Monthly Archives: November 2014

Thanksgiving – Yesteryear

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TO SHOW MY THANKS TO ONE AND ALL…

For my previous Thanksgiving posts –  CLICK HERE and HERE!

What was seen on the home front  1941-42…

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Thanksgiving during WWII…

They’re celebrating Thanksgiving on this very day,
My thoughts are at home, though I’m far away;
I can see everyone, eating dinner deluxe,
Whether it be chicken, turkey or even duck;
The fellows over here won’t whimper or moan,
They’ll look to the next one and hope to be home.
 
Truly and honestly, from way down deep,
They want you to be happy and enjoy your feast.
These holidays are remembered by one and all,
Those happy days we can always recall.
The ones in the future, will be happier, I know
When we all come back from defeating the foe.

_______Poem by an Anonymous WWII Veteran

Thanksgiving for the troops 1941-42…..

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For those of you who live where there is no official Thanksgiving day – look around – family, friends and life itself is enough to be thankful for this evening and…

TO ALL!

TO ALL!

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Military Humor – 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Paul Baio – Chicago, IL; US Navy, WWIIwpid-de136c4ae41dadc135fe54fad3a65e9c

Warren Dowling – Arcata, CA; US Army, WWII, Purple Heart

Mary Porter Gens – DE & NJ – US WAVE, WWII

James Hatcher – Lynchburg, VA; US Army, WWII, 157th Reg./45th Div., Bronze Star & Purple Heart

Donald Miller – NPalm Bch., FL; US Army, WWII, Captain

Matt Spagnola – Waupaca, WI; US Army, WWII

George Taylor – Lufkin, TX; US Army, WWII

Lloyd Yingling – Hendersonville, NC; US Army, WWII, PTO, Medical Corps

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Malayan Campaign (2)

Gen. Bennet at Gemas

Gen. Bennet at Gemas

General Bennett’s story continued_______

Then came the battle of Bakri where the 19th and 29th held the road for several days although they were being attacked on all sides.  The men who survived fought their way back…destroyed their equipment and tried to filter back in small parties.

Next, the Japanese concentrated on the Batu Pahat…they landed men in sampans.  Troops had just arrived from England and were quite unused to Malayan conditions and they were unsuccessful in landing at Batu Pahat.  This meant our force at Gemas was almost cut off.  Our withdrawal from the Gemas area was one of the saddest events of the campaign from the Australian point of view.  During the next week the whole force was gradually withdrawn.

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Singapore

Sadly the men crossed the causeway to Singapore Island.  Our position was strengthened by the arrival of the 4th (W.A.) Machine Gun Battalion.  The 7 Australian battalions were given the western half of the island.  The A.I.F had the 44th Indian Brigade.  The 3rd Indian Corps had the newly arrived English division.  When the men began to build beach posts for machine-guns and beach lights, the Japanese aircraft flew up and down bombing them.

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The Japanese were able to observe the Australian positions so closely by air, they made maps showing everyone of them.  They launched their attacks in boats in the dark overwhelming the thin defense…Our units received inadequate support from other units…It must be remembered that many of these troops were exhausted after the long fight in Malaya.

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Even at this stage, the A.I.F. managed to form a strong perimeter, which the enemy smashed over and over again…retirements on our flanks forced withdrawals until our line approached the city itself.  Then the enemy was able to concentrate his whole air force and many of his guns on Singapore, which was being reduced to a pile of rubble.  Casualties among the civilians were very heavy.  The city’s water supply was cut off.

Brig. Duncan Maxwell

Brig. Duncan Maxwell

Our forces were so depleted in the A.I.F. that it was necessary to use noncombatant troops…signalers, Army Service Corps and ordnance – did fine work.  At the end we occupied a perimeter we refused to budge.  It was in this position when the direction to surrender was made.  Brigadier Maxwell who is a doctor in civilian life was given permission to hand over his command to work in an Australian hospital – all the nurses had been withdrawn from the island.

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[General Bennett made an escape from Singapore to Australia via Java.  Brigadier Maxwell remained a prisoner until September 1945; when he returned to Australia.]

