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2019 D-Day, Part III…

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Sergeant John Jenkins spoke and got a standing ovation  from world leaders and attendees.   These photos  provide a glimpse into the longest day.

The five beaches are quiet now,  but the chaos and pain and blood they witnessed 75 years ago  lingers on  faintly for those who listen.

If you don’t what the brass clicker was,  you didn’t listen to John Wayne in the 1962 movie,  The  Longest Day,  where he discussed the significance of the signaling device used by troops of the American 101st Airborne Division for their first 24 hours in Nazi-occupied France.   You can catch up here.

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June 15, 2019 at 3:13 pm

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2019 D-Day, Part II…

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The world  press predicted  Trump would be rude,  unpresidential,  and sunder apart the Obama alliance with Europe  — altogether an unmitigated disaster.   After delivering an extraordinary rant at a protest march against Trump,  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn seemed a bit uncomfortable at finding  himself seated  behind Trump,

 

No one  expected him  to read the prayer,  originally delivered on D-Day by then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Thirty Dakotas from nine different countries flew in formation to recreate the  historic journeys  the planes made to drop Allied troops to reclaim France.   Veterans from Britain and the U.S. were  welcomed warmly,   as they should have been.  Most of them were mere lads when they went to war,  and they are now very old men,  few of whom will be able to attend another of these ceremonies.

If you’re interested in how the  Germans felt  on that momentous occasion,  there is a new book out which may offer some interesting insights.   The link includes some archival footage as well.

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June 12, 2019 at 3:29 pm

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Pearl Harbor, 2018…

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For the first time,  the  Pearl Harbor ceremony  was missing the last five  USS Arizona survivors.  It’s perfectly understandable  —  they are all in their 90’s and travel is extremely difficult for them.  Even a private Lear jet doesn’t shorten the distance to Hawaii,  though it certainly shortens the time and increases the comfort.

Progressives have not yet found a way to make  December 7th a day that  will live in infamy all our fault, but rest assured they are working on that diligently.  Remember that Bush 41 was a naval aviator and lived through the horrors of that war.  If you have school-aged children,  you might want them to read this,  as they probably know very little about this part of history,  or any others, come to think of it.

Here are  some historical photographs of the event,  or try  the Navy’s own action reports.

UPDATE:  Jacqueline Ashwell,  superintendent of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument,  aid the world may be losing World War II veterans every year — but the United States will  never forget  their sacrifice.

 

 

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December 8, 2018 at 1:07 am

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Happy birthday to the Corps…

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The U.S. Marine Corps turned  243 years  old yesterday.  That’s right  —  the Corps is actually older than the country, since its roots are in the Continental Marines of the Revolutionary War period.  They have participated in every major war in U.S. history.   Happy birthday,  indeed!

 

 

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November 11, 2018 at 2:07 pm

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Jean Watters, R.I.P.

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Say a little prayer for Jean Watters.   I doubt this good lady will need it,  but  it can’t hurt.   The Enigma code breakers were quite serious about their work,  and remained tight-lipped about it even after it was declassified in 1975.   One of them has  been buried  in Nebraska where she retired to with her American husband.   Jean Watters contributed greatly to the Allied war effort,  but never felt the need to brag about her valuable work.

 

 

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September 29, 2018 at 2:37 pm

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Needed: The Art of War…

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When Allen  West writes,  one should pay attention.   If you have not read Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”,  do so,  and you’ll understand the point Col. West is making.

I have read it,  long before Col. West was required to do so by the Army.  I found it to be a masterpiece of how to examine one’s foe and locate his weaknesses,  then take advantage of them.  I have found it useful in every job I’ve ever held,  especially because so few of my coworkers had ever heard of the book,   much less read it.

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April 11, 2018 at 2:55 pm

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Zuke confusion…

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This German gentleman is no doubt somewhat embarrassed at having mistaken a  large zucchini  for a bomb,  but at least he didn’t make the opposite mistake with potentially deadly consequences.

 

 

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