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World War II Was Everywhere

| September 27, 2020 | 5 Comments
World War II Was Everywhere

… and so was the US Army. Part of this film was shot in Italy’s Volturno River area, showing us how difficult it was for the Army to build, under lousy weather conditions, a pontoon bridge that would hold up a tank and still stand up to the currents of the Volturno River in winter, […]

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Merrill’s Marauders: We Few, We Happy Few

| September 25, 2020 | 11 Comments
Merrill’s Marauders: We Few, We Happy Few

US Army photo Eight surviving members of Merrill’s Marauders will get a Congressional Gold Medal. It took some work and time, and it has paid off. The photo is from one of those jungle treks. Note the soldier on the bamboo bridge, leading the horse: the man is so skinny that you wonder how short […]

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Valor Friday

| September 25, 2020 | 5 Comments
Valor Friday

I’m going to start a new series about valorous chaplains. My first subject is a name known to many, in particular US Marines. The Grunt Padre himself, Father (Lieutenant) Vincent Capodanno. Capodanno was born in 1929 in Staten Island, NY. He’d go on to graduate high school there and attended college and seminary before becoming […]

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Oldest living US Marine celebrates 107th birthday in North Carolina

| September 24, 2020 | 8 Comments
Oldest living US Marine celebrates 107th birthday in North Carolina

The KoB sends us word on the 107th birthday of this Marine. The oldest living U.S. Marine celebrated her 107th birthday in Kannapolis, N.C., over the weekend, with a happy birthday greeting from the Marine Corps. Sgt. Dot Cole joined the Marines in 1943, trained at Camp Lejeune, then went to Quantico for an administrative role, the city of Kannapolis […]

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WWI British Tank Recovered

| September 21, 2020 | 8 Comments
WWI British Tank Recovered

You may recall that World War I came to as the result of actions by a Serbian malcontent named Gavril Princip, when he shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austro-Hungary in 1914.  You may recall that, at the time, the Austro-Hungarian empire was quite large. However, it did not include Serbia. With the assassination of the […]

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Valor Friday

| September 18, 2020 | 6 Comments
Valor Friday

Leo Rosskamm was a farmhand in Holsensolm, Germany, where he was born and raised, before World War II. In 1938, when he was about 18 years old, Herschel Grynszpan assassinated German diplomat Ernst vom Rath in Paris. Grynszpan, a 17 year old Polish Jew born in Germany, provided a perfect opportunity for the Nazis to […]

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Wreck of US sub lost in 1943 finally found

| September 17, 2020 | 5 Comments
Wreck of US sub lost in 1943 finally found

The USS Grenadier was a Tambor-class fleet submarine of the US Navy during WWII. The Tambor-class consisted of 12 ships with seven being lost during the war, the highest loss rate for any US submarine class in service during the war. Included in that was Grenadier, which was scuttled after being hit by Japanese bombs. […]

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Never Forget

| September 11, 2020 | 35 Comments
Never Forget

No, I won’t forget. Ever. None of us should.  These are newspaper front pages from 9-11-2001. That’s all I have to say.   https://www.businessinsider.com/september-11-911-newspaper-headlines-2018-9#the-washington-post-4

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