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27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War
27th Infantry Divisin Deployment Map via Hyper War

“He’s definitely our young soldier” – Remembering 2nd Lt Donald I. Gunn

In the course of nearly two decades of researching World War II veterans’ service records and casualties, I have been privileged to work with dozens of clients in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, along with more than a thousand clients in the US. For several months, I have been working with a Scottish client named Iain, who came to me with a request to research his mother’s cousin – starting with few details and a name which proved to be incorrect. Iain’s family has a long history...
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps
Cannon George H. U.S. Marine Corps

Honoring Lt. George H. Cannon, USMC, on Medal of Honor Day

On December 7, 1941, 1st LT George H. Cannon, age 26, was assigned platoon leader of Battery H, 6th Defense Battalion on a critical power station on Sand Island near Midway. In addition to his duties as platoon leader, Cannon was on a task force to try to decode intercepted Japanese messages. On the same night as the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor, Japanese destroyers launched a ferocious attack against Sand Island, intending to cripple the island’s airfield and provide safe passage to...
Womens Army Auxiliary Corps Recruits At Fort Des Moines Iowa 1942   U.S. Army
Womens Army Auxiliary Corps Recruits At Fort Des Moines Iowa 1942   U.S. Army
Womens Army Auxiliary Corps Recruits At Fort Des Moines Iowa 1942   U.S. Army
Womens Army Auxiliary Corps Recruits At Fort Des Moines Iowa 1942   U.S. Army
Womens Army Auxiliary Corps Recruits At Fort Des Moines Iowa 1942   U.S. Army
Womens Army Auxiliary Corps Recruits At Fort Des Moines Iowa 1942   U.S. Army
Womens Army Auxiliary Corps Recruits At Fort Des Moines Iowa 1942   U.S. Army
Womens Army Auxiliary Corps Recruits At Fort Des Moines Iowa 1942   U.S. Army
Womens Army Auxiliary Corps Recruits At Fort Des Moines Iowa 1942   U.S. Army

The untold story of WAC Private Byrl Babcock

Byrl Lillian Mitchell was a determined, strong, and independent woman – a single gal, professional, and entrepreneur in an era when it wasn’t exactly fashionable not to marry and settle down in one’s twenties. Born in 1900, Byrl lived in her hometown of Biggs, California, all of her young life. She was the younger of two girls born to Frank and Ida Mitchell. She graduated from high school, then later, from a secretarial school in 1929, at the age of 29. She must have saved her money from...
Joseph H Reus Wwii

Shot Down Twice

People who visit ancient battlefields or ruins of ancient cities will see evidence of great dramas played out, but they may be left with many more questions than answers. Who were the actual men who fought in the wars? What were their experiences? Their thoughts? Their fears? Who were their families and their friends? Sadly, the answers to most questions like this are lost in the distant past. Fortunately for me, I am an historian who researches the American flyers of the 8th Air Force,...
442nd Regimental Combat Team baseball
442nd Regimental Combat Team baseball
442nd Regimental Combat Team baseball
442nd Regimental Combat Team baseball

“Devastating Hitter” Hideo Akiyama

Eleele, on the island of Kauai, was a tiny town. It is on the southern side of the island, where the Ko’ula River empties into the Pacific. But it was home to Hideo Antone Akiyama, born July 2, 1912 (although he is listed on some forms in his file as having been born in 1922). He grew up there with his father, Fumichici, his brother, Hisoto, and his sister, Betsy. Before high school, Hideo began working for the Territorial Highway Department; by 1943, he was making thirty dollars per week...
PFC Frank P. Witek
PFC Frank P. Witek
PFC Frank P. Witek
PFC Frank P. Witek

From “Satisfactory” to Medal of Honor

August 3, 2015 marks the 71st anniversary of the death of Frank Witek, by all accounts, a polite, but fairly ordinary kid from Chicago by way of Connecticut. Enlisting in the Marines after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Frank continued building his “good guy" résumé – competent, but not exemplary. But Fate has a way of sorting out the truly heroic ones, by putting them in situations where they can’t be anything else. Frank Witek distinguished himself in the most extraordinary way, when...
Johnnie Laughlin Ww2 Findagrave
Johnnie Laughlin Ww2 Findagrave
Johnnie Laughlin Ww2 Findagrave
Johnnie Laughlin Ww2 Findagrave
Johnnie Laughlin Ww2 Findagrave
Johnnie Laughlin Ww2 Findagrave

Johnnie Laughlin

He was a classic air-crew member: five-foot-seven, blue eyes, brown hair. At 122 pounds, he was on the skinny side. His home town was Mont Belview, located in southeast Texas, about 45 miles from the Louisiana state line. The son of Ernest and Pearl Laughlin, he was only 20 years old when he joined the Air Corps. Sergeant Johnnie M. Laughlin manned the Top Turret Gunner’s position for his B-24 Liberator crew with the 459th Bomb Group, 757th Bomb Squadron, based out of Giulia,...
Paul.j.stach .02
Paul.j.stach .02
Paul.j.stach .02

A Matter of Seconds

The target for June 6, 1944 was a road junction at Caen, France. The B-26 “Marauders” of the 323rd Bomb Group were on their way to Normandy. The plan called for bombing from 12,000 feet, but poor weather caused the Marauders to come down lower: much lower. The tail gunner of the crew of B-26 tail # 41-31961, Staff Sergeant George W. Fobes, described what happened next: “…as we came over the French coast we were shot at by 40mm guns. The gun fire lasted about 1 minute and as we...
Windy City Dive Poster by Jim Greco
Windy City Dive Poster by Jim Greco
Windy City Dive Poster by Jim Greco
Windy City Dive Poster by Jim Greco
Windy City Dive Poster by Jim Greco
Windy City Dive Poster by Jim Greco

“Windy City”

Back on April 21, in a post called "Three Sprained Ankles", I blogged about "Windy City," a B-24 downed on June 6, 1944. Jim Greco, the son of a man who flew in "Windy City" (but not on June 6, 1944 mission) has created some excellent artwork of this B-24 Liberator, which I am honored to post here. Jim also sent along a photo of his father, August J (Gus) Greco. Gus flew for Crew 19 of the 451st Bomb Group (Castelluccio Airfield, Italy). Although injuring his back in a crash landing on May...
Mi Seal 2 Lg

Bill Beigel Researches Michigan WWII Casualties, MIAs, and POWs

These summaries are posted to honor these selfless men from Michigan who served and lost their lives. This list includes Medal of Honor recipient 1st Lt. George H. Cannon ~ Bill Abel, Andrew W., TEC5, Camp McCoy, died of “poisoning acute, carbon tetra chloride, adema, pulmonary”, 12/21/44 at Station Hospital, Fort Sheridan, IL. TEC5 Abel was on temporary duty assisting the Postal Department as a truck driver. While at Antlers Hotel in Milwaukee fell asleep in bed; a fire occurred, and...
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