Archive for September, 2011

Friday means time for the Weekly History Wrap Up. World War II flight nurse, Dorothy Errair, shares her story. Let’s hear it for the girls!  Former World War II OSS employees reunite. The wreck of the British cargo ship, the SS Gairsoppa, sunk by a German u-boat during the early stages of World War II, [...]

I recently came across a fantastic World War II period article titled, “Yank ‘Pillbox Busters’ Blast Big Holes in Siegfried Line.” It was written by Pierre J. Huss, dated December 14, 1944, shortly after the Battle of Dillingen, Germany.  Huss was a reporter traveling with the Third Army. The article is rather lengthy, so I [...]

Can’t blame our soldier boys for missing home.  This edition of Letters From War Wednesday, dated December 1942,  comes to us from Pvt. Ernie Leatherman, stationed at the time at a camp in Pomona, California.  Leatherman would later serve with the 2nd Armored Division, “Hell on Wheels,” in North Africa and Northern Europe. “Here I [...]

It’s baaaack!  Yes, last night, I jumped back into the U.S. Navy Landing Party Manual-1950 to read a few more chapters. One section I found particularly interesting covered the construction of a one-man foxhole.  The Manual states that, “in most types of soil the foxhole gives positive protection against the crushing action of tanks, provided [...]

It won’t be long.  Winter is just around the corner.  So let’s get in the mood.  For this edition of the 90th Infantry Division Pic of the Week, let’s jump in a foxhole with a couple of 90th ID doughboys.  Love this pic!

Wonderful fall weather here in the Midwest.  Let’s take a look at the Weekly History Wrap Up. UNBROKEN star, Louis Zamperini, spoke with young people at Christ School in Ashville, NC. A war diary was recently published detailing the top-secret missions of Britain’s Special Air Service during World War II. World War II heroes, Governor [...]

Remembering Wounds in War

September 22, 2011

I often forget what day of the week it is, where I left my cell phone or even when I’m supposed to pick up the kids, and where.  One thing old soldiers never seem to forget is the day that they were wounded in battle.  Several years back, BOOTPRINTS author and 90th Infantry Division soldier, [...]

I run in fits and spurts.  Right now I’ve got this U.S. Army Air Corps bug going that I can’t seem to shake.  For this edition of Letters From War Wednesday, we feature a short note from Donald Parker, who served in World War II with the 499th Bomb Group. Most of our Air Corps [...]

A Little Help Please!

September 20, 2011

Looking for a little help from all you genealogy addicts and history buffs out there.  As you may know from recent posts on this blog, the good folks at Garveston, England are planning a ceremony set for June 6, 2012 to dedicate a memorial honoring the Garveston Twelve.  Officials are searching for info and surviving [...]

Mondays roll back around way too quickly, but at least we have the 90th Infantry Division Pic of the Week. This amazing shot comes to us from the Saar River in Germany.  With the heavy rains in the fall of 1944, the Saar River was overflowing her banks, and had become decidedly unruly.  I love [...]

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