Archive for August, 2011

If you checked in for yesterday’s post, you’re familiar with airman Edward Paul “Pete” DeBrular and the Garveston Twelve.  On this edition of Letters From War Wednesday, we’ll take a look at Pete’s last note home, dated June 2, 1944, just two days before his death at Garveston, England. Dear Aunt and Uncle: I just [...]

A few weeks back, I received an email from a member of the Parish Council in the village of Garveston, England.  He was looking for survivors of a World War II airman named, Edward DeBrular.  Garveston is a quiet community of some 300 residents, located 14 miles west of Norwich.  Sounds like my kind of [...]

I trust everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Monday morning means time for the 90th Infantry Division Pic of the Week.  In late August into early September, the 90th Infantry Division pushed east across France from the Falaise Pocket.

So glad it’s Friday, and time for the Weekly History Wrap Up. A former prison camp, Camp Lawton, Georgia, is providing archeologists with a steady stream of Civil War artifacts. A 5,000-square-foot visitors’ center has been approved to be built in northeast Oklahoma, at the site of the Battle of Honey Springs during the Civil [...]

In late August 1944, Allied forces wrapped up arguably the decisive battle of the Normandy campaign and one of the true routes of World War II at the Falaise Pocket, where they destroyed the German 7th Army.  The timing and engagement reminded me of another colorful character from the 90th ID. Richard “Doc” Bulger was [...]

In May 1864, General Grant launched his Overland Campaign, a relentless war of attrition aimed at forcing Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia into submission and ending the American Civil War. This Letters From War Wednesday features a note from infantryman Charles Fall, who served in Grant’s army with the 26th Michigan of Hancock’s II Corps. [...]

USS Spangler DE-696 Reunion

August 23, 2011

As most followers of this site know, the History Junkie loves unit reunions.  Next week, August 28-31, “Spanglermates” from the USS Spangler DE-696 will be getting together in San Diego.  A tour of the USS Midway, a harbor cruise, a silent auction and plenty of great stories are just some of the planned activities.  By [...]

Good Monday morning to all.  Time for another 90th Infantry Division Pic of the Week, this time, from Silwingen, Germany.  Regardless of which side you are on, a war zone is not an easy place to exist.

Fridays mean time for the Weekly History Wrap Up. A new book was released this week, pinning French fashion icon, Coco Chanel, as a Nazi spy. World War II naval aviators, Stewart Bass and Leon Frankel, were reunited at the Fargo Air Show this week after 66 years.  The pair flew Avengers together over the [...]

My old friend, World War II infantryman and author of BOOTPRINTS, Hobert Winebrenner, certainly was a colorful character.  And I think he valued the same in others.  I came across another scrap today, no doubt given to me years ago by HW, and it struck me as more material for another addition of Uncommonly Hobert.  [...]

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