From World War II

Seaman Ken Lubold of Englewood listens to Morris Code and types the information on paper for his Navy boss. At the time he was a 19-year-old seaman serving in Bremerhaven, Germany shortly after the end of the Second World War. Photo provided

Sailor helped with top secret codes

Because he could type Ken Lubold of Englewood got a job shortly after the end of World War II transcribing Morris Code for the U.S. Navy and working the Navy’s top secret code machine while serving in Bremerhaven, Germany for a couple of years.

Pete Cahill of Cape Haze in front of his parent's Freehold, N.J. home when he was 20 years old during World War II. Photo provided

USS Quincy sunk by Japanese in battle off Guadalcanal

“When General Quarters sounded I went to my battle station,” 96-year-old Pete Cahill of Cape Haze, Fla. recalled a lifetime later. “I was one of six lookouts atop a 20-foot pole in the bow of the heavy cruiser USS Quincy off Guadalcanal. It was somewhere around 2 a.m.

Capt. Herbert Peters served as a member of the Occupation Troops in Germany at the close of the Second World War. Photo provided

Captain faced tough challenges during WWII

Capt. Herbert Peters (Ret.) of Punta Gorda, Fla. landed at Utah Beach during the Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944, and continued fighting throughout Europe during the rest of the war. After the fighting was over, he became part of the occupation troops.

Herb Brough of North Port, Fla. smiles as he holds his steel pot and helmet liner from World War II. He was hospitalized for months after being hit in the head with a piece of shrapnel during “The Battle of the Bulge. Sun photo by Don Moore

He was lucky to survive ‘Battle of the Bulge’

Herb Brough of Bobcat Trail subdivision, North Port, Fla. is a medical miracle. Almost 60 years ago, while serving as a “foot-slogger” in the 3rd Battalion, 398th Infantry Regiment of the 7th Army at “The Battle of the Bulge” in Europe, he took a blow to the head he will never forget.

Eldon Mengel of Venice, Fla. holds a hunk of aluminum in his hand that he cut from the propeller of a downed Japanese Zero fighter plane near Myitkyina, Burma during World War II. Beside him is his 1st Lieutenant’s uniform he wore in the Signal Corps during the war. Sun photo by Don Moore

Lt. Eldon Mengel built the phone line to ‘Burma Road’

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 Eldon Mengel of Venice, Fla. was about a week away from becoming a “90-Day Wonder.” The 89-year-old local man joined the Army almost a year earlier because he had a low draft number and he knew he would be called once war broke out.

1st. Sgt. Vic Morman served with the 89th Infantry Division in Europe during World War II. His unit was the first American division to liberate a Nazi concentration camp in Germany. photo provided

Sgt. Vic Morman helped liberate Buchenwald Concentration Camp

Former 1st Sgt. Vic Morman, who lives in Lexington Manor Assisted Living Facility in Port Charlotte, Fla., served in the 89th Infantry Division that liberated Auflenlage, part of Buchenwald, the infamous Nazi concentration camp near Ohrdruf, Germany, during the closing days of the war in Europe.

When this picture was taken, Col. John Ripley was the director of Marine Corps museums with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo provided

Marine recalls Iwo Jima years after WW II battle

Sgt. Gary Hoffman of Englewood, Fla. who spent time in the Marines half a lifetime ago, contacted me a while back. He’s a Sun reader who likes war stories. Consequently he looks at my column from time to time. More importantly the old Marine e-mailed me a story he liked. I liked it too, so…

Lt. Harley Cox was almost a casualty of war when his Wildcat fighter plunged into the sea in front of the aircraft carrier USS Tulagi (CVE-72) during the battle of the Philippines. Photo provided

North Port man flew a Wildcat off USS Tulagi in WWII

During the Battle for the Philippines in World War II, Lt. j.g. Harley Cox of North Port, Fla. was catapulted off the deck of the carrier USS Tulagi (CVE-72) at the instant the engine of his Wildcat fighter died. He and his plane plunged into the sea in the path of his oncoming flattop.

