Monthly Archives: July 2016



Posted on July 31st, 2016 by:

CHARLES OETJEN RETURNS HOME FROM TARAWA On Saturday, a US Marine from Blue Island, Illinois came come from Tarawa. He came to be with his parents  in death after they were separated in life. The Marine was Charles Oetjen, […]

THE DEMISE OF “PHOTO JOE” BY THE 51ST FIGHTER GROUP By Henry Sakaida Everyone loves a good war story and the demise of “Photo Joe” is one of the best and would have made a great […]

David Beautiful Bald Eagle: Lakota Chief, Movie Star, WWII Paratrooper 1919-2016 : When David Beautiful Bald Eagle was a child he would listen to the elders on the reservation talk of the old days. His grandfathers White Bull […]

MANILA MYRTLE – RADIO MANILA’S VERSION OF TOKYO ROSE – FROM YANK MAGAZINE: Manila Myrtle By Sgt. Ozzie St. George YANK Staff Correspondent MANILA—Myrtle, a kind of poor man’s Tokyo Rose, used to broadcast over Radio […]

US NAVY TALKER HELMET – PROTECTION FOR THE NERVES OF THE SHIP During WWII, the US Navy utilized a sound-powered Interior Communications (I.C.) system for internal communications within a ship. The system allowed the Captain to […]

HOSPITAL THAT ONCE NURSED ADOLF HITLER IS ABANDONED When Corporal Adolf Hitler was wounded by shrapnel in the thigh during the Battle of the Somme in October 1916, he was sent to the Beelitz-Helistten hospital to recover. […]

LIEUTENANT WELLMAN HUEY WAS NOT FORGOTTEN By Henry Sakaida This story goes way back to 1989. Actually, it began in 1981 when I journeyed to Japan to visit Zero pilot veterans. One of them was Kenji […]

YANKS CAPTURE PORT OF LEGHORN Dock Facilities Wrecked By Germans; Ancona Is Seized by Poles From the July 20, 1944 edition of Stars and Stripes: Two prize Italian seaports—Leghorn on the Tyrrhenian Sea and Ancona on […]

RUSSIAN NAVY SALVAGES SHERMAN TANK FROM SEA BED In the afternoon of March 20, 1945, Allied convoy JW-65 was attacked by the German submarine U-968. The submarine torpedoed and sank the British escort ship, HMS Lapwing […]

THE KANEYOSHI MUTO FAMOUS 12 AGAINST 1   COMBAT MYTH   By Henry Sakaida  To the Japanese, a good myth is something that is embellished,  venerated, and passed along to succeeding generations. If a story is good, why […]



Posted on July 21st, 2016 by:

ROBOT JAPANESE SOLDIER MADE IN CHINA Japanese soldiers have returned to the town of Luoyang in China’s Henan province in the form of a rickshaw pulling robot. On July 8, Duan Shaojie, a retired veteran who […]



Posted on July 21st, 2016 by:

B-17G GROUNDED DUE TO ENGINE TROUBLE The “Yankee Lady” a B-17G owned by the Yankee Air Museum of Van Buren Township, Michigan has suffered engine problems and will be cancelling its stop at the Muskegon County […]

CHIPS – THE FAMOUS 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION SENTRY DOG In August 1942, Edward J. Wren of Pleasantville, New York, enlisted his dog named Chips into the Army of the United States. Chips, a German shepherd, collie and […]

HUSTLING HITLER THE STORY OF FREEMAN BERNSTEIN Hustling Hitler is the story of Freeman Bernstein, a failed business man, vaudeville manager, carnival barker, boxing promoter, stock swindler, card sharp, self-proclaimed “Jade King of China” and all […]


Posted on July 18th, 2016 by:

WWII BOMB FOUND IN BERLIN NEIGHBORHOOD Construction workers in the Berlin neighborhood of Rummelsburg have uncovered an unexploded American WWII 550-pound bomb with its fuse intact during midday work. German police have evacuated homes within a […]

MASAHIKO KAZAMA KEPT HIS PROMISE TO RETURN HOME: By Henry Sakaida   “If this thing could talk, what a story it could tell!” I’m sure you’ve heard this adage in antique shops and collector shows. Not everything that […]

P-47 THUNDERBOLT PILOT COMES HOME FROM HIS FINAL MISSION: On April 17, 1945, Army Air Force Lieutenant Donald Beals and his squadron leader, Lieutenant Hobart Albright were searching for ground targets near Lonnewitz, Germany while flying […]

MINORU WADA – JAPANESE OFFICER WHO BOMBED HIS OWN HEADQUARTERS: In 1945, Lieutenant Minoru Wada was part of the Japanese 100th Infantry Division fighting for its life on the Philippine island of Mindanao. Fighting on the island had […]

82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION GENERAL JAMES GAVIN -YANK MAGAZINE Airborne CG By Sgt. Robert Debnam YANK Staff Correspondent WITH THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION—Maj. Gen. James M. Gavin, the one-time private who now commands the 82nd Airborne Division, […]



Posted on July 15th, 2016 by:

ARMY PARATROOPERS PREPARE FOR BATTLE: In 1940, the U.S. Army formed an experimental platoon of paratroopers to test the new concept of parachuting soldiers onto the battlefield. The parachute test platoon under the command of 1st Lieutenant […]

GRANVILLE HEARN JR. – 98 YEAR OLD WITNESS TO NUREMBERG Granville Hearn Jr. celebrated his 98th birthday Saturday. He is one of the few people alive who witnessed the trial at Nuremberg. His time there only […]

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