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  • A Bridge Too Far +70: An Airborne Vet Remembers (Video)

    10/05/2014 7:09:52 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 21 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 5, 2014 | 86th Airlift Wing
    Mario Patruno, a 93 year old World War Two veteran, formerly of the 101st Airborne Division, is featured in this documentary on Operation Market Garden. The short film, produced by the USAF 86th Airlift Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, mixes rarely seen documentary footage with contemporary coverage of the 70th anniversary celebration and jump recreation by combined U.S. and Dutch airborne troops. Private Patruno jumped at Normandy and Eindhoven with the 101st, and was wounded in both operations. He fought in house to house battles with Nazi troops, and was shot in the face, but survived to tell his...
  • (Military Officers Association of America) The Voices of D-Day

    06/07/2014 11:42:16 AM PDT · by xzins · 1 replies
    MOAA ^ | 1994 | Bob Wacker
    May 23, 2014 Airborne — Cotentin PeninsulaInfantry — Omaha Beach Rangers — Ohama Beach Infantry — Utah Beach Chaplain Corps — Near Utah BeachRangers — Pointe du Hoc A French Civilian — Sainte-Mère-Église  By Bob Wacker Editor’s note: This article originally was published in the June 1994 issue of The Retired Officer Magazine for the 50th anniversary of D-Day. “The war will be won or lost on the beaches. The first 24 hours will be decisive.” — Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, commander in chief, Germany Army Group BOn a single day, half a century ago this month, 156,000 American, British, Canadian, Free French, and Polish troops —...
  • Tribute For D-Day (vanity)

    06/06/2014 2:51:49 PM PDT · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/6/2014 | me
    I discovered this great piece of music from one of my son's video games called "Secret Weapon Over Normandy". I love it so much I thought it very fitting for today. God bless all of those who fought for our freedoms....even to this day. Turn up the headphones....and enjoy. It'll put a lump on your throat and a tear in your eye with pride. http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=Rm_rt2a1Rmk RIMTB
  • 'I've never missed my grandfather more': Obama leads tributes to D-Day heroes...

    06/06/2014 12:14:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The London Daily Mail / The Associated Press ^ | June 5, 2014 | James Nye, AP Staff and Ted Thornhill
    Seventy years after Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Barack Obama returned to the hallowed battleground today to remember the soldiers who fought on its shores - and to give an emotional tribute to his own grandfather. On Friday morning, the president spoke at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 white marble tombstones sit on a bluff overlooking the site of the June 6, 1944, battle's most violent fighting at Omaha Beach. 'We are on this Earth for only a moment in time, and fewer of us have parents and grandparents to tell us about...
  • Obama Reminds the Greatest Generation How He's Changing the Military

    06/06/2014 6:40:05 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 57 replies
    CNS News ^ | 06/06/2014 | Susan Jones
    At a ceremony commemorating some of the bravest Americans of World War II, President Barack Obama reminded the "greatest generation" how the U.S. military has changed under his command, by slipping in references to immigrants and women. "Rock, I want you to know that Staff Sgt. Melvin Sabillo Martin, who is here today, is following in your footsteps. He just had to become an American first. Because Melvin was born in Honduras, moved to the United States, joined the Army. After tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he was reassigned to the 82nd Airborne. And Sunday, he'll parachute into Normandy. "Wilson,...
  • War Veteran Obituary: ‘In lieu of flowers, cancel your New York Times subscription’

    03/11/2014 2:05:34 PM PDT · by don-o · 6 replies
    TCOT Report ^ | March 11, 2014 | Christina Botteri
    Leonard M. Smith served in two wars, was married for 58 years, raised five children, and did not suffer fools. And so, upon is passing, his family honored us with an obituary that – while entirely none of our business – shared with us a sense of the remarkable life and times of their Dad.
  • The Luckiest Generation

