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Venereal Disease in WWII: The Sad Story of Old Joe In WWII, venereal disease was a common but often unmentioned problem faced by soldiers and military commanders. From 1942-1945, the Army recorded 881,386 cases of syphilis […]

A Paratrooper and his Wartime Love Reunite After 70 Years: On June 5th, 1944, Army paratrooper Norwood Thomas was at an airfield in England boarding a C-47 transport plane. His face was blackened and he wore […]

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M1 Garand Rifle, A Soldier’s Best Friend

Posted on April 9th, 2016 by:

M1 Garand Rifle, A Soldier’s Best Friend: In the years following WW1, the US Army became interested in equipping its soldiers with a self-loading rifle. In 1931, after years of competitive testing, a .276 caliber rifle […]

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 […]

Veteran Posthumously given Purple Heart 72 Years later: On August 12, 1943 while fighting in The Battle of Sicily, Arkansas WWII veteran Walter Corley of Prattsville, received a severe concussion after a German shell exploded only […]

The 90th Infantry Division in Normandy at St. Germain-sur-Seves In July 1944, the 90th Infantry Division, after a month of fighting in Normandy had lost a commanding general, seven regimental commanders and suffered over a 100% […]

WWII Veteran Set to Marry his Teenage Sweetheart 70 Years Later: Roy Vickerman, of Hartshill, Staffordshire, first met Nora Jackson in the 1940’s while attending school. The two dated and after Vickerman proposed, they decided to […]

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Kiska, Remains of a Battle that Never was

Posted on April 7th, 2016 by:

Kiska, Remains of a Battle that Never was On June 7, 1942, 500 Japanese soldiers landed on the island Kiska, part of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Opposing the Japanese landing force were ten American soldiers, a few […]

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The Ahn Family, Children of a Leader

Posted on April 3rd, 2016 by:

The Ahn Family, Children of a Leader: In 1902, seeking a better education for himself, Ahn Chang-ho arrived in San Francisco with his wife, Helen (Hye Ryon Lee). Soon after his arrival, Ahn emerged as a […]

Okinawan boys of the Tekketsu Kinnotai, Japan’s last ditch weapon In the waning days of the WWII, as Japan found itself losing its conquered empire, a group of school boys reported for duty on Okinawa. The […]

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Okinawa-The Last Great Battle of WWII

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by:

Okinawa-The Last Great Battle of WWII: Seventy one years ago today, 86,000 Japanese military personnel and 39,000 civilian conscripts waited on the Island of Okinawa for the American invasion they knew would come. They did not […]

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Dog Tag Returned to Veteran’s Family

Posted on March 31st, 2016 by:

Dog Tag Returned to Veteran’s Family: Thomas E. Davis was the hard worker of his family. He grew up with six siblings on a farm in Indiana where he milked cows and threw bales of hay. […]

Westinghouse “Jungle” Camouflage Liner for the M1 Helmet The M-1 helmet featured a removable liner that among other uses could be worn as a sun helmet separate from the heavy steel helmet. Since the war with […]

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“Lucky” Luciano and Operation Underworld

Posted on March 27th, 2016 by:

“Lucky” Luciano and Operation Underworld: By 1942, Charles “Lucky” Luciano had been behind bars more than six years. Prison was far from the high society life he had enjoyed as the head of organized crime. In New […]

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WACS of the 6888th Deliver on Time

Posted on March 26th, 2016 by:

The 6888th delivers: On February 14th , 1945, the troopship SS Ile de France arrived in Glasgow carrying the first contingent of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the only black Women’s Army Corps (WAC) unit to be […]

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Ball Turret Sheds Light on Wartime Romance

Posted on March 24th, 2016 by:

A WWII Ball Turret Sheds Light on a Wartime Romance: Seventy years after World War Two, Italian historians found a Sperry ball turret in the cold depths of the lake. A ball turret alone would be […]

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MacArthur’s escape from the Philippines

Posted on March 23rd, 2016 by:

MacArthur’s escape from the Philippines: At 7:45 PM on March 11, 1942, a small torpedo boat, PT-41 departed from Corregidor. Under the cover of darkness, it rendezvoused with three other PT boats then carefully sailed through a minefield while heading south […]

  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 […]


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