...
  • December 7 is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor (with bonus Monty Python)

    12/07/2015 6:48:58 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 38 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 12/07/2015 | HarpyGoddess
    Today is the anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, which brought the United States into World War II. The meticulously planned and devastatingly successful operation was launched from six aircraft carriers and their escorts, which had managed to penetrate to within 200 miles of Oahu without being discovered. Of the eight American battleships in port that day, four were sunk or destroyed, and nine other warships were sunk or severely damaged. Over 2,400 U.S. servicemen lost their lives, including 2.000 sailors, most of whom perished on the USS Arizona (BB-39). The only bright...
  • Not forgotten, Hundreds honor lonely D Day Vet as he is laid to rest

    12/18/2015 10:48:19 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 18 replies
    www.foxnews.com ^ | 12/18/15 | foxnews.com
    Hundreds of strangers paid tribute at a Kentucky funeral home to a “humble” survivor of World War II’s Normandy Invasion whose caregiver had worried that no one would come to his funeral. Vet Warren McDonough was 91 when he died Saturday. He never married and his only known survivor was a nephew in Florida. The big crowd who attended his wake Thursday night at Ratterman’s Funeral Home in St. Matthews showed up in response to a call from Lena Lyons, who runs a boarding home where McDonough spent his final days. Lyons told WHAS-TV McDonough deserved to be remembered because...
  • USAF Band WWII Holiday Flashback

    12/18/2015 7:11:52 AM PST · by stylecouncilor · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec. 4, 2015 | The USAF Band
    A special holiday musical presentation from Union Station in Washington, DC celebrating the service and sacrifices of our nation's World War II veterans and commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.
  • 71 YEARS AGO .. THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE

    12/17/2015 11:43:35 PM PST · by knarf · 7 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | DECEMBER 18, 2015 | KNARF
    45 MINUTES
  • Suddenly and Deliberately Attacked!: The Story of the Panay Incident

    12/13/2015 3:41:48 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 13 replies
    The USS Panay Memorial Website ^ | n.d. | Nick T. Spark and Others
    It sounds like a familiar story: on a bright Sunday in December, nearly 70 years ago, Japanese planes blazed out of the sky to strafe and bomb an American warship while it lay at anchor. The surprise attack caught the crew off-guard, and despite valiant action, the ship was critically damaged, had to be abandoned, and soon sank. If you said December 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor, you’d be wrong. The date was December 12, 1937, and the place was the Yangtze River in war-torn China. The vessel? The gunboat USS Panay. It was a sudden and deliberate attack that might...
  • Band of Brothers Friend Needs Christmas Miracle

    12/08/2015 3:48:19 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2015 | Larry Provost
    Leftists will do anything to stop Christian conscience, even harm Veterans. Judge Vance Day, a friend of many Veterans, is under attack because of his religious beliefs. Vance Day, former chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, is a sitting Circuit Court Judge in his home state. Vance and I first met in 2009, where he was a guest speaker at Regent University. His calm, caring demeanor as well as his intellectual and spiritual depth were plainly evident. Vance shared, at the end of his talk, how he was a Christian and that one of the more well-known members of the...
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor | World War II History Documentary in Color

    12/06/2015 6:30:30 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    YouTube ^ | YouTube Mar 27, 2015 | Discovery Channel
    The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941 (December 8 in Japan). The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II. The attack was intended as a preventive action in order to keep the U.S. Pacific Fleet from interfering with military actions the Empire of Japan was planning in Southeast Asia against overseas territories of the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. There were simultaneous Japanese attacks on the U.S.-held...
  • The World That Pearl Harbor Created is Coming to An End

    12/04/2015 10:12:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2015 | Scott Rasmussen
    In my youth, Dec. 7 was always a big deal, as we remembered Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Today, most of those alive on that fateful day in 1941 are no longer with us, and the collective memory of the event has faded. Subsequent generations have other powerful dates to remember. Nov. 22, the day President Kennedy was assassinated, loomed large in the lives of Baby Boomers. More recently, Sept. 11 has become the day we must never forget. This is the natural course of history moving on. In a generation or two, even Sept. 11 will become just...
  • Obama, the president who lost his voice (He would have lost WWII)

    12/01/2015 10:10:12 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 11/30/2015 | Richard Cohen
    The presidency has changed Barack Obama. His hair has gone gray, which is to be expected, and he looks older, which is also to be expected, but his eloquence has been replaced by petulance and he has lost the power to persuade, which is something of a surprise. You can speculate that if the Obama of today and not Winston Churchill had led Britain in World War II, the Old Vic theater would now be doing “Hamlet” in German. The president has lost his voice, that is certain. The numbers say so. Obama has the approval of only 44 percent of...
  • Twin boys reunited with their World War II hero

