WWII

USS Missouri, 1945 Tokyo Bay, Knowing How to Win

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(No attribution, but if you want to challenge the story, feel free.)

Why did the US choose a US Navy Iowa-class battleship as the location for Japan’s surrender in World War 2 even though they were in Tokyo Bay and could have used a building on land? Pure symbolism. 

Nothing says “you’re utterly defeated” than having to board the enemy’s massive battleship in the waters of your own capital city. A naval vessel ...

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American Exceptionalism #44, No Greater Love

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(H/T to Pike Hightower, who provided this.)

Making the rounds today. You have heard some. Thought you might like it.

JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded, “Does that include those who are buried here?”

DeGaulle did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop.

When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell ...

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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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