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"You're In the Army Now!"

“You’re In the Army Now!”

NOW THAT THE PAPERS ARE SIGNED – IT’S TIME TO WHIP THE MEN INTO SHAPE – BOOT CAMP!

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THEN – THE FINE TUNING OF YOUR SPECIALTY – MORE TRAINING!

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Humor – 

Courtesy of Chris

Courtesy of Chris

courtesy of Chris

courtesy of Chris

courtesy of Chris, found Here!

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HUMOR –  What the civilians were reading on Sunday mornings…….

The famous Toonerville Trolley!

The famous Toonerville Trolley!

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Personal Request – 

Many of these pictures were taken from a newly acquired book, “The Victory Era in Color,” by Jeff Ethell.  This book was previously owned and inside the front cover was written — Harold L. Gregg 33294371 4 Oct 42 – 23 Dec 45 – 3 yrs – 3mos – 5 days

My request — Does ANY ONE have information on this person?

AND – a SHOUT OUT!!  to you vets in Arkansas – does this post today bring back any memories????

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Farewell Salutes – 

Pearl Agopsowicz – Calgary, CAN; CWAC, WWIIbig-hawk-thumbnail1

Thomas Birdsall – San Antonio, TX; US Navy, WWII & US Army MSgt. (Ret. 22yrs.)

Eugene Goldberg – NYC & Wellington, FL; Merchant Marine WWII, ETO

Paul Hicks – Boynton Beach, FL; US Navy, Cuban Missile Crisis

Owen “Osca” Hughes – Kingston, AUS; RA Navy, Rear Admiral (Ret.)

John Norton – Port Angeles, WA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, pilot/ US Air Force, Korea

James Perone – Westerly, RI; US Army, WWII, ETO

Cedric Sutherland – Tauranga, NZ; RNZ Air Force  # 441837, WWII

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Marine Dog – Lucca

Two Heroes!

Two Heroes!

Marine dog, Lucca, was given a wonderful tribute in the Parade Sunday magazine.  After more than 400 missions in Afghanistan, no one had been hurt by an IED when they were with her.  She was the only one that the Green Berets felt comfortable hugging after a tough day.

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Mamma Lucca, as she is nicknamed, was injured herself.  Handler Col. Juan “Rod” Rodriguez quickly applied a tourniquet and she was air-lifted to one veterinary team after another in all-out attempts to save her life.  They succeeded, but Lucca lost her left-front leg in the action.  You can see her honorary Purple Heart on her harness.  Today she lives with her original trainer, Gunnery Sgt. Chris Willingham and his family.  She continues to serve at VA hospitals and in schools.

Could someone please explain to me WHY this Hero’s Purple Heart is considered HONORARY??

If anyone is interested in adopting one of these dogs, check into – US War Dogs.org.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Heroes R.I.P.

Heroes R.I.P.

Stanley “Stosh” Bargy – Mattydale, NY; US Navy, Korea

G. Hayden Green – Anchorage, AK; US Army, Korea

Robert Harris – Plymouth, IN; USMC, Korea

Eugene Humphries – Shelley, ID; US Army, WWII, Aleutians & PTO

James Novak, Sr – Olathe, KS; US Army, WWII

Winfield Ruder – Wappingers Falls, NY; Merchant Marines, WWII

George Tillman – Perry, FL; US Army, WWII & Korea, SSgt.

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Gold Star Mothers Day

Gold Star Mother plaque

Gold Star Mother plaque

The Gold Star Mother’s Club was started after the First War to End All Wars.

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A living serviceman has a blue star on the banner, the deceased troops are assigned the gold star.

Aletta Sullivan

Aletta Sullivan

The single most famous Gold Star Mother (and rightly so…) was Aletta Sullivan, mother of the 5 Sullivan brothers.

Memorial at Yonkers, NY

Memorial at Yonkers, NY

Memorial at Stanton Plaza, Manchester, NH

Memorial at Stanton Plaza, Manchester, NH

The Gold Star Mothers deserved our honor and respect and especially on this day.

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Current WWII news – 

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fig_05.jpg.CROP.promo-xlarge (800x569)The island of Kiska, Alaska, in the Aleutians was the site of Japanese invasion and battles.  Today it is the site of untouched relics from those days.  These photos were taken by a research team allowed on the island by special permission.

