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Veterans Day 1961

| November 11, 2019 | 7 Comments
Veterans Day 1961

This is a brief video including part of Pres. Kennedy’s speech on Veterans Day Nov. 11, 1961. https://www.militarytimes.com/video/2019/11/11/hear-jfks-1961-veterans-day-remarks/  

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Weekend Open Thread: Die Schandmauer

| November 8, 2019 | 116 Comments
Weekend Open Thread:  Die Schandmauer

Tomorrow is the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the die Berliner Mauer (the Berlin Wall) – or as it was termed more colorfully by Willi Brandt, die Schandmauer (the Wall of Shame). It’s also the beginning of this year’s Veteran’s Day Weekend. That wall, and the events and East German policies regarding it, were […]

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Freedom Isn’t Free

| November 7, 2019 | 16 Comments
Freedom Isn’t Free

Lest we forget, it will be the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9. When it happened, it was broadcast on TV. To say that it was a euphoric event is an understatement. The YouTube video from historian Jamie Shea is well worth the time it takes to view it. […]

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A Small Blast From the Past

| November 7, 2019 | 13 Comments
A Small Blast From the Past

This is an excerpt from a book about Gene Rodenberry’s time in the South Pacific while in the Army Air Force, doing bombing runs in bad weather. https://www.militarytimes.com/military-honor/salute-veterans/2019/11/07/gene-roddenberrys-near-death-experiences-in-the-pacific-war/ Most of the footage I’ve seen from the Pacific shows clear blue skies and balmy weather, which was simply incorrect. As the author indicates, the crews of […]

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News From Iran

| November 5, 2019 | 8 Comments
News From Iran

Iran is spinning more centrifuges.  After all, they have to have some way to celebrate the anniversary of taking hostages at the US embassy, don’t they?  It’s only been – what? – 40 years. Gotta party! https://www.militarytimes.com/flashpoints/2019/11/04/iran-spins-more-centrifuges-on-anniversary-of-1979-us-embassy-crisis/ From the article: TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Monday broke further away from its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with […]

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Remains of B-17 bomber gunner identified

| October 27, 2019 | 6 Comments
Remains of B-17 bomber gunner identified

B-17 Flying Fortresses from the 398th Bombardment Group fly a bombing run to Neumunster, Germany, on April 13, 1945, less than one month before the German surrender on May 8. (Air Force) https://www.airforcetimes.com/veterans/military-history/2019/10/26/remains-of-army-air-forces-b-17-gunner-identified/ The remains of a B-17 Flying Fortress top turret gunner, shot down over Germany in World War II, have been recovered. Army Air Forces […]

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We Few… We Happy Few….

| October 25, 2019 | 13 Comments
We Few… We Happy Few….

October 25th is St. Crispin’s Day. This video excerpt of the Band of Brothers speech, from Kenneth Branagh’s “Henry V” movie is the possibly best of the many versions by many, many actors.   Following the battle, the King asked for the Non Nobis and Te Deum.      

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No Excuse For It – EVER

| October 20, 2019 | 34 Comments
No Excuse For It – EVER

The effort track down and try guards at Nazi concentration camps has never stopped. The two incidents below involve men in their 90s who were in their teens when they were at the concentration camp in Stutthoff, which is now Gdansk, in Poland. The articles at the links give the full story on each of […]

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