    10/25/2013 7:52:17 PM PDT · by thecodont · 8 replies
    National Review / www.nationalreview.com ^ | OCTOBER 24, 2013 4:00 AM | By Kevin D. Williamson
    One of the great American assumptions — that while individuals and families may rise and fall, each generation will end up on average better off than the one that preceded it — has been the subject of much scrutiny in the past decade. Democrats and their affiliated would-be wealth redistributors have argued that the large income gains enjoyed by the highest-paid workers threaten the American dream of ever-upward generational mobility, while others have worried that the housing meltdown and the Great Recession, which inflicted serious damage on the net worths of many American families, now stand in the way of...
  • WWII veterans storm D.C. memorial closed by government shutdown

    10/01/2013 2:45:16 PM PDT · by dennisw · 98 replies
    stars and stripes ^ | October 1, 2013 | By Leo Shane III
    WASHINGTON — Wheelchair-bound elderly veterans pushed aside barricades to tour the World War II Memorial Tuesday morning, in defiance of the government shutdown which closed all of the memorials in the nation’s capital. The four bus loads of veterans — visiting from Mississippi as part of a once-in-a-lifetime Honor Flight tour — ignored National Park Police instructions not to enter the site as lawmakers and tourists cheered them on. “We didn’t come this far not to get in,” one veteran proclaimed. The scene was both emotional and comical at once. After it was clear they had lost control of the...
  • With Lautenberg Gone, WW II Vets Fade From Politics

    06/06/2013 4:46:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Over the last seven decades, 115 veterans of World War II have served in the United States Senate. This week, the last of them, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, died. Two World War II veterans still serve in the House -- Ralph Hall of Texas, who was a Navy pilot, and John Dingell, who joined the Army at 18 and was scheduled to take part in the planned invasion of Japan. There aren't likely to be any more members of what Tom Brokaw labeled the Greatest Generation to serve in Congress. All surviving World War II veterans (except a few...
  • Droning On

    04/27/2013 5:51:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    Shortly after the terror bombings in Boston last week, two different media people made statements that were alarming to say the least. Two days after the attack, McClatchy reporter Amina Ismail asked White House spokesman Jay Carney: "President Obama said that what happened in Boston was an act of terrorism. Do you consider the U.S. bombing on civilians in Afghanistan ... a form of terrorism?" As usual, Carney didn't have an answer and referred the reporter to the Department of Defense. What Carney should have said is this: "Are you kidding me? U.S. policy in Afghanistan is designed to protect...
  • Greatest Generation the Most Entitled

    03/07/2013 5:44:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 114 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    One thing nearly everybody agrees upon is that the "sequester" is a silly sideshow to the real challenge facing America: unsustainable spending on entitlements. Ironies abound. Democrats, with large support from young people, tend to believe that we must build on the legacy bequeathed to us by the New Deal and the Great Society. Republicans, who marshaled considerable support from older voters in their so-far losing battle against Obamacare, argue that we need to start fresh. Perhaps it's time for both sides to consider an underappreciated fact of American life: The system we are trying to perpetuate was created...
  • VANITY - My Political Rant for the Day

    10/06/2012 3:20:59 PM PDT · by Heff · 11 replies
    10/6/2012 | HEFF
    I have a good mix of liberal and conservative friends... I had to the write this rant and posted it on my Facebook. Comments welcomed.
  • Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Gavutu: American Perseverance in the Summer of '42

    08/15/2012 5:06:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 15, 2012 | Austin Bay
    The Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese surprise air strike on Pearl Harbor and subsequent attacks on American bases in the Philippines dealt U.S. naval and air forces a savage material blow. For six months, Japan maintained what military analysts call "the strategic initiative." Japan acted, the U.S. and its allies reacted. Japanese forces, with their fast aircraft carriers providing the offensive muscle, seized territory and threatened allied lines of communication in the central, western and southern Pacific. Japanese commanders determined when and where major combat action would occur. The heady, fast-paced and sensational days of Japanese offensive superiority lasted until the...
  • As the Boomers Head for the Barn