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British Military Humor – 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Kathleen Daniels – Michigan & FL; US Army7388b_To-Honor-Ones-Country-Wreath

Robert Isgrove – Botony, NZ; RNZ Navy # 16636, WWII

Thomas Lapinski – Toledo, OH; US Army, 187th RCT, Korea

Rowena Littrell – Austin, TX; US  Army, WWII, nurse corps

Peter Miles – Coffs Harbour Base, AUS; RA Navy

Jeffrey Piter – WPalm Beach, FL; US Army, Vietnam

William Royal – Sun City, AZ; US Army, WWII, ETO, Capt.(Ret. 20 years), 390 Bomber Group

Ronald Stuart – CAN; British Army “Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders & Madras Reg., Capt. & Canadian Militia & Intelligence, WWII

Alva Tubbs – Kenai, AK; US Navy, WWII, Underwater Demolition Team

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Eyewitness to Malaya

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This 2-part story is condensed from an article that ran in The West Australian newspaper on Saturday, 7 March 1942.  It is the report of Major General Henry Gordon Bennett:

 

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General Bennet

The first defensive position in country near Gemas was covered by young rubber trees 4′ or 5′ high and the ground was fairly open and hilly.  The Australian line was covered by the guns of a very efficient artillery regiment from Queensland and New South Wales.  It was some miles in advance of this position at Gemas that the 30th New South Wales Battalion decided to ambush the enemy.

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Far East/Malaya map

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The 30th inflicted heavy casualties.  It was our first clash with the Japanese… LtCol. Galleghan was awarded the D.S.O. (Distinguished Service Order), for his conduct in this battle… He led his men personally.  On one occasion, Brigadier Duncan Maxwell sat beside him while a captain sent back ball-to-ball description of the fight, “They are coming at us now.  They are attacking from the left.  They are holding their hats in their hands.  They are shouting not to shoot because they are Indians.”  Maxwell replied, “Tell them to shoot – there are NO Indians in that front sector.”

There was dog-fighting for 2 days.  We had strong patrols on each flank preventing infiltrating parties of the Japanese.  It had just been decided to replace the tired 30th with the 29th when the situation at Muar on the west coast became critical.  The 45th Indian Brigade could not stop the Japanese who crossed the Muar River.  As a consequence, the 29th was hustled into lorries and driven to that front.  They arrived just in time to stop the advance.

The Argylls in Malaya

The Argylls in Malaya

Realizing that the position was vital and its loss would threaten our line of communications well to the rear, we withdrew the 19th Battalion from Mersing to help the 29th.  This left me with 2 battalions at Mersing, 2 at Gemas in the centre of the peninsula and 2 at Muar.  Soon after the 19th arrived near Muar, the Japanese attacked with tanks.  Our gunners realized they had to make sure they were completely destroyed.  Some of the disabled tanks were finished off with Molotov cocktails.

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POLITICAL CARTOONS of 1942 – 42edit

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Farewell Salutes – 

Anthony Bonvetti Sr. – Wilmington, DE; US Army WWII

Malcolm Dewar – Vancouver, CAN; Royal Air Force, WWIIOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Jesse Dyess – Jacksonville, TX; US Army, WWII, ETO, 270th Field Artillery Battalion

Marlene Graham – Colorado Springs, CO; FBI, WWII

Geoffrey Hardwick – Mitchell, AUS; RA Navy, WWII

Eric Larsen Sr. – Kiln, MS; US Army, WWII, ETO

Christ Rink – South Bend, IN; US Army Air Corps, WWII

Herbert Stanley – Anchorage, AK; US Army Air Corps, WWII

Thomas Tyson – Taumarunui, NZ; RNZ Air Force, WWII, #EC15591, Captain

Lionel Violette – Palm Beaches, FL; US Air Force, LtColonel (Ret. 25 years), pilot

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Mulqueen’s Donated WWII Knife Makes it to War in the Pacific

A home front story that shows the American spirit of the Greatest Generation!!

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When the United States was drawn into World War II by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the war effort was put forth by everyone from soldiers at the front to school children at home. Young Edward J. Mulqueen of Cudahy, Wisconsin, wanted to do his part, so he donated his prized hunting knife to the U.S. military.

An 11-year-old student at St. Frederick’s Catholic School, Mulqueen read about the shortages of materials for the war effort. Newspapers carried pleas for donation of quality knives, since the hardened steel used in the blades was scarce. Eddie didn’t hesitate. In late 1942, he carefully packaged up his knife and mailed it to the address published in the newspaper. He was proud to do his part. After all, with two brothers headed for the Pacific theater (and later a third) he had a personal stake in the fight.

He might have forgotten about…

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March 1942 (1)

Japanese in N.E.I.

