Monthly Archives: April 2016

Air Gunners – Get that Fighter! WWII Army/Navy Training Guide Air Gunners played an integral role in the defense of American bombers during WWII. During the 1930’s, the Army Air Corps adopted the doctrine of long […]

Hank Ketcham in WWII, Ink for Ammunition By Jonathan Abbott In 1942, Henry K. Ketcham, better known as Hank Ketcham, was sworn into the Naval Reserve. Hank was from Washington State, where he had dropped out of college […]

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Goums in Sicily – From YANK Magazine

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by:

Goums in Sicily-From YANK Magazine Nazis Don’t like Goums By Sgt. Ralph G. Martin YANK field Correspondent WITH U.S. FORCES IN NORTHEASTERN SICILY [By Cable]—“Those Goums don’t fight fair.” An English-speaking German prisoner complained. “They’re crazy.” […]

Ed Shames, of Band of Brothers, First Fight in Normandy. In the summer of 1942, Ed Shames saw an ad in the Virginia-Pilot: a muscular man with a parachute and a beautiful woman on each arm. […]

Zero attack on a B-24 Liberator From YANK Magazine A B-24 looks for trouble and finds plenty of it trying to bomb a Japanese ship in the sea near Rabaul. By Sgt. Dave Richardson YANK Staff […]

Easy Company 506th, Band of Brothers Actors and Heroes PART 1 Staff Sergeant James Moe Alley Trained at Toccoa and fought at Normandy and Holland. Alley was wounded in October 1944, and later went AWOL from […]

100th Infantry Division the “Sons of Bitche” The 100th Infantry Division served with distinction in the European Theater of Operations and became known as the “Sons of Bitche” for their decisive role in the capture of […]

Larry Thorne: Finnish Officer, Nazi Soldier, US Green Beret Larry Thorne was born Lauri Allan Törni  in the Viipuri Province of Finland on May 28th, 1919. In 1938, Törni joined the military and was assigned to the 4th […]

Sniper Exterminator in Normandy From YANK Magazine By Sgt. Walter Peters YANK Staff Correspondent NORMANDY-“It’s a beautiful country,” said T/Sgt. Frank Kwiatek, of Philadelphia, heavy weapons platoon leader. “Only trouble is it’s wonderful for snipers. From […]

106th Infantry Division Private First Class, Kurt Vonnegut’s War: It was raining when Private First Class Kurt Vonnegut Jr. arrived at La Havre, France in December. 1944. The men around him joked about how sunny France […]

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Red Ball Express: Lifeline to Victory

Posted on April 25th, 2016 by:

Red Ball Express: Lifeline to Victory: The Red Ball Express was the name given to a fleet of nearly 6,000 trucks that hauled desperately needed supplies to American Armies in Western Europe from August 25 – […]

  Christmas wishes from the 2nd Infantry Division, Second to None: By Jonathan Abbott It seemed like the fighting in Europe was almost finished. The American Army was in Germany. In the east, the Red Army was […]

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Walter Gerhard Martin Sommer, the Face of Evil

Posted on April 25th, 2016 by:

Walter Gerhard Martin Sommer, the Face of Evil Of all the brutal and inhumane guards who served at Buchenwald, one of the most cruel and evil was a man named Walter Gerhard Martin Sommer. Gerhard Martin […]

PT Boat Restoration at the National WWII Museum: In New Orleans, Louisiana, a WWII US Navy PT boat is under restoration at the National WWII Museum. The museum’s PT boat, designated by the Navy as PT-305, saw […]

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American Tank Battalions in Defense of Bataan

Posted on April 24th, 2016 by:

American Tank Battalions in Defense of Bataan: The Beginning The men of the 192nd and 194th Tank Battalions were the first American tankers to see action in WWII. Both Tank Battalions were composed of National Guard […]

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Kerama Islands: Site of Japanese Mass Suicides

Posted on April 23rd, 2016 by:

Kerama Islands: Site of Japanese Mass Suicide: On March 26th 1945, the US Army invaded the Kerama Islands, the outlying islands off Okinawa. A few days after the Americans invaded, hundreds of civilians on the island […]

Yasukuni War Museum, at Japan’s Yasukuni Shrine: The Yasukuni Shrine, built after the Boshin War during the Meiji Era, honors Japanese war dead from all its wars including recognized war criminals. Less talked about than the […]

Norbert Hecker, 28th Field Artillery “Gunshot on the way!” By Jonathan Abbott The war was almost over. Germany in March 1945 was cold and crisp, with a pale gray tint over the ruined countryside. It was […]

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B5N Kate Torpedo Plane under Restoration

Posted on April 21st, 2016 by:

B5N Kate Torpedo Plane under Restoration A rare Nakajima B5N torpedo plane is currently undergoing restoration at Pearl Harbor’s Pacific Aviation Museum. The B5N was Japan’s premier torpedo plane at the beginning of WWII. Codenamed “Kate” […]

Witness to the fall of Corregidor: Pack of a 4th Marine By Jonathan Abbott On May 6th, 1942 the death march on Bataan had happened almost a month before. Now the island of Corregidor fell to […]

Bill Genaust: Marine Cameraman Filmed Flag Raising on Iwo Jima Bill Genaust enlisted in the US Marine Corps on February 11, 1943 with plans to become a combat cameraman. By June 1944, Genaust was filming Marines […]


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