    05/15/2012 6:40:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    When the April figures on unemployment were released May 4, they were more than disappointing. They were deeply disturbing. While the unemployment rate had fallen from 8.2 percent to 8.1 percent, 342,000 workers had stopped looking for work. They had just dropped out of the labor market. Only 63.6 percent of the U.S. working age population is now in the labor force, the lowest level since December 1981. During the Reagan, Bush I and Clinton years, participation in the labor force rose steadily to a record 67 percent. The plunge since has been almost uninterrupted. Here is a major cause...
  • Pearl Harbor and the American Century

    12/07/2011 8:25:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 7, 2011 | Michael Prell
    Seventy years ago today, America was brutally attacked at Pearl Harbor by an enemy that used planes as suicide bombs. A lesser nation would have been devastated. But America was no lesser nation. America was an exceptional nation. And so President Roosevelt vowed on December 8, 1941 that “the American people in their righteous might” would rise up and “win through to absolute victory.” America’s “Greatest Generation,” in their “righteous might,” turned that day of devastation into the first day of the American Century. A century in which the “righteous power” of America would become the greatest power in world...
  • Running Out Of Time To Thank “The Greatest Generation”

    06/02/2011 5:41:29 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Grand Rants ^ | 06-02-11 | Gerry Ashley
    Colleville Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach, looking north towards the English Channel and the southern coast of England. 9,387 American fighting men—representing only about 1/3 of all Americans killed fighting in Normandy in the summer of 1944—are interred here at Colleville. Among them is Brigadier General Teddy Roosevelt, Jr., who was the only General officer to land on any of the Normandy beaches on D-Day (Utah Beach), and whose weak heart finally quit on July 12, five weeks after D-Day. His brother, Lt. Quentin Roosevelt, a pilot who was killed in France in WW1 in July, 1918, was reinterred to Colleville...
  • The Gutsiest Call

    05/17/2011 7:42:07 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 17, 2011 | Editorial
    On Monday, the nation honored Col. William M. Bower, the last surviving pilot of the April 18, 1942, Doolittle Raid, the risky surprise attack on the Japanese home islands that bolstered American morale in the early, tragic months of World War II. Col. Bower died Jan. 10 at age 93 and was laid to rest Monday at Arlington National Cemetery. The Doolittle Raid was one of the gutsiest calls ever made by a president. Shortly after the Dec. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack, Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a directive that the United States hit the Japanese homeland as soon as...
  • VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945 (Magnificent short video)

    04/25/2011 11:14:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Vimeo ^ | July 17, 2009 | Richard Sullivan
    VJ Day, Honolulu Hawaii, August 14, 1945 from Richard Sullivan on Vimeo.65 Years Ago my Dad shot this film along Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki capturing spontaneous celebrations that broke out upon first hearing news of the Japanese surrender. Kodachrome 16mm film: God Bless Kodachrome, right? I was able to find an outfit (mymovietransfer.com) to do a much superior scan of this footage to what I had previously posted, so I re-did this film and replaced the older version There are more still images from this amazing day, in color, at discoveringhawaii.com
  • The Greatest Generation - - A4th of July Tribute

    07/12/2010 9:48:05 AM PDT · by Hulka · 2 replies
    Email | 4th of July, 2010 | Close Friend
    I post for your consideration the following email and 4th of July speech written and presented by a close personal friend. It is nice to know there are communities in the heartland that still honor our vets and respect this great nation. EMAIL: Here at XXXXXX, the annual Independence Day celebration is a big deal. It has all the expected stuff, parades, speeches, games, fireworks, etc. This year’s theme was “Honoring the Greatest Generation.” There are still about 30 of the WW-II Vets living here, and it was decided that they should be honored for what they did. The planning...
  • The Greatest Generation

    05/29/2010 1:26:18 PM PDT · by Taxman · 39 replies · 848+ views
    email ^ | UNK | UNK
    This is a 65 year old film that a man found in his dad's papers. It is perfectly appropriate for Memorial Day Weekend! Enjoy and be thankful for that generation's sacrifices on behalf of us all.
  • WOW! WW II Battleship sailor tells Obama to shape up or ship out !

