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  • The Boy Who Became a World War II Veteran at 13 Years Old

    04/01/2016 5:14:25 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 67 replies
    Smithsonian Mag ^ | DECEMBER 19, 2012 | By Gilbert King
    In 1942, Seaman Calvin Graham was decorated for valor in battle. Then his mother learned where he'd been and revealed his secret to the Navy. With powerful engines, extensive firepower and heavy armor, the newly christened battleship USS South Dakota steamed out of Philadelphia in August of 1942 spoiling for a fight. The crew was made up of “green boys”—new recruits who enlisted after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor—who had no qualms about either their destination or the action they were likely to see. Brash and confident, the crew couldn’t get through the Panama Canal fast enough, and their...
  • Revisiting TFP.org And Its Search for Culture Reflections On Women In Combat

    02/09/2016 8:51:16 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/09/16 | Jerry McConnell
    One can't help but wonder if the drastic and yes, insane order to assign females to duties requiring the karma of men in bloody actions not for the gentle make-up of females, will be a fatal decision for our military. Barack Obama, no Catholic lover; or even, Christian liker, bent on eliminating any form of Christianity from the almost 240-year-old established United States of America, positioned himself to effectively take a full quiver of arrows of divisiveness when just days before the highly sacred Christian day of celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ, had his Secretary of Defense announce...
  • US Marine Corps Birthday - Nov. 10th

    11/08/2002 5:10:53 AM PST · by Stars N Stripes · 102 replies · 1,324+ views
    11/8/2002 | Me
    Just a reminder... Photo Courtesy of Fontman.com
  • One Marine, One Ship

    11/21/2001 11:08:32 AM PST · by Britton J Wingfield · 50 replies · 1,493+ views
    One Marine, One Ship by Vin Suprynowicz OCT. 22, 2000 Oct. 26 falls on a Thursday this year. Ask the significance of the date, and you're likely to draw some puzzled looks — five more days to stock up for Halloween? It's a measure of men like Col. Mitchell Paige and Rear Adm. Willis A. "Ching Chong China" Lee that they wouldn't have had it any other way. What they did 58 years ago, they did precisely so their grandchildren could live in a land of peace and plenty. Whether we've properly safeguarded the freedoms they fought to leave us, ...
  • In history's trenches

    04/28/2006 7:40:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 127+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/28/6 | Brooke Bryant
    Ed Berman doesn't just collect war stories. He rescues them from the scrapheap of history. Take the woman in World War II so slender she was lowered head first to weld between ships' hulls. Or the American captured by Italian troops, who escaped when his plane crashed on the way to a prison camp, then fought alongside Italian partisans until he was captured by the Germans. And the man whose combat wound saved him from making the Bataan Death March, but not from the tin mines in Japan, where he weighed 85 pounds when rescued. "His wife said afterwards, she...
  • True grit - A review of Twenty-Five Yards of War

    12/11/2001 10:37:38 AM PST · by gordgekko · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Enter Stage Right - A Journal of Modern Conservatism ^ | December 10, 2001 | Steven Martinovich
    Enter Stage Right - A Journal of Modern Conservatism Twenty-Five Yards of War The Extraordinary Courage of Ordinary Men in World War II By Ronald J. Drez Hyperion Books HC, 296 pgs. US$23.95/C$32.95 True grit By Steven Martinovich Until that first shot is fired in combat, no one can know what kind of soldier they will be. Our daydreams may cast us as Alvin York, the World War I hero who killed 25 Germans, knocked out 35 machine guns and captured 132 prisoners almost single-handedly at the battle of the Argonne Forest in the fall of 1918, but the grim ...
  • Joe Foss, WWII Hero and Former South Dakota Governor, Dies at 87

    01/01/2003 4:40:46 PM PST · by Cagey · 85 replies · 4,823+ views
    AP ^ | 1-1-2003
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Joe Foss, a former South Dakota governor and World War II hero who shot down 26 enemy planes, died Wednesday. He was 87. Foss had not regained consciousness after he suffered an apparent aneurysm last fall. He died at a hospital in Arizona, said South Dakota Gov. Bill Janklow. A Republican, Foss served in the state Legislature for five years before becoming governor in 1955. He won the Congressional Medal of Honor as a Marine pilot during World War II. He also earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. "I always had the attitude that every day...
  • Some things are worth fighting for

