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  • World War II 'Hero of Iwo Jima,' John Keith Wells, dies in Arvada

    02/18/2016 9:43:22 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 36 replies
    The Denver Channel ^ | 2/15/16 | Lance Hernandez
    DENVER - America has lost a hero of Iwo Jima. First Lieutenant John Keith Wells, USMC, 94, of Wheat Ridge, died Thursday at the Arvada Care and Rehabilitation Center. Wells, who received the Navy Cross, Bronze Star and Purple Heart, commanded the 3rd Platoon, Easy Co., 28th Marine Regiment, during the Battle of Iwo Jima. The 3rd Platoon was part of the invasion force, landing on February 19, 1945. It was a key unit in the frontal assault on Mt. Suribachi. Wells, thinking the frontal assault order from higher up was pure suicide, refused to give his marines the order...
  • Bodies of WWII US Marines recovered in Pacific

    07/09/2015 10:22:31 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 30 replies
    The bodies of 36 US Marines have been found on a remote Pacific island more than 70 years after they died in a bloody World War II battle, a member of the recovery team said. The remains of the men were discovered after a four-month excavation on Betio Island in Kiribati, director of US charity History Flight Inc., Mark Noah, told Radio New Zealand.
  • Bill 'Wild Bill' Guarnere, of 'Band of Brothers' fame, dies at 90

    03/09/2014 4:33:13 PM PDT · by Doogle · 25 replies
    AP via FOX ^ | 03/09/14 | ap via fox
    William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 90. His son, William Guarnere Jr., confirmed Sunday that his father died at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Guarnere was rushed to the hospital early Saturday and died of a ruptured aneurysm early Saturday night. "He had a good, long life," his son said. The HBO miniseries, based on a book by Stephen Ambrose, followed the members of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from training in Georgia in 1942 through some of...
  • Where was Tom Brokaw?

    01/22/2014 11:01:15 AM PST · by HalTa · 41 replies
    I know this is a few months old, but it's something that has been puzzling me. Where was Tom Brokaw when the "Greatest Generation" was being publicly disrespected and humiliated at the World War 2 memorial? All they wanted to do was visit this open air monument, {many in wheelchairs} that was dedicated to them. IN my mind, Brokaw should have been there, leading the charge to remove the barriers. I guess he had to make the choice, Greatest Generation or Obama. He chose Obama.
  • ‘Disgusting’: NBC viewers not amused by actress Natasha Leggero’s mockery of Pearl Harbor vets

    01/01/2014 7:14:47 AM PST · by LSUfan · 40 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 31 Dec 13 | Michelle Malkin
    As Twitchy readers will recall, the makers of SpaghettiOs apologized last month for a crass Pearl Harbor day promotional tweet. Actress and “comedian” Natasha Leggero, a co-host of NBC’s New Year’s Eve special along with TV/radio personality Carson Daly, apparently decided to double-down on stupid with a New Year’s Eve swipe at America’s greatest generation. Because nothing says festive like mocking WWII heroes who survived the Pearl Harbor raid.
  • Obama Acted Like a Beleaguered Dictator

    10/19/2013 9:57:22 PM PDT · by kathsua · 16 replies
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | October 18, 2013 | Reasonmclucus
    President Barack Obama's use of riot police to deal with WWII veterans wishing to visit their war memorial is the type of action one would expect of a dictator who's afraid protesters are attempting to overthrow him. Obama's obsession with keeping veterans away from their war memorial makes no sense. Why would a sane president do such a thing? Obama's actions indicate he is a compassion less vindictive individual who doesn't care about people. He wants to make himself feel important by pushing other people around. Obama blundered badly in Syria. His proposal to bomb Syria was the political equivalent...
  • Mount Rushmore blockage stirs anger in South Dakota

    10/05/2013 12:16:44 PM PDT · by mrreaganaut · 118 replies
    Kristi Noem Facebook Page ^ | Oct. 5, 2013 | Kristi Noem
    The federal government has been blocking people from pulling off the side of the road to view Mt. Rushmore! This is government arrogance at its worst. [The original article is from a source we cannot link to here on FR (Argus Leader).] This was taken from Kristi Noem's page (R-SD).
  • “Escort And Honor Ride”: Bikers Rally Today For WWII Vets At Closed Memorial

    10/05/2013 8:20:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies
    Gateway ^ | October 5, 2013 | Rachel Pulaski
    Today, from 9am to 11am, bikers will be rallying at Washington D.C.’s WWII Memorial that has been closed to the public due to the federal government shutdown. The bikers plan to honor the WWII veterans and show their support. ... Riders!…Kick Stands Up and lets ride for these American Heroes!! America’s Greatest Generation defended our rights 70 years ago. Now it’s time that we defend THEIR rights and ensure they have access to THEIR Memorials. It’s time we show our government that we will no longer tolerate the political thugs that feel they can punish America into submission!! We are...
  • We can see 2014 from the Barry-cades: New symbol of Obama’s presidency [Photoshops and Priceless!!)