    01/18/2010 1:42:07 PM PST · by fedupjohn · 50 replies · 2,522+ views
    Personal E-Mail
    Wow! Read this one. It is really good. And this gentleman says it just like it is..This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president. Dear President Obama, My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me...
  • Today My Dad is 90!

    10/20/2009 6:20:13 PM PDT · by bannie · 41 replies · 682+ views
    Self ^ | 20 OCT 09 | Self
    I just wanted to shout about how fortunate I am! Today my father turned 90! Mom will be 90 next July.
  • Instilling the Values of America's Greatest Generation in Our Youth Today (Education, War on Terror)

    06/11/2009 8:49:22 PM PDT · by Leah at A Better Florida · 227+ views
    A Better Florida - Campaign Site ^ | 06/10/09 | Yomin Postelnik
    Highlights: * The lessons of America's Greatest Generation * American Exceptionalism - America has nothing to apologize to the world for. On the contrary, America changed the world for the better in ways that are immeasurable. * Connecting youth with the elderly is essential to raising a new generation of Americans who will recognize the accomplishments of our American past and who will therefore see the need to continue the fight for human rights and American decency. * Comprehensive educational reform is the only way to achieve these goals. * National security is a human rights issue and education is...
  • THE PASSING OF A HERO

    03/13/2009 11:09:13 AM PDT · by oldscouter · 21 replies · 1,277+ views
    Power Line ^ | March 13, 2009 | Tom Glennon
    The word hero is attached to many people in American culture. A Quarterback throws the winning touchdown with 6 seconds left in the game, and he is called a hero. A movie actor makes a political statement while accepting an award, and he is called heroic. A politician takes a stance on an issue based on popularity polls rather than ethics and principle, and he is deemed a hero.
  • ****COOL**** National Archives lets Internet users have easy access to WWII documents

    12/07/2008 4:27:19 PM PST · by PeteePie · 17 replies · 859+ views
    Stars and Stripes, Mid East Edition ^ | December 6, 2008 | Robin Hoecker,
    One month before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a seaman aboard the USS Arizona, Jay Wesley Young, wrote a letter to his sister thanking her for the birthday cake. "I really made a pig of myself," he wrote. Thirty days later, both the cake and Young were gone. The letter is one of 47 million documents now available online through a partnership of the National Archives and Footnote.com. The site, www.footnote.com/wwii, contains 200 terabytes of photographs, enlistment records, and interactive maps relating to World War II. Highlights include a searchable image of the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii, 80,000 photographs...
  • George Putnam, R.I.P (Greatest Generation Journalist Passed Away Alert)

    09/13/2008 6:03:54 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies · 471+ views
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | 9/14/2008 | Michelle Malkin
    Just heard sad news. Los Angeles TV newsman and talk radio legend George Putnam has died. He was 94. George showed me great kindness, championing my book Invasion and inviting me on his show frequently to talk about immigration enforcement and national security when few outside the border states cared. He penned a weekly online column right up until the last few months of his life. He had a rich, full, colorful career. He was a gentleman and a patriot. And I was glad and grateful to know him. Once, during a live radio interview, my then-two-year-old daughter woke up...
  • Why baby boomers can't change tunes

    05/20/2008 12:53:37 PM PDT · by jwalburg · 62 replies · 270+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | May 20. 2008 | Art Marmorstein
    Recently, I reviewed a new American history anthology. I was amused to find included in the book a generous selection of 1960s protest songs. Apparently, lyrics by Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Country Joe MacDonald are making their way into the academic canon, and at least some professors seem to think these are “must-read” documents for our students. Well, maybe so. But if one really wants song lyrics that reflect the 1960s, I'd point my students instead to some of the songs from math professor and musical satirist Tom Lehrer. In terms of insight into America, Lehrer's “National...
  • Another WWII Veteran Salutes Mihailovich in 2008