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FOR ANYONE WHO OWNS A CELL PHONE!!

*or has a child that does *

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courtesy of  Lord Beari of Bow who can be located HERE!

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Farewell Salutes – 

Peter Allen – Evanston, IL; US Army, WWII, engineers, Korea, Captain, MP 8th Army

Cora @ Fresh Start

Cora @ Fresh Start

Kerry Briand – Ottawa, CAN; RC Navy, Lt., HMCS Magnificent & Bonaventure

Carl Clark – Keyser, WV; US Navy, WWII

Frank Mariano – Solvay, NY; US Army, Korea

Allen Murphy, Albany, NZ; RNZ Navy # 12507, CPO (Ret.)

John Starsky – Lawrence, KS; US Navy, WWII, PTO

Howard Warren – Gadsden, AL; US Army, Vietnam

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There I Was…

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A look back to the Civil Air Patrol and a cadet in training.

Originally posted on Renaissance Musings:

There is one aspect of my experience that has been mentioned only in passing that was very important to me, but more importantly, generated some pretty good stories. I am adding a new category called “There I was…” that will be devoted to aviation and flying.
I have been interested in airplanes and flying all of my life—as far back as I can remember. On major gift giving holidays, beginning about age 5, someone in my family would give me a plastic airplane model kit. At first, I was not very adept at putting them together, and I recall spilling the plastics glue on a table top (a good piece of furniture) and being banished from the living room forever with anything even resembling a plastic model.

That was okay because I had my own room and an unfinished (i.e., inexpensive) wooden desk. That plus a sheet of wax paper…

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21-31 December 1941

Non-military objectives of the Philippines. (top) Pasay and (bottom) Cavite

Non-military objectives of the Philippines. (top) Pasay and (bottom) Cavite

 

21-30 December, the 11th Indian Division retreated into southern Malaya and the Japanese were freed to push back the Australian troops.  The following link comes with a WARNING!  I located a video of Indian action in the war but there is Graphic Violence____HERE!

 

The big guns of Corregidor respond.

The big guns of Corregidor respond.

23 December, the American and Filipino units on Luzon, Philippines, began moving into the Bataan Peninsula.  MacArthur was commanding from Corregidor and declared Manila an ‘open-city.’  The next day, 7,000 Japanese troops landed at Lamon Bay on the island and entrap the Allied soldiers on the peninsula.

24 December, after 2 weeks of steady bombardment and the landing of Japanese troops, Wake Island succumbed and US forces surrendered.  /  The vital British naval and air base at Rangoon, Burma received a major air bombardment.

 

24-31 December, along 400 miles of Borneo’s coast, the Japanese made amphibious landings at Kuching.  By the end of the year, the British troops were in general retreat throughout the Dutch East Indies as German-trained Japanese paratroopers were dropped on Sumatra.  On the 25th, Hong Kong officially surrendered.  /  And, on the 31st, Admiral Nimitz officially took command of the US Pacific Fleet.

PM John Curtin

PM John Curtin

Churchill and FDR had their first meeting, during which a message arrived from V.G. Bowden, Australia’s representative in Singapore, saying that the deterioration in the “defense of Malaya was assuming landslide proportions.”  Churchill denied the truth of the message despite South Africa’s Prime Minister Smuts argument, “that unless Japanese moves are countered by a very large scale action, they [Japan] may overrun the Pacific.”

Australia’s PM, John Curtin, challenged Churchill and his strategies, this dispute brought public the conflicts between the two men.  Churchill remained defiant by saying:  “…countries of the Far East simply have to accept a greater degree of threat…”  As Australia’s forces were scattered around the globe, Japan continued to sweep south and the plans for “Germany First” only allowed 2 inferior naval fleets to cover the Indian Ocean and the vast Pacific.