    11/27/2015 9:00:24 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 13 replies
    CBS ^ | 11-27-15 | Steve Hartman
    The folks who run the Yorktown say a lot of kids love the ship, but no kid has ever fallen for a sailor who served on the vessel like these two boys have fallen for Mr. Harding. Which is why, for this trip, the Yorktown made special arrangements for a surprise visitor: Mr. Harding. The boys ran to embrace him; hugging an old salt never felt so sweet. It was hard to tell who enjoyed it more, or who needed it more. Over the years Mr. Harding says he'd kept most of his war stories to himself. "I guess I...
  • Missing Planes - WW2 Aircraft Wrecks part 1

    11/22/2015 5:27:36 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 27 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jul 21, 2014 | Wartime Wrecks
    This video contains images of military aircraft shot down, missing during the World War II and found nowadays. Some aircraft have been restored and can fly again!
  • The shot that sealed HMAS Sydney’s fate (detailed analysis of World War II sea battle)

    11/19/2015 12:58:20 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 19th November 2015 | Jamie Seidel
    SEVENTY-four years ago today, Australia's greatest naval tragedy unfolded off the coast of WA. HSK Kormoran was a disguised German warship. Her job was to scour the seas for vulnerable cargo ships carrying the lifeblood of trade to the UK. HMAS Sydney II was a light cruiser. Her job was to escort vulnerable ships, as well as to search the seas for hostile ships - like Kormoran. The initial account of the battle that unfolded on the evening of November 19, 1941, was incomplete and confused. It was built up from interviews of German survivors - individuals who had only...
  • The True Story of The Patton Prayer

    11/11/2015 9:43:41 AM PST · by batmast · 21 replies
    pattonhq ^ | October 6, 1971 | Msgr. James H. O'Neill
    The True Story of The Patton Prayer by Msgr. James H. O'Neill (From the Review of the News 6 October 1971) Many conflicting and some untrue stories have been printed about General George S. Patton and the Third Army Prayer. Some have had the tinge of blasphemy and disrespect for the Deity. Even in "War As I Knew It" by General Patton, the footnote on the Prayer by Colonel Paul D. Harkins, Patton's Deputy Chief of Staff, while containing the elements of a funny story about the General and his Chaplain, is not the true account of the prayer Incident...
  • ULITHI ...

    11/12/2015 6:12:27 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    Warbird Information Exchange ^ | May 07, 2014 | GEORGE SPANGLER
    In March 1945, 15 battleships, 29 carriers, 23 cruisers, 106 destroyers, and a train of oilers and supply ships sailed from "a Pacific base." What was this base? The mightiest force of naval Power ever assembled must have required a tremendous supporting establishment. Ulithi, the biggest and most active naval base in the world was indeed tremendous but it was unknown. Few civilians had heard of it at all. By the time security released the name, the remarkable base of Ulithi was a ghost. The war had moved on to the Japanese homeland, and the press was not printing ancient...
  • French Woman Meets Vet’s Family After Caring For His Grave

    11/11/2015 6:03:58 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 11/11/15 | Bill Hudson
    About 125,000 World War II soldiers and airmen are buried in 11 cemeteries in France. For many of their families it’s difficult, if not impossible, to pay a foreign visit to decorate their loved-one’s grave. But 70 years after World War II ended, French volunteers continue their pledge to do what American loved ones can’t. “He was in a bomber group and they were flying a mission over France,” said the nephew named after his uncle Chuck. Gunner Charles Speier was just 20 years old, a gifted artist, when he and his bomber crew were shot down April 1, 1944....
  • Torn Asunder in 1943 Battle, Twins Are Reunited Under Florida Soil

    11/11/2015 4:26:41 PM PST · by Theoria · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 Nov 2015 | Kirk Semple and Lance Speer
    James P. Reilly and Michael J. Reilly, fraternal twins born on Nov. 9, 1923, remained close throughout their abbreviated life together. As allies and co-conspirators, they were always within each other’s orbit, attending the same public schools in Queens, playing sports together and jointly enlisting in the Marines. During World War II, when they were 20, the brothers were part of a unit that stormed the beach of a small Japanese-held island in the Pacific. It would be their last hour together. James was killed by gunfire, his body falling only feet from Michael; he was interred in a battlefield...
  • Oldest World War II veteran turning 110

    11/11/2015 3:06:10 PM PST · by FM - AM · 2 replies
    WAFB 9 Television ^ | Updated: Nov 10, 2015 7:26 AM CST | By Erika Ferrando
    LAKE CHARLES, LA - Possibly the oldest living World War II veteran lives in Lake Charles and he's celebrating an impressive milestone this week. Frank Levingston turns 110 Friday, November 13.
  • PBS Documentary: Former Foe Pays Amazing Tribute to American Veterans

    11/11/2015 2:28:45 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 16 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 11, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Today is Veterans Day and ironically one of the greatest tributes paid to American veterans was made by a former deadly foe. A PBS documentary, Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades,broadcast yesterday and available online, featured the 70th reunion on Iwo Jima ofveterans of that bloody battle. Among the veterans was Tsuruji Akikusa, a former radioman in the Imperial Japanese Navy who was badly wounded. As one of the very few Japanese survivors of Iwo Jima and one of the last who is still alive, he is quite a rarity. However, what makes him really special is the incredible tribute...
  • Their name liveth for evermore

