Monthly Archives: May 2016

80th Infantry Division Chaplain Receives DSC From Army Times Rescues Under Fire Win DSC for Padre –Army Times—Dec 30. 1944— With the 80th Infantry Division in France—Father Benedict A. Henderson, of the 80th Infantry Division’s crack 319th Infantry Regiment now wears […]

Adolf Galland Meets the Pilot Who Almost Killed Him FOE AND FRIEND, NO HARD FEELINGS! By Henry Sakaida On 26 April 1945, German ace Lt/Gen Adolf Galland led his jets against a flight of American B-26 bombers. […]

Super Jeep Passes Army Trials-Newsreel Footage The Super Jeep was developed by the Army as a larger and more powerful big brother to the already popular Jeep. It was capable of transporting 10 men at high speed and […]

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German Prisoners of War Living in America

Posted on May 30th, 2016 by:

German Prisoners of War Living in America: During WWII, 425,000 German prisoners of war were held in prison camps across the United States. After the surrender of the German Afrika Korps in Tunisia on May 13, […]

A Fighter Pilot’s Visit From Beyond By Henry Sakaida        Lt(jg) Yukihiro Watabe woke up from a fitful sleep on the morning of 16 March 1945. He had a disturbing premonition that he only had 3 […]

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Beachmaster’s Dream From YANK Magazine

Posted on May 29th, 2016 by:

Beachmaster’s Dream By Tom Bernard, Sp.(x)1c, USNR YANK Navy Correspondent Story of a Beachmaster from the 7th Naval Beach Battalion on Omaha Beach from YANK Magazine. ON THE NORMANDY BEACHHEAD—Time is too precious and men are […]

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An Auschwitz Forbidden Romance Story

Posted on May 28th, 2016 by:

 An Auschwitz Forbidden Romance Story In 1942, Helena Citrónová arrived in Auschwitz. She came from Slovakia, a country that declared its independence from Czechoslovakia when the Nazi’s divided the country. Helena worked in Auschwitz II, called Birkenau, […]

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A Talk With Adm. Nimitz-From YANK Magazine

Posted on May 26th, 2016 by:

A Talk With Adm. Nimitz-From YANK Magazine By Sgt. H. N. Oliphant YANK Staff Correspondent PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII—In moments of crisis there is nothing that relaxes Adm. Chester W. Nimitz more than hitting a few bull’s-eyes […]

Okinawan Civilians Rescued in “Operation Security”: On April 1, 1945, the American military invaded the Island of Okinawa. Garrisoning the island were over 100,000 Japanese troops and military conscripts. The island also had a large Okinawan civilian […]

Frederick Mayer: OSS Spy Who Captured a City Frederick Mayer, a German Jew and American Army spy was responsible for the German surrender of Innsbruck, Austria. Born Friedrich Mayer in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden, Germany on […]

Enola Gay’s Bombing of Hiroshima From YANK Magazine Atomic Bomb Away By Robert Schwartz Y2c Yank Staff Correspondent GUAM, THE MARIANAS—It was 0245 when the colonel eased forward on the throttle. The B-29 with Enola Gay […]

Marcus McDilda, P-51 Pilot Who Fooled the Japanese About the Atomic Bomb: First Lieutenant Marcus McDilda’s P-51 Mustang was shot down off the coast of Japan on August 8, 1945, two days after the atomic bomb […]

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Shangri-La is Launched by the US Navy

Posted on May 23rd, 2016 by:

Shangri-La is Launched by the US Navy The USS Shangri-La (CV 38) was named after President Franklin Roosevelt’s response to where Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25 bombers were launched from for their April 18, 1942 raid on Japan. The carrier […]

Two P-38 Pilots’ Deadly Jungle Encounter with a Japanese Flyer By Henry Sakaida      I should have been a police detective, but I cannot stand the sight of blood. However, I do enjoy solving real life […]

B29 Raiders Put to Death; Fate in Store of All, Japanese Say From July 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes New York, July 16—Word that several U.S. fliers who bailed out over Japan in the first Super-Fortress raid […]

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Alaska Highway: Frozen Life-Line to Victory

Posted on May 21st, 2016 by:

Alaska Highway: Frozen Life-Line to Victory Since the 1920’s, ideas for an Alaska Highway connecting mainland America, Canada and Alaska had been proposed by the American and Canadian governments.  However, the financial collapse of Great Depression […]

509th Composite Group-Bringers of the Atomic Age The 509th Composite Group was formed on December 17, 1944. The group was formed with the sole purpose of dropping the Atomic Bomb. In 1939, after warnings from leading […]

A Story of Japanese War Brides: Fall Seven Times Get Up Eight The story of Japanese war brides is beautifully told in the moving film Fall down Seven Times Get Up Eight. Before World War Two, […]

Captain Robert Losey-First American KIA IN WWII In February 1940, Captain Robert Losey was sent to Finland as the air assistant to the American military attaché with the US Embassy. His mission was to report how […]

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Pullam’s Pillbox-From YANK Magazine

Posted on May 19th, 2016 by:

Pullam’s Pillbox-From YANK Magazine The troop shelter was concrete, reinforced and four feet thick. The GI who blew it open picked up an unexpected decoration. By Sgt. Earl Anderson YANK Staff Correspondent WITH THE 102ND DIVISION […]

RICHARD LOO THE WWII VILLAIN YOU LOVED TO HATE By Henry Sakaida   If you are a baby boomer, then you may not know his name, but his face is certainly familiar! I grew up watching God […]


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