Tag: WWII

Military December 14, 2017

Maria Popova Brain Pickings: Code Girls: The Untold Story of the Women Cryptographers Who Fought WWII at the Intersection of Language and Mathematics Liza Mundy
“Virtually as soon as humans developed the ability to speak and write, somebody somewhere felt the desire to say something to somebody else that could not be understood by others.”

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Another article on Robert Lawrence, Jr.
By Ashawnta Jackson: Remembering the Groundbreaking Life of the First Black Astronaut
Robert Lawrence Jr.’s accomplishments are finally being recognized.

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By Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonah Baase 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit: Face of Defense: Embarkation Marine Lives in the Details
CAMP HANSEN, Japan, Dec. 13, 2017 — Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Vivianlee Aguero thrives in a high operational tempo. “I love putting all of my effort into my job, because I can see it in the product,” she said. “Staying motivated and pushing through the busiest work times is the most satisfying feeling once it’s done.”

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By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs: Afghan Native-Turned Army Linguist Fulfills His American Dream

“I never saw the U.S. as invaders. I saw them as liberators because they liberated me and my family.”
Staff Sgt. Mashal Shekib

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Quotes December 08, 2017

“The battlefront disappeared, and with it the illusion that there had ever been a battlefront. For this was no war of occupation, but a war of quick penetration and obliteration – Blitzkrieg, Lightning War.” – September 25th, 1939
Unknown TIME Magazine Writer
 
 
 
 
“The Germans should have thought of some of these things before they began the war, particularly before attacking the Russians.” – referring to a German soldier’s request to surrender only to British or American forces and not the Russians.
British General Bernard Law Montgomery
 
 
 
 
“In a life and death struggle, we cannot afford to leave our destinies in the hands of failures.” – on the British handling of the war in Norway
British Labor Party Opposition Leader Clement Atlee
 
 
 
 
“The Chinese soldier was tough, brave, and experienced. After all he had been fighting on his own without help for years. He was a veteran among the Allies.”
American General Bill Slim
 
 
 
 
“How horrible, how fantastic, how incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.”-1938

“It is evil things we shall be fighting against, brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression and persecution.”-1939
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
 
 
 
 
“They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind.”
British Air Marshal “Bomber” Harris
 
 
 
 
“The Russian Colossus…has been underestimated by us…whenever a dozen divisions are destroyed the Russians replace them with another dozen.” – Commenting on the might of the Soviet Army following the invasion of the Soviet Union
German Army General Chief of Staff Franz Haldervon Armin

 
 
 
 
The hand that held the dagger has struck it into the back of its neighbor.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt (speaking of when Italy invaded her neighboring country, France)
 
 
 
 
Peace is absurd: Fascism does not believe in it.
Benito Mussolini, Fascist Dictator
 
 
 
 
When I said that British fighter-bombers had shot up my tanks with 40mm shells, the Reichsmarschall who felt himself touched by this, said: ‘That’s completely impossible. The Americans only know how to make razor blades.’ I replied: ‘We could do with some of those razor blades, Herr Reichsmarshall.’
Field Marshall Erwin Rommel
 
 
 
 
“Oh merciful lord… crown our effort with victory… and give us faith in the inevitable power of light over darkness, of justice over evil and brutal force… Of the cross of Christ over the Fascist swastika… so be it, amen.”
Sergei – Archbishop of Moscow – 27th November 1941
 
 
 
 
“Goddam it, you’ll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!”
Captain Henry P. Jim Crowe – 13th January 1943 – (Guadalcanal)
 
 
 
 
And when he gets to Heaven
To St. Peter he will tell:
‘One more Marine reporting, Sir — I’ve served my time in Hell.’
Sgt. James A. Donahue
First Marine Division

Military December 07, 2017

By Katie Lange Defense Media Activity: As Pearl Harbor Survivors Dwindle, Their Stories Remain Timeless

 
 
 
 

Author: Dan Lamothe, The Washington Post The secrets and service of a World War II family, 76 years after Pearl Harbor
 
 
 
 
Lockheed During World War II: Operation Camouflage
During the afternoon of December 7, 1941, as word of the attack on Pearl Harbor reached California, some 53,000 Lockheed employees, spread across 150 Southern California communities, stepped outside their homes to watch as countless P-38 fighters and Hudson bombers streak across the sky.

