Archive for October, 2011

Good Monday morning to all.  Time for the 90th Infantry Division Pic of the Week. Being a machinist myself, this photo hits close to home. Pictured is a fully operational underground Nazi factory discovered near Thionville, France.  The machinery pictured was used to bore 88mm gun barrels.  I imagine that it was kept pretty busy.

Say hey! It’s Friday! Time for the Weekly History Wrap Up. An Australian Navy mine hunter has happened upon the wreckage of a World War II Japanese mini-sub off the coast of Rabaul. A loving family and grateful nation has arranged for one last ride for 90-year-old World War II tanker, Harry Grim. In an [...]

By now, you all know that I love old newspaper clippings. I recently came across another. The title of the period piece is, “U.S. 90th Plays Historic Role: Army Identifies Unit That Did Some of the Heaviest Fighting in Normandy Battles.” It was dated July 19, 1944, and written by Gene Currivan, with the New [...]

Today on Letters From War Wednesday, we feature a short November 1967 note home from Danny Weber, who served with the 13th Combat Aviation Battalion in Vietnam. “I’m working in a yard at Can Tho, which is located about 115 miles south of Saigon.  …I finally got my bags unpacked last night.  Now I can [...]

With a heavy heart, I must report that another good one is gone.  Robert Spangler, with family by his side, passed away in Hawaii at the age of 91 years. While working on EVERYTOWN, USA, I spoke with Robert several times over the years.  I first made contact while he still lived in Baltimore, then [...]

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Time for the 90th Infantry Division Pic of the Week. Today we feature a shot of Supreme Allied Commander, Dwight D. Eisenhower, surveying the carnage at Chambois, France, where combined Allied forces trapped, then destroyed the German 7th Army. I’ve seen the photograph several times over the years, and [...]

Another week into the record books.  Time for the Weekly History Wrap Up. Libyan leader, Moammar Gadhafi, is dead.  And the dirty work didn’t come cheap. A new book, Every Thought of You, recounts a love story through letters from war. The remains of the Vietnam War pilot, Major Thomas Clark, have been returned to [...]

Secret Vietnam War Bunkers

October 20, 2011

A secret, Vietnam War-era bunker has been unearthed below the historic Metropole Hotel in downtown Hanoi.  The hotel housed many foreign guests during the war, and the shelter below served to keep them safe from American bombings of the city. The story reminded me of a similar surprise Airborne trooper, Tom Steele, discovered in the [...]

Middle of the week and time for Letters From War Wednesday.  Today, we feature a note from World War II veteran, Franklin Jacob, who served in Northern Europe with the 841st Ordnance Company.  After we initially spoke several years ago, Jacob sent me a letter, which I found to be timeless.  Though Jacob has since [...]

Earlier this year, shortly after the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami rocked eastern Japan, including the city of Sendai, we made a post regarding the old 172nd Station Hospital.  Since then, we’ve heard from several interested parties. Patricia and Marcia Taranto were the first set of twins born at the 172nd Station Hospital.  They were [...]

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