World War II

World War II

WWII Aircraft Nose Art (VIDEO)

Source: Calgary Mosquito Society YouTube Channel H/t Preserving the Past via Pacific Paratrooper. ...
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World War II Veteran Interrupts Trump’s Pearl Harbor Speech to Sing ‘Remember Pearl Harbor’

There is something truly amazing about our veterans, especially our World War II veterans.  They have seen it all.  They have been through it all.  Many survived while many others did not and yet, through it all, their love of God, family, Our country and Our flag remains as ...
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HMAS Australia

Pacific Paratrooper by G. P. Cox Possibly the ship with the most colorful World War II history was HMAS Australia, fondly known as “The Aussie”. The Aussie fought for almost the entire duration of the war. A county class cruiser commissioned in 1928 she was the second ship to bear the name ...
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Trained as a Kamikaze – and lived – Intermission Story (26)

Pacific Paratrooper by G. P. Cox KASAMA, Japan –  The pilots filed into the room and were presented with a form that asked if they wanted to be kamikaze. It was multiple-choice, and there were three answers: “I passionately wish to join,” ”I wish to join,” and “I don’t ...
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The Soldiers’ Pocket Books That Legitimized Paperbacks

Soldiers in Virginia wrangle with hardcover books donated through the VBC. Image via Atlas Obscura.
“Here is something else that began during WWII that we now take for granted.” ~ GP Cox, Pacific Paratrooper By Nicholas C. Rossis Even though pamphlets and softcover books have been available in Europe since the 16th century, US readers looked down on them until well into the 20th ...
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The Elephant Company – Intermission Story (14)

Pacific Paratrooper by G. P. Cox James Howard “Billy” Williams went to Burma in 1920, fresh out of the service for WWI, for a position as a ‘forest man’.  It was there he became increasingly educated on the intelligence, character and welfare of elephants. When Japan invaded Burma in ...
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Remembering the Remarkable Louis Zamperini

Nearly seven decades ago, the world was sure Louie Zamperini was dead. There were good reasons. Among them: The former Olympic athlete’s bomber had crashed into the Pacific, no one had heard from him since, and his death certificate had been signed by then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The story ...
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11th Airborne Division – end of 1944

    Pacific Paratrooper by G. P. Cox My father swore that this incident occurred, but on which island, I can not say. Although Smitty already felt great respect for his commander, General Swing, he developed even more after witnessing this event: “A bunch of us were hunkered down ...
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