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On 26 December, at the “Arcadia” meeting, FDR discussed the possibility of a unified command in the Far East. (Actually an idea of Gen.Marshall’s, relayed by the pres.).  Churchill violently disagreed  until he discovered that they wanted General Archibald Wavell as the commander.  The British Chiefs of Staff felt it was somehow a “a Roosevelt trick,” the Far East was crumbling and Wavell would be blamed.  They answered, “Let some American take the post.”  Churchill did not want to surrender responsibility for Singapore to the US, “Think what the Australians would make of that!”  FDR was insulted – but a unified command was formed at the meeting.

Adm. Nimitz replaces Adm. Kimmell (left) and Knox visits Nimitz in Hawaii.

Adm. Nimitz replaces Adm. Kimmell (left) and Knox visits Nimitz in Hawaii.

While complaining about the humidity during his 6 days in Palm Springs, Florida, Churchill displayed “a wild and childish temper” at the Australians and their concerns over their own defense.  Although he considered Singapore to be a total loss, the Prime Minister told the Australians that there was strength at the ‘Fortress’ and the men would “hold out to the last.”  He then diverted his attention to Burma.  New Zealand on the other hand continued to receive his praise for their loyalty.

The proud Roosevelt's Christmas card for 1941.

The proud Roosevelt’s Christmas card for 1941.

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Most photos are from “The Veterans of Foreign Wars Pictorial History of the Second World War” vol. 2; the last two photos are from John Tolands, “Infamy and the Aftermath.”

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Humor –  political cartoons of the times____

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Farewell Salutes – 

Howard Abisch – Tamarac, FL; US Army, WWII, 44th Infantry Division, ETO

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passing of the colors

Lawrence Bradley – Wowan, AUS.; RAAF # 25047, WWII

Gordon Cates – Vancouver, CAN.; RC Army, WWII

Charles Bandelier – New Haven, IN; USMC, WWII

Vito Ernest – New Haven, NY; US Army, WWII, ETO

Anthony Hobbs – Hamilton, NZ; RNZ Navy # 2027, WWII, Chief Petty Officer

Robert Pavlik – Boca Raton, FL; US Army, Korea

Harvey Stewart – Huntsville, AL; US Army, Korea & Vietnam, Chaplain, Colonel, (Ret. 31 years)

Patricia Wentz – born: Edinburgh, SCOT, McLean, VA; British Military SOE (cryptographer for European resistance), ETO

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14 – 20 December 1941

Clarkfield, P.I., aftermath depicted in a Japanese print

Clarkfield, P.I., aftermath depicted in a Japanese print

Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox reported to the white House after his visit to Hawaii.  He did not accuse Admiral Kimmell or General Short of dereliction of duty and did point out that neither of the commanders were privy to the Magic intelligence intercepts.   Secretary of War, Henry Stimson was unaware of this interaction.  He had already sent a replacement to Pearl for General Short.  Pres. Roosevelt, displeased with Knox’s exoneration, called a meeting of high officials (including Knox).  A paper was given to each with the information they were permitted to mention at their press conferences.  It was to be admitted that the Army and Navy were unprepared and Kimmell and Short were to blame.  Knox’s own press release was verbatim of that paper. (Future posts will deal with the Kimmell and Short hearings as they fit into this history.).

Sec. of the Navy, Frank Knox

Sec. of the Navy, Frank Knox

Henry Stimson

Henry Stimson

 

15 December, to replace Admiral Kimmell, the White House discussions quickly agreed on RAdmiral Chester W. Nimitz, who was actually startled by the promotion.  He remarked to his wife, “… the fleet’s at the bottom of the sea.  Nobody must know that here, but I’ve got to tell you.”

16 December, the Japanese 19th Division landed on the northern coast of Borneo and pushed the British and Dutch troops into retreat.  A conquest of the Dutch East Indies would enable the enemy to dominate the southwestern sector of the Pacific and make an invasion of Australia possible.  Also on this date, the Allied airbase at Victoria Point in Burma fell into enemy hands.  This cut off aerial supplies to the local British forces.

Clarkfield days before attack

Clarkfield days before attack

19 December, a Japanese regiment from Palau took over Davao, a major port on Mindanao in the Philippine Islands.  It would serve as a staging point for the continued Dutch East Indies invasions and for further Philippine islands.  The British forces on Penang (off the coast of Malaya) were forced off that island.