    03/09/2008 8:42:14 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 32 replies · 792+ views
    Beaver County Times and Allegheny Times ^ | March 8, 2008 | Bob Bauder
    WWII airman recalls series of narrow escapes from behind enemy lines By Bob Bauder, Times Staff Published: Saturday, March 8, 2008 11:38 PM EST Carl Walpusk has a soft spot in his heart for Serbia. In 1944, Walpusk, of Moon Township, parachuted out of a sputtering B-24 bomber into Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia and the hands of a rag-tag band of Serbian guerilla fighters known as Chetniks. For 33 days, the Chetniks escorted Walpusk and nine other members of his crew from one Serbian village to another — risking their lives and those of collaborating villagers — to keep the airmen safe...
  • When Sanity Reigned: A Passing Moment In Time

    01/10/2008 9:22:10 AM PST · by Dr.Syn · 8 replies · 202+ views
    dansargis.org ^ | January 10, 2008 | Dan Sargis
        When Sanity Reigned: A Passing Moment In Time January 10, 2008 Last night, while I sat in a neighborhood restaurant and anticipated only two things (a cold beer and a warm meal), I experienced an unexpected moment of sanity. Since the Northeast has been in the grips of a cold wave this past week, I dug some wool sweaters out of the cedar chest (Thank God I didn’t listen to Al Gore and throw all of my winter clothes away).  Yesterday morning I sought warmth in an old Cornell letter sweater which had kept me warm through the Ithaca winters...but...
  • the Greatest Generation (Williams shoots it down)

    11/21/2007 9:17:35 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 91 replies · 120+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11/21/07 | Walter Williams
    The "greatest generation" is a term sometimes used in reference to those Americans who were raised during the Great Depression, fought in World War II, worked in farms and factories and sacrificed for the war effort while maintaining the home front. Following the war, these Americans, many of whom were born between the turn of the century and 1930, went on to produce a level of wealth and prosperity heretofore unknown to mankind. There's no question that this generation made an important contribution. Let's look at what else that generation contributed that might qualify them for the generation that laid...
  • 63 Years Later, Medal-Winner Tells His Story

    11/03/2007 6:36:59 PM PDT · by girlangler · 47 replies · 405+ views
    The Greeneville Sun ^ | 11/03/07 | Bill Jones
    Saturday, November 3, 2007 63 Years Later, Medal-Winner Tells His Story Sun Photo by Bill Jones Delbert Fellers, 85, poses with the medals he won for his World War II military service. Among the medals is the Silver Star medal he received for silencing a Japanese machine gun that was pouring deadly fire on his unit on Angaur Island in September 1944. By: By BILL JONES/Staff Writer Source: The Greeneville Sun 11-03-2007 Sixty-three years ago, Delbert L. Fellers, of Greene County, was a reluctant warrior who had been drafted into the U.S. Army for service in World War II. “I...
  • G-d Bless our WWII Veterans

    10/03/2007 7:19:09 PM PDT · by richardtavor · 103 replies · 1,861+ views
    Our WWII Veterans are dropping like flies. I lost my Dad in February. I thought I would pass on some of the information that I found when I inherited a photo album of his experiences. He was stationed on Guam in 1944 and 1945. He arrived on the day the Staff declared the island won, when there were still 5000 hostile Japanese on the Island. This album is amazing--it shows an accurate picture of that conflict (about 300 photos.) He was a SeaBee and apparently spent most of his time at Agana. There was a poem that he posted at...
  • D-DAY - June 6, 1944: the greatest generation saved the world from the Nazis

