Evacuation to The Pen

A PART OF 7 DECEMBER 1941 THAT VERY FEW THINK ABOUT_____

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on August 5, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Civilians – mostly all innocent – become the victims when leaders fail in their job. This is a sound example. Thanks for the link, gpcox.

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  2. Interesting story, ironic that the great old hotels become a place of refuge in war, the same happened in Vietnam.
    Regards
    Ian

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  3. This took me instantly to a book I found on my father’s shelves, Through Japanese Barbed Wire by Gwen Priestwood. The book was published in 1944 because Gwen escaped from a civilian prison camp in Hong Kong and walked through China to freedom. It’s quite a story.

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  4. This post reminded me of a similar story I read recently in this book http://www.olgahawkes.co.nz/RussianAtHeart.html

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  5. Dear gpcox, thank you for re-blogging our article, we have been absolutely delighted to see so many comments and likes.

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    • My pleasure, Amelia. I have been holding onto the post’s address since I first read it. So many of us associate 7 December with Pearl Harbor and forget how much of the rest of the Pacific exploded that day (8 Dec. over there). I have a wonderful group of friends here, a regular community who like history, discussion and, of course, they have a sense of humor – try out their sites!!

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  6. Had a look at the site – interesting story.

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  7. Wow, that had to been terrifying hearing them get that close. Good thing that her mom had that dream and yelled. So glad they were able to make it out.

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  8. here’s a link your blog folllowers may find interesting on how infantry gear has changed from hastings to afghanistan.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/11011316/Military-kit-through-the-ages-from-the-Battle-of-Hastings-to-Helmand.html

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    • Whoa! You don’t really think of the changes that have been made until you see it laid out in front of you! That is quite the article, thank you very much for included it!

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