The Japanese 38th Infantry Division of 40,000 men landed at Hong Kong.  They outnumbered the British garrison of 12,000 men.  The British were forced to withdraw behind the Perak River in central Malaya while the 11th Indian Division fought to delay the Japanese push.

Flying Tigers

Flying Tigers

20 December, over China, 10 Japanese bombers were shot down by US pilots of the Flying Tiger “volunteer” force.  This was the first engagement for the First American Volunteer Group based in Kunming.  The three fighter squadrons had been composed from the US Army Air Corps, Navy and Marines and commanded by Claire Lee Chennault.  Acting as a private military contractor group, they received 3-times the pay of the American military – plus bonus.  They would be replaced in July 1942 by the US Army 23rd Fighter Group.

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Humor – 

Despite today’s cutbacks – the military will continue to grow….

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Farewell Salutes – 

Farewell...

Farewell…

Rocco Barone – Point Pleasant, NJ; US Army, WWII

Micharl “MJ” Duersten – Racine, WI & Tequesta, FL; US Army, Korea

Graham Greenwood – Christchurch, NZ; RNZ Air Force # 452668, WWII, Squadron Leader, SSgt. 2NZEF & AK179 Z Special Force

Earl Johnson – Ottawa, CAN; RC Navy, WWII

Howard Lord – Monticello, IN; US Army

Fred MacGregor JR. – Chatsworth Greene, VT; USMC, WWII, PTO / US Army, Korea, Captain

Obert Ouimette – WPalm Beach, FL; USMC, WWII

Donald Raybuck – Cabot, PA; US Army, MP, Vietnam

Roger Stanley – Saraland, AL; USMC, Vietnam

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day (2)

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FOR ALL THOSE WHO BORE THE TRIALS – PAST AND PRESENT – MAY THEY ALWAYS COME HOME!

To view last years POW/MIA Day post click HERE

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POW/MIA

by: Abe Jones

For as long as we have Wars
And we send our Young to fight
We’ll have Those who are Missing
And the P.O.W.’s plight.
 
All People of this Nation
Have this Duty to fulfill,
We must keep Them in our thoughts
And, We must have the Will
 
To bring every One home
And those POW/MIAs
And leave NO Souls behind.
 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Pamela Brement – Tucson, AZ; civilian internee, WWII, Philippinespowmia

John Gulberanson – Roveville, MN; US navy, WWII, POW Santo Tomas, Philippines; Korea

Richard Klema – Wilson, KS & Morro Bay, CA; US Army, WWII, ETO, POW

Buel Knight – Tuscaloosa, AL; US Army, ETO, POW / USMC, Korea, Vietnam

Bruno Lombardi – San Francisco, CA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, ETO, 91st Bomb Group, Purple Heart, POW

Robert Miller – Owosso, Mich; US Army, WWII, ETO, POW

Danile Segrete – Northport, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, POW

Harry Shevchuck – Wilmington, DE; US Army, WWII, ETO, POW

John Swett – Chicago, IL; US Army, WWII, ETO, POW

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US Air Force 67th Birthday

Thunderbird pilots w/ their planes

Thunderbird pilots w/ their planes

The official birthday for the US Air Force is 18 September 1947 as enacted under the National Security Act of 1947.

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See the video for the US Air Force 67th Birthday right  Here!

 

 

 

HIGH FLIGHT

by: John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed
and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – 
Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flug
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delicious burning blue
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
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US Army Air Corps, "Hap" Arnold's wings

US Army Air Corps, “Hap” Arnold’s wings

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Air Force Humor – Military-humor-funny-joke-air-force-aircraft-b-52-concert

With all the cut backs - they need to test the new equipment

With all the cut backs – they need to test the new equipment

 

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Jay Angell – Wellsville, NY; US Army Air Corps, SSgt., WWII

May they soar w/ their fellow pilots forever....

May they soar w/ their fellow pilots forever….