    11/10/2015 7:37:37 PM PST · by pboyington · 1 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 10, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    “Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore.” Ecclesiasticus 44:14 They are around us every day. We may not know who they are, or what they did, or when they did it, but, they are with us in body and in spirit. They are the old man with a cane who struggles to cross a street, but who once stormed the ash-laden hills of Iwo Jima. They are the janitor with a distant stare who won a Bronze Star at a place called Hue. They are the mailman who fought the Republican Guard and the salesman...
  • Half of post-WWII interior ministry were ex-Nazis (West Germany)

    11/07/2015 4:20:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 82 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 07 Nov 2015 11:00 GMT+01:00 | Jörg Luyken
    For two decades after the Second World War, over half of all employees of the West German interior ministry were ex-Nazis, a new study shows. The research, carried out by the Center for Contemporary Historical Studies with the blessing of the Interior Ministry, shows that the number of ex-Nazi party members in both the West and East German postwar administrations was much higher than previously thought. In exact figures, an average of 54 percent of civil servants in the West German interior ministry were former Nazis, although at its high point between 1966 and 1961, two-thirds of all employees at...
  • Battle joined: Army panel backs WWII vet’s posthumous bid for Medal of Honor

    11/04/2015 2:35:30 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 4, 2015 | Greg Wilson
    The true story of Garlin Murl Conner’s heroism in the face of a Nazi onslaught might have gone to the grave with the soft-spoken Kentucky farmer if not for a chance phone call from another military man trying to piece together the last days of his uncle’s life. ***snip*** The bravery of Conner, who died in 1998 at the age of 79, is well-documented. The first lieutenant, who was wounded seven times, earned an incredible four Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for his World War II heroism. But it was what he...
  • Thomas Blatt, Who Escaped Death Camp During Revolt, Dies at 88 [Sobibor Death Camp in Poland}

    11/03/2015 11:11:20 PM PST · by beaversmom · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 2, 2014 | Sam Roberts
    Thomas Blatt, one of the few survivors of a rare revolt and mass escape from a Nazi death camp in occupied Poland during World War II, died on Saturday at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 88. The cause was complications of dementia, his daughter Rena Smith said. Mr. Blatt was 16 on Oct. 14, 1943, when he and several hundred other prisoners staged an uprising against Nazi SS officers and the Ukrainian guards at the Sobibor extermination camp. His parents and younger brother had been gassed there six months earlier. Searchers captured and killed about 150 of...
  • American POWs on Japanese Ships Take a Voyage into Hell

    11/03/2015 4:14:21 PM PST · by robowombat · 9 replies
    Prologue ^ | Winter 2003 | Lee A. Gladwin
    Winter 2003, Vol. 35, No. 4 American POWs on Japanese Ships Take a Voyage into Hell By Lee A. Gladwin Oryoku Maru The Oryoku Maru under attack at Olongapo, Luzon, December 14–15, 1944. (Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, RG 38) John M. Jacobs had been in Manila when the Japanese captured the Philippines in the early stages of World War II, and now, in 1944, he was a prisoner of war, or POW, in the Bilibid Prison in Manila. There, he and other American and Allied POWs were often forced to do heavy labor. With...
  • American POWs on Japanese Ships Take a Voyage into Hell, Part 2

    11/03/2015 4:16:32 PM PST · by robowombat · 12 replies
    Prologue ^ | Winter 2003, Vol. 35, No. 4 | Lee A. Gladwin
    Winter 2003, Vol. 35, No. 4 American POWs on Japanese Ships Take a Voyage into Hell, Part 2 By Lee A. Gladwin Brazil Maru The Brazil Maru passes through the Panama Canal on March 26, 1940. Nearly five years later, it carried Allied POWs. (185-CZ-Vol. 51-Brazil Maru) The Brazil Maru and the Enoura Maru: Finishing the Journey into Hell On December 27, the prisoners at San Fernando boarded the Brazil Maru and Enoura Maru and sailed for Takao, Formosa, part of the TAMA #36 convoy, bound for the POW camps near Moji, Japan. Landing craft ferried them from the pier...
  • WW II veteran has one more act of kindness to give

    11/02/2015 11:13:40 AM PST · by Kozy · 16 replies
    7 San Diego ^ | 10/30/2015 | Artie Ojeda
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    10/18/2015 3:37:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | October 15, 2015 | SULAGNA MISRA
    (Photo:US Army/Public Domain)What does a travel guide look like when you're part of an occupying army? Thanks to Oxford's Bodleian Library, we can get an idea. In the early 2000s, the library began reissuing a series of pamphlets that had been given to Allied servicemen before their trips to foreign nations.These guides can tell us a lot about cultural attitudes and a little about military strategy during World War II, but more than anything, they highlight shifting priorities in how troops interact with civilians.According to correspondence between the War department and to the headquarters of General Eisenhower in London, the...