Archive for March, 2012

Friday before Spring Break, but still time for the Weekly History Wrap Up. Ralls County, Missouri recently honored Revolutionary War militiaman, James Paris, in a graveside ceremony. Can artifacts speak? Civil War relics tell vibrant stories. The Traveling World War I Exhibit stopped off in Nashville, Tennessee this week. Two more photo albums, documenting the [...]

I received an update email a short while back from my contact on the Parish Council in the village of Garveston, England. The Garveston Twelve Memorial Project and accompanying dedication ceremony are taking shape and on schedule for June 6, 2012. If you remember, the Garveston Twelve Memorial will honor the ten members of the [...]

Hey! Hey! Time for Letters From War Wednesday! This edition features an early note home from Jim Gage, arriving in Stamford, Texas for the initial stages of pilot training. Lt. Gage would graduate the system to fly B-25 Mitchells over the South Pacific for the 13th Air Force, during World War II. “I am here [...]

Crossing the Rhine River

March 27, 2012

Late March and the trees and flowers are already blooming. Spring has sprung. Looking back to World War II, late March marked the 90th Infantry Division‘s crossing of the Rhine River. Infantryman, Hobert Winebrenner, relived the moment in his memoir, BOOTPRINTS. “We’d experienced much in our trek through Germany to the Rhine River,” Winebrenner wrote. [...]

Wake up sleepy heads! Time for the 90th Infantry Division Pic of the Week! Following the Battle of the Bulge, 90th Infantry Division soldiers accompany half-tracks of the 6th Armored Division as American forces press the Germans east near Lullange, Luxembourg.

Yep, time again for the Weekly History Wrap Up. Finally, Colonel William Bratton and his wife, Martha, of Revolutionary War fame, are receiving grave markers in York County, Pennsylvania. Confederate Civil War dead will be honored this weekend in New Braunfels, Texas. Bonds remain strong as World War II veterans continue their relationship to the [...]

Hunger Games Premiere!

March 22, 2012

OK. I’ll admit it. I’m am totally amped about the “Hunger Games” movie that premieres tonight at midnight. I like to know what my kids are reading, that is, if I can stomach it. True I didn’t make it through three chapters of “Twilight” and would rather gouge my eyes out with a spoon than [...]

In this Letters From War Wednesday, we feature a short note home from PFC. Robert Jeffries, written in June 1944, while he was serving in the Pacific. “Well, this is pass day and we find ourselves headed for the bustling city of Honolulu, a city part Oriental, part Americanized, picturesque with the romance and traditions [...]

Yes! Yes! This past Saturday was St. Patrick’s Day, one of my favorite holidays of the year. It always seems a bit strange when it falls on a weekend though. I must admit that I enjoy the serious revelers who take the day off work to start drinking beer at 7:00 am. Local Fort Wayne [...]

Good Monday morning! I trust we all survived one of my favorite weekends of the year–wall-to-wall basketball. Let’s take a gander at a truly unique 90th Infantry Division Pic of the Week. Members of a tank destroyer unit have set up shop, poised and ready to repel any German armor advance. The crew includes, left [...]

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