6 posts categorized "Veterans"

May 30, 2016

Thinking Ahead This Memorial Day

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December 07, 2013

Interested in heroism? Read up on Pearl Harbor

Only the very young might not know at least some of what happened at the United States Pacific Fleet Pearl base at Pearl Harbor 67 years ago, on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941.

Two waves of Japanese planes -- 350 in all -- took off from six aircraft carriers, intent on destroying the American fleet. They arrived at 7:48 a.m. Hawaiian time, strafing and bombing.  The attack destroyed a minelayer, two destroyers, two battleships and 188 aircraft. Damaged were six other battleships, three cruisers and a destroyer.

The staggering human toll: 2,390 killed and 1,178 wounded. Throughout the withering attack, American sailors and soldiers fought back however they could.

Montville Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 5481 Cmdr. Frank Warholic put it this way:

"We have it (an annual observance) because it's a reminder that Pearl Harbor has to be remembered because we were not prepared and we paid the price with our dead military," said Warholic, who served in Germany during the Korean War. "We did not learn that legacy because we were hit again on 9/11, and we had 3,000 people killed." 

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October 14, 2008

Thank a Veteran - Person of the week

May 28, 2008

The real "Great Escape"

Many  people have seen the Steve McQueen movie The Great Escape.  This is about the Greatescape_2 tunnel the real POWs used.
Although the following graphic story fails to tell that most of the men who escaped were caught and killed, the genius that went into this tunnel is still remarkable.
Hat tip:  Barbara G.

June 07, 2007

15 Minutes Changed the World

The first week of Japanese20zero20from20limalima_3June is crammed full of historic military anniversaries. We commemorate the Allied D-Day assault against the Nazis on the beaches of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. The Israeli-Arab 6-Day War began on June 5, 1967. Israeli jet pilots destroyed Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor on June 7, 1981. The Marshall Plan was introduced as a Cold War defense, on June 5, 1947. 

Yet a US Navy battle this same week, just 6 months after Pearl Harbor and a full 2 years before D-Day, goes largely unnoticed, yet it certainly represents the pivotal event in world military history.
It is the Battle of Midway, which occurred over a three-day period, June 4-6, 1942.  See Montville Blog.

May 26, 2007

Lest We Forget

This video was produced by Lizzie Palmer, a 15 year old girl.  Be proud of our Military and proud of this young girl who put this program together -- Gd bless America.  It's worth watching.   Discuss on Montville Blog.