    11/01/2009 7:28:35 AM PST · by rellimpank · 4 replies · 562+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 01 nov 09 | Vin Suprynowicz
    How gratifying to hear from so many veterans in response to my Oct. 25 column on Mitchell Paige and Guadalcanal. I heard from Clayton Fisher, 87, of Henderson, who served under Chesty Puller in the 1st of the 7th Marines, receiving his first purple heart at Guadalcanal (the night before the action I described in my column) and his second at Palau. I heard from Gordon Williams, now 92, who served on the destroyer Porter (DD356) in the Battle of Santa Cruz, which was being fought over the same two days -- Oct. 25 and 26, 1942 -- as the...
  • G.I. Joe was just a toy, wasn't he?

    10/30/2007 8:01:00 AM PDT · by Tatze · 7 replies · 75+ views
    Review Journal ^ | 10/28/2007 | VIN SUPRYNOWICZ
    G.I. Joe was just a toy, wasn't he? VIN SUPRYNOWICZ Hollywood now proposes that in a new live-action movie based on the G.I. Joe toy line, Joe's -- well, "G.I." -- identity needs to be replaced by membership in an "international force based in Brussels." The IGN Entertainment news site reports Paramount is considering replacing our "real American hero" with "Action Man," member of an "international operations team." Paramount will simply turn Joe's name into an acronym. The show biz newspaper Variety reports: "G.I. Joe is now a Brussels-based outfit that stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, an international...
  • One Marine, One Ship

    10/26/2015 4:57:02 AM PDT · by DuncanWaring · 25 replies
    Originally Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 22 Oct 2000 | Vin Suprynowicz
    Oct. 26 falls on a Thursday this year. Ask the significance of the date, and you're likely to draw some puzzled looks — five more days to stock up for Halloween? It's a measure of men like Col. Mitchell Paige and Rear Adm. Willis A. "Ching Chong China" Lee that they wouldn't have had it any other way. What they did 58 years ago, they did precisely so their grandchildren could live in a land of peace and plenty. Whether we've properly safeguarded the freedoms they fought to leave us, may be a discussion best left for another day. Today...
  • Calvin Graham: The 12-year-old U.S. sailor at Guadalcanal

    10/26/2015 5:38:53 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 9 replies
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    The recent post about the Battle of Guadalcanal by Freeper DuncanWaring reminded me of Calvin Graham's story. Graham lied about his age to enlist, and was aboard the battleship South Dakota during the battle. He was wounded in action, and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Graham was twelve years old at the time!
  • Japanese Unearth Remains, and Their Nation’s Past, on Guadalcanal

    12/05/2014 7:55:58 PM PST · by Lorianne · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | 29 November 2014 | Martin Fackler
    GUADALCANAL, Solomon Islands — Using a trowel to dig into the shadowy floor of the rain forest, pausing only to wipe away sweat and malaria-carrying mosquitoes, Atsushi Maeda holds up what he has traveled so far, to this South Pacific island, to find: a human bone, turned orange-brown with age. Mr. Maeda, 21, was looking for the remains of missing Japanese soldiers at the site of one of World War II’s most ferocious battles. Others have done this work before him, mostly aging veterans or bereaved relatives. But he was with a group of mostly university students and young professionals,...
  • Oft-forgotten battle at Guadalcanal was turning point in WWII

    08/07/2002 5:52:40 AM PDT · by Non-Sequitur · 34 replies · 1,706+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | August 7, 2002 | Rick Montgomery
    Of all the memorable dates of World War II, this one somehow got lost in the jungle. Remember Aug. 7, 1942? Quiz your friends. Note the silence. To veterans who landed 60 years ago today on the Pacific island of Guadalcanal, it is a silence almost as eerie and inexplicable as the quiet of the early hours of their raid -- the first U.S. offensive of the war. "So many people today don't even know what Guadalcanal is," said Rudy Bock, 82, of Overland Park, who stormed in with fellow Marines and caught the Japanese with their guns down. "You...
  • Last Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Guadalcanal USMC Colonel Mitchell Paige has died