John Archer – Boise, ID; US Air Force, Korea, (Ret. 20 years)

David Blatchford – Colorado; US Army Air Corps, WWII

Robert Morris – Glen Ridge, NJ; US Army Air Corps, 2nd Lt., WWII

Edwin Neff – Richmond Hill, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII, Middle East

Homer Scales Jr. – Newburgh, IN; US Air Force, Korea

James Slayter – Topeka, KS; US Air Force, Korea

P.J. Thomas – Jacksonville, FL; US Army Air Corps, Col. (Ret.), Bronze Star

Leslie Utley – Mayville, NY; US Army Air Corps, WWII

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10-12 December 1941

Indian troops

Indian troops

 

Basically the Japanese Blitzkrieg continued on for approximately another six months, but from here on out the Pacific War data will be titled by month and year.  I hope my efforts help to make the sequence of events for this historic era more clear.  Please remember the comment section is always looking for the stories you know.  No one should ever be forgotten!

FDR's fireside chats

FDR’s fireside chats

10 December – Roosevelt gave his ‘fireside chat’ on the radio to unite the citizens of the US against the Japanese, (despite the fact that every military enlistment post being full of volunteers).  But, even though the majority appeared to hold a favorable acceptance of avenging Pearl Harbor, there were sounds of discontent in Congress as to the reason America was caught by surprise.  The unity, instantly brought on by the attack in Hawaii, was at this point halted by the question – WHY?

No.2 Company, Bombay Sappers  (Engineers)

No.2 Company, Bombay Sappers (Engineers)

One Representative quoted the news correspondent, Leland Stowe in Chungking, “…it seems incomprehensible here how the Japs were able to get to the Army’s big airfields in Oahu and without large numbers of American fighters getting into the air promptly… On Sunday evening [Chungking time], at least one hour before the Japanese blitz on Hawaii, an official of the US gunboat “Tulitz” [Tutuila], warned your correspondent: It is going to happen tonight.'”

11 December – Adolph Hitler solved a major problem for President Roosevelt by declaring war on the United States.  If the president had been forced to act first, he would have risked losing support of a large portion of the country.

Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh’s entry into his diary for 11 December read: “Now all that I feared would happen has happened.  We are at war all over the world and we are unprepared for it from either a spiritual or a material standpoint.  And then what?  We haven’t even a clear idea of what we are fighting to attain.”

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12 December – the British 18th Division and four squadrons of fighters were diverted to Bombay to strengthen the Indian divisions.  No matter how serious the setbacks became in the Far East, Churchill will remain steadfast in his belief that it did not deserve a fleet.  It was Britain’s third matter of priority at the onset and would remain so.

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

A quote from Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet of Japan told a friend, “…after more than 4 exhausting years of operations in China, we are now considering simultaneous operations against the US, Britain and China, and then operations against Russia as well.  It is the height of folly.”

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Humor –  courtesy of our fellow blogger Chris, found HERE! 

 

"Alright sailor!  Let's get that hat squared away!"

“Alright sailor! Let’s get that hat squared away!”

Navy training...

Navy training…

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Jewell Coffindaffer – Charleston, WV; US Navy, WWII, SeaBees (grandson, MSgt. Vance is currently in Afghanistan)

Andrew Cunningham – W. Australia; RA Navy, HMAS Perth, Karangi, Nizam, Napier, Nepal & 4th WSLS Category (14 years)

Charles Dyer – Jupiter, FL; US Air Force, Korea

Billy Gourley – Shreveport, LA; US Army, Korea, Signal CorpsTaps

Michael Heitzman – Louisville, KY; US Air Force (Ret. 20 years)

Kenneth Raines – New Zealand; RNZ Navy # 1459, WWII

Jadwiga Szyrynski – Ottawa, CAN; Polish Army, nurse, WWII

Frank Torre – Brooklyn, NY & Jupiter FL; US Army, Korea, (MLB player)

Charles Weber – Bridgeville, PA; US Army, Korea & Vietnam, (Ret. 21 years)

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Japanese Blitzkrieg (2)

"Prince of Wales" & "Repulse"

“Prince of Wales” & “Repulse”

After hearing President Roosevelt’s ‘Infamy’ speech, the British War Cabinet suggested to their Prime Minister to continue their same gentle approach in dealing with America.  Churchill replied, “Oh!  That is the way we talked to her while we were wooing her; now that she is in the harem, we talk to her quite differently.”

