world war ii: A German Soldier's Story Of the Bombing of Berlin - 06/06/11 12:50 PM
On this June 6th, I was writing a story of a friends' landing on Normandy, and I recalled a story told me by a German soldier about the bombing of Berlin.

Since the Normandy Invasion was the beginning of the end for the Nazis, and the Bombing of Berlin was the culmination, I thought I'd tell this soldier's story at this time.
At the end of the Third Reich, the old men were defending Berlin's perimeter, and the Hitler Youth were assigned to the anti-aircraft defense of the city.

 
The gentleman described a particular evening's bombing raid so vividly, … (0 comments)

world war ii: D-DAY ~ Through the Eyes Of A U.S. Paratrooper - 06/06/11 11:54 AM
I've had the pleasure of meeting many of our heroes over the years, and on this day, I always recall the words of a good friend as he related this story to me so many years ago.


"We went in first, to soften things up for the invasion.  I'll never forget how scared I was as I floated helplessly down like the thousands of boys around me.  The German searchlights had the entire sky lit up so bright you had to squint just to see.
The sky was filled with tracer bullets, and as I looked around, above and … (0 comments)

world war ii: "Operation Z" - The Scars of War Are Still With Us - 12/07/10 10:52 AM
"Operation Z" - The Scars of War Are Still With Us
The attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on this date in 1941 was coded "Operation Z" by the Japanese Empire.
As we remember our few remaining World War II Veterans, let us keep in mind the scars of war that also affect so many.
I was born shortly after the war began, and never knew my father until he came home as a stranger in 1945.  We never shared that "special bond" that should have been there had we been together from the start of my life.
For that reason, I … (3 comments)

world war ii: Lest We Forget! - 06/06/10 12:06 AM
Lest We Forget!
I had the pleasure of serving with some Veterans who had begun their military careers during WWII, and the scenes they described were such that these men were never able to forget.
A buddy told me that as he parachuted toward the ground, the tracers were coming around him like jet assisted fireflies.
Illuminated by the Nazis' floodlights, he was firing his Thompson sub machine gun blindly toward the source of the traces.
Comrades all around him were hanging limply in their chutes, as their battle was already over.
We can never allow ourselves to forget the sacrifices … (1 comments)

world war ii: D Day Training In Oregon? - 06/05/10 12:21 AM
D Day Training In Oregon?
That's correct.
The D Day landing that took place on the beaches of Normandy on June 6th 1944, has roots in Oregon!
Troops stationed at Camp White, where White City is now, were trained for the Normandy Invasion!
There were special training areas of the camp that were purposely built to resemble the obstacles to be encountered at Normandy.
A thank you is deserved for the men who fought the battle, and also to those whose preparation and training helped save American lives.
 

Lest we forget!
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world war ii: Bismarck Sunk - Hood Avenged On This Date - May 27th 1941 - 05/27/10 12:41 AM
Bismarck Sunk - Hood Avenged On This Date - May 27th 1941
Eight days after she and the Prinz Eugen left the port at Gotenhafer, and struck fear into the world, the mighty Bismarck was gone.
Bismarck was the largest warship in the world, displacing over 50,000 tons and 16 inch guns.  She was feared the world over, even though she had never been at war.
She had been continually watched from the air, and therefore had no safe way to enter the war.  She and Prinz Eugen, a heavy cruiser, headed out to the Atlantic on May 19th.
Discovered almost … (0 comments)

world war ii: Honor Flight Of Oregon - 03/31/10 12:35 AM
Honor Flight Of Oregon
The waiting list is getting smaller for the Honor Flights!
Honor Flight Of Oregon is under the national Honor Flight Network.
Honor Flight of Oregon is honoring our Oregon Veterans by taking them to visit their memorials in Washington D.C.  There are over 1,000 World War II Vets dying each day!
Let us do what we can for our brave Vets before they are all gone.
To quote Will Rogers, their motto is, "We can't all be heroes.  Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by."
 
For more information, … (5 comments)

world war ii: "NUTS!" - 12/21/09 11:32 AM
"NUTS!"
When I was a youngster, this word was used instead of swearing to register disgust with something.
It achieved stardom in the "Battle of the Bulge."
Go back to December of 1944; The Germans had surrounded the American army in Bastogne during the Ardennes offensive in World War II.  800,000 allies and 500,000 Germans, with the Germans trying to split the British and American armies in order to capture Antwerp and encircle us to force a peace treaty in the Nazi's favor.
They had us surrounded in Bastogne, and having killed 19,000 Americans, the German General … (10 comments)

world war ii: Camp White - Medford, Oregon - 12/19/09 11:12 AM
Camp White - Medford, Oregon

 Camp George A. White was dedicated on September 15, 1942.  It was named after the adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard who had recently died.
 
 
Camp White was Oregon's second largest city and maintained an average of around 40,000 personnel at a time.
 
Medford's chamber of commerce had solicited the war department to build a training facility there and the flat terrain appealed to the army, so in May of 1941, they selected Camp White as one of nine new camps to be built.
Camp White even had combat training with … (4 comments)

world war ii: Balloon Bombs Fall In Oregon and the Northwest United States! - 11/20/09 10:00 AM
Balloon Bombs Fall In Oregon and the Northwest United States!
Hardly remembered and largely covered up by the government during World War II, the US mainland was being bombed by Japan on a regular basis.  I remembered this when a friend and I were discussing Oregon's history and I realized that it all started about this time of year in 1944.
At that time Japan began launching bomb-carrying hydrogen balloons into the jet stream intended for the Northwest United States.  Japan hoped that bombing the forests of our Northwest would cause widespread panic among our citizens and hopefully reduce our war effort by … (3 comments)