Pearl Harbor Eighty Years On

The Normandy American Cemetery may be the most familiar of all the American cemeteries and memorials commemorating American fallen in World War II, and it is an incredibly moving experience to walk through the innumerable rows of crosses and Stars of David and on the rust-colored sand of the nearby beaches. But a half a world away, tomorrow at the USS Arizona Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii, we’ll … Continue reading Pearl Harbor Eighty Years On

Vietnam Plus 51 Years

This summer, fifty-one years after he served as an A-1H pilot in Vietnam, former US Air Force Lt. Hampton Tillery visited the Tennessee Aviation Museum in Sevierville, Tennessee. He came to see the fully restored aircraft that he flew during the war. Not just nay A-1H Skyraider, but the exact aircraft that he flew during 177 missions in 1970s. When Hampton, a longtime friend, told … Continue reading Vietnam Plus 51 Years

A Casualty of the Spirit

PTSD in History in Literature and in All of Us In the wake of the United States military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, mainstream and social media were all consumed with the news. A suicide bombing that resulted in the deaths of thirteen of our soldiers and marines. Reports of our abandonment of citizens and allies. Images of terrorists celebrating America’s defeat. The result, reportedly, for untold … Continue reading A Casualty of the Spirit

“We Were Soldiers” and Wielded Pens

Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and journalist Joe Galloway, who once accompanied Moore into the field, wrote the acclaimed book We Were Soldiers Once … and Young about a battle in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam. The book, published in 1992, was a New York Times Bestseller. We don’t often think of our military leaders as writers outside the very narrow realm of treatises on war … Continue reading “We Were Soldiers” and Wielded Pens

Cigarettes in War and Peace

Can you name a film from the 1940s or 1950s where the actors did not smoke, sometimes throughout the movie? Probably not. Besides giving characters something to do with their hands, Hollywood considered smoking to be sophisticated and sexy. Thankfully, today, with greater awareness of the hazards of smoking, and noble efforts by the American Cancer Society, we see much less tapping of cigarette packs, … Continue reading Cigarettes in War and Peace

Memorial Day x 3 in Georgia

Memorial Day is often thought of as the beginning of summer, although the official start is still three weeks away. And this weekend, after the long months of pandemic-induced isolation, many Americans will gather the kids and head to the beach or the mountains with bicycles strapped to the bumper and the trunk full of beach blankets. With amusement parks and barbecue bake offs calling, … Continue reading Memorial Day x 3 in Georgia

Precision Research: UFOs and Bombsights

What we know to be true about UFOs and Norden Bombsights In January 2021, the CIA released a trove of previously “secret” documents on unidentified flying objects. And then, as CIA representatives pushed their chairs back from the table, they claimed to have disclosed everything they have. But after looking at the videos about Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, most of us would say, “nothing to see … Continue reading Precision Research: UFOs and Bombsights

Pearl Harbor: A to Z

Aaron, Hubert Charles Titus is the first name listed on the memorial at Pearl Harbor. Zwarun, Jr, Michael. is the last. Two very different men, as no doubt all 1,177 who perished aboard the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941 were. Yet they shared something in common then, both were young, twenty-somethings, both had chosen to join the navy, both were seamen, both perished. And they share … Continue reading Pearl Harbor: A to Z

The Luck of the Draw. The Roll of the Dice.

At 0300 on June 25, 1943, a jeep crept quietly through the dark to one of the Niessen huts at Thorpe Abbotts airfield. The sergeant on board, entered, reached the bunk of Lt. Stanley O. Morrison placed a hand on Morrison’s shoulder and nudged him awake. Not that anyone in the barracks was asleep. Each of the dozen or more men lying on his own … Continue reading The Luck of the Draw. The Roll of the Dice.

In Their Own Words

“All in all I would like to be appreciated as a man” Recently Virginia Tech and the National Endowment for the Humanities launched a project to transcribe the handwritten comments of a thousands of soldiers who responded to a survey during and in the aftermath of World War II. The results were published in 1950 under the title The American Soldier, a four volume series by … Continue reading In Their Own Words