    11/16/2003 8:15:05 PM PST · by ErnBatavia · 103 replies · 7,741+ views
    I probably blew the format for starting a thread...and didn't see posted elsewhere. A true hero has moved on. My 56 year old self just went outside, faced the sky, and offered the best salute I've snapped in 35 years. Rest In Peace, Mitch....proud and honored to have had your aquaintance.
  • Kerry visits Solomon Islands, sees WWII memorials (and talks “climate change”)

    08/12/2014 9:55:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 13, 12:39 AM EDT | Matthew Lee
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid a visit Wednesday to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, where he met the tiny nation’s leaders and commemorated the ferocious World War II battles fought on Guadalcanal. Kerry met with Solomon’s Prime Minister Gordon Lilo and Governor General Frank Kabui to discuss sustainable development, ocean preservation and how the islands’ 600,000 residents are coping with the effects of climate change. …
  • Don't let Fukushima nuke disaster devolve into another Battle of Guadalcanal

    09/07/2013 8:16:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Mainichi ^ | September 02, 2013 | Takao Yamada
    Don't let Fukushima nuke disaster devolve into another Battle of Guadalcanal Things are going badly. There's radioactive water leaking, and it can't be controlled. The minister of economy, trade and industry has said that the central government will now "man the front lines" in the war to tame the Fukushima nuclear crisis, but if the workers on-site do not consent to join battle, if they cannot muster the courage to keep up the fight, then we cannot expect real progress. At least, that's the impression I got after talking with one of those workers, an employee of Fukushima No. 1...
  • 10 Things You Don't Know About Guadalcanal

    08/07/2012 3:18:37 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 90 replies
    10 Things You Don't Know About ^ | August 7, 2012 | PJ-Comix
    Today marks the 70th anniversary of the first offensive land operation taken by the United States in World War II. On August 7, 1942, the U.S. Marines landed at Guadalcanal. The general outlines of that battle which lasted which lasted 6 months until February 9, 1943 are known by many but here are 19 things about Guadalcanal that you might not know. This is the first of my regular "20 Things You Don't Know" posts that I hope will encourage the History Channel to bring back that series. You can read my full mission statement about this in my...
  • Service & Sacrifice: Dual Theatre WWII Veteran

    09/24/2011 8:52:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Sep 22, 2011 | Sep 22, 2011
    Service & Sacrifice: Dual Theatre WWII Veteran (cannot be posted)
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: John Basilone ~ June 21, 2010 ~

    06/20/2010 5:13:42 PM PDT · by Brad’s Gramma · 205 replies · 2+ views
    The Canteen Crew | June 21, 2010 | Serving The Best Troops In The UNIVERSE AND BEYOND!
      Our Troops Rock!  Thank you for all you do!   For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.   Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ~ Hall of Heroes ~ John Basilone (Info found here here)             John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II. He was the only enlisted Marine in...
  • 7.2 magnitude quake hits near Solomon Islands (about 185 mi. WNW of Honiara, Guadalcanal)

    01/03/2010 3:57:03 PM PST · by Zakeet · 69 replies · 2,961+ views
    Las Angeles Times ^ | January 3, 2010
    The Solomon Islands archipelago in the Pacific was hit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake today, less than an hour after a 6.5-magnitude temblor triggered a warning of possible local tsunamis. The quake hit at 9:36 a.m. local time (4:36 CST) about 103 kilometers (64 miles) south-southeast of Gizo, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The earthquake was 30.5 kilometers deep.
  • In 1942, it came down to one Marine

    10/25/2009 4:49:12 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 92 replies · 4,992+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 25 oct 09 | Vin Suprynowicz
    It's hard to envision -- or, for the dwindling few, to remember -- what the world looked like on Oct. 26, 1942, when a few thousand U.S. Marines stood essentially stranded on the God-forsaken jungle island of Guadalcanal, placed like a speed bump at the end of the long blue-water slot between New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago, the most likely route for the Japanese Navy to take if they hoped to reach Australia. On Guadalcanal, the Marines struggled to complete an airfield. Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto knew what that meant. No effort would be spared to dislodge these upstart...
  • Marines Travel to WWII Site

