WWII

WWII

Army Air Corps, WWII, “OK Boys, Put Some Clothes on those Girls”

“Ok boys, put some clothes on those girls.  We’re going home!” Apparently no one worried about nose art on the bombers…over there. (I don’t know who originally wrote this, but it was provided by one of our regular contributors, Ray Kasey, of New Jersey. Did you know that more airmen died in WWII ...
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Let’s remember Pearl Harbor . . . and the start of the American era

USS Arizona (BB-39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Source National Archives (Catalog ID 195617)
USS Arizona (BB-39) burning after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Source Natl Archives (Catalog ID 195617)   Wow! Magazine by Bookworm Room We remember Pearl Harbor, not just because it was an infamous attack on a peaceful nation, but because it marked the start of America’s world dominance. ...
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Ripples… From Pearl to Paterson

[This is a re-post of an essay published on December 7, 2016 and December 7, 2012 by our friend/fellow patriot, Moos.] The Attack On December 7th 1941, on an otherwise peaceful Sunday morning on a beautiful Hawaiian island, the first wave of Japanese airplanes left 6 aircraft carriers and ...
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As Pearl Harbor Survivors Dwindle, Their Stories Remain Timeless

[This is a re-post from December 7, 2017.] DoD Live By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity Dec. 7 marks the 76th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a sneak attack by the Japanese in 1941 that took many American lives and thrust the United States into World War ...
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The Magic Carpet That Brought Everybody Home – WWII

Overjoyed troops returning home on the battleship USS Texas
Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills (Courtesy of our Vietnam War combat vet, Mike Collins, this is how my Dad got home in ’45.) The U.S. military experienced an unimaginable increase during World War II. In 1939, there were 334,000 servicemen, not counting the  Coast Guard. In 1945, there were over 12 ...
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SOS on Toast

Veterans’ Tales by Vassar The other morning one of our local radio personalities was pitching a fancy restaurant in the Richmond area, and he proudly announced that their most popular entre was chipped beef on toast. A ten dollar platter these days, and whudda thunk it? People paying ten dollars ...
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Gai-jin (ガイジン) Redux

Gaijin, pronounced “guy-jin” is a Japanese word meaning “foreigner”. But it is much more than that. I lived in Japan 1972-1975 as an Army officer. And I had studied Japanese for four semesters in college to satisfy my language requirements. A solid C-student, I came away with the speaking ...
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Kamikaze Action Report – sample from May 1945

Pacific Paratrooper by GP Cox The USS Evans and Hadley departed from the Hagushi anchorage at Yomitan, Okinawa on the afternoon of 10 May 1945, under orders of CTG 51.5, and arrived on Radar Picket Station #15 about 1500.  Other ships in support on that station were LSM 193, LCS 82, LCS 83 ...
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