On Veterans Day: Keepsakes

Historians have traced the origin of dog tags to ancient times. Roman Legionnaires wore a lead emblem bearing their name on a rope they tied around their necks. The Chinese used them in the mid 1800s and the Prussians in the Franco Prussian War in the 1870s. But in America, Civil War soldiers resorted to writing their names on scraps of paper they carried in … Continue reading On Veterans Day: Keepsakes

Bob Mero in Normandy and Georgia

A couple of weeks ago, three local WWII veterans gathered around a table at a bookstore in Acworth, Georgia, to chat with guests. The three, Jack Smith, Dick Bailey, and Bob Mero sat together with several of their photographs, citations, medals, books, and other mementos displayed on the long table in front of them. I’ve been fortunate to befriend Jack and Dick over the last … Continue reading Bob Mero in Normandy and Georgia

Tales from the UK Homefront

Thousands of stories from World War II veterans have been recorded through the efforts of programs such as the Veterans History Project. Still they represent just a small number of the thousands of stories untold. Recently, the Atlanta History Center shared one interesting tale, this, from Iris Fensom Magid. Iris tells of life in London during WWII. She lived through the Blitz and distinctly remembers … Continue reading Tales from the UK Homefront

July 4: Guns, Bells, and Bonfires

It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn actions of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more. John Adams Courtesy of a post today from the U.S. Naval Institute And so … Continue reading July 4: Guns, Bells, and Bonfires

D-Day Re-envisioned

Live with Dave Hamilton!  Dave piloted a C-47 into Normandy on D-Day carrying as he calls it a “stick” of paratroopers into the battle. During a webinar today, he recounted his experiences from signing on to fly, crossing the Atlantic to his station in Europe, to participating in the Normany invasion and the Battle of Bastogne. He describes his experiences of dodging anti-aircraft fire, landing … Continue reading D-Day Re-envisioned

Making Numbers Live

50 million men registered for the draft during World War II. 16 million men and women served in uniform. There were 400,000 casualties. The US sent 1.5 million vehicles and 85,000 aircraft overseas to support our troops. The numbers are astounding in and of themselves. But the quantities are hard to grasp when simply put down on paper. The National World War II Museum in … Continue reading Making Numbers Live

The Allies

This is history. Not history 101 like you may have suffered through in your  freshman year at college, but living, breathing history. In this eminently readable 500 page book, Groom braids together the events that led to and transpired during World War II as witnessed and influenced by three bigger than life men. Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin rise from the pages with details of character and … Continue reading The Allies