    09/01/2009 6:33:48 PM PDT · by Dubya · 31 replies · 4,736+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Marine Corps News
    Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni - 10,409 miles, 6,500 gallons, 11 days, 10 islands and nine people. Add up the numbers and it equals a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Marines here embarked on the 11-day expedition Aug. 3 to various locations across the Pacific to commemorate the Marine Corps 67th anniversary of World War II’s Guadalcanal campaign. The nine Marines were able experience to witness and experience firsthand what was left of seven historic battle sites, including Saipan, Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Peleliu, Guam and Iwo- Jima.
  • Bonnie Henry : 16 sea battles hard to forget

    06/29/2009 5:55:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 459+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Bonnie Henry
    Hope you have a nice Fourth of July. Maybe you'll watch the fireworks, grill a few hot dogs, give a little thanks to those keeping watch — now and then. Dave Cohea knows where he was on the Fourth of July in 1944: on board the USS Boston, which was shelling the island of Iwo Jima, softening it up for invasion the following spring. The Boston was Cohea's second ship, the first having been blasted out of the water 18 months earlier at Guadalcanal. "We were torpedoed. The ammo blew up, and fuel was all over me," says Cohea, 85,...
  • First Sioux to Receive Medal of Honor

    02/27/2008 5:29:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 490+ views
    Military.com/Army News Service ^ | February 23, 2008 | Carrie McLeroy
    WASHINGTON - During the final allied offensive of the Korean War, Master Sgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble risked his life to save his fellow Soldiers. Almost six decades after his gallant actions and 26 years after his death, Keeble will be the first full-blooded Sioux Indian to receive the Medal of Honor. The White House announced this morning that Keeble will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously in a ceremony scheduled for 2:30 p.m. March 3. Keeble is one of the most decorated Soldiers in North Dakota history. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he was born...
  • Jefferson DeBlanc, Honored World War II Fighter Pilot, Dies (Medal of Honor)

    12/03/2007 10:31:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 752+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/4/07 | Richard Goldstein
    Jefferson J. DeBlanc, a World War II fighter pilot who was awarded the Medal of Honor for shooting down five Japanese planes on a single day while running out of fuel, died Nov. 22 in Lafayette, La. He was 86 and lived St. Martinville, La.. The cause was complications of pneumonia, said his daughter, Barbara DeBlanc Romero. On Jan. 31, 1943, Mr. DeBlanc, then a lieutenant in the Marines, took off from Guadalcanal in his Wildcat fighter, leading a six-plane section of Marine Fighting Squadron 112. They were assigned to protect dive bombers and torpedo planes attacking Japanese ships off...
  • Ace fighter pilot, Medal of Honor recipient dies

    11/28/2007 7:43:31 PM PST · by concentric circles · 77 replies · 480+ views
    Bogalusa Daily News ^ | November 26, 2007 | AP
    Jefferson J. DeBlanc, seated in the cockpit of a F4F Wildcat fighter plane, found ways to beat death for three years. But on Thanksgiving Day, DeBlanc, a Marine pilot in World War II's Pacific Theater, passed away from complications related to pneumonia. He was 86. So many World War II veterans have died recently that we don't often pause to pay them the honor they're due. DeBlanc may provide a chance to make up for it. DeBlanc wore the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor. DeBlanc, born in Lockport, enlisted in the Marines five months before Pearl Harbor....
  • This day in History 1942 : U.S. forces invade Guadalcanal

    08/07/2007 4:37:48 AM PDT · by abb · 23 replies · 978+ views
    History.com ^ | August 7, 2007 | Staff
    On this day in 1942, the U.S. 1st Marine Division begins Operation Watchtower, the first U.S. offensive of the war, by landing on Guadalcanal, one of the Solomon Islands. On July 6, 1942, the Japanese landed on Guadalcanal Island and began constructing an airfield there. Operation Watchtower was the codename for the U.S. plan to invade Guadalcanal and the surrounding islands. During the attack, American troops landed on five islands within the Solomon chain. Although the invasion came as a complete surprise to the Japanese (bad weather had grounded their scouting aircraft), the landings on Florida, Tulagi, Gavutu, and Tananbogo...
  • Rescued Fishermen: 'Thank God For The U.S. Coast Guard'

