William Wellman was an Academy Award-winning Hollywood director, especially of some of the most memorable westerns and war classics, A Star is Born, Beau Geste (Gary Cooper) Ox-Bow Incident (Henry Fonda) Battleground (Van Johnson) Across the Wide Missouri (Clark Gable) High and the Mighty and Blood Alley (John Wayne) Darby’s Rangers (James Garner.)
In 1945 he directed “The Story of G I Joe” based on the published story by Ernie Pyle “The Death of Captain Wascow”, 1944, a much-loved-by-his-troops company commander, Henry Wascow, who was ...Continue Reading →
Kissed by an Angel, Where Violins are the Angels’ Voices, and the Cello Sings Harmony
President George H W Bush, 94,
died at his home in Houston, TX
He was the last war- veteran (to date) to serve as president.
He was also, after enlisting directly after high school, the youngest Navy ensign to enter flight training during World War II, ...
(Courtesy of our Vietnam War combat vet, Mike Collins, this is how my Dad got home in ’45.)
The U.S. military experienced an unimaginable increase during World War II. In 1939, there were 334,000
servicemen, not counting the Coast Guard. In 1945, there
were over 12 million, including the Coast Guard. At the
end of the war, over 8 million of these men and women
were scattered overseas in Europe, the Pacific and Asia.
Shipping them out wasn’t a particular problem ...
I just saw a memorial by a lady whose 98- year old mother had just passed, a young 24 year old, with a baby, when her husband shipped out.
My own mother passed away two years ago, age 94, and when my dad shipped, she was pregnant with my sister. She was nearly three before he could get back to see her. (They didn’t have home leaves during that war.)
Jo Stafford, who you probably never heard of, had the finest voice ...Continue Reading →
Defense Visual Information Distribution Service by U.S. Army Europe
SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE, France – More than 500 U.S., French, Dutch, Romanian and German paratroopers jumped from nine U.S., French, Dutch and German C-130s and C-160s during a commemorative airborne operation near here June 3 to pay tribute to D-Day veterans who demonstrated the selfless service and sacrifice characteristic of the Greatest Generation.
Following the flight path of June 6, 1944, aircraft dropped 60 paratroopers per pass, with ...Continue Reading →
Bet you didn’t know it was called Decoration Day for close to a 100 years before it was a national holiday (1971), but the government gave the unions and working folks a day off on Monday, so as to keep them at the beach, full of beer, instead of in church. Since Decoration Day was always on Sunday fewer showed up.
Because the 9/11 wars aren’t over, we don’t yet have a name for those wars, or a national monument for our dead or their ...Continue Reading →
Several days ago, the National Museum of the U. S. Air Force unveiled an exhibit of the original B-17F Memphis Belle, “exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany on May 17, 1943.” The Memphis Belle, had not been on public display since 2002 and will go on “permanent exhibit in the facility’s World War Two Gallery.”
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