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

Shimpai Nai (No Worry)

One of the side benefits of writing World War II stories is the opportunity to stand next to one of the dwindling number of veterans who were there, who witnessed the war up close and personal, and who are here to remind us about the war’s purpose. James Stockton is one of those veterans. He is a former marine–if there is such a thing. I’m … Continue reading Shimpai Nai (No Worry)

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

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