    06/05/2007 8:57:58 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 125 replies · 3,303+ views
    D-DAY HISTORY AND LINKS D-Day: It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitler's dream of Nazi domination. Overlord was the largest air, land, and sea operation undertaken before or since June 6, 1944. The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes, and over 150,000 service men. After years of meticulous planning and seemingly endless training, for the Allied Forces, it all came down to this: The boat ramp goes down, then jump, swim, run, and crawl to the cliffs. Many of the first young men (most not yet 20...
  • WWII vets reunite on sunny Norfolk (Slice of Life DownUnder New Zealand)

    06/03/2007 8:55:14 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 2 replies · 374+ views
    Auckland City Harbour News (New Zealand) ^ | Monday, 4 June 2007 | Heather McCracken
    WWII vets reunite on sunny Norfolk By HEATHER McCRACKEN - Auckland City Harbour News | Monday, 4 June 2007 SUNNY SERVICE: Albie Griffiths, far right, with fellow New Zealanders on Norfolk Island. OLD MATES: Albie Griffiths, left, recalls his World War Two stint on Norfolk Island with friend Colin Armiger. He spent the last 15 months of World War Two on tiny Norfolk Island, a key airbase and refuelling stop between Australia and New Zealand. The 82-year-old returned last month for the first time in 61 years. And while the island has changed dramatically, he says Kiwi servicemen have...
  • From The Greatest Generation To Self-Annihilation

    03/10/2007 10:08:06 AM PST · by verbosevet · 60 replies · 1,466+ views
    War of Wits ^ | 9/18/06 | Jayme Evans
    In World War II, it wasn't just young men who gave their all. It was women and children. It was W.A.C.s, W.A.S.P.s, and Rosie the Riveter. Kids collected scrap rubber and aluminum for recycling into aircraft parts. There were War Bonds and Civil Air Patrols. The whole nation joined the fight, convinced they'd be speaking German or Japanese if we didn't defeat Nazi tyranny or Japanese Imperialism. Now we have The Cindy Sheehan Traveling Circus, and Dick Durbin equating the interrogation techniques of US troops to those of Nazi Germany and the Khmer Rouge. We have John Murtha calling Marines...
  • Ambush details revealed 60 years later

    11/13/2006 6:39:04 PM PST · by SJackson · 37 replies · 2,793+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 11-13-06 | Dave Zweifel
    Marc Deneen has lived in the same two-story brick home in the quiet western Dane County hamlet known as Riley for all of his 81 years - almost. Like so many Americans his age, a little something called World War II interrupted. It was during the war, somewhere on a German tank trail that would hopefully in the weeks ahead lead all the way to Berlin, that a bazooka blast ripped 35 holes in Deneen's body, burned him in several spots and destroyed the hearing in one of his ears. Nevertheless, he was the lucky one. Two of his combat...
  • 'Greatest' legacy being destroyed

    10/27/2006 10:14:48 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies · 1,021+ views
    The North County Times/The Californian ^ | Thursday, October 26, 2006 | RAY HAYNES
    'Greatest' legacy being destroyed By: RAY HAYNES - Commentary A lot of comments have been directed at this country's "Greatest Generation," those who suffered the Great Depression, fought World War II, and then rebuilt this country from the ruins of those catastrophic events. I remember, as my generation attended college and entered the work force, a lot of debate among my peers as to what we would do when we take over. We all thought we would "do it right," make this country a better place to work, live and raise a family. I think I can say, having inherited...
  • CA: The Greatest Generation?