The victors: Jim Knight, right, holds a bottle of champagne as he stands in front of a Sherman tank with a buddy at the end of World War II in Germany. Photo provided

Jim Knight was a German POW in World War II

Jim Knight went overseas as a BAR (Browning Automatic Weapons) man with Patton’s 3rd Army, 76th Infantry Division, 17th Regiment, Company L. Of all of the actions he took part in two are indelibly etched in his memory. The first is his assault across the Sauer River and the seconds the action which resulted in…

Bob Denton of Charlotte Harbor stands beside a 1st Battalion, 29th Regiment, 6th Marine Division sign bundled up in a parker during the winer of 1945 in Northern China. Photo provided

Pvt. Bill Denton showed up for World War II a bit too late

Pvt. Bill Denton was on a troop train headed from the Marine training base at Parris Island, S.C., to San Diego, Calif., for shipment to the Pacific Theater of Operations when the young leathernecks got word the Japanese had surrendered unconditionally and World War II was over.

This picture of Pfc. Silas Jessup, in full Marine dress uniform was taken just after the war. Photo provided

Marine stretcher bearer tells Iwo Jima tales of life and death

During most of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima, Marine Pfc. Silas Jessup was a stretcher bearer. He received a commendation from the commanding general of his division for carrying more than 100 dead and wounded U.S. Marines and a Japanese Imperial Marine off the most costly battlefield foot-for-foot in the Corps 231-year…

Gilbert and Phyllis Butson of Oak Forrest condominiums in Port Charlotte are pictured 70 years ago when they were married in the Detroit, Mich. area in 1944 when he was an anti-aircraft gunner on the destroyer Cowell during World War II. Photo provided

USS Cowell helped rescue sailors from USS Indianapolis during WW II

What Gilbert Butson of Oak Forest Condominiums Port Charlotte, Fla. remembers most about the three years he served aboard the destroyer USS Cowell (DD-547) in the Pacific during World War II was the time his ‘tin can” rescued sailors from the ill-fated heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea during the “Great Mariana Turkey…

Cpl. Pete Marlo saw a picture identical to this one showing him at the left, his father Joseph, his older brother John, his older brother John, his younger brother Rossi, hanging on the wall of a cottage in southern Sicily during World War II. It was just like the one his father had in their home in New York. When he saw it, he knew he had found his grandparents in Vittoria, Sicily. Photo provided.

This picture was American soldier’s clue in WW II

Pete Marlo of Holiday Estates in Englewood, Fla. served in the 62nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion from Totten, Long Island, N.Y. His unit was attached to Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army during part of World War II. They fought Field Marshal Irwin Rommel during the disaster at the Kasserine Pass shortly after the Invasion of North…

Lt. Holland, at the left, and Al Meersman of Port Charlotte, Fla. on the right, take a Jeep across the Rhine River on a pontoon bridge at Remagen after the original bridge collapsed during World War II. Photo provided

He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day plus one

Pfc. Al Meersman was behind quad-fifty caliber machine guns mounted on a halftrack when it rolled out of an LST onto Omaha Beach on D-Day plus one, June 7, 1944. Eleven months later he and his four buddies were on their halftrack when they met the Russians, who were advancing westward fighting the last of…

Marine who fought at Iwo Jima makes last trip home

Ray Richards’ latest battle is as tough as the one he fought more than 60 years ago, when, as an 18-year-old Marine in the 3rd Marine Division, he saw action and was wounded at the start of the Battle for Iwo Jima during the final months of World War II.

John Nemeth of Port Charlotte looks at pictures on the wall of his home of his medals and the B-26 "Marauder" bomber he flew in World War II. Sun photo by Don Moore

Port Charlotte, Fla. man flew B-26 ‘Marauder’ in WWII

By D-Day, June 6, 1944, former 1st Lt. John Nemeth of Port Charlotte, Fla. had flown 40 combat mission over Nazi-occupied Europe in a Martin B-26 “Marauder” bomber named “Johnny Come Lately.” He would fly 27 more in his bomber dubbed “The Widowmaker” by some because of its propensity to crash during takeoffs and landings.

The horse-drawn caisson arrived at former Capt. Harold Sandler's grave site last Tuesday in Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. with his honor guard bringing up the rear. In the background a 20-piece military band played funeral music for the occasion. Sun photo by Mary Auenson

World War II hero’s burial

A caisson flanked by an honor guard and drawn by six matching brown horses held Harold Sandler’s remains in a steel-gray casket draped with an American flag. The eight soldiers in impeccable Army dress were commanded by an equally resplendent captain. All waited in statue-like silence last Tuesday on a road in Arlington National Cemetery,…