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Valor Friday

| April 9, 2021 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

It’s not often I’ll highlight the bravery of a belligerent on the side of one of our enemies. There are stories of camaraderie between enemies during war. Events like the Christmas Truce of 1914 during World War I or the mid-World War II near fatal damage to an American B-17 by a German Luftwaffe pilot […]

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USS Johnston (DD-557), lost in Battle Off Samar in 1943, discovered 21k feet below the waves

| April 3, 2021 | 7 Comments
USS Johnston (DD-557), lost in Battle Off Samar in 1943, discovered 21k feet below the waves

KoB sends in word about the amazing rediscovery of the lost WWII destroyer USS Johnston. Named after a US Navy Civil War hero, the ship was sunk in combat in the Battle Off Samar as part of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Of Johnston’s complement of 327 officers and men, 141 were saved. Of the […]

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An inspiration to us all….

| April 2, 2021 | 4 Comments
An inspiration to us all….

Pete Gray, the St. Louis Browns’ one-armed outfielder, batting at Yankee Stadium in May 1945. (Harry Harris/AP) This is a brief story about a handicapped ball player from the 1940s who became an inspiration to disabled World War II vets.  His name was Pete Gray. From the article:  At age six, while hitching a ride […]

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Valor Friday

| March 26, 2021 | 10 Comments
Valor Friday

Today’s subject comes by way of a request, though I have been wanting to do an article on him for quite some time. Students of history such as me are often drawn to the most interesting characters. By this I mean people whose personality can transcend their professional, even extraordinary, accomplishments. Fascinating historical figures like […]

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Tuesday tear jerker

| March 23, 2021 | 3 Comments
Tuesday tear jerker

Jeff LPH 3 forwarded this Military Times article about the above-pictured Staff Sergeant Mario Tonelli. Grab a box of tissues. Tonelli was a Notre Dame running back who scored the season ending touchdown on a 77-yard drive in 1937. Three years later he, like many of his generation joined the service. He was stationed at […]

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Valor Friday

| March 19, 2021 | 11 Comments
Valor Friday

Some of the tales I like to tell the most here are those you’ve likely never heard of. Not too long ago I talked of the World War II exploits of world famous mime Marcel Marceau. Today’s subject never came to fame later in life, but his work in occupied Europe is insanely impressive. René […]

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Repairs underway to save the decommissioned destroyer The Sullivans from taking on water

| March 17, 2021 | 7 Comments
Repairs underway to save the decommissioned destroyer The Sullivans from taking on water

Navy Times reports; Keeping the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park from going under during the pandemic has been hard enough without also having to worry about keeping one of its star attractions afloat. After losing 87 percent of its revenue because of COVID-19 closures and cancellations during the past year, the park […]

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Valor Friday

| March 12, 2021 | 8 Comments
Valor Friday

In the wake of the fall of the Soviet Union, the rest of the Communist Bloc countries also fell. Decades of ethnic and economic tensions boiled over. One place this came to a shooting war (and crimes against humanity like ethnic cleansing) was the former Yugoslavia, specifically Bosnia. As the civil war drew in forces […]

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