VJ Day- 75th Anniversary of End of WWII

Seventy-five years ago, on August 14, 1945, World War II came to an end when Emperor Hirohito of Japan accepted conditions of unconditional surrender to Allied forces. The following day, August 15, was officially proclaimed V-J Day (Victory in Japan) in the United States. It became a day of celebration and thanksgiving around the world.... Continue Reading →

Honoring International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, January 27, 2020, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day we commemorate the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during World War II. The Holocaust resulted in the deaths of 6 million Jews and 11 million others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. This date is special because it is the 75th... Continue Reading →

WWII Vets Remember Pearl Harbor

  “At 0800 hours on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a cacophony of unfamiliar noises on Ford Island caused Seaman 2nd class Richard Girocco and other seamen from his PBY squadron (‘patrol bomber’) to run outside of their aviation hangar. Ordinarily, the seamen would be resting on their bunks. Today, they had been ordered to prepare... Continue Reading →

‘Plucky’ — My word for WWII Female Officers

Polly Woodhull Lipscomb-- Army nurse who served in England during WWII ** As a tribute to Women's History Month, I'm devoting this column to two special women I've had the privilege to interview/ write their stories. It's always a thrill to interview a WWII vet, but I especially enjoy talking to the women who served. Every... Continue Reading →

‘A Lot of Misery’; Soldiers Recall Christmas during WWII

As Christmas approaches, I have pulled memories related to me by vets and included in my books. During World War II, troops stationed overseas were often unable to observe Christmas celebrations. In fact, in December 1944 troops were engaged in one of the bloodiest battles of the war -- Battle of the Bulge. George Buhler... Continue Reading →

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