Japanese in N.E.I.

The arrival of Japanese units on Java gave the enemy the important naval base at Surabaya and access to the valuable assets of oil, rubber, bauxite and rice.  This positioning would aid the operations targeting assaults on Australia.

HMAS Yarra

HMAS Yarra

2-4 March – The HMAS Yarra arrived at Tjilatjap with the depot ship Anking, the tanker Francol and the minesweeper MMS-51, the sloop was ordered to escort the other 3 ships to Freemantle.  A day later, the ship rescued forty survivors of the Dutch ship Paragi from their life rafts.  By the 4th, the convoy encountered an enemy fleet with the cruisers Atago, Takao and Maya and 4 destroyers.  Despite the gallant efforts of the Yarra, all 4 ships were pursued and sunk.  There were originally 34 survivors, but rescue did not arrive until the 9th and there were only 13 remaining. Holland_Japanese_IndonesiaA_280x196 JapBikes 9 March –  prisoners of war were rounded up nearing 98,000 and two days after the last Allied troops surrendered on Java, Emperor Hirohito warned Marquis Kido, Lord Privy Seal, “The fruits of victory are tumbling into our mouths too quickly.”  It was his 42nd birthday.  As the Japanese Empire grew in size each day, they were faced with the problems of defending and administering to their newly acquired territories. By this time, Churchill made even more demands of the US for tanks, aircraft and troops to be shipped to Britain.  But, with the added concern of protecting Australia and New Zealand, FDR warned him that the original build-up plan must be cut for the emergency status in the Pacific.  This gave Admiral King the opportunity to try to push his “Pacific-First” campaign.

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a 1942 sample of war news.
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The Director of War Plans, BGen. Eisenhower, insisted on (A) maintenance of the United Kingdom; (B) retention of Russia in the war; (C) maintenance of the Indian-Middle East area to prevent a junction of the Axis enemies. [C- was actually a misconception here as Japan felt no attachment to Germany other than one old trade agreement.  It was the Allied powers that created the “link” between the 2 nations.].  King continued to argue that the US priority was the Pacific, while Ike called him “an arbitrary and stubborn type with too much brain…”  Marshall put forward a compromise, which went into effect, favoring the Atlantic.

Japanese soldiers teach New Guinea villagers songs as part of their indoctrination.

Japanese soldiers teach New Guinea villagers songs as part of their indoctrination.

8-17 March – on New Guinea, Japanese forces invaded with 2 battalions at Lae and Salamaua in the Huon Gulf.  Two days later, the enemy started their air raids on Port Moresby as the Allies sent aircraft to strike the Japanese positions.  Enemy forces secured the northern coastline with a landing at Finschafen.  The US cruisers Enterprise & Lexington launched major air raids against enemy shipping and landing parties.  The US Navy reported 2 enemy heavy cruisers, 5 transport vessels, 1 light cruiser and possibly 3 destroyers sunk; 1 destroyer and 1 cruiser damaged.  Those included the Armed Merchant Cruiser Kongo Maru, aux. minelayer Tenyo Maru [that broke in 2 pieces before sinking] and the transport Yokohama Maru.  The USS Yorktown was credited with the destruction of seaplane tender Kiyokama Maru. Click on images to enlarge and read. ################################################################################## MILITARY  HUMOR – Pin-ups became VERY popular – 

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Michael Davison – Vernon, CAN; RC Army, WWII, ETOBN91311

John Eldridge Jr. – Fairbanks, AK; US Army (Ret. 20 years), Vietnam, Bronze Star

Gordon Jones – NH, MA & FL; US Navy, USS Cecil J. Doyle, navigator

Peter Kassig – Indianapolis, IN; US Army, Ranger, Iraq

Kenneth Leisy – Sun Lakes, AZ; US Army Major (Ret.), WWII John McEwing – Dargaville, NZ; RNZ Army #443847, WWII, Lance Cpl.

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February 1942 (3)

 

 

Melbourne's "Argus" headlines, 24 Feb. '42

Melbourne’s “Argus” headlines, 24 Feb. ’42

 

In early 1942, Darwin, Australia was used as a military base, a transit area for men and aircraft heading out to their newly assigned areas.  The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) therefore had no fighters to ward off any possible enemy attack.  On 19 February, Darwin suffered its first and most devastating air raid.

