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True Humor in World War Two

At one point in the Italian Campaign, the U.S. Army Air Force built a dummy airfield to confuse the Germans and get them to attack it instead of the nearby real airfield. The Germans saw it and dropped dummy bombs on the dummy airfield.   Two British columns were passing by each. Field Marshall Montgomery [...]

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The Crash of “Keep 19”

Goldsboro, NC, January 24, 1961- A U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52G Stratofortress, 58-0187, (the last Block 95 airframe),call sign “Keep 19”, of the 4241st Strategic Wing, 822d Air Division, Eighth Air Force, based at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was on Coverall airborne alert. The bomber was commanded by Major Walter S. Tulloch, U.S. Air [...]

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Some Germans I Met

After six years in Germany I came back and had two goals. To learn to speak English [well] again and to drive 55 mph.

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My Mom’s Last Story

My Mother went to her grave saying, “Hitler was a Good Man.  He was like Nixon.  He had bad advisors.” Before I get into this it might be a good idea to read this post. I’m not a Nazi, But My Mom Was Mom told stories to me all my life.  I became a World [...]

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Tour of The Gettysburg Battlefield

The Battle of Gettysburg, fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863, is considered the most important engagement of the American Civil War. After a great victory over Union forces at Chancellorsville, General Robert E. Lee marched his Army of Northern Virginia into Pennsylvania in late June 1863. On July 1, the advancing Confederates clashed [...]

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The USS Forest Fire

Every soldier, an infantryman. Every sailor, a firefighter.

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“Holy Joe” Holy Shit!

Any landing you can walk away from is a good one.  Right? B-29-20-BA Superfortress (s/n 42-63489) named “Holy Joe” was assigned to  the 881st Bomb Squadron, 500th Bomb Group, 20th Air Force based on Saipan. On 18 FEB, 1945, with 1/Lt James M. Pearson in command and co-pilot 2/Lt Edward Porada they took of at 0647 HRs [...]

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It was a dark and stormy night. A group of drunken crew chiefs decided it would great fun to pinch a four foot fiberglass chipmunk off of the mini golf course at Incirlik AB, Turkey.

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Cold Lake RCAF Crash

10-JUN-2011- Lt. Col. Lee Vogan and Capt. Jens Lundgreen-Nielsen of the 419th Tactical Fighter Squadron, escaped injury after ejecting from their military plane moments before the jet came crashing down west of Cold Lake.
The aircraft, a CT-155 used to train fighter pilots, went down at 11:40 AM.

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Custer’s Last Stand…. Wasn’t

At the ripe old age of five, the first book I read was “The Autobiography of George Armstrong Custer”. I’ve been a student of Custer and the Battle of the Little Big Horn ever since.

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