The Last Airman to Die in WWII

From a even a quick glance at Anthony J. Marchione’s photo, the man’s youth is evident. He was a handsome young man, too, slightly built, all of five foot six and 125 pounds. He’d celebrated his twentieth birthday in Okinawa on August 12, 1945, an American airman in the prime of his life. Three days later, the Japanese surrendered. Six days later he was dead. … Continue reading The Last Airman to Die in WWII

The USS Indianapolis + 75 Years

Georgia Men Among the Crew of the Ill-fated USS Indianapolis in 1945 Seventy-five years ago, only minutes past midnight on July 30, 1945, the Imperial Japanese submarine I-58 launched two torpedoes in the dark waters of the south Pacific. They sped toward the USS Indianapolis striking her in the bow and at midship. The story of what transpired following the attack is well known to navy veterans and WWII historians and … Continue reading The USS Indianapolis + 75 Years

Ten on a Topic: Understanding Normandy

“Rommel, you magnificent bastard, I read your book.” George C. Scott utters those words in a scene from the 1970 film Patton. With that gloating comment, the general reveals to the audience how he defeated the infamous Wehrmacht field marshal. He read his book. I would venture the same goes for almost anything in life including learning about D-Day and the battles waged in Normandy or enhancing a … Continue reading Ten on a Topic: Understanding Normandy

A Witness to the Start of D-Day

The Neyland home, a bright white house with a long narrow front porch, sits back from the street and is surrounded by the last of spring’s pink and lavender blooms. It’s a quiet street, two blocks off a thoroughfare in Marietta, Georgia, and four thousand miles from where James once stood guard and witnessed the start of the invasion of Normandy on a night in … Continue reading A Witness to the Start of D-Day

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, there will be many, many events in the Normandy countryside … Continue reading Normandy + 75 Years

After D-Day

The events occurring on D-Day, June 6, 1944, nearly seventy-five years ago, are widely celebrated in books, films, and on any number of web sites. Some call the landings on the beaches of Normandy the most celebrated battle of the war—though there were others of equal scope and ferocity in Europe and the Pacific. But D-Day is just that, the day the invasion began and, … Continue reading After D-Day