9 December, the Thai capital of Bangkok became occupied by the Japanese.  The Gilbert Islands, Tarawa atoll and Makin of the Central Pacific were now in the hands of the enemy.

Royal Engineers prepare to blow a bridge at Kuala Lampur

Royal Engineers prepare to blow a bridge at Kuala Lampur

In Burma, Betong fell on 10 December and Alor Setar, on the northwest coast, 3 days later, which secured all the airfields in the northern sector.  Britain had the 9th and 11th British/Indian divisions along with some Malayan and Australian units for defense.  Their 110 planes (only 50 remained after the initial attack) were up against Japan’s 530 aircraft of Force Z.

Wake Island location

Wake Island location

Adm. Kimmell, at Pearl Harbor, a midst the cleanup, had already made plans to send relief to Wake Island and deploy the 3 cruiser groups Japan had failed to locate: (1)- Adm. Wilson Brown’s to the Marshalls to keep the enemy busy in the south; (2)- Adm. Fletcher’s to Wake directly with a new fighter squadron, and; (3)- Adm. Halsey to guard Pearl Harbor and then follow behind Brown’s group.

Frank Mason's rendition of the "Prince of Wales" & "Repulse" destructions

Frank Mason’s rendition of the “Prince of Wales” & “Repulse” destructions

10 December, off Kuantan, in the South China Sea, the HMS Prince of Wales and the Repulse were by enemy submarine torpedoes and aircraft in a series of 4 attacks that lasted 2 hours; 840 seamen were KIA.

On Guam, the Government House in Agana was bombed.  The Japanese force of 8 destroyers, 2 gunboats, 6 sub-chasers, 2 minesweepers, 2 tenders and the 5th Defense Force had arrived.  The Guam Insular Force Guard (GIFG) and a small American garrison (about 400 men) were quickly defeated as over 5,000 troops of the Japanese South Seas Detached Force landed at Tumon Bay and Talafofo Bay.  The GIFG had 4 KIA and 22 WIS; the US forces lost 13 KIA and 13 WIA.

Clark Field shortly before attack

Clark Field shortly before attack

By this date about half of the Far East Air Force was destroyed on the ground at Clark, TBU and Nicholls airfields in the Philippines.  The Japanese 16th Division landed in southeast Luzon at Lamon Bay and cut across to Tiaong on their way to Manila.  By the 13th, Filipino and US forces were about to be surrounded.

Wake Island

Wake Island

11 December, on Wake Island, the defenses repulsed an attempted Japanese landing with the remaining maintenance crews still on the island all volunteering to act as soldiers.  Despite the 3 days of enemy bombardment, the US shore gunners sank 2 destroyers and damaged a cruiser.  The Japanese fleet they were up against included the 6th Destroyer Squadron under RAdm. Sadamichi Kajioka on his flagship Yubari, 2 medium transports, 2 submarines, 2 light cruisers Tenryu and Tatsuta, 2 destroyers under RAdm. Kuninori Marumo.  The aerial bombing would continue for 8 days.

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For Family Service – 

courtesy of fellow blogger, Patty B.

courtesy of fellow blogger, Patty B.

To view an example – check out the Family History category for fellow blogger Jim Reillly – CLICK HERE!

To visit Patty B – CLICK HERE!

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Humor of the Day -

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These humorous postcards are courtesy of Chris, who you can locate RIGHT HERE!

 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Herman Boles – Mongomery, AL; US Army, WWII

Never Forget

Never Forget

Frank Butcher – Maryborough, AUS.; RA Navy # B4606, WWII, Stoker 1st Class

Marion “Bill” Cabble Jr. – Princeton, WV; US Army (Ret. 26 years), Vietnam

James Fleming – Richmond, CAN; RC Army, WWII, South Saskatchewan Regiment

Carl Hoberg – Ridgecrest, CA; US Army, Sgt., Combat Engineers, Vietnam

James Jolly – Fresno, CA; US Army, WWII, 69th Div., ETO, 2 Bronze Stars, Purple Heart

William MacMcShane Jr. – Erie, PA; US Navy, SeaBee, Vietnam

Alice Payne – Kingsport, TM; WACS, Korea

Alex Woolston – Manunui, NZ; RNZ Navy # 16496

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