Monthly Archives: May 2017

NEW GEORGIA ONE YEAR LATER GIs FIND NEW USES FOR OLD JAPANESE MACHINES ON THESE PEACEFUL ISLANDS, ONCE BATTLE SITES By Sgt. Barrett McGurn Yank Staff Correspondent MUNDA, NEW GEORGIA—What becomes of a Pacific island battleground […]

JUST BEGINNING – CONFLICT BETWEEN ENLISTED MEN WITH LOW AND HIGH POINTS Dear YANK: The worst has happened. No longer are the EM one big happy family. We have been divided into two categories—low-pointers and high-pointers. […]

THIRD ESTATE, PURGED – AMERICANS REOPEN THE NEWSPAPER IN AACHEN, GERMANY From YANK Magazine AACHEN, GERMANY—Aachen, the first large German city occupied by our forces, is also the first to have its own newspaper reopened under […]

FIFTH AIR FORCE GIVES OUT WRIST WATCHES TO GROUND CREW From YANK Magazine Lt. Gen. George C. Kenney, who commands the Fifth Air Force in the Southwest Pacific, has instituted a new award for GIs who […]

GI SHOP TALK – MINES, FORK LIFTS, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS From YANK Magazine “Bouncing Betty,” the German S-mine that bounces into the air before it explodes, is rated by American troops in Italy as “Public Enemy No. […]

NIGHT OF THE NAKED WOMAN – A FIRST SERGEANT ORDERS A DETAIL TO FIND AN UNEXPECTED VISITOR I’ll never forget the night the naked woman was in our barracks. Our first sergeant rolled in through the […]

Stop that Island! The remarkable story of HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen By Dirk de Klein of dirkdeklein.net Without trying to blow my own trumpet, or in this case my countries trumpet, it is a well know fact that […]

FROM ISIGNY TO CHERBOURGH – SKETCHES IN NORMANDY WITH THE ENGINEERS Sgt. John Scott was in the backwash of battle from the beachhead to Cherbourg. He went over with a regiment of engineers, arriving at the […]

WHAT HAPPENS TO AN MP WHO LETS HIS PRISONERS ESCAPE? Dear YANK: The other night we were discussing what happens to an MP who lets a prisoner—a GI who went AWOL and was caught, for example—escape […]

JET-PROPELLED PLANE – LOCKHEED P-80 SHOOTING STAR “Fastest fighter in existence” is the description tied onto the new P-80, the AAF’s first jet-propelled combat plane, by its manufacturers, Lockheed and the General Electric Company. Unlike the […]

THE TRAGIC STORY OF COL HARRY R. MELTON JR. by Henry Sakaida PART I You know the old saying: “One thing leads to another…” Back in 1980, I met a very nice gentleman in Tokyo named […]

IMAGINE LOMBARDI’S AFRAID OF CROWDS! – NEWS OF ATHLETES AND SPORTS DURING WORLD WAR II By Sgt. Dan Polier You probably won’t believe it, but Ernie Lombardi, the Giants’ catcher, was rejected for military service because […]

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B-24 LIBERATOR HAS A USEFUL RETIREMENT

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B-24 LIBERATOR HAS A USEFUL RETIREMENT From YANK Magazine KEESLER FIELD, MISS.—Grease Monkey, a venerable B-24 training plane that ended its flying days last May when it caught fire, is now used here in the last […]

COMBAT DRIVERS ASKS FOR COMBAT INFANTRYMAN’S BADGE AND COMBAT PAY Dear YANK: …We drivers were led to believe that we were to receive the Combat Infantryman’s Badge due to the fact that we are under constant […]

LUCKY BASTARD – A GI HAS ENOUGH POINTS TO LEAVE THE ETO- YANK MAGAZINE FICTION By Sgt. Merle Miller When Hayward came into the orderly room, the captain was sitting at what had once been a […]

ALL I GOT I EARNT – A PAYROL CLERK DEMANDS A PROMOTION No one could deny that Harkilroid was a good payroll clerk, but no one could deny that buck sergeant was a good enough (if […]

OLD HANDS IN THE BUSINESS The experts say it’s a young man’s war, but when the Allies invade Hitler’s Europe the Army will depend, among others, on a gang of middle-aged, weather-beaten, heavy-construction veterans, like 52-year-old […]

ATOMIC BOMB SECRETS – SOLDIERS VIEWS ON SHARING NUCLEAR SECRETS WITH ALLIES Dear YANK: I disagree with these learned professors who say we should share the secret of the atomic bomb with other nations. I remember […]

MESSAGES FROM HOME – GREETINGS FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY GIVE A GI FOOD FOR THOUGHT By Sgt. Robert G. Ryan YANK Staff Correspondent ALBROOK FIELD, PANAMA CANAL ZONE—A recent mail call brought Sgt. Richard I. Mallon a […]

STARS FELL ON CPL. BAINS – STORY OF THE DAILY ROUTINE AND DISCHARGE OF A GI AT AN AIRBASE IN ITALY On Jan. 15, 1944, at 1130 hours, Cpl. Bains was in an LST carrying him […]

GIVING CLOSURE TO USMC FIGHTER ACE KEN WALSH by Henry Sakaida Back around 1981, I was asked a favor by USMC fighter ace Ken Walsh, the Medal of Honor recipient. He was credited with 21 victories […]


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