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September 2, 1945, on the USS Missouri

all the world was on alert …


Serendipity is key in my exploring.  Those that know me, know that I nearly always have something to read in my hands, be it a book, a newsletter, a pamphlet, phone or …  I am a voracious reader.  It was something instilled in me by my family.   Many years ago, my parents signed me up for a “Book of the Month” club for young readers.  The books — there were two that arrived each month — were devoured immediately after arrival and finished off in a few days.  Sometime later, I received a letter in the mail from the club President — sending his regrets — I had exhausted their entire collection and they would not be sending me any more books.   So I discovered libraries and now it’s rare that I will leave these cathedrals of knowledge without at least a few books.

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FDR’s D-Day Words

FDR Microphones


“Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity”



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GEN Eisenhower’s D-Day Words to the Troops

2016 JUN 6 –


It was seventy-two years ago that GEN Dwight D Eisenhower  issued the words below to the troops ready to execute D-Day…


A eisenhower letter 6 JUN 1944


This and more photos can be viewed in the exhibit prepared by the US National Archives.


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Happy ANZAC DAY 2016 – 25 APR


Celebrating the Australian and New Zealand Military

Since WW I the Australian and New Zealand military have stood together to take the fight to the enemy.  ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. And each year since the 1920s there has been a commemoration of the valor and fight that these troops have offered in the battles and wars of the world.

They fought to take the Gallpoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies.


Some words from the current Special Forces Association National President, Jack Tobin:

April 25, is ANZAC Day, the Australians and New Zealanders have been beside us in every conflict since World War II, many of us worked with them in Vietnam, when allies were scarce, but the ANZACs were there, with “no worries mate” ringing across the radios. After the tragedy of 9/11, when America went on the offensive in Afghanistan, the Australians and New Zealanders were the first to join us, taking the fight to the enemy.
At the SFA Conferences and Conventions, we parade the Australian flag, not only to honor our Chapter in Australia, but it also to honor our long tradition of warriors marching together.
Having spent time in Australia and New Zealand, and having served with ANZACs in Afghanistan, I can tell y’all that the bonds have never been tighter, that our cousins “down under” are ready, as always, to stand with us, and we should be proud of that relationship, we could find no better friends or better warriors.
So, if you have a moment on Monday, remember the ANZACs, in your thoughts and prayers.
Lest we forget, Lest we forget.

More About ANZAC Day

Here You can read more about  ANZAC Day  and learn of the continuing support that the Australian and New Zealand armed forces offer in the battles faced today.

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WWII Dive Bomber Lands

They are making progress…  good progress for the re-opening in April 2016…

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Remembering Patton

We Lost A Hero Today – Patton Dies

It was 21 December 1945 when GEN George S. Patton Jr. died from the injuries he sustained in an automobile accident.  Seven decades have passed since that day.  He was buried with full military honors on Christmas Eve day at The Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial is located in Hamm, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg in Belgium.

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National Museum of the Marine CorpsMarine Corps Heritage Foundation





JANUARY 4, 2016 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2016

WWII and Vietnam aircraft to be installed during temporary closure



Dumfries, Va. (November 25, 2015) – The doors to the National Museum for the Marine Corps will temporarily close, January 4 – March 31, 2016. The closure, in conjunction with a massive addition to the Museum, will allow two new aircraft to be added to Leatherneck Gallery. A recently sbd-dauntless-25restored World War II SBD Dauntless dive bomber will be hung from the ceiling of the central gallery, while a new tableau featuring a Vietnam-era Sikorsky UH-34D helicopter will also be installed on the floor.

Vietnam-era Sikorsky UH-34D helicopter





The Museum has remained open and free to the public nearly every day since its 2006 dedication. More than a half million visitors walk through its galleries each year. The temporary closure is necessary due to the significant logistical and engineering process required to install the two aircraft. The entire building, including its eateries and Museum Store will close. However, the Store will still operate online, and the outdoor playground and chapel, pathways, and memorials of the adjoining Semper Fidelis Memorial Park will remain open, weather and construction permitting. The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s and Museum’s websites and social media will post updates during the closure.


“While we never like to close the doors of our Museum, this process will better enable us to tell the stories of every American who has earned the title ‘Marine,” remarked LtGen Robert R. Blackman, Jr., President and CEO of the Foundation. “Marine Corps history is American history, and we look forward to sharing these impressive pieces of our past with visitors from across the country and around the world.”

Museum Expansion – Doubling In Size!

“The addition of the aircraft is part of the Museum’s ongoing efforts to more completely interpret the history of the Marine Corps and share more of the collection,” according to Museum Director Lin Ezell. In March, the Foundation broke ground on the construction of an additional 117,000 square feet of new physical space. Upon completion of the construction, the museum will have nearly doubled in size to make room for a giant-screen theater, expanded education suite and Children’s Gallery, a Sports Gallery, Art Gallery, Hall of Valor, and two additional historical galleries depicting the bravery and service of the men and women who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1976 though present day. The construction is scheduled to be finished in 2017, and galleries will begin opening in 2017, with all exhibitions completed by 2020.