    10/24/2006 1:55:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 1,113+ views
    CaliforniaRepublic.org ^ | 10/24/06 | Ray Haynes
    A lot of comments have been directed at this country’s “greatest generation,” those who suffered the Great Depression, fought World War II, and then rebuilt this country from the ruins of those catastrophic events. I remember, as my generation attended college and entered the workforce, a lot of debate among my peers as to what we would do when we take over. We all thought we would “do it right,” make this country a better place to work, live and raise a family. I think I can say, having inherited a sizable legacy from the “Greatest Generation,” the baby boomers...
  • Navy gunner honored

    08/16/2006 8:00:37 PM PDT · by biggerten · 3 replies · 330+ views
    Superior Daily Telegram ^ | August 16th, 2006 | Daily Telegram
    A member of the greatest generation will be honored Friday for service to his country during World War II. A flag will be raised in memory of Daniel Norkunas, a longtime Chaffey resident, in front of the Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center at 9 a.m. Friday as part of the Flags of Honor program. During WWII, Norkunas served in the U.S. Navy. Aboard the USS Laub (DD-613) he participated in convoys across the Atlantic. In July 1943, while bombarding the shore during the invasion of Sicily, Laub downed an enemy aircraft attacking the invasion fleet. He recalled...
  • "Greatest Generation"? Maybe in America. Comparison with other WWII participating countries.

    08/12/2006 6:36:48 PM PDT · by motife · 20 replies · 364+ views
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    America's WWII generation is often called the "greatest generation". Not to denigrate that appellation at all, especially after it went through in sequence the 26% unemployment of the Great Depression followed by the disruption of almost every family in the U.S. with a World War. We have no idea today what hardship is. However, our losses by no way compare with other world participants in the conflict. Countries are ranked by deaths per thousand based on 1939 population. Rank, deaths per 1,000 (1939 population), actual deaths during the conflict (military, civilian, Holacaust), and country. 1 ; 160.9 ; 5,600,000 ;...
  • WWII POW Jesse Knowles, longtime state lawmaker dead at 86

    04/25/2006 6:01:58 PM PDT · by balch3 · 2 replies · 673+ views
    Nola.com ^ | 4/23/2006 | Associated Press
    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Jesse Knowles, whose decades of public service ranged from being a World War II prisoner of war to a longtime member of the state Legislature, has died. Knowles, of Lake Charles, died Sunday night at an area hospital. He was 86. During a lifetime spent in the public eye, Knowles won the Purple Heart, co-wrote the Lake Charles city charter, led the local Armed Forces Committee and was a familiar figure at school programs and veterans ceremonies. As a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Knowles was a survivor of the Bataan Death March....
  • Slighting This Greatest Generation

    10/09/2005 7:15:24 AM PDT · by alienken · 11 replies · 685+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Oct. 9, 2005 | Bing West
    Slighting This Greatest Generation We Focus on the Bad Apples and Ignore the Courageous Heroes By Bing West Recently the refractory city of Fallujah reemerged as a front-page story. Fallujah first leaped to national attention last November when it became the scene of the fiercest urban combat in the past 35 years. During that battle, 100 Marine squads engaged in more than 200 firefights inside small, dark cement rooms against suicidal jihadists. A single such ferocious gunfight between police and gangs anywhere in America would receive overwhelming and immediate press attention. The Marines did that 200 times in one week...
  • VANITY: Eulogy to my Dad

    06/19/2005 11:29:43 AM PDT · by rlmorel · 11 replies · 481+ views
    11/5/2000 | Robert L. Morel
    Eulogy for my father, Albert A. Morel, CDR, USN (Ret.) Life is full of the unexpected. I guess it’s one of the facets of life that make it so enjoyable. Most of the time, at least. So when I was asked to eulogize my father, I didn’t think twice. I had plenty to say, and I’m not someone who gets tongue tied when writing things down on paper. Or so I thought. After about three or four variations that were aborted when they were nearly done, I realized how difficult this was going to be. After all, I only have...
  • Worst Generation Refuses to Follow Greatest Generation's Winning Template (Rush)

