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Harry Ferrier, Last Midway Survivor of VT-8 has Passed Away Harry Ferrier enlisted in the Navy on January 28, 1941, three days after his sixteenth birthday.  After boot camp and aviation radio school, he joined Torpedo […]

Calvin Graham, 12 Year Old Sailor in WWII

Posted on May 7th, 2016 by:

Calvin Graham, 12 Year Old Sailor in WWII: Calvin Graham started shaving when he was eleven years old. He didn’t have much to cut, but he hoped the act itself would grow hair. Most boys try […]

Shoho the First Japanese Carrier Sunk in WWII The Shoho , sunk at the Battle of the Coral Sea, was the first Japanese aircraft carrier sunk during WWII. On June 1, 1935, the Imperial Japanese Navy […]

Navy Uniform Change Proposal from YANK Magazine In 1945, the Navy considered changing from their classic jumper and bellbottoms to a newer more “modern” uniform. Farewell to Bellbottoms Navy Notes By Donald Nugent Sp(X)3c Yank Navy […]

PT Boat – The Creation of the U.S. Navy’s “Mosquito Fleet” PT boats played an important role in patrolling Axis controlled waters and attacking enemy ships during WWII. In 1938, the US Navy put out an […]

Frank Levingston the Oldest WWII Veteran Dies at 110 Years old Frank Levingston, the oldest man in the United States and the oldest WWII veteran died on Tuesday May 3, 2016 in Bossier Parish, Louisiana.  He […]

Henry Waskow, the Captain Immortalized by Ernie Pyle Captain Henry Waskow died on December 14, 1943 far from home. He was killed on a mountain named Monte Sammucro near the town of San Pietro Infine overlooking […]

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Po Valley, the Final Campaign in Italy

Posted on May 4th, 2016 by:

Po Valley, the Final Campaign in Italy The Po Valley was the last barrier for Allied Victory in Italy. After nineteen months of bitter fighting in Italy, the Allies had slugged their way from the beaches […]

Peter Kubicek’s  Memories of Evil, a childhood in the Holocaust In March 1939 the Nazis marched into the remaining free part of Czechoslovakia absorbing it into the Third Reich. That month in 1939 would destroy the […]

Lou Brissie Overcame War Wounds to Become a Major League Pitcher Lou Brissie overcame a devastating leg wound to become an All-Star Major League pitcher. Born in Anderson, South Carolina on June 5, 1924, Leland Victor Brissie […]

Motion Sickness Pills Put Soldiers to Sleep on D-Day Motion sickness pills were handed out to American soldiers on the evening prior to D-Day. On June 5, 1944, Paratroopers of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions […]

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Louis Zamperini Story from YANK MAGAZINE

Posted on May 1st, 2016 by:

Louis Zamperini from YANK MAGAZINE Durable Louis Sports By Sgt. Frank De Blois The full story of Lou Zamperini’s war with Japan probably will never be told. There were parts of it—the 47 days in an […]

General John DeWitt and the Internment of the Japanese in America. Lieutenant General John L. DeWitt was one of the men most responsible for the forced evacuation of over 110,000 people of Japanese ethnicity from the […]

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 […]

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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 […]


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