In the wake of the attack, orders had been given to get every aircraft that could fly into the air. Some flew west to protect the nation against a potential Japanese attack on the coast. Others were guided inland to protect against feared strafing runs. And still others patrolled the skies to provide the nation a sense of security in a time of crisis.

Three days later, while company officials gathered at Lockheed’s Burbank plant to decide how best to ramp up production, the Army began setting up barricades around the facility and placed an urgent call to a Col. John F. Ohmer stationed at March Field, 70 miles away.

Ohmer’s mission? Find a way to disguise Lockheed’s plant—now one of the most strategic military facilities in the United States—to look like an ordinary California suburb.

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Edwards AFB Satellite Calibration Targets
 
 
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By Army Capt. Robert Taylor, Idaho Army National Guard: Face of Defense: Daughter Follows Father’s Path to National Guard
BOISE, Idaho, Dec. 6, 2017 — On Nov. 2, Army Lt. Col. Paul Boice raised his right hand and cited the oath of enlistment. It was the first time he had ever sworn someone into the Idaho Army National Guard.
The enlistee was Boice’s 17-year-old daughter, Army Pvt. Simmone Boice.
 
 
 
 
By Army Pfc. Calab Franklin, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division: Fort Stewart Soldiers Stand Together to Prevent Suicide
FORT STEWART, Ga., Dec. 6, 2017 — Soldiers and civilians assigned here and to Hunter Army Airfield gathered here Dec. 1 to promote awareness and offer resources to help prevent suicide.

Medical professionals from the 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team and embedded behavioral health specialists from Fort Stewart used the backdrop of a car show to engage participants in conversation surrounding suicide. The event included a guest speaker, personal testimonials, musical entertainment, food trucks and more.

The guest speaker was Jason Roncoroni, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and a mental health advocate. Roncoroni also once served as the garrison commander of Hunter Army Airfield. During his 2015 retirement speech he moved the audience by highlighting his struggle in coping with stress. Roncoroni now uses his story to help and inspire those who deal with similar challenges.

MoH Recipient Gives Life Weakening WWII Enemy Stronghold | DoDLive

In honor of Native American Indian Heritage Month, we’re continuing to put the spotlight on the Native Americans who have earned the Medal of Honor. The recipient we’re highlighting this week: Army Pfc. John Reese Jr., who was awarded the nation’s highest military honor on Veterans Day seven decades ago.

MoH Recipient Gives Life Weakening WWII Enemy Stronghold | DoDLive

‘The first time I had freedom’: Spotlighting Sask.’s Indigenous WW II veterans – Saskatoon – CBC News

When visiting her home province of Saskatchewan a few years ago, a photographer was inspired to learn more about a handful of remaining Indigenous Second World War veterans, in part because of the inequality they faced after their service.< ‘The first time I had freedom’: Spotlighting Sask.’s Indigenous WW II veterans – Saskatoon – CBC News

kalamazoogals.com | A story of extraordinary women and the “banner” gibson guitars they built during wwii

kalamazoogals.com | A story of extraordinary women and the “banner” gibson guitars they built during wwii

Soldier’s Solo Effort Defeats Dozens of Germans in WWII Battle | DoDLive

Army 1st Lt. Jack Montgomery

Army 1st Lt. Jack Montgomery was one of them. A Cherokee from Oklahoma, Montgomery grew up during the “Roaring ‘20s” and the Great Depression. He made his mark on the world during World War II, when he killed nearly a dozen enemy soldiers and took many more as prisoners in just a few hours – all by himself.

Soldier’s Solo Effort Defeats Dozens of Germans in WWII Battle | DoDLive

WASP Final Flight: Elizabeth Maxine Chambers Cramsey, 44-W-3 May 11, 1961

WASP Final Flight: Elizabeth Maxine Chambers Cramsey, 44-W-3 May 11, 1961

My name is Popov, Dusko Popov: The man who inspired James Bond

Dusko Popov, a Yugoslavian double agent during World War II

My name is Popov, Dusko Popov: The man who inspired James Bond

Just A Car Guy: I had not known P 47s had nose art too, here are some, and a tribute to George Rarey, a pilot, artist, and nose art specialist for the 379 Fighting Squadron’s P 47s

Just A Car Guy: I had not known P 47s had nose art too, here are some, and a tribute to George Rarey, a pilot, artist, and nose art specialist for the 379 Fighting Squadron’s P 47s