Veterans Day

hall of mirrorsIt was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 1918. Armistice day was officially declared on that day November 11th, 1918 when the fighting ended at the close of WW1. It would take about 7 months till the Treaty Of Versailles officially ended “The Great War” on June 28th, 1919. That treaty was signed in the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles.

I have been to that Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. However, to be sure it was quite a number of years after the signing when I vacationed in Europe. It is an absolutely beautiful room in a magnificent Palace.

From Wikipedia and the internet: An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” This was a day primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans.” With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. Later that same year, on October 8th, 1954, the 34th President of the United States, who was a 5 star general in the army in WWII, and Supreme Commander of the allied forces in Europe, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated:Dwight_D._Eisenhower,_official_photo_portrait,_May_29,_1959

“In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.” President Eisenhower signed HR7786, and changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day.
Happy veteran’s Day, and when you see a veteran, Thank him, or her. If that is you reading this, then Thank You

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1945 was the end of WWII. Consider the Shemitah, the Tetrad, and 2015.

I945 was the year of the end of WWII. The killing of Jews of Israel had come to a halt. 1945 was also the year of the Shemitah. So, what’s that? Seven year cycles terminate in a year known as the Shemitah, or the year of “release” in the Sabbatical 7 year cycle. What does that mean? The Shemitah year waives all outstanding debts between Jewish debtors and creditors. Seven  7 year periods in a row, or 49 years leads us to the 50th year, or the year of Jubilee. What is the year of Jubilee? The year of Jubilee deals largely with land, property, and property rights. According to the Bible in Leviticus 25:8-13, slaves and prisoners would be freed, debts would be forgiven, and the mercies of God would be particularly manifest. (Wikipedia).

So where am I going with this? The Jubilee year is a year of correction and restoration. Consider the end of WWII and the Jews of what is now the nation of Israel. In 1948 they proclaimed the nation of Israel to be restored. That was after a 2000 year break. The Tetrad followed in 1949 and 1950. It happened again in 1967 and 1968 when the Jews took back Jerusalem in the 6 day war. Consider the Tetrad. What is that? It is 4 Blood Moons that happen and have a special importance when on Jewish holidays. A lunar eclipse occurs when the earth passes between the sun and the moon. This blocks the sun’s rays from reflecting off the moon as normal. However, some of the sun’s rays curve around the earth causing the moon to appear red during a total eclipse. Because of its vivid color, a total lunar eclipse is often referred to by NASA as a Blood Red Moon. Read more »

The official surrender of Japan aboard the USS Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945

Sept1_1945Representatives of Japan stand aboard USS Missouri prior to signing of the Instrument of Surrender.MissouriFlyover1
The Japanese Instrument of Surrender was the written agreement that formalized the surrender of the Empire of Japan, marking the end of World War II. It was signed by representatives from the Empire of Japan, the United States of America, the Republic of China, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of Canada, the Provisional Government of the French Republic, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Dominion of New Zealand. The signing took place on the deck Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.
The date is sometimes known as Victory over Japan Day, although that designation more frequently refers to the date of Emperor Hirohito’s Gyokuon-hōsō (Imperial Rescript of Surrender), the radio broadcast announcement of the acceptance of the terms of the Potsdam Declaration at noon Japan Standard Time on August 15.Surrender_of_Japan_-_USS_Missouri

 

 

 

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The 70th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War.

This is the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

s212246From an article written by C. Peter Chen as seen in an internet search of Japan’s surrender:
“With the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki destroyed by atomic weapons, the will of the Japanese leadership was tested. Then came the news that the Soviet Union declared war on Japan, with troops crossing into northeastern China an hour later. These three reasons led to Emperor Showa’s decision to break the deadlock at his council which debated fruitlessly whether or not to respond to the Allies’ call for unconditional surrender. The Emperor said at the Imperial conference:

“Continuation of the war does not promise successful conclusion no matter from what angle the situation is considered. Therefore I have decided, without suggestions from anyone, to order the conclusion of the war, as I cannot endure the thought of having to kill tens, evens hundreds of thousands of my subjects, and moreover to have to be called the disturber of world peace. Moreover, it is extremely difficult for me to have to turn over to the Allied authorities officers and men upon whom I have depended all this time as though they were part of my own body. But I have decided to endure what is unendurable and to accept the terms of the Potsdam Declaration.” Read more »

It is June 15th!

