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D-Day’s 77th Anniversary – June 6, 1944

    A Family Remembers Liberation:  Saint-Mere-Eglise, 1944 In the early hours of June 6, 1944, a man knocked loudly on the door of Alexandre Renaud, Mayor of Sainte-Mère-Église.  Since the town’s occupation by the enemy in 1940 there had … Continue reading

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Unwavering Valor – Memorial Day 2021

In Remembrance   Whether at present or long past, so many are families of veterans. Their commitment and service is a legacy to succeeding generations on true values in life… honoring our country and those who willingly serve.  In a … Continue reading

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An Inspiration to WWII Troops

British Singer and Songwriter Vera Lynn An inspiration who brought hope, happiness, and thoughts of home, if only briefly, to those who needed it most. Early Years Vera Welch was born on 20 March 1917 in East Ham, London.  Neither … Continue reading

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When Needed Most

  A Staggering Scale At 10:00 pm on 5 June 1944, Allied troops began departing from British shores on the English Channel in launching a successful invasion of German-occupied western Europe.  Five assault groups set sail under darkness in an … Continue reading

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In Remembrance

Unwavering Valor   Whether at present or years long past, so many of us are families of veterans. Their commitment and service is a legacy to succeeding generations on true values in life… honoring our country and those who serve. … Continue reading

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VE Day’s 75th Anniversary – May 8,1945

The End of World War II in Europe REIMS, France  — World War II ended in a French schoolhouse 75 years ago when German commanders signed their surrender to Allied forces. Unlike the massive celebrations greeting the momentous news in … Continue reading

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A Christmas Truce – 1944

What more profound compassion at Christmas than to enemies in the midst of war Christmas 1944 December 24th Three American soldiers, one badly wounded, were lost in the snow-covered Ardennes forest.  They wandered for three days, unable to find their … Continue reading

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Inconceivable Courage – June 6, 1944

Almighty God: Our sons and the 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. Lead them straight and … Continue reading

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A Rare Original “D-Day Clicker” Found

    In a desperate bid to retrieve a missing part of history from June 6, 1944, a campaign was launched to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the veterans who served and were likely saved by it.  A … Continue reading

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A Widow’s Journey to a Husband’s Valor

July 17, 1944 Peggy and 1st Lt. Billie D. Harris (USAF) were married six weeks prior to his deployment in WWII.  Billie, a fighter pilot, would fly his last mission on July 17, 1944 over Nazi-occupied northern France.  With his … Continue reading

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Classified British Life-savers in D-Day Landings

In approaching the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, perhaps there is history, unbeknownst to many, on safeguards instilled for British and American paratroopers prior to 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landing at Normandy, June 6, 1944 – along a 50-mile … Continue reading

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A Christmas Truce – 1944

Christmas 1944 December 24th Three American soldiers, one badly wounded, were lost in the snow-covered Ardennes forest.  They wandered for three days, unable to find their unit.  If shelter was not found soon, the injured soldier would most likely die. … Continue reading

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WWII Fighter Pilot, American Hero

Major M. Brooks, a P-38 and P-47 fighter pilot during WWII, flew nearly a hundred missions in support of Allied troops, including Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. Having flown 82 combat missions by the age of 23, Captain … Continue reading

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Hallowed Ground – June 6, 1944

  A farm boy from Ohio, Robert Blatnik enlisted with the Army in 1938 in determined desire to serve his country.  Assigned to the 1st Division, 26th Infantry, he worked with combat intelligence and proved skilled in drafting topographical maps … Continue reading

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Remembering American Liberators

Faces of Margraten The Dutch have never forgotten their American Liberators.  Each year, as their cemetery hosts the Faces of Margraten and United Adopters of American War Graves, a unique tribute honors the men and women buried and memorialized there. In … Continue reading

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A Defining Moment – 13 November 1942

The Sullivan Brothers Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, the Sullivan brothers enlisted in the U.S. Navy, January 3, 1942, with the stipulation they serve together.  All five brothers, in accordance with their wishes, were … 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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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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In Memory of Valor and Sacrifice

“Never in the history of the world has a country sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of all.”   When we mourn for such men who have died, ….we should thank God that such men were born.                                              – Gen. George … Continue reading

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Capturing Valor

Iwo Jima February 23, 1945 Five U.S. Marines and a Navy Corpsman Raised the American Flag On February 19, 1945, the United States invaded Iwo Jima as part of  its strategy to defeat Japan.  Although not originally a target, the relatively swift … Continue reading

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A Father’s Service, PT 161

We honor our fathers for their presence in our lives.  For those who are veterans, we should also remember their service. LT JOHN MCELROY, USN Prior to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, John McElroy had never considered the military … Continue reading

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Medal of Honor – Iwo Jima

Defining a Hero        FIRST LIEUTENANT JACK LUMMUS,  USMC RESERVE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR,  WWII As  individuals of distinguished courage or ability, duly recognized for valiant service and  heroic qualities,  they  fearlessly  sacrifice  for  a  higher purpose. ————————————— Awarded posthumously to First … Continue reading

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Raising the Flag

Iwo Jima  February 23, 1945 Five U.S. Marines and a Navy Corpsman raise the American flag in the Battle of Iwo Jima Regarded  as one of the most significant and recognizable images of WWII, three Marines depicted in the photograph would be killed … Continue reading

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In Eternal Remembrance

December 7, 1941 In Service and Sacrifice “The very soul of a nation is its heroes”

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