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

WWII in Our Backyards – Georgia

Frank Merrill, William Darby, and James Rudder. Who were they and what do they have in common? Frank Merrill’s name is perhaps the most well-known of the three, the man having been the subject of a number of books and Hollywood movies. Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill headed the 5307th Composite Unit in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. The unit, also known as “Galahad” … Continue reading WWII in Our Backyards – Georgia

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 Japanese when faced with the sheer number of prisoners and … Continue reading Ghost Soldiers

Humor: A WWII Veteran’s Favorite Weapon

Dick Bailey nudges his wheelchair next to the podium. Summoning the little remaining strength he has in each arm, he presses against the chair to stand. An aide places an arm under Dick’s elbow and guides him to a tall chair behind the microphone. “I’m not as feeble as I look,” Dick says with his gravely voice. “I spoke to this group some months ago, … Continue reading Humor: A WWII Veteran’s Favorite Weapon