    10/02/2013 3:06:09 PM PDT · by Vendome · 36 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10/02/13 | Twitchy Staff
    These are deliberate attempts to inflict pain on the public wherever they can, including shutting down our White House, Our National Parks and Mount Vernon? This is beyond silly and those GOP hacks had better find some back bone. Someone needs to hold this A-hole accountable. He needs a very public humiliation.
  • Governor Palin’s Call for Civil Disobedience Around the ‘Barrycades’

    10/02/2013 2:42:55 PM PDT · by Bratch · 81 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | October 2, 2013 | Steve Flesher
    Governor Palin hit the current day’s shameful behavior from Barack Obama just as we’d expect her to.Via Facebook: My Call For Civil Disobedience Around The “Barrycades” It’s beyond shameful to see Barack Obama disrespect and mistreat our World War II veterans so blatantly. Obama’s political stunt to “shut down” their memorial by barricade is to elicit an angry response to generate bad publicity for people the president uses in his continual blame game. Don’t believe me? Look at the “barricade” at the World War I Memorial: Check out the barricade at the World War One memorial—>— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn)...
  • Obama Putting Up More Barricades at World War Two Memorial This Morning

    10/02/2013 6:41:16 AM PDT · by kristinn · 563 replies
    Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | Kristinn
    Twitter photo by Charlie Spiering, the Washington Examiner.The Obama administration is adding more barricades at the World War Two Memorial in Washington, D.C. this morning, according to reporters on the scene.The reinforcements are being put in place apparently to prevent a repeat of yesterday when WWII veterans aided by several Republican Congressmen pushed aside barricades to visit their memorial.Buzzfeed got no response from the White House last night when queried about the administration closing the memorial to veterans.A report last night claimed that the Park Service would arrest veterans who attempt to visit the WWII Memorial.
  • Rand Paul: "Goons" blocked WWII Memorial

    10/02/2013 6:55:34 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 90 replies
    Politico ^ | October 2, 2013 | Lucy McCalmont
    Sen. Rand Paul blasted the federal government for trying to block World War II vets from visiting their memorial, saying “some idiot in government sent goons out there to set up barricades.” “If Harry Reid and the President want to keep the parks closed — I mean did you read the story today? Some idiot in government sent goons out there to set up barricades, so they couldn’t see the monument. People had to spend hours setting up barricades where there are never barricades to prevent people from seeing the World War II monument because they’re trying to play a...
  • Shutdown overreach: More personnel sent to WWII memorial than Benghazi

    10/02/2013 11:52:54 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 29 replies
    Shutdown overreach: More personnel sent to WWII memorial than Benghazi; Park Service closes park it doesn't run (Video at Link) The National Park Service is sending so many officials out to shut down federal parks from visiting Americans that at this rate it might have to suspend furloughs if the government closure continues. Two examples: -- At the World War II Memorial on The Mall in Washington, where veterans have been staging protests to keep it open...
  • 'What Are They Going to Do Next? Hang a Drapery Over Mt. Rushmore?'

    10/02/2013 11:02:56 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 46 replies
    ( - Government shutdown or not, there's no reason to keep elderly veterans away from the World War II Memorial, says Rep. Louie Gohmer (R-Texas), who was there on Tuesday when a group of 85- to 98-year-olds from entered the barricaded Memorial grounds. "It is a granite sidewalk -- it's a sidewalk!" Gohmert told Fox News on Wednesday."They (the National Park Service) spent extra money to go find barriers to put up in front of these World War II vets. And I'm wondering what are they going to do next -- hang a drapery over Mt. Rushmore? I mean, this...
  • Obama Administration Decided to Block Access to Memorials

    10/02/2013 10:44:16 AM PDT · by RedMDer · 50 replies
    breitbart ^ | 2 Oct 2013 | Mike Flynn
    On Monday, the first day of the government shutdown, a number of WWII veterans showed up at a memorial to their service to find that access had been blocked. The memorial is in a public space and is open 24/7, with almost no oversight from Park Police personnel. (Who, by the way, are exempt from the government shutdown.) The White House was, according to reports, informed of the veterans' visit and chose to block access. ... On Monday, the first day of the government shutdown, a number of WWII veterans showed up at a memorial to their service to find...
  • New wave of WWII veterans move barricades to access DC memorial