    09/26/2006 3:16:21 PM PDT · by No2much3 · 52 replies · 1,096+ views
    msnbc ^ | 1:02 a.m. EDT September 26, 2006 | WCAU-TV
    INDIAN RIVER INLET, Del. - There was a happy reunion Monday night between seven wayward fishermen and their families. "We all survived," said one of them as he walked off a Coast Guard ship. This group of union plumbers and sheet metal workers left Friday from the Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, Del., between Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach. On Saturday night, they heard a bump under their boat, and then came the water. "I heard the alarm for high water go off and ran down the steps, and water was already coming up the steps," said Ken Arters...
  • Australia Issues Solomons Threat

    09/13/2006 6:55:45 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 319+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-14-2006
    Australia issues Solomons threat Mr Sogavare became prime minister after riots in April Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has threatened to withdraw some visa privileges for Solomon Islands politicians, local media said. The threat came in retaliation for the Solomons' expulsion of Australia's top diplomat, in a growing row over a police investigation into April riots. High Commissioner Patrick Cole was officially told to leave on Tuesday. A senior Australian envoy is in the Solomons' capital, Honiara, to protest against the decision. Mr Downer told Sky News that the government was seeking a measured response. "We can't just have our...
  • Professor William O. Beeman

    08/12/2006 3:44:26 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 2 replies · 132+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 8/12/06 | Purple Mountains
    There was another column by Professor Beeman of Brown University in the Providence Journal the other day. He often has columns published in the Journal, and they all have the same message regardless of what part of the Middle East he is addressing: we shouldn’t get too upset about the fact that the Islamacists want to kill us because they have some grievances arising out of mistakes made by western powers in the past.
  • Lunch with Ben Bradlee: From Guadacanal to Iraq (Interview With a Living Artifact)

    03/20/2006 11:04:46 AM PST · by abb · 16 replies · 534+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | March 20, 2006 | Joe Strupp
    WASHINGTON, D.C. The last time Ben Bradlee was cruising through the islands near Guadalcanal in the South Pacific was in 1943, aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer. Enduring some of the worst combat of World War II, the Navy spent months battling through the waterway known as "The Slot." "It was where cruisers and destroyers met up with the Japanese and played bang-bang at night," Bradlee describes it today. Nearly 63 years later, the legendary journalist is ready to return. This time, however, the destroyer is being replaced by a leisurely cruise ship, and his youngest son, Quinn, will accompany him....
  • Semper Fi - a history lesson

    03/12/2006 5:56:58 AM PST · by Slam · 6 replies · 629+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 11, 2006 | Ed Timperlake
    <p>The trashing of the idea of commemorating the great Marine Fighter Pilot, Greg "Pappy" Boyington, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner, by the student leadership of his alma mater, the University of Washington, is nasty and ignorant.</p> <p>A student leader proclaims she "didn't believe a member of the Marine Corps was an example of the sort of person UW wanted to produce." Another complains "many monuments at UW already commemorate rich white men."</p>
  • The "Superhumans" that we face in this War (Vanity)

    12/29/2005 4:11:06 PM PST · by EarlyBird · 18 replies · 830+ views
    History | EarlyBird
    When the Marines stormed Guadalcanal, they thought they would be facing "Superhuman" Japanese defenders. Seven thousand U.S. Marines were lost in that battle, but thirty thousand Japanese were killed. Who were the "Superhumans"? Why did the Marines think they were up against "Superhumans" at Guadacanal? The media filled their unblooded head with that notion. The same notion filled the heads of the 101st Airborne Division when they landed, in massive disarray, in Normandy in June 1944. Where did they get the idea that their emeny was "Superhuman"? You guessed it -- the media. If it was true that the enemy...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Revisits The Cactus Air Force - Guadalcanal - October 27th, 2005

