In U.S. Army Airborne, World War II on February 22, 2013 at 3:38 am
Al Bond is the soldier squatting at the left, holding onto a pint-sized kid. Photo provided
Their objective: Los Banos Internment Camp, a prisoner-of-war stockade on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, where 2,147 Allied POWs were languishing.
The 1st Cavalry Division and the 37th Infantry Division were fighting to take the northern part of the island. A couple of dozen 11th Airborne troops jumped behind enemy lines into the heart of the camp to free the prisoners, while the rest of the airborne division advanced from the southern end of the island northward. Read the rest of this entry »
In Korean War, World War II on September 21, 2012 at 4:38 am
Sgt. Lawrence Gilbert stateside with the National Guard during summer maneuvers. Photo provided by Lawrence Gilbert
Sgt. Lawrence Gilbert of North Port, Fla. was a member of the 1st Ranger Battalion attached to the 1st Division, part of Gen. George Patton’s 7th Army that landed in Sicily on July 10, 1943 during the middle of World War II. Read the rest of this entry »
In U. S. Army, World War II on May 23, 2012 at 4:38 am
This badly damaged picture of Pfc. Bill Waits of Nocatee, Fla. is his only service picture. He served in the Army’s 26th Division with Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army in France and spent seven months in a German POW camp before he was liberated along with another 110,000 other Allied prisoners. Photo.provided
The steel-plated gold cover on the outside of Bill Waits’ “Heart Shield Bible” he carried in his breast pocket while a rifleman in the 26th Infantry Division during the Allied invasion of France in the closing months of World War II was inscribed in flowing script: “May this keep you from harm.” Read the rest of this entry »
In Korean War, Vietnam War, World War II on July 19, 2010 at 4:38 am
Beginning in February 1973 some 600 American aviators held in the Hanoi “Hilton” were released by their North Vietnamese captors. This is a picture of one of the POWs being reunited with his family. Photo provided by Russell Ogan
Second Lt. Russell Ogan was returning from a fighter sweep over the Battle of the Bulge flying low and slow because of the weather, in “Gloria May,” his P-47 “Thunderbolt,” when his fighter took a direct hit from enemy ground fire. Read the rest of this entry »
In U. S. Army, World War II on May 12, 2010 at 6:00 am
Pvt. Harry Glixon carries a German Luger pistol in his shoulder holster. He planned to sell the pistol to a buddy. Photo provided.
Harry Glixon couldn’t believe his ears when he answered the phone at his Sarasota, Fla. home one day in June 2001.
He wasn’t expecting to become a war hero after 57 years. The old soldier had been a member of a 55-man combat patrol from the 94th Infantry Division captured by the Germans near Lorient, France in the fall of 1944. He and his prisoner of war buddies were eventually part of the only POW exchange involving healthy prisoners made in the European Theater during World War II.
Glixon was about to play a role as one of a dozen veterans to participate in a tribute to A. Gerow Hodges, the young International Red Cross worker who conducted the exchange almost six decades ago. Read the rest of this entry »
In U.S. Navy, World War II on April 23, 2010 at 6:00 am
This was Moore at the time he graduated from boot camp at Newport, R.I. in 1940. Photo provided
Thomas Moore was an 18-year-old street-smart kid who grew up on his own in Monticello, N.Y. He joined the Navy on Sept. 10, 1940.
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