 

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a wrecked Lockheed Hudson

 

The Japanese had assessed Darwin as a major threat to their operations on Timor and Java (Ambon had already been captured).  The 47 Allied Naval Merchant ships sitting in the harbor presented a desirable target, along with the township of military facilities.  Japanese aircraft carriers in the Arafura Sea were sent in for the first wave of attacks which lasted 42 minutes; catching American pilots on patrol by surprise and downing most of them.

 

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The Area Combined Headquarters in Darwin disregarded the warnings of a Catholic missionary on Bathurst Island and that of a naval coastwatcher on Melville Island as the enemy took off from Ambon.  This second wave arrived an hour later and  the strike was concentrated on the military airfield as their main objective.

In and around the harbour, ships, wharves and parts of the town suffered severe damage.  Three Allied naval ships and 5 merchant ships were sunk and another 10 were damaged.  Most of the 235-280 (references differ) people killed were victims of the first wave.  The second wave killed 6 RAAF servicemen and destroyed 9 planes on the ground.  Several of the civilians were killed in the township, especially when the Post Office and bomb shelter received a direct hit.  All together, approximately 260 enemy aircraft were used for these air raids.

 

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debris in a bomb crater

 

This was the first of about 97 attacks Australia would receive from the Japanese; 63 of which would hit Darwin.  The final air raid would not be until November 1943.  The first two military medals for bravery on Australian soil were awarded to 2 antiaircraft gunners for their actions.  Other servicemen and civilians were commended for rescuing crewmen from the waters and burning ships; as doctors and nurses treated the victims.

The reason why the air raid sirens did not go off until just prior to attack and why message alerts were disregarded?  Perhaps some of the readers here can answer that in the comment section?

Lt. Walker's P40E Kittyhawk

Lt. Walker’s P40E Kittyhawk

Shortly after this attack, on 3 March 1942, Broome, Australia in the northern part of the country, received a devastating air raid without warning.  The Japanese aircraft swept in low over the township, bombing and strafing the harbour, airfield and town; dozens were killed or wounded and 24 aircraft were destroyed.  Many of the casualties were Dutch refugees from the Netherlands East Indies (aka Indonesia), whose flying boats were sitting in the harbour defenseless.

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Humour – Australian style – 

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Farewell Salutes – 

Harold Baird – Godfrey, IL; US Army (9years), US Navy SeaBees  (Ret. 15 years)

Roy Baker – Oakville, CAN; RC Navy, WWII, HMCS Uganda

William Cooper – Melbourne, AUS; RA Navy, WWII, surgeon-lieutenantanzac

Frances George (nee Roberts) – Manaia, NZ; RNZWAAF # 2061889, WWII, CBI

Leo Mallard – So.Boston, MA; US Army & Navy, WWII

Andrew Ross – Redland City, AUS; RA Army, # 37872

Shirley Spanheimer – WPalm Bch, FL; US WAC, WWII, Sgt.

Lloyd Trotter – West. Australia; RA Air Force, WWII, pilot, POW

Ronald Walsh – Scarness, AUS; RA Army, WWII # Q130219

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Lend-Lease Memorial – Fairbanks, Alaska

ANOTHER WONDERFUL POST FROM DEANO!

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During the early years of World War Two in Europe, both Great Britain and Russia needed a vast amount of military equipment to combat Germany and other Allied nations needed help against Japan. These countries lost a lot of equipment in the early Axis onslaught and their need for replacements far surpassed their own production capability. Luckily the industrial might of the United States of America had the solution to this problem.

The Lend-Lease program proposed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in early 1941 (following requests from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill “Give us the tools and we will finish the job“) was enacted by the United States Congress on March 11th, 1941 to provide financial and military equipment aid to her allies (formally known as An Act to Further Promote the Defense of the United States). This was

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February 1942 (2)

Lt. Edward "Butch" O'Hare, Feb. 1942

Lt. Edward “Butch” O’Hare, Feb. 1942

 

20 February – Lieutenant Edward H. “Butch” O’Hare, of the US Navy became America’s first flying ace while piloting his Grumman F4F “Wildcat” off the USS Lexington.  Fellow blogger Maryann Holloway has a terrific post for Butch___

Rangoon area map, showing Sittang River

Rangoon area map, showing Sittang River

21 February – Allied resistance in Burma evaporated at the Sittang River.  At one point, the British forces that were crossing the river on a single bridge, were forced to blow it up with a large number of men stranded on the other side.  Many of these soldiers drowned when they attempted to swim across.  The Japanese were then free to turn west toward Rangoon, but they would discover that the British had destroyed anything that might be of value to the enemy before they evacuated.

