Ghost Soldiers

The Bataan Death March. Most of those interested in World War II know about the 75 mile forced march along the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines in 1942. It wasn't meant to be nearly as brutal and deadly as it happened, but a confluence of factors contributed to the unfortunate circumstances--largely the unpreparedness of the... Continue Reading →

A Marcy Not a Rosie

My mother (Marcella "Marcy" Dietz) was always posing for the camera. And, while she wasn't a "Rosie" she tried to do her part for the war, vamping with an artillery shell for an issue of the Sunbeam Electric Company newspaper in celebration of VE Day in 1945. In recognition of moms everywhere who served this... Continue Reading →

Shimpai Nai (No Worry)

One of the side benefits of writing World War II stories is the opportunity to stand next to one of the dwindling number of veterans who were there, who witnessed the war up close and personal, and who are here to remind us about the war's purpose. James Stockton is one of those veterans. He... Continue Reading →

Normandy + 75 Years

The D-Day anniversary on 2019 promises to be an event you won't want to miss. If you are planning a trip to Europe in 2019, you might want to add a little (or make that a big) side trip to Normandy. As June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the World War II invasion of France,... Continue Reading →

Little Known Little People and a Big War

America took years to mobilize its war production capabilities for World War I. President Franklin Roosevelt was determined not to have that happen for the Second World War. In 1940, he turned to America’s industries and their understanding of mechanization and mass production for help. Ford Motor Company was one of the companies that answered... Continue Reading →

Bringing Them Home

Scenes of flag-draped coffins holding the remains of fifty American soldiers filled the news channels this week. The remains came from the Korean War, a war that ended sixty years ago. We hold our breath, not wanting to celebrate too soon, not wanting to find out that the remains may not be valid. We hope... Continue Reading →

100 Year-Old Memento

I’ve yet to trace the origin of sweetheart scarves, whether they began with WWI or earlier.  What I do know is as Corporal John Lurker departed Evansville, Indiana, USA for Europe in 1918 at the height of the “war to end all wars,” my grandmother’s beau presented her with one.  The scarf measures about a... Continue Reading →

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