WWII

Doris Miller, the ‘negro messboy’ who became an American hero

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I ran across this story of a “Negro” mess attendant by the name of Doris Miller.  Besides being noticeably Black, “Dorie” as known to his shipmates and friends more importantly is an American hero.

In 1939, Miller who enlisted in the U.S Navy as Mess Attendant, Third Class was later commended by Secretary of the Navy, advanced to Mess Attendant, Second Class and First Class, and was eventually promoted to Cook, Third Class.

Navy History and Heritage Command (excerpt)

Following training at ...

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When Hollywood Volunteered to go to War

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March 29, 2019 is Vietnam Veterans Day.

Those veterans, called Baby Boomers, all recognize these Hollywood stars who served in the military during World War II. It’s called a handshake.

Obviously this is not the America of today that it was seventy years ago when “movie stars” just naturally put love of country above their own personal interests.

 



Sterling Hayden, ...

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Save One For Hachioji

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When my family and I first came to Japan, in Spring,1972, we flew on an American contract airline, via Honolulu and Wake Island, from Travis AFB, California.

We arrived at Yokota AFB in the northeast outskirts of greater Tokyo at night. An Army staff car and driver picked us up and took us the two and a half hour trip to Camp Zama, the old Japanese Army military academy grounds, and dropped us off at a BOQ, where we would stay ...

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P-51 Mustang

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(From our friend, Mike Collins, who loves ythese stories as much as we do,)

This 1967 true story is of an experience by a young 12 year old lad in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  It is about the vivid memory of a privately rebuilt P-51 from WWII and its famous owner/pilot. 

In the morning sun, I could not believe my eyes.  There, in our little airport, sat a majestic P-51.  They said it ...

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After Hitler, Is Europe Returning to Type?

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“After Hitler” is a 2-part video documentary series about Europe in the five years immediately following World War II, 1945-1949. Each episode is roughly 43 minutes and was produced in 2016 but has the unmistakable feel of a 1940s news reel, although theatres rarely showed newsreels in color.

This is a MUST-SEE, for every generation since it will show you things no book you could read could convey

And especially, for everyone of any age who is watching Europe unravel today, for this offers some context as to ...

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“Send Me”, Isaiah, Chapter 6

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If you haven’t seen “Fury”, it’s an Alamo-type story of a WWII tank crew sent to hold a crossroads to protect against a German counterattack. The other tanks in their team were destroyed along the way, and theirs, “Fury”, had broken down having lost a track.

When an SS battalion was spied marching up the road, instead of heading to the boondocks, they decide to stay and hold the crossroads.

It’s a battle royale.

This scene is just before the battle begins, as they sit ...

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The Death of Ernie Pyle’s Captain Wascow, the Film Version 1945

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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 ...

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