    06/14/2005 9:50:43 AM PDT · by qam1 · 14 replies · 1,838+ views
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 6/14/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: (Story) "A Republican congressman has called for a deadline to pull US troops from Iraq, while other members of President George Bush's party urged his administration to revamp Iraq policy. Republican Walter Jones, a North Carolina conservative, said on ABC's This Week that he would offer legislation this week setting a timetable for the US withdrawal from Iraq. 'I voted for the resolution to commit the troops, and I feel that we've done about as much as we can do,' said Jones, who coined the phrase 'freedom fries' to lash out at the French for opposing...
  • Music: The Greatest Generation's Secret Weapon

    05/25/2005 9:27:32 PM PDT · by SamuraiScot · 18 replies · 726+ views
    The Fact Is.org ^ | 5/25/05 | Duncan Maxwell Anderson
    Splashed across the top in block letters were the words "This Is the Army." It was an original cast recording of a Broadway musical revue produced in 1942, America's first full year of World War II, produced by Irving Berlin to raise money for the war effort. The cast members were all soldiers. … I was awestruck, looking through this window to the heroic times my parents' generation had known.… Today, their optimism seems quite logical, because we know who won the war. But America wasn't winning then… After the slaughter at Pearl Harbor in late 1941 had come the...
  • Santorum finds many minds made up on Social Security (Rude Seniors Alert)

    02/22/2005 6:20:54 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 35 replies · 1,773+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 22, 2005 | Maeve Reston
    JOHNSTOWN -- Sen. Rick Santorum launched a 10-stop tour of Pennsylvania yesterday to advocate for changes to the Social Security system, but landed -- even at his very first stop -- at the center of an already-roiling debate about the proposals. This week, Santorum and other Republicans members of Congress are hosting a series of town hall events around the country at which they hope to convince the public that Congress must act this year to address the Social Security program's long-term financial difficulties. . . . But minutes into Santorum's first presentation at Duquesne University, jeers and skeptical questioning...
  • Spank

    12/24/2004 11:19:13 AM PST · by olde north church · 258+ views
    trentonrevolution ^ | 12/24/2004 | trentonrevolution
    Save American, Spank A Liberal trentonrevolution Being underreported in the Liberal media, which is basically all media, there's a little spoiled brat offensive being conducted in Ohio regarding the 2004 Election. The same people who prevent their children from being letter grades and everybody gets a home run little league, are continuing their poor sportsmanship.They are carrying on with their tantrum to get a recount in Ohio. They are whining about electronic wizardry, vote suppression, and other means the Democrats have been using for decades. They are stomping their feet, pounding their fists, pouting and holding their collective breaths until...
  • The Greatest Generation

    11/12/2004 7:45:50 PM PST · by Chrysler813 · 21 replies · 548+ views
    I would like to take this moment to thank ALL the members of The Greatest Generation (born 1901 - 1927) for their service to us. This thank you isn't just for them but for ALL who served this Great Nation!!!
  • A new generation of heroes surfaces

    09/30/2004 4:44:04 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 16 replies · 1,096+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 09/30/2004 | Austin Bay
    A new greatest generation is emerging — in Afghanistan, in Iraq and on the other, less-publicized battlegrounds of the war on terror. Focused on the U.S. political cycle, America's media elite are missing the extraordinary story of the 19- through 35-year-olds who are winning this war. The detailed history of this new cohort of American and free world leaders — the people who will shape the 21st century — is being written by themselves, chiefly on the Internet, via e-mail or Web logs. This is a battle-honed bunch with exceptional talent and motivation, young people with a mature balance of...
  • A prayer and a remembrance

    07/05/2004 9:37:49 PM PDT · by Brandon · 7 replies · 238+ views
    July 5, 2004 | Me
    We always called him Cousin Richard, but he wasn't really my cousin. He was one of those relatives so distant on the family tree that you wouldn't even know he existed, if he wasn't living a few blocks away while you were growing up. He was born in 1918. He was one of the Greatest Generation. He didn't win any high-ranking medals; he committed no great feats of heroism. But he wore his country's uniform and helped save the world, along with all the others. When it was over, he brought home a Canadian girl, and last September they celebrated...