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

The National WWII Museum

Quick! In what city is The National WWII Museum located? If you answered, Washington, DC you would be wrong. New Orleans has the honor of hosting the museum. New Orleans? Why, other than it is a great place to visit?  Think Higgins Boats, those low slung, battleship gray, flat bottom barges with ramps for unloading men and material. Those very same boats portrayed in WWII … Continue reading The National WWII Museum

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

Christmas at Wartime

During the Revolutionary War, for at least some soldiers there was no thought of celebrating Christmas. On the eve of December 25, 1776, then General George Washington crossed the frozen Delaware River to lead his cold, hungry, and tired, troops to one of the decisive battles of the war. One hundred years later, during the Civil War, the war stopped for Christmas. Troops on both … Continue reading Christmas at Wartime

Close Encounters of the Presidential Kind

George Herbert Walker Bush (and George W. Bush) Back in the year 2000, my father turned eighty. I was at a loss as to what I could give him to celebrate–like many another elderly gentleman, he had everything he needed and wanted nothing. I’d heard that the White House would send birthday greetings to seniors on their reaching major milestones: eighty, ninety, and one hundred … Continue reading Close Encounters of the Presidential Kind