Archive for December, 2011

It’s a shortened-week Friday, and time for the Weekly History Wrap Up. A former World War II POW camp in England has received a sizable grant to save it. No ticker-tape parade for returning Iraq War veterans. A mass grave with buried remains of Vietnamese soldiers has been unearthed in Vietnam. Vietnam War veteran, and [...]

This weather brings to mind a certain winter engagement from World War II. Then while going through some old papers, there it was–a Sunday supplement to the 90th Infantry Division publication, “Sniper,” dated January 28, 1945. The piece was titled, “90th Pulls a Fast One: Story of How ‘Patton’s Punch’ Baffled the Germans.” Enjoy. “With [...]

In this edition of Letters From War Wednesday, we feature a short note from Corporal Harold Jacoby, stationed in Alaska. “I feel sort of guilty because I haven’t reported in for so long, but you know how it is,” Jacoby wrote home in July 1944. “There is nothing new to tell and I get so [...]

Dere Mable: Dedication

December 27, 2011

Yes, my source for the truly odd and interesting of wars past has come through yet again.  He recently came across this book at, I believe, either a Goodwill or maybe a yard sale. It is titled, “Dere Mable, Love Letters of a Rookie,” written by Edward Streeter and illustrated by Bill Breck.  The book, [...]

I hope everyone had a truly wonderful Christmas holiday, with family and friends. But it’s back to the grind, at least for us. Monday morning means time for the 90th Infantry Division Pic of the Week. Today we feature a shot of a 90th Infantry Division command team, going over maps at their post.

Yes, it’s the last Friday before Christmas. But there’s still time for shopping … and the Weekly History Wrap Up. Decaying land mines, left over from World War II, still pose a threat across Europe. The USS Iowa, a battleship from World War II, is preparing for its final journey. Many across the world are [...]

One last call for World War II Navy veteran, Robert Spangler, with a wonderful recap of his Memorial Service.

World War II B-24 bomber pilot, Lt. Bob Gage, certainly had a way with words. In this edition of Letters From War Wednesday, we feature another of his short notes home. Gage penned this letter in June 1944, while stationed in the South Pacific. “It’s getting pretty hot and I guess that Big Blue Ocean, [...]

Robert Spangler Obituary

December 20, 2011

A while back, I mentioned the passing of an old friend, World War II Navy veteran, Robert Spangler. Yesterday, I received more information from his daughter, Kristine, including his obituary, which I have shared below. “Robert Kent Spangler, age 91, peacefully passed away in his home in Waikoloa, HI on October 12, 2011, previously of [...]

Monday means time for the 90th Infantry Division Pic of the Week. Today we feature a shot from the Falaise Gap.

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