23 February – The Japanese submarine 1-17 made a rare attack on the west coast of the United States.  The oil refinery at Ellwood, California was fired on 17 times, but this only caused minor damage to a pier and an oil well derrick.

Japanese troops in Java

Japanese troops in Java

On the evening of 27 February, the Japanese Eastern Force of 4 cruisers, 14 destroyers and 41 transport vessels sailing for Java were intercepted by US, Dutch< Australian and British warships.  The Allied force consisted of 5 cruisers and 9 destroyers under Dutch Adm.Karel Doorman.  They suffered from inferior firepower, no reconnaissance aircraft, (Doorman felt they should remain ashore), no air cover and the admiral’s lack of experience.  Two Allied cruisers were sunk.  The HMS Exeter withdrew due to damage in her engine room and Ad. Doorman was killed.  Only one enemy destroyer was damaged.

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USS Pope

The following night, the 2 remaining cruisers, USS Houston and the HMAS Perth, engaged the enemy west of Batavia, sinking 2 ships and damaging 4 other vessels.  The cruisers were later destroyed by 12 Japanese warships.  The HMS Exeter and 2 destroyers escorting her were sunk as they attempted to escape to Ceylon.  Three of the enemy warships involved in this battle were the Jintsu, Nachi and the Haguro.

Japanese aerial view of the Exeter

Japanese aerial view of the Exeter

The only Allied survivors of the Battle of the Java Sea were 4 US destroyers.  This action showed the perils of a makeshift multinational task force and demonstrated the superiority of certain Japanese weapon types; especially their “Long Lance” torpedoes.  (The wreckage of the Houston was finally confirmed as being located.  This was mentioned in my post “News Day.” which can be located HERE!

Japanese Long Lance torpedo being fired

Japanese Long Lance torpedo being fired

Churchill, upon hearing of the state of affairs of the ground troops on Java, sent a farewell message to the British that remained with the Dutch and Australian units: “I know you will do everything humanly possible to prolong the battle.”

Adm. Conrad Helfrich, Commander of the ABDA, was told the joint venture was dissolved.  Six days later, the last radio station in operation told the ground troops: “We are shutting down…Goodbye till better times.  Long live the Queen!”

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MILITARY HUMOR – 

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FAREWELL SALUTES – 

Florence Anderegg – Anchorage, ALaska; US Army WAC, WWII, nurse

Charles Cornwell – Harlington, TX; US Army, Vietnam945925_391409037634955_1621483807_n

Arthur Cowan – Otorohanga, NZ; RNZ Army # 20161, WWII, Sgt.

Richard Fereshetian – Carlisle, MA; US Navy, WWII

Joseph Geoghan Jr. – No.Augusta, SC; US Army, Korea & Vietnam, Sgt. (Ret. 21 years)

Larry Michael – Vinton, IA; USMC, Vietnam, Major (Ret. 22 years)

Reginal Shikami – Chicago, IL; Manzanar Camp internee & US Army Intelligence Service

John Taylor – Vancouver, CAN; RC Air Force, WWII, Flying Beaufighters & the Buffalo 404 Sq.

Robert Whelpley – McPherson, KS; US Navy, WWII, PTO

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Veteran’s Day

Always a Soldier!!

Always a Soldier!!

 

“FOR TOO LONG, TOO MANY OF US HAVE PAID SCANT ATTENTION TO THE SACRIFICE OF A BRAVE FEW IN OUR MIDST.  IT IS UNHEALTHY FOR A NATION TO BECOME DETACHED FROM THOSE WHO SECURE IT.”_______Howard Schultz, author of For Love of Country

 

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I first want to give my personal THANK YOU to each and every veteran that fights for peace and freedom!!!  I tear up and become speechless at the mere sight of any one of you!!  Boo-ya!!  Here in the United States of America we do our best to convey our gratitude to these men and women for giving so much of themselves for our safety on this day.  In such nations as: Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England, India, Mauritius, South Africa and many in Europe, a day set aside is called Remembrance Day and was recently observed.

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Our fellow blogger @ Parent Rap led me to this –  100 Ways to Honor a Veteran – if you care to view it – CLICK HERE.

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FREEDOM IS NOT FREE

by: Cadet Major Kelly Strong, Air Force Junior ROTC, Homestead Senior High, Homestead, FL 1988

watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it, and then
He stood at ease.
 
looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert,
He’d stand out in any crowd.
 
thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mother’s tears?
 
