Archive for the ‘USS Barbel’ Category

In this edition of Letters From War Wednesday, we feature a short note from Navy man, Bernard Duesler. “…I’m very proud to be in our armed forces,” Duesler wrote home from training at Camp Moffett, Great Lakes, Illinois in early 1943.  “It makes you feel very proud and kinda puffs you up a bit on [...]

As a history junkie, I am, of course, fascinated by historical artifacts.  I get especially excited by war memorabilia.  From time to time, we feature a post dubbed, Remnants From War. This offering comes to us from a friend and follower of the site, Christine Bogert DePonte.  If you’ll remember, her uncle, John Bogert, died [...]

Letter to the Editor

December 23, 2010

The History Junkie has found a true friend and comrade in Eileen Reynolds Sheehan of Hendersonville, North Carolina.  Eileen’s brother, Gene, was lost in 1945 when his submarine, the USS Barbel, was sunk with no survivors. She recently submitted the following letter to the Hendersonville Times-News.  Eileen we thank you for your praise.  But even [...]

Story of the USS Barbel

December 16, 2010

In June 1944, the submarine, USS Barbel, piloted by Commander R.A. Keating, took on supplies and completed final training at Pearl Harbor.  By July, she was off to war. Only days into her first patrol, the Barbel narrowly averted disaster.  “…On the 28th of July, one of the lookouts, Seaman First Class Lange sighted a [...]

Here it is!  By popular demand, the History Junkie is starting a new feature.  We will call it, Letters From War Wednesdays (LFWW). Each and every Wednesday, we will post a sure-to-be compelling letter from one of our brave lot.  Enjoy. Today’s offering, staying with the USS Barbel theme of the week, comes from Bernard [...]

The Everytown, USA Project is off and rolling.  Eileen Reynolds Sheehan forwarded the Memorial Roll Call for her Everytown, USA–Cary, Illinois, northwest of Chicago.  Eileen’s brother, Franklin Reynolds served aboard the USS Barbel in World War II.  He, along with Bernard Duesler and John Bogert, were among the 81 crew members lost when the Barbel [...]

Emotions ran high following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  As with other families across the country, the Bogerts of Clifton, New Jersey, gathered around the radio to listen to the news broadcasts.  Bogert brothers, Charles, Bill and John, enlisted in the U.S. Navy the next day. John was a newlywed, having recently married his [...]

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