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World War II Chronicle: Jack Dempsey, Little Doc, and The Fastest Man Alive
Unto the Breach ^ | Dec. 21, 2022 | Chris Carter

Posted on 12/21/2022 2:02:06 PM PST by fugazi

King George is pictured with Lt. Robert P. Riordan inspecting a heavily damaged B-17 named Wahoo. The article tells how much damage Riordan’s Fort took and still brought the crew back. Riordan flies 51 combat missions during the war and retires as a colonel…

Lt. Col. James Roosevelt is pictured on page six being decorated with a Dominican Republic medal for valor. Pres. Roosevelt’s eldest son participated in the Makin Island Raid while serving with the 2nd Raider Battalion and is currently commanding the newly formed 4th Raider Battalion…


Page 18 also mentions that two undefeated teams, the Second Air Force Superbombers and the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys, will face each other in the Sun Bowl on New Year’s Day. Second Air Force, which plays at Fort George Wright (Spokane, Wash.), is the one of two undefeated service academies and the only one to appear in a bowl game this year. Although not nationally ranked (service teams will be included in AP polls starting next season), they played No. 12 Washington State to a 6-6 tie. The Superbomber backfield includes two former NFL backs, the Green Bay Packers’ Hal Van Emery and Vic Spadaccini of the Cleveland Rams. Tackle Don Williams played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Superbomber quarterback Billy Sewell led the nation in passing in 1940 and was an 1941 All-American selection while playing for Washington State. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted the English-born Sewell in the seventh round of the 1942 NFL Draft, but he never got to play.

Hardin-Simmons back Rudy “Little Doc” Mobley set a collegiate record for rushing yardage this season with 1,281. The Sun Bowl will be his last contest until after the war, and he picks right back up where he left off, leading the nation again with 1,262 yards in

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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
World War II Chronicle is a daily commentary series accompanying the newspaper from this day 80 years ago which can be read in full at the original post.
1 posted on 12/21/2022 2:02:06 PM PST by fugazi
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Thanks for the post. I recently watched a BBC WWII historical drama titled “SAS: Rogue Heroes.” It’s been renewed for a second season. It’s based on the book by Ben Macintyre, who had unlimited access to the unit’s archives. It’s covers the organization of the unit that began in Egypt. I was so intrigued by the series that I ordered the book, and have just started reading it. I downloaded the series from the internet using a VPN, but it’s also airing on Epix in the U.S. if anyone is interested. It’s an excellent series.

2 posted on 12/21/2022 2:29:14 PM PST by mass55th ("Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway." ~~ John Wayne )
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I’ll definitely have to check that out! SAS are some of history’s biggest bad asses.

3 posted on 12/21/2022 2:37:39 PM PST by fugazi
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