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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 […]

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ARMY PARATROOPERS PREPARE FOR BATTLE

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 […]

JOSEPH LAFLEUR- CHAPLAIN, POW, HERO

Posted on July 9th, 2016 by:

JOSEPH LAFLEUR- CHAPLAIN, POW, HERO: Chaplain Joseph Lafleur heroically gave his life to save his fellow soldiers while he was a prisoner of the Japanese. Joseph Verbis Lafleur was born on January 24, 1912 in Ville […]

JAPANESE CARRIER IDENTIFICATION – FROM 1944 RECOGNITION JOURNAL JAPANESE CV’S COME OUT TO FIGHT Through October 1942 the Japanese had proved themselves good carrier men. The handled their ships skillfully and with great imagination. Co-ordination between their recco and […]

WWII VETERAN’S UNIFORM AND MEDALS STOLEN FROM FAMILY: The family of WWII veteran Louis Read was stunned on Tuesday morning to find his uniforms and medals stolen. Louis Read was a veteran of the 31st Infantry […]

Magdalena Leones – WWII Silver Star Winner Dies at 95 Magdalena Estoista Leones, winner of the Silver Star for bravery against the enemy has died at age 95. Leones, an intelligence operative and Corporal with the Philippine […]

Saburo Sakai Meets the SBD Gunner Who Wounded Him at Guadalcanal By Henry Sakaida It’s not everyday that two men, who tried to kill one another in World War II, would meet and shake hands like […]

Reflections of Our Gentle Warriors – By Brad Hoopes: For over a decade, Brad Hoopes has interviewed and recorded the experiences of over 350 WWII veterans. He now has compiled 70 of these incredible experiences into […]

George Simmons Returns From the Philippines

Posted on June 13th, 2016 by:

George Simmons Returns From the Philippines: George G. Simmons grew up in the Big Sky Country of Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. When he was 18 years old he left home and eventually found his way into the […]

Ceramic Grenades – Japan’s Last Ditch Weapon In late 1944, as Japan’s war came to a conclusion, precious war materials like metal became scarce, making Japan’s ability to equip her fighting men a difficult task. To […]

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A Talk With Adm. Nimitz-From YANK Magazine

Posted on May 26th, 2016 by:

A Talk With Adm. Nimitz-From YANK Magazine By Sgt. H. N. Oliphant YANK Staff Correspondent PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII—In moments of crisis there is nothing that relaxes Adm. Chester W. Nimitz more than hitting a few bull’s-eyes […]

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Shangri-La is Launched by the US Navy

Posted on May 23rd, 2016 by:

Shangri-La is Launched by the US Navy The USS Shangri-La (CV 38) was named after President Franklin Roosevelt’s response to where Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25 bombers were launched from for their April 18, 1942 raid on Japan. The carrier […]

Bazooka Face Mask-Blast Protection for a GI’s Face With the success of Hitler’s armored Blitzkriegs in Poland, France and the Low Countries in 1939 and 1940, the US Army realized it needed an effective and reliable […]

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David McCampbell: The US Navy Ace of Aces

Posted on May 12th, 2016 by:

David McCampbell: The US Navy Ace of Aces David McCampbell started active duty with the US Navy in 1934 serving aboard the cruiser USS Portland. He graduated flying school and served on the carriers USS Ranger […]

Warner Brothers Meet the Fleet (1940) with George Reeves “Meet the Fleet” is a 1940 Warner Brothers color short film about the Navy. It follows 3 recruits as they train for sea deployment to Hawaii. Ironically, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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American Tank Battalions in Defense of Bataan

Posted on April 24th, 2016 by:

American Tank Battalions in Defense of Bataan: The Beginning The men of the 192nd and 194th Tank Battalions were the first American tankers to see action in WWII. Both Tank Battalions were composed of National Guard […]

B-17 Hero in the Philippines, Hewitt T. Wheless: When Hewitt T. Wheless was a kid in Menard, Texas his classmates nicknamed him ‘Nun’ because “There was scarcely none of him at all”. As he grew up, […]

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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 […]


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