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Airborne

Airborne! 99 year old Normandy Vet jumps again

Last week, Round Canopy Parachute Team conducted Operation Black Cat. This was an event designed to honor Airborne troops of the past. Although many notable Veterans showed up, the show was stolen by Jim “Pee-Wee” Martin. Martin, 99, was a member of G Company / 506th PIR / 101st Airborne Division in WWII. He jumped into Normandy …

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Medal of Honor

2 times the Marines rejected future Medal of Honor recipients

The Marine Corps was full of heroes during WWII. The Battle of Iwo Jima saw more Medals of Honor awarded for a single battle than any other after the Civil War. Between the draft, and volunteers, they had no shortage of new recruits. As a result, The US Marine Corps passed on many young applicants, …

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night witches

“Just a bunch of girlies” – The Night Witches

All you heard was a “whoosh” as they closed in.  They were so stealthy that radars, infrared, nor radio locators could pick them up.  Flying biplanes stripped of almost everything, the “Night Witches” were the Nazis ultimate nightmare. In a time when women were barred from combat, even in the Soviet Union, these women stepped …

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Iwo Jima

Iwo Jima and its significance to World War II

When you think of World War II, Hitler and Nazis may come to mind.  Iwo Jima specifically conjures images of Marines fighting the Japanese.  The truth is, Iwo Jima played a significant role in actually ending World War II. World War II progressed intensely as it traveled from Europe to the Asian Pacific region.  While …

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Iwo Jima

Iwo Jima: Old Breed vs the New breed

This past week marked the 75th anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima. I attended the commemoration events held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The keynote speaker was Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams. Woody was awarded the Medal of Honor for slaying enemy soldiers in the face with a …

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b-17

Video: Flak Over Germany – B-17 Crew Rare Footage

B-17 Flying Fortresses in overseas combat theaters during World War II. The B-17 may have first seen combat in American markings in the Philippines, but it would earn its enduring fame with the Eighth Air Force, based in England and fighting over Occupied Europe. The story of the B-17 would become the story of the …

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