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Finding The Missing….

| October 8, 2019 | 14 Comments
Finding The Missing….

Two stories about searching for missing relatives from World War II: It was cloudy in California on Oct. 26, 1944, the day New Jersey resident and Women Airforce Service Pilot Gertrude Tompkins went missing while delivering a P-51D Mustang fighter plane to Newark in the midst of World War II. Tompkins was one of 1,074 women who completed brutal […]

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Better Late Than Never

| September 19, 2019 | 17 Comments
Better Late Than Never

A World Warr II tanker crewman was recently awarded the Bronze Star. From the article: Smoyer, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was part of a famous March 6, 1945, duel in Cologne, Germany, where his Pershing tank destroyed a German Panther tank about three weeks after D-Day. The battle was captured on film and Smoyer became known […]

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Ed Doyle – Phony Korea & Vietnam Ranger

| September 2, 2019 | 78 Comments
Ed Doyle – Phony Korea & Vietnam Ranger

The folks at Military Phony send us their work on Edward Michael Doyle who was a featured veteran in the New Brunswick (GA) newspaper.  Click the icon below to read the article. Rather than paraphrase the entire article, we will briefly list his claims here: Service: Army, 26 years Duties: Ranger Rank: Sergeant major Awards: Distinguished Service Cross; Purple […]

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Screaming Eagle Found in Louisiana

| August 11, 2019 | 10 Comments
Screaming Eagle Found in Louisiana

A WWII gliderman (glider crew member) with a heavy Cajun accent is still alive and living in Louisiana. As a member of a glider crew (n this case, the 321st “Screaming Eagles” Glider Field Artillery Battalion, 101st Airborne Division), delivering troops and supplies into Normandy, he might have been found sitting in a Jeep, waiting […]

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World War I Movie Preview

| August 2, 2019 | 25 Comments
World War I Movie Preview

This is a YoutTube preview of the World War I movie “1917”. By Spielberg’s Amblin Partners and Sam Mendes, due out in December. This article on Military Times reviews the trailer: https://www.militarytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2019/08/01/the-first-trailer-for-the-star-studded-world-war-i-film-1917-is-here-and-its-a-must-see/ The preview is striking enough in and of itself. If I read it right, there is nothing spared in portraying the reality of the […]

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Valor Friday

| July 19, 2019 | 3 Comments
Valor Friday

USS Hawkbill Here’s Mason once again, providing us with his expertly researched essays about American valor. Todays VF post is a two-fer, as he details the careers of a father and son pair, who were each awarded the Navy Cross for their actions during WWII. Here’s Mason: Mason One thing that frequently appears while researching […]

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The Cold Blue

| May 17, 2019 | 40 Comments
The Cold Blue

The Cold Blue Directed by Erik Nelson (Dreams with Sharp Teeth, A Gray State), The Cold Blue takes an inside look at the daily life of men of the Eighth Air Force, who flew mission after deadly mission in World War II. The film features newly restored 4K footage and outtakes, shot by director William Wyler (Oscar winner […]

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The Berlin Airlift Candy Bomber

| May 13, 2019 | 8 Comments
The Berlin Airlift Candy Bomber

The Berlin Airlift is back in the news. The “Candy Bomber” now has a baseball field at Tempelhof Airport named for him. https://www.militarytimes.com/2019/05/12/baseball-field-dedicated-to-98-year-old-us-wwii-veteran-as-germans-recall-berlin-airlift/ Germans are celebrating the anniversary of the USAAF’s efforts to keep Berlin supplied with food and fuel at the end of World War II, despite Stalin’s attempt to seize control of the […]

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