    10/26/2005 9:01:18 PM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 106 replies · 5,642+ views
    see educational sources | originally posted by SAMWolf 2/4/2003 | Don Hollway
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Revisits The 1st and 2nd Guadalcanal Nov 13-15, 1942 - Aug. 19th, 2005

    08/18/2005 10:41:08 PM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 39 replies · 997+ views
    http://www.angelfire.com/ia/totalwar/Guadalcanal.html ^ | 12/29/2002 | originally posted by SAMWolf
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • Waiting for Another Hiroshima

    08/18/2005 5:38:03 PM PDT · by forty_years · 10 replies · 948+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | August 18, 2005 | Andrew Jaffee
    August 6th marked the 60th anniversary of America’s use of an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. While some still argue that President Truman’s decision to use the A-bomb was “controversial,” they are afflicted with the scourge of our time, the loss of a sense of moral proportion and certainty. Unfortunately, those with relativistic morals will lead us to see the day when nuclear weapons are used again – this time to end once and for all the barbaric savagery of Islamism. Green Left Weekly (GLW) calls the U.S. putting a swift end to WWII – using atomic...
  • This Day In History | World War II August 7, 1942 U.S. forces invade Guadalcanal

    08/07/2005 5:00:08 AM PDT · by mainepatsfan · 29 replies · 1,082+ views
    historychannel.com ^ | 7/7/05 | historychannel.com
    This Day In History | World War II August 7 1942 U.S. forces invade Guadalcanal On this day in 1942, the U.S. 1st Marine Division begins Operation Watchtower, the first U.S. offensive of the war, by landing on Guadalcanal, one of the Solomon Islands. On July 6, 1942, the Japanese landed on Guadalcanal Island and began constructing an airfield there. Operation Watchtower was the codename for the U.S. plan to invade Guadalcanal and the surrounding islands. During the attack, American troops landed on five islands within the Solomon chain. Although the invasion came as a complete surprise to the Japanese...
  • To Honor a Three War Marine, my Father (vanity)

    05/30/2005 5:01:15 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 19 replies · 757+ views
    My Heart ^ | 5/30/05 | Me
  • Vanity - My Father's K-Bar from Guadalcanal 1944

    03/13/2005 3:14:22 PM PST · by ChildOfThe60s · 7 replies · 475+ views
    My daughter is heading to OCS (Quantico,VA) for the USMC in October. Her grandfather (my dad) served in the USMC in the Pacific (WW2), Korea and Vietnam. He passed away 2 years ago. He was still a Marine on the day he died. When she completes OCS I am giving her the K-bar he had on Guadalcanal. My thoughts and admiration go out to all of our people serving in Iraq, but in my family we have a special place in our hearts for Leathernecks.
  • The FReeper Foxhole Profiles Major General Merritt Edson - Dec. 27th, 2004

    12/26/2004 11:35:19 PM PST · by SAMWolf · 67 replies · 2,560+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. .................................................................. .................... ........................................... . U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. . . Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their...
  • WSJ: Semper Fi -- The story of Fallujah isn't on that NBC videotape [or al-Jazeera, or al-NBC/MSNBC]

    11/18/2004 6:09:22 AM PST · by OESY · 15 replies · 1,450+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 18, 2004 | Editorial
    ...Have we lost all sense of moral proportion? The al-Zarqawi TV network, also known as Al-Jazeera, has broadcast the tape to the Arab world, and U.S. media have also played it up. The point seems to be to conjure up images again of Abu Ghraib, further maligning the American purpose in Iraq. Never mind that the pictures don't come close to telling us about the context of the incident, much less what was on the mind of the soldier after days of combat. Put yourself in that Marine's boots. He and his mates have had to endure some of the...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Revisits "Operation Watchtower" - Guadalcanal (8/1942-2/1943) - Aug 27th , 2004

    08/26/2004 11:23:51 PM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 83 replies · 5,857+ views
    http://grunts.net ^ | Joseph Leach
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Revisits The USS Juneau and the Sullivan Brothers - June 19th, 2004