    10/02/2013 10:31:34 AM PDT · by Phillyred · 96 replies ^ | 10/2/13 | FoxNews
    <p>A new wave of veterans were forced to move barricades at the WWII Memorial in Washington Wednesday morning to gain access during the government slimdown, a spokeswoman from Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., told</p>
  • WWII vets see how government behaves when it faces irrelevance

    10/02/2013 10:28:14 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 2 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 10/2/13 | David Freddoso
    Several months ago, just before Sequestration began, the Department of Homeland Security preemptively released thousands of foreign nationals who were awaiting deportation, at least some of whom had serious criminal offenses on their records. (Child abuse, for example)... ...When bureaucrats are threatened with irrelevance or face appearing unneeded, they respond by inflicting as much pain as possible, in hopes that they can prove they’re necessary and get their budgets increased. And even worse, an administration trying to make a political point — as Obama’s is — has every incentive to make a shutdown felt as acutely as possible. So obviously,...
  • WWII memorial opened to vets

    10/02/2013 10:24:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 2, 2013 | Jeremy Herb
    The National Park Service opened the World War II Memorial Wednesday to veterans visiting from around the country. Carol Johnson, a National Parks Service spokeswoman, said the veterans' groups had been granted access Wednesday because it was deemed a first amendment demonstration. The memorial was still closed to the public, however, and Johnson said other war memorials on the National Mall would also be closed. But veterans could be seen visiting the Vietnam War Memorial about a half-mile away. The memorials were closed and barricaded because of the government shutdown that began Tuesday. Veterans arriving at the World War II...
  • Cruz Blames Obama's Fixation On Health Care For WWII Memorial Closure

    10/02/2013 9:21:19 AM PDT · by bimboeruption · 26 replies
    TPM ^ | 10-2-2013 | Catherine Thompson
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement Wednesday faulting the Obama administration for the closure of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Cruz's full statement: President Obama is so fixated on forcing Obamacare on the American people that he's even willing to deny World War II veterans the right to access the memorial they have earned through their heroic service. This scenario encapsulates the bigger problem in Washington. President Obama is so set on imposing his destructive, far-left ideology that his government is literally barricading World War II veterans out of their memorial and blocking funding to the...
  • WWII Vets Plan to Storm Barricades at Lincoln Memorial, After Obama ‘Goons’ Close Sites Down

    10/02/2013 8:40:41 AM PDT · by montag813 · 131 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 10-02-2013 | John Hill
    Above: National Park Service workers setting up new barricades this morning, around the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.- Yesterday, the Obama Administration got real petty over the partial government shutdown, sending employees to barricade memorial sites around Washington that are normally open 24/7. Thankfully, one group of WWII vets wasn't having ANY of it - removing barricades, with the help of fantastic GOP Reps. like Steve King (R-IA) and others - and refusing to be denied access to THEIR World War II Memorial. Well today, another group of WWII vets plan to do the same thing at the Lincoln Memorial,...
  • Veterans break past World War II Memorial barricade

    10/01/2013 11:17:12 AM PDT · by Freeport · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | October 1st, 2013 | Laura Koran and Ashley Killough
    Update 1:45 p.m. ET: House GOP leadership sources tell CNN they plan to vote on a series of bills to fund the government, beginning Tuesday with three measures–spending for veterans, the District of Columbia and the Park Service. Washington (CNN) – Busloads of World War II veterans, many in wheelchairs, broke past a barricade Tuesday morning to cross into the World War II Memorial, as onlookers applauded and a man playing the bagpipes led the way. Moments earlier, a few Republican members of Congress had removed a section of the black gates that surrounded the site, allowing a line of...
  • Police Arrest Man Who Beat, Carjacked WWII Vet In Detroit (video)

    03/11/2012 11:32:03 PM PDT · by trekdown · 28 replies ^ | March 2, 2012 | Mike Campbell
    A man who police say assaulted and carjacked an 86-year-old World War II veteran is behind bars Friday morning. Detroit Police say the 21-year-old suspect was arrested around 1 a.m. Friday. Aaron Brantley was on his way home from Bible study when he was assaulted in broad daylight and his car was stolen from a BP gas station on McNichols near Fairfield Street last week. Brantley told The Associated Press said several people passed by him as he crawled, unable to walk because his leg was broken in the attack. He eventually tried to pay a stranger to drive him...
  • Wisconsin (300) WWII veterans make journey to D.C.