About the National Museum of the Marine Corps

The Museum is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. It is located at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway in Triangle, VA. and is normally open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily except Christmas Day.  Admission and parking are free.  For more information, call 703-784-6107 or visit on the web at

About the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation

Dedicated to the preservation and promulgation of Marine Corps history, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation was established in 1979 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation supports the historical programs of the Marine Corps in ways not possible through government funds. The Foundation provides grants and scholarships for research and the renovation, restoration, and commissioning of historical Marine Corps artifacts and landmarks. Securing the necessary funding for the complete construction of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Heritage Center, located in Triangle, Virginia, is the Foundation’s current primary mission while continuing to provide program support for the Corps’ historical, museum, and educational activities. For more information, visit


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Remembering Those Who Never Came Home to the USA

It’s 2014.  As we approach the 70th anniversary of D-Day – one of the most bloodiest days in World War II, few are aware that many who served in World War I, World War II and other wars never returned to the United States of America – USA.   They are either at rest in 25 Cemeteries, most of which are on foreign soil – France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Philippines,Luxembourg, Mexico, Italy, Panama, Tunisia and Netherlands or memorialized within the monuments in the cemeteries.   Under the care of a little known independent agency of the United States of America known as the American Battle Monuments Commission, those at rest are well cared for.

Among them who never made it home to the USA are Theodore Roosevelt, Jr – son of the President and General George S. Patton, Jr.

It began in 1923 after World War I and it is responsible for Permanent American Military Burial Grounds in Foreign Countries of those who have never returned to the USA.   Here is a better description of what the American Battle Monuments Commission does from the words on it’s website:

ABMC administers, operates, and maintains 25 permanent American burial grounds on foreign soil. Presently there are 124,908 U.S. war dead interred at these cemeteries to include 30,922 of World War I, 93,236 of World War II and 750 of the Mexican War. Additionally 14,907 American veterans and others are interred in the Mexico City National Cemetery, Corozal American Cemetery and Clark Veterans Cemetery. Another 94,000 names of the missing are memorialized at the World War I and II cemeteries overseas and at the East Coast, West Coast and Honolulu Memorials in the United States: 4,452 names from World War I; 78,979 names from World War II; 8,200 names from the Korean War, and 2,504  names from the Vietnam War.

ABMC also maintains 26 memorials, monuments and markers worldwide. Three memorials in Washington, D.C. – the American Expeditionary Forces Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the World War II Memorial – were established by ABMC and are now administered by the National Park Service.

What follows below is a slideshow of 24 of the cemeteries and below that is a list of the cemeteries with country and which war.

Battle Monuments Slide Show

Cemetery Country Conflict
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial France World War I
Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial Belgium World War II
Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial France World War II
Brookwood American Cemetery and Memorial United Kingdom World War I
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial United Kingdom World War II
Corozal American Cemetery and Memorial Panama Panama Canal
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial France World War II
Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial Belgium World War I
Florence American Cemetery and Memorial Italy World War II
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial Belgium World War II
Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial France World War II
Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial Luxembourg World War II
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Philippines World War II
Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial France World War I
Mexico City National Cemetery Mexico Mexican War
Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial Netherlands World War II
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial France World War II
North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial Tunisia World War II
Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial France World War I
Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial France World War II
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial Italy World War II
Somme American Cemetery and Memorial France World War I
St. Mihiel American Cemetery and Memorial France World War I
Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial France World War I



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ARMY Air Corps becomes ARMY Air Forces

US Army Air Forces Branch Insignia

US Army Air Forces Branch Insignia

It was 20 JUNE 1941 that the US Army Air Corps becomes the US ARMY Air Forces.   Yet it would take until after WW II for the US Air Force to emerge as a separate military service from what the US Army Signal Corps began in 1908 when the Wright brothers responded to the US Army’s request for a heavier than air flying machine.  

 That first military flight occurred on Fort Myer Virginia during September 1908.   It would be in July 1909 that upon the Wright Brothers return to Fort Myer that the Signal Corps of the US Army would accept the Wright Flyer as the approved response to their request.  After an appropriate location was selected while using a gas balloon, the Wright Brothers begin flight training of US Army pilots at what now is College Park, Maryland.  It is where the oldest continuous operating airport in the world, still exists along with a museum to the history of aviation.   Pilots trained at College Park included Frank Lahm and Henry A.  Arnold.


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A Date That Will Live in Infamy…

Attack on Pearl Harbor HawaiiThe morning of December 7, 1941 –  seventy years ago today  December 7, 2011 –  The Japanese sprung a surprise attack on the US Navy at Pearl Harbor Hawaii .  Included in the attack were many of the ships docked in the harbor and Hickham Airfield.

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