In Bronze Star, Pacific, U.S. Navy, World War II on November 5, 2012 at 4:38 am
Ed McFadden (left) and a buddy are obviously pleased about being on shore leave in Honolulu, Hawaii during the Second World War. Photo provided by Ed McFadden
The toughest day of World War II for 17-year-old Seaman Ed McFadden was partway through the battle of Okinawa in March 1945.
That day, he was not at his normal battle station in the foretop lookout 150 feet above the deck of the World War I battleship USS Colorado. That day he was on a small deck one level below and behind the bridge. Read the rest of this entry »
In Pacific, U.S. Navy, World War II on September 12, 2012 at 4:38 am
Louie Wilson is pictured with his dog, Buddy in Norfolk, Va. shortly after he got out of boot camp. He was about to ship out to war in the Pacific during the closing months of World War II. Photo provided
Before Louie Wilson of Port Charlotte, Fla. joined the Navy in May 1943 he and his late wife, Bea, had a roller skating act on stage in Vaudeville call The Wilson Duo. After boot camp and preliminary naval gunnery training he went aboard a destroyer escort, the USS Barr (DE-576), headed for battle in the Pacific. Read the rest of this entry »
In Korean War, Pacific, Purple Heart, U.S. Navy, World War II on May 30, 2012 at 4:38 am
Harlan Twible is pictured shortly after returning to the United States following the USS Indianapolis sea disaster in the Pacific in the closing days of World War II. Photo provided
Minutes after the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis‘ bow was blown away by a torpedo fired by Japanese submarine I-58 on July 30, 1945, Ensign Harlan Twible was treading water in the shark-infested, inky waters of the Philippine Sea. Read the rest of this entry »
In Pacific, Purple Heart, U. S. Army, World War II on February 28, 2011 at 4:38 am
This was "Anzio Annie," the giant German artillery piece mounted on a railroad flat car, that terrorized American troops trapped on the beach at Anzio. Sgt. Harold Glover is one of the soldiers standing on the barrel of the gun with his Thompson. The picture appeared in Stars and Strips, the military newspaper during the war. Photo provided
Harold Glover of La Casa mobile home park in North Port, Fla. was a sergeant in the “Fighting 36th Infantry Division” that first saw battle in North Africa in World War II, went on to Italy and before the war was over made the invasion of Southern France and marched into Germany. He received three Purple Hearts while fighting at Salerno, Anzio, Monte Casino and finally crossed the Rhine River into Germany at war’s end.
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In Pacific, U.S. Navy, World War II on January 7, 2011 at 4:38 am
Vern Nelson was fresh out of bootcamp at Great Lakes when this picture was taken in 1943. He became a radioman aboard PT-Boat 108 in the Pacific. Photo provided
By the time Radioman 2nd/Class Vern Nelson came aboard PT-108 in the South Pacific in 1944 the torpedo boat had seen lots of action against the Japanese in World War II. As part of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIVE the 80-foot plywood craft first operated out of the Panama Canal Zone starting in July starting in 1942.
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