    05/03/2010 9:57:41 AM PDT · by UB355 · 3 replies · 405+ views
    Milwaukee Jouirnal Sentinel ^ | 5/3/2010 | Meg Jones
    Washington — When Carl Oehlke woke up early Sunday, he carefully attached to his blue polo shirt his Purple Heart, the same medal President Franklin Roosevelt pinned on the 89-year-old New Berlin man at a naval hospital at Pearl Harbor more than six decades ago. He also was careful to pack a couple of handkerchiefs. Oehlke knew he would cry. Oehlke and 299 other World War II veterans from Wisconsin spent the day in the nation's capital visiting monuments and memorials. The highlight for Oehlke, and what started tears flowing in his eyes, was the World War II Memorial. "This...
  • Navajo Code Talkers to be in NYC Veterans parade

    11/10/2009 6:47:42 AM PST · by Dubya · 15 replies · 652+ views
    StarNews ^ | ULA ILNYTZKY
    NEW YORK - The famed Navajo Code Talkers, the elite Marine unit whose unbreakable code stymied the Japanese in World War II, fear their legacy will die with them. Only about 50 of the 400 Code Talkers are believed to be still alive, most living in the Navajo Nation reservation that spans Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Many are frail or ill, with little time left to tell the world about their wartime contribution. But on Wednesday, 13 of the Code Talkers are coming to New York City to participate for the first time in the nation's largest Veterans Day...
  • Protestors Invite Terrorism - (by former VP of both CBS and Gannett)

    03/27/2005 5:00:37 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 487+ views
    Veterans for Peace, the banners proclaimed as a minister said on a TV newscast, “After two years in Iraq, what have we gained … only the deaths of US soldiers and Iraqi civilians.” Most of us who are WWII veterans are all for peace. We don’t know anyone who prefers war over peace; however, we do know that it takes a war to obtain peace rather than to allow slavery or attacks by terrorists. We want a continued peace, not a temporary peace that will be regarded as a cowardly surrender by our terrorist enemies, thus causing more attacks on...
  • Passing of a Generation - Our Veterans - (military doctor's perspective - stirring!)

    03/15/2005 6:27:14 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 235+ views
    Email | MARCH 15, 2005 | CPT. Stephen R. Ellison, M.D.
    Won't Be Long And They Will Be Gone From a Military Doctor: I am a doctor specializing in the Emergency Departments of the only two military Level One-trauma centers, both in San Antonio, TX and they care for civilian Emergencies as well as military personnel. San Antonio has the largest military retiree population in the world living here As a military doctor, I work long hours and the pay is less than glamorous. One tends to become jaded by the long hours, lack of sleep, food, family contact and the endless parade of human suffering passing before you. The arrival...
  • Monument Honoring WWII Japanese-American Soldiers Defaced

    03/24/2004 9:56:23 AM PST · by Dbdaily · 16 replies · 311+ views
    Monument Honoring WWII Japanese-American Soldiers Defaced Police Not Sure If Vandalism Is Hate Crime POSTED: 2:27 pm PST March 23, 2004 UPDATED: 7:43 pm PST March 23, 2004 LOS ANGELES -- Police are trying to find those responsible for defacing a monument to Japanese-Americans who fought during World War II even as their loved ones were held in internment camps at home. About 20 star-like symbols, each surrounded by a circle, were carved into the Little Tokyo monument at Temple and Alameda streets, said Diane Tanaka of the Go For Broke Educational Foundation. The vandalism, discovered last Friday, occurred some...

    02/09/2004 12:01:47 PM PST · by gdyniawitawa · 2 replies · 108+ views
    Sky News ^ | Last Updated: 14:11 UK, Monday February 09, 2004
    LOTTERY WIN FOR WAR VETS Second World War veterans are to receive Lottery funding to pay for visits to the foreign battlegrounds where they fought. The Heroes Return Programme is being given £10m from the Lottery's New Opportunities Fund. The cash is to pay for trips to countries, battlefields and cemeteries where the veterans fought and lost comrades. Sergeant John Jones, 81, from Blaenau Ffestiniog, north Wales, was 18 when he enlisted in the Parachute Regiment in October 1942. "I'm lucky. I worked all my life. I can go to Arnhem (Netherlands) every year but a lot of old soldiers...
  • Online Registry for World War II Veterans Goes Live on National WWII Memorial Web Site

    07/03/2003 10:33:53 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 58 replies · 4,677+ views
    Online Registry for World War II Veterans Goes Live on National WWII Memorial Web Site 7/3/03 1:00:00 PM To: National Desk Contact: Mike Conley of the American Battle Monuments Commission, 703-696-6778; 571-216-6115 (cell); (additional contacts listed below) web: WASHINGTON, July 3 /U.S. Newswire/ -- At a time when fewer than one in ten adults recognize that 16 million Americans served in uniform during the Second World War, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) today introduced a World War II Registry online to document the names of those who participated in history's largest and most devastating war. The Registry...