Posts tagged ‘World War 2’

June 6, 2010

June 6, 1944 Round-up and thoughts

by thoughtfulconservative

The Instapundit linked to this Chicago Tribune article:

“Seated this many years later at Arlington Parkracetrack in Illinois, Dick Duchossois struggles to explain the lingering mix of pride and horror from his service in World War II.”

Cassy Fiano has this at HotAir:

“It was the largest amphibious assault landing of all time. Over 160,000 men stormed the beaches. Many of them were killed before they even reached the shore. We’ll never know the exact number of brave souls lost that day.”

The Other McCain tells us about the boys of Bedford, Va.:

“Bedford’s population in 1944 was about 3,200. Proportionally this community suffered the nation’s severest D-Day losses.”

A lot to see on the Army’s D-Day page.

The Ol’ Broad posts this and quotes:

“It was cold, miserably cold, even though it was June. The water temperature was probably forty-five or fifty degrees. It was up to my shoulders when I went in, and I saw men sinking all about me. I tried to grab a couple, but my job was to get on in and get to the guns.”

Michelle Malkin suggests Google is forgetting something. She has a small round-up of her own.

My friend at Spring City Chronicle has the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal covering the invasion.

Badger Blogger remembers the day also:

66 years ago today, more than 160,000 Allied solders stormed the beaches of Normandy. D-Day, the liberation of Europe had begun. This also included 24,000 men dropped by parachute and gliders. These troops were supported by more than 195,000 sailors on more than 5,000 ships.

One of those 195,000 was a 19 year old from Anderson, IN, who had enlisted the previous September. On LST-374, he no doubt made countless trips with his mates on those first days and weeks. He served as a Seaman first class as part of assault force O-1.

I never got a chance to ask dad much about his experiences while in the Navy. He passed away 36 years ago last month.

May 2, 2010

Book review – In Harm’s Way

by thoughtfulconservative

In Harm’s Way (full name: In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors) is Doug Stanton’s telling of the last voyage of the USS Indianapolis and the aftermath of the torpedo hit she took.

Beginning with the suicide of the unjustly condemned captain, the book takes us back to that final voyage; the loading of the atomic bomb and it’s delivery, the return voyage, the torpedoing and sinking, and the stories of the survivors.

It was the stories of the survivors that took up the bulk of the book and was the most riveting.

Of the nearly 1200 men that set sail on the Indianapolis, only 317 survived. Two hundred alone were lost to shark attacks that came at morning and evening. The suffering from the sun, the water and their wounds are unimaginable.

Captain McVay received a court-martial because of the incident. He later committed suicide. His men fought for his conviction to be overturned and, although the Navy exonerated him, his record has not yet been expunged [Ed. Note–As noted by Captain Toti in the comments, this last statement was incorrect. In the “Afterword 2001” Mr. Stanton notes that on July 13, 2001 the court martial was removed from Captain McVay’s record. My apologies for this oversight and my thanks to Mr. Toti for pointing it out.]

December 15, 2008

Waukesha Carnival 12-14-2008

by thoughtfulconservative

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last roundup of significant posts in this section of the Cheddarsphere. First there was Thanksgiving and then a busy weekend, but here we are.

In state politics, Wisconsin state Senator Mary Lazich (chief aide Kevin Fischer?) writing at Conservatively Speaking reminds us of the obvious consequences if the QEO is done away with.

At Fraley’s Daily Takes, Brian Fraley notes the last WisOpinion: The Show for 2008.

In national events, Dad29 finds a state with a budget surplus!

Scott Feldstein is on the other side in the “Christmas Wars.”

The Asian Badger reminds us that you really can find everything on Craig’s List.

Concernedcitizen at Skeptics Anonymous notes that online retailers will be the next to seek a federal bailout and gives anecdotal evidence.

James Wigderson at Wigderson Library & Pub has some questions for the president-elect.

Cindy Kilkenny discusses airport security and specifically the TSA at Fairly Conservative.

Closer to home, Josh at Blog Waukesha gives a personal report on last week’s snow.

Dan Diebert asks why any business would want to go where it’s not wanted and why in this economy a community would want to stop one. You can read it at The D Spot.

In miscellaneous posts, at Spring City Chronicle, Huckleberry Dumbell remembers his Uncle Kelly, who spent his early time in the Navy recovering bodies at Pearl Harbor.

Tom Gehl, writing at Brookfield Basics, recommends a book for getting healthy.

Kyle Prast highly recommends Penzeys. So do I. She has her reasons and some pics at Practically Speaking.

That does it for this week. Tune in again next week for more of the best of Waukesha blogs.

August 28, 2008

Vet laid to rest after 64 years

by thoughtfulconservative

From the website of Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch

Kenneth L. Cassidy finally came home.

The Army second lieutenant was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday.

Another brave soldier is laid to rest. This one, however, was killed 64 years ago.

In late April, the Pentagon announced that it had identified Lt. Cassidy’s remains and those of 10 other U.S. servicemen in his crew, missing in action in the Southwest Pacific during World War II.

…The lost airmen died on a Dec. 3, 1943, bomber flight from New Guinea to an island in the Bismarck Sea.

…In 2000, three Papua New Guineans came across aircraft wreckage, and the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command — called JPAC — was notified.

In 2004, a JPAC team found an aircraft identification plate that fit with the 1943 crash. Between 2004 and 2007, JPAC teams excavated the site, recovering human remains and other material connected with the crew, including identification tags.

