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  • Children of the 1930s: “The Last Ones”

    04/11/2016 2:17:44 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 37 replies
    Today's email | 4/11/2016 | Unknown
    Born in the 1930s we exist as a very special age cohort. We are the “last ones.” We are the last, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the war itself with fathers and uncles going off. We are the last to remember ration books for everything from sugar to shoes to stoves. We saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans. We saw cars up on blocks because tires weren’t available. My mother delivered milk in a horse drawn cart. We are the last to hear Roosevelt’s radio assurances and to see...
  • The Greatest Generation - Why America needs them more than ever

    11/06/2015 12:27:56 AM PST · by pboyington · 23 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | November 6, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    They were called Bob, Harry, Red, Leo, Dick and Mary. They trudged through the jungle on Guadalcanal, waded through mounds of volcanic ash on Iwo Jima, shivered miserably at a place called the Bulge and gave a dying GI life-saving plasma at a hospital in Italy. Some worked in the factories that churned out tanks and planes and fuel barrels 24/7, while others waged war with slide rules and chemistry beakers. They never complained because they knew the task at hand was so important that the future of the world rested in their hands. As Winston Churchill so eloquently put...
  • WW II fighter ace Fritz Payne dies; shot down 6 warplanes during Guadalcanal

    08/19/2015 7:20:54 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/18/15 | AP
    <p>Frederick R. "Fritz" Payne, a World War II fighter ace who left his mark on aviation and wartime history by shooting down six Japanese warplanes during the Battle of Guadalcanal, a bloody, months-long confrontation that helped change the course of the war, has died at age 104.</p>
  • Culture and Social Pathology

    06/17/2015 4:03:36 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies ^ | June 17,2015 | Walter Williams
    A civilized society’s first line of defense is not the law, police and courts but customs, traditions, rules of etiquette and moral values. These behavioral norms — mostly transmitted by example, word of mouth and religious teachings — represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through experience and trial and error. They include important thou-shalt-nots, such as thou shalt not murder, thou shalt not steal and thou shalt not cheat. They also include all those courtesies that have traditionally been associated with ladylike and gentlemanly conduct.
  • 71 Years Ago Today: Hitler Youth vs. The Boy Scouts

    06/06/2015 10:07:55 AM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies ^ | June 6, 2015 | Rick Moran
    Few narrative historians have been able to capture the essence of war quite like Stephen Ambrose. The Eisenhower biographer published several books on the war later in his life, including Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, and perhaps the best one volume treatment of the Normandy invasion, D-Day: June 6, 1944. One theme running through all of those books was the sheer ordinariness of the American GI and how, when confronted by the greatest challenges of their lives, outperformed, outfought, and outsmarted the seemingly invincible Nazi war machine. From a blurb advertising D-Day: They wanted to be throwing baseballs, not hand...
  • D-Day

    06/05/2015 7:02:00 PM PDT · by Timocrat · 51 replies
    At this hour in 1944 the first of the airborne troops were setting off to invade the continent of Europe. Their sacrifice gave us the freedom we enjoy today. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.
  • Today we honor the Men of Iwo Jima

    02/19/2015 8:47:56 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/19/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Seventy years ago today the United States Marine Corp sent waves of teenaged men onto the black foreboding beaches on a Japanese held island called Iwo Jima. Capturing Iwo Jima was essential to the American war against Japan as it offered a place for battered bombers to safely land and save the lives of hundreds of airmen returning from sorties over Japan in barely flyable planes. The average age of these men was just under nineteen. They knew what was at stake and charged up Iwo’s beaches sometimes straight into enemy machine gun fire that would have stopped lesser soldiers....
  • Exclusive: Louie Zamperini’s Daughter Doubts Anyone Today Could Survive What Her Dad Survived

    12/09/2014 1:02:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies ^ | December 9, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    New York, NY -- You may have heard of World War Two hero Louie Zamperini, whose story is told beautifully in Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 New York Times bestseller, “Unbroken.” But, this Christmas, audiences will be able to watch his miraculous life unfold on screen. Director Angelina Jolie broke what some have called the ‘movie curse.’ After Zamperini’s life story was tossed around in Hollywood for years, Jolie finally committed to the project and what resulted is the two-hour heart wrenching epic, “Unbroken.” Zamperini’s daughter, Cynthia Garris, spoke with Townhall at a press junket in New York on Friday, sharing how her...
  • 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. 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 / ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ( 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
  • 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...

    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 The site,, 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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
    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 ^ | 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...