Author Archives: Jonathan Abbott

ARTHUR SINGER JR. – THE PROFESSOR AND THE FABLED FIFTEEN By Jonathan Abbott The fighters are first. Their folding wings lock in place, their two thousand horsepower Pratt and Whitney engines rev and kick to life. […]

FIGHTING FOR GOD’S COUNTRY – MASATSUGU RIYU – 100TH BATTALION When the Myna birds began to talk as the morning sun cast glimmers on Mauna Kahalawa, that is when Masatsugu Riyu awoke. He was a truck […]

Avenger Rear Gunner – “Jitterbug” Goes to War The greatest thrill of his life came as he landed for the first time on the deck of an aircraft carrier at sea. Two years before in 1941, […]

Wartime Rationing: Eating like there’s a War on By Jonathan Abbott On December 11th 1941,  rubber tires were the first item to be rationed in the United States.  By 1943 almost all consumer goods were rationed […]

A Souvenir from the China-Burma-India Theater. To Ruth, From Red: By Jonathan Abbott In 1944, Ruth Racke left Claryville,Kentucky. She went north to Covington, a city on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River and lived […]

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 […]

  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 […]

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 […]

B-24 Liberator Pilot Bill Getz of the “Phantom Renegade” By Jonathan Abbott The first puffs of flak appeared at 20:00 hours, thirty minutes to target. The explosions were far away and sporadic. There were no enemy fighters, […]

108th Construction Battalion in Normandy: The Sinews of War By Jonathan Abbott When the darkness fell in Normandy on June 6th 1944, it gave time to reflect on what had happened that day. In the East, […]

Mitsuyo Seo: Japan’s Wartime Animator: By Jonathan Abbott The beginning of 1945 was inauspicious for Japan. The first four months of the New Year saw the Empire lose Rangoon and Mandalay in Burma, Iwo Jima, and much of […]

Greetings from the Mighty 8th Air Force: Written by Jonathan Abbott On Monday, August 17th 1942, twelve American bombers took off for Rouen, France. They were the main force of eighteen bombers sent under Royal Air […]

5th Marine Division Artilleryman on Iwo Jima: Written by Jonathan Abbott On 9:00 AM on March 26th 1945 a small strip of land in the Volcanic Islands became silent. The last major action had ended the night […]

  Armed Service Edition Books, The Side Effects of War: Written by Jonathan Abbott In 1942, as war entered American life, a non-profit, government funded group called the Council on Books in Wartime was created and […]

Louisiana Maneuvers, Mistakes to be Made: Written by Jonathan Abbott In two years Nazi Germany had occupied Poland, Holland, Norway, Denmark, Luxembourg, France and Belgium, Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Greece. The Axis Powers were pushing […]


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