Besides dental records, forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists used DNA to help identify the remains.

Truly amazing.

“We identify about 100 remains a year that we have recovered from past wars,” said Air Force Capt. Mary Olsen with the POW/MIA office at the Pentagon.

About 78,000 American service members are still unaccounted for from World War II, Olsen said, and the U.S. spends about $105 million a year on the effort to find those missing in war.

In a related story, via The Telegraph,

The suspected remains of a Second World War airman have been found dangling from a tree in the dense jungles of Papua New Guinea.

The remarkable discovery, which has yet to be confirmed by military authorities, was made by astonished trekkers walking the Kokoda Trail [link added by Ed.], a tortuous mountain path which witnessed intense fighting between Japanese and Australian forces in 1942.


June 9, 2008

A Waukesha Carnival 06/08/08

by thoughtfulconservative

Well, it’s been a couple of weeks and there may be a couple of more before I do another one, but let’s go ahead and pop a carnival in here.

An Inexact Science is back and calling all readers.

Nationally, The Asian Badger discusses Russia offering to help us build a gas pipeline.

Josh at Blog Waukesha goes political and expresses many of the conservative hesitations about McCain.

Dad29 educates us on the preamble to World War II and a prime topic the last couple of weeks — appeasement.

If you have the stomach to get through them Kyle Prast has posted the letters she received from Wisconsin’s Senators at Brookfield7 concerning the cap and trade bill.

silent e goes on a fine rant on gas.

Locally, Bryon Houlgrave posts some pics of Milwaukee.

Most folks who read this will know that David at Carrick Bend Thoughts tipped Mark Belling about Wiggy’s post on the local Dems misadventures, but what got me thinking this week was his post on politically correct language.

Dean Culver, on the other hand, finds it hard to listen to conservative talk radio anymore, because there’re trashing [my word, not his] John McCain.

The Daily Scoff notes how a UW Madison study promotes drinking and what might be a future finding, if we can dream of such.

Tom Gehl at Brookfield Basics brings one of the good guys into the spotlight.

Spring City Chronicle takes us on a photographic tour of the proposed ball park in Waukesha. More thoughts can be found here.

James Wigderson posts on the new superintendent of the Waukesha School District and the meeting to appoint him.

Cindy Kilkenny notes a problem with the Brookfield East plans.

As usual, if you have a favorite you can link in the comments or send the link to me at thoughtfulconservative [at] yahoo [dot] com. If you have one for next week, you can submit using this submission form. Past posts can be found on here. I don’t know right now when the next edition will be.

December 9, 2007

A carnival in Waukesha – edition 14

by thoughtfulconservative

Here it is again. Time for a look at what’s being written about on Waukesha blogs.

Tom Gehl at Brookfield Basics takes time out to remember Pearl Harbor (although he was not the only one to do so) and note some things people may or may not be aware of.

Cindy Kilkenny of Brookfield City News wonders Why does Elmbrook assume I can’t parent? In the same vein, Kyle Prast of Practically Speaking sees a disturbing trend. Sill on the education theme Fox Head devotes a long post the a document put out by Wisconsin Way called “Funding our Future: An Adequacy Model for Wisconsin School Finance.” It’s long but good. James Wigderson looked at the Appeals Court finding against Wisconsin Virtual Academy.

The Asian Badger laments the actions of the government to freeze the sub-prime loans. silent e gives a personal note on the situation.

David at Carrick Bend Thoughts informs those who want to know about the end of WW 2 and the Korean conflict.

Dad29 has the best line this week,

Rudy has all the wives of a Mormon, and Romney just has the T-shirt.

He also had pertinent thoughts on immigration, but I’ll link to that in an upcoming post.

That bumper sticker thing made its way into Waukesha blogs again this week. Jeff at Five Points like Seth at In Effect, thought Mike Plaisted’s post mirrored his thoughts on the subject. Like Wiggy last week, I lost interest after several shots at the intelligence/honesty of the right of center cheddarsphere. If Seth’s and Jeff’s sentiments are echoed in Plaisted’s screed, I have less hope for rational debate in the blogospere than I usually have. Now I have read Seth and Jeff enough to know that they would not have worded their opposition the way Plaisted did. In fact Jeff’s explanation afterward was sane and to the point without invective. I wouldn’t display either the bumper sticker on my car? Neither one expresses my sentiments. The debate does continue more rationally at Hobo Springs where Sancho’s reposting of Jeff’s post led to a discussion with silent e.

Tim Rock led the way toward that tolerance with a wise post on the Christmas and Christians in America. And I will reply “Happy Holidays.” Let the Christmas “wars” die and enjoy the season. As I said in a previous post, we have more important things to talk about than what we’re going to call a decorated tree in Madison.

Pete pointed us toward a new service called Hulu. It’s an online video service in Beta testing. Looks interesting.

James Wigderson was enthralled with the kerfuffle over on Paul Soglin’s blog. I admit it was pretty funny seeing a Lefty get moonbatted. I think Soglin secretly loved it.

Jessica McBride discusses the Mike Huckabee surge. I believe she’s right. Optimism counts for alot with the American voter. Not everything but a big selling point.

Huckleberry Dumbell the nom de plume of the chief poster at Spring City Chronicle tries out a bumper sticker.

Common Cents at silent e speaks has an interesting proposal.

That’s it for this week. As usual, if you have something you’ve read this week that deserves to be here, put it in the comments or send it to me at thoughtfulconservative [at] yahoo [dot] com.