How many pilot’s planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldier’s graves?
No, freedom is not free.
 
I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a certain chill.
 
I wondered how many times
that Taps meant “Amen,”
When a flag draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
 
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
 
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
O unmarked graves in Arlington
No, freedom is not free.
 
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MILITARY HUMOR  – 

Soldiers Never Change!

Soldiers Never Change!

Our budget-cut Air Force?

Our budget-cut Air Force?

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CURRENT NEWS –

The true story of WWII hero, POW, and Olympic athlete, Louis Zamperini who recently passed away 2 July 2014, has his life depicted in Laura Hillenbrand’s best seller, Unbroken, will be coming to the big screen, 25 December.

Did you know? – One of most inspiring anthems, God Bless America, sort of has a birthday – Irving Berlin wrote an earlier version in 1918, but the one we hear today was first performed on 11 November 1938, in a radio broadcast by Kate Smith.  The song eventually became her theme song.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Harold A. Blake Jr. – Fulton, NY; US Army, 11th Armored Div., WWII, ETO, Battle of the Bulge

Margaret Yang Kim – Oahu, HI, WAC, WWII

Gordon Lewis – Waterbury, CT; USMC, WWII, PTO, First Lt., pilot, MIA

Samuel Melish – Cincinnati, OH; USMC, WWII, PTO, Cpl, gunner, MIApatriotic1

Gilford Muncy – Hyden, KY; US Army, WWII, ETO

Marcus H. Muncy – Hyden, KY; USMC, WWII, Cpl, PTO

Harry Phillips – Sunderland, UK; Merchant Marine, WWII, SS Empire Webster, Lloyds War Bravery Medal

Everett A. Smith – Broad Channel, NY; US Army, 11th A/B Div., WWII, Cpl.

George Zimmerman – Tampa, FL; US Army, WWII, PTO

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239th U.S. Marine Corps Birthday

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What does the celebration mean to Marines across the globe?  To General John Lejeune it meant a great deal.  On 1 November 1921, he issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921, which provided a summary of the history, mission and traditions of the Corps and directed that the order be read to every command each subsequent year on 10 November.

To see 29 facts you may not know about Marines – check out the USO blog HERE!!!

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At the Marine Corps Ball, one key piece of the ceremony is to present the first piece of cake to the oldest Marine in the room, who in turn gives the next to the junior Marine.  This symbolic gesture is the passing of experience and knowledge from the veteran to the recruit.  We should all emulate their example and take part in history.

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To all those who are able – Enjoy the fruits of your labor and revel in the spectacle and unabashed camaraderie that is the U.S. Marine Corps!!

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. (R) w/ Capt. Greg Youngberg, of Boynton Bch, FL; Aviator of the Year for USMC

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. (R) w/ Capt. Greg Youngberg, of Boynton Bch, FL; Aviator of the Year for USMC

2014 Message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps

2014 Message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps

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USMC  HUMOR 

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Somebody catch that guy and give him a piece of cake!!

Somebody catch that guy and give him a piece of cake!!

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FAREWELL SALUTES – 

John Ault – Winthrop, ME; USMC, WWII, USS San Jacintowpid-f3eab693b4ebd9ede79db7547238b0ad

John Baird – Des Moines, IA; USMC, MSgt. (Ret. 22 years), Korea & 2 tours Vietnam

Theodore DiMaria – Kingston, MA; USMC, WWII, PTO

Edwin Hyjek – Manchester, CT; USMC, WWII

James J. O’Leary – Mission Viejo, CA; USMC, MGSgt, WWII,Korea & Vietnam

Maria Richard – Metairie, LA; USMC, Gunnery Sgt. (Ret. 24 years), Purple Heart

Edward Rogers – Long Island, NY & Palm Bch, FL; USMC, WWII, Purple Heart

Edward “Lipps” Ross, Sr. – Baltimore, MD; USMC, SSgt., Vietnam

Michael Sadlo – Pompano Beach, FL; USMC, Pfc

Edna Smith – Las Vegas, NV; Civilian employee, USMC Air Station, El Toro, Korea

Jared Spickelmier – Boise, ID; USMC, Sgt, Iraq, helicopter crew chief

Christopher Wren Jr. – Kennesaw, GA; USMC, First Lt., Korea

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