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Final Combat Mission – Aug 14, 1945

 In Memoriam Captain Jerry Yellin, American fighter pilot, flew the final combat mission of WWII in targeting a military-airfield near Tokyo on August 14, 1945.     Yellin had enlisted in the United States Army Air Force on his 18th birthday, February 2, … Continue reading

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Patton’s Prayer – Dec 22, 1944

Many know the story of General Patton’s prayer for better weather in order to more efficiently kill the Germans in the winter of 1944.  Few know of his Christmas Greeting that was issued along with the prayer. Contrary to popular … Continue reading

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Patriotism Endures

Van T. Barfoot Second Lieutenant, US Army   A Good Man to Remember Author Unknown Van T. Barfoot Died… Remember the guy who wouldn’t take the flagpole down on his Virginia property?  You might remember the news story several months … Continue reading

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Japan Surrenders – Sept 2, 1945

Although the surrender of Imperial Japan was announced on August 15, 1945, the hostilities of World War II ended with the formal signing aboard the USS Missouri on September 2nd. Japanese representatives present for the surrender ceremonies included Foreign Minister … Continue reading

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A Family Hero – 17 February 1945

MEMORIAL DAY We commemorate family members with pride, love, and sorrow for their ultimate sacrifice in service. Entering the Air Corps in 1940, Rufus Wilson served in England, Ireland, France and Germany. Wounded in action on a B-26 mission in the Battle of Remagen during … Continue reading

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941 Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was a defining moment for our country and  propelled the United States into World War II.   Millions of Americans prepared to  enlist and serve for the devastation and losses suffered. With twenty-one American … Continue reading

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Letters from War and Home

In honoring Veterans Day, we also recognize the human toll on separated families and those who serve.  Our soldiers, and those cherished by them, express their current existence, their love and dearest thoughts, and perhaps final expressions of hope and regret in letters from … Continue reading

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