    06/19/2004 12:05:59 AM PDT · by snippy_about_it · 93 replies · 4,405+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Profiles General Alexander Vandegrift - May 3rd, 2004

    05/03/2004 12:01:02 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 154 replies · 4,225+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... . U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. . . Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family...
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers Douglas Munro, Medal of Honor Recipient (9/27/1942) - Mar 10th, 2004

    03/10/2004 12:00:55 AM PST · by SAMWolf · 101 replies · 6,453+ views
    www.uscg.mil ^ | Dr. Robert M. Browning Jr.
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. Welcome to "Warrior Wednesday" Where the Freeper Foxhole introduces a different...
  • AV's Pearl Harbor survivor dies at 82

    12/13/2003 5:10:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies · 218+ views
    Valley Press ^ | December 13, 2003.
    Harold "Tiger" Bright, who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and went on to fight in the first wave to engage the enemy in the crucial battle for Guadalcanal, has died. Mr. Bright died suddenly Monday at his home in Palmdale. He was 82. With the passing of Mr. Bright, only a handful of Pearl Harbor survivors remain in the Valley. "I'd say there are only five or six left now," said World War II historian Bob Alvis, who conducts programs with veterans in local schools. "When you look at their records after Pearl Harbor, it's just amazing. A...
  • Legend honored [Col. Mitchell Paige, MOH Guadalcanal ]

    11/26/2003 4:14:29 PM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies · 1,010+ views
    Marinelink ^ | 11-26-03
    , Calif.(Nov. 23, 2003) -- A quiet chill settled over the Riverside National Cemetery. Six Marines gripped the polished metal rails of a casket. They moved in unison, carrying the flag-draped coffin for one final honor for a Marine hero. Col. Mitchell Paige, recipient of the Medal of Honor, was laid to rest near the Medal of Honor Memorial here Sunday. Hundreds of mourners turned out to watch as an honor guard and honor platoon from 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment based at Marine Corps Air-Ground Center Twentynine Palms, the 1st Marine Division Band and Lt. Gen. James T. Conway,...
  • <b>Autumn,1942: It came down to one Marine, and one ship.(61 yrs ago)</b>

    10/26/2003 12:18:06 PM PST · by MadelineZapeezda · 44 replies · 765+ views
    Prev. posted on Enter Stage Right and Free Republic ^ | October 23, 2000 | Vin Suprynowicz
    Autumn,1942: It came down to one Marine, and one ship. October 26 falls on a Thursday this year. Ask the significance of the date, and you're likely to draw some puzzled looks -- five more days to stock up for Halloween? It's a measure of men like Col. Mitchell Paige and Rear Adm. Willis A. "Ching Chong China" Lee that they wouldn't have had it any other way. What they did 58 years ago, they did precisely so their grandchildren could live in a land of peace and plenty. Whether we've properly safeguarded the freedoms they fought to leave us,...
  • Basilone celebrated as Raritan Boro's hero [Famed WWII Marine]

    09/29/2003 11:21:54 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 24 replies · 781+ views
    Courier News (Central, NJ) ^ | 9/29/03 | Stefanie Matteson
    <p>RARITAN BOROUGH, NJ -- It wasn't that Marine Sgt. John Basilone was the first noncommissioned officer to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. It wasn't that he accomplished this honor as one of 10 children born to Italian immigrant parents.</p> <p>It was that he went back.</p>
  • The FReeper Foxhole Remembers The Battle of Santa Cruz(10/25-27/1942) - Sep. 25th, 2003

    09/25/2003 12:00:07 AM PDT · by SAMWolf · 99 replies · 2,109+ views
    Lord, Keep our Troops forever in Your care Give them victory over the enemy... Grant them a safe and swift return... Bless those who mourn the lost. . FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer for all those serving their country at this time. ...................................................................................... ........................................... U.S. Military History, Current Events and Veterans Issues Where Duty, Honor and Countryare acknowledged, affirmed and commemorated. Our Mission: The FReeper Foxhole is dedicated to Veterans of our Nation's military forces and to others who are affected in their relationships with Veterans. In the FReeper Foxhole, Veterans or their family members should feel...