It is June 15th, 2015. It was 71 years ago on June 15th, 1944 that Admiral Turner, Commander of the Expeditionary Force of Operation Foreger ordered: “Land the Landing force.” The time was 0542. H-Hour (the time the 1st wave of amphibious vehicles was scheduled to hit the beaches) was 0830. The place was the island of Saipan.It was WWII.
Assault elements of the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions were carried in 34 LSTs (Landing Ship Tanks) to a place about 4000 yards from the shore of the island. That place would be “the line of departure.” 12 more LSTs carrying artillery were right behind the 34. Read more »

MHT to Guam and Iwo Jima with Veterans of the Battles.

On March 18th of this year 2015, I boarded a flight out of Houston that took me to Honolulu and connected to Guam. I arrived on Guam March 19th at 1755 (5:55 p.m.). For the next four days I interviewed WWII veterans who had made the trip with the Military Historical Tour of Woodbridge, Virginia to Guam; and for those who signed up for the trip, to Iwo Jima and back to Guam. This is the year of the 70th anniversary of that battle. Of more than 400 people who made the trip to Guam and to Iwo Jima, 49 of that number had fought on that island 70 years ago. This was the Iwo Jima Association of Americas “Reunion of Honor” trip to a place where some of the most fierce battles of the Pacific were fought.

Hershel Woodrow (‘Woody”) Williams, now 91 years old, was among the 22 Marines and 27 service members overall to have received the nation’s highest military honor from the bitter fighting at Iwo Jima in February and March of 1945. That fighting resulted in more than 26,000 American casualties, including 6,800 fatalities. The return trip to the rocky island just south of the Japanese mainland will be Williams’ first in the 70 years since the pivotal 36 day(plus mop-up) battle that will forever rank high in Marine lore.

“Woody” Williams was a corporal when he single-handedly braved withering enemy fire to silence a number of Japanese bunkers with his flamethrower. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1969 as a chief warrant officer 4 and is the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient from Iwo Jima.

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Military Historical Tours

I would like to tell you about the Military Historical Tours organization of Woodbridge, Virginia.
Who is Military Historical Tours? They make this statement:
“We are the finest, custom-designed tour program for Veterans, Family Members, Historians, Educators or Students.” Believe it folks, they are.

For 25 years they have followed the vision of providing opportunities to visit battlefields of past conflicts. Their belief is — by visiting and learning about past battles, we can more fully understand the events surrounding those battles and understand how they connect us to the history of our nation and the world.

They want to help you travel to Vietnam, and preview the struggle of fighting in a dense jungle environment.

They want to help you tour the hills of Korea and learn about battle in sub-zero weather, and visit the trenches of World War I or hike past the hedgerows of Normandy.

They want to help you see famous battlefields of World War II’s “Pacific Campaign” like [Guam, Peleliu, Iwo Jima]; develop your own historical tour package for your friends and family.

MHT was founded by Colonel Warren Wiedhahn, USMC (Ret) — a Korean and Vietnam War Veteran — from his vision of providing fellow Veterans, their Families and Friends, Historians, Educators and Students alike, the opportunity to re-visit the battlefields of the past. Read more »

I was recently given a new book.

I was recently given a new book, and I got to thinking about a people who had a lot of trouble in WWII.

Prior to, and during WWII Adolf Hitler thought the Aryan race to be the superior, or the master race, and the Jews to be the most inferior, as well as the cause of all Germany’s problems to include losing WWI. The extermination of 6 million of them proves his point of view.

During the period leading up to and including WWII there were some individuals who did all they could to save the lives of the Jews. I asked the internet who were some of the individuals who rescued Jews in WWII, and a long list of names come up on a site. Corrie ten Boom is one of those names. I mention this because when in church a few days ago I was given a book titled CORRIE TEN BOOM WORLD WAR II HEROINE. The book was written by a Sam Wellman, but given to me by Pastor Leslie Hale of Tarpon Springs, Florida. Corrie ten Boom had been a friend of the pastors, and back in 1982 I heard her speak in a church service in the Calvary Temple of Denver, Colorado. At that time it was Pastors Charles and Betty Blair who introduced Corrie ten Boom to the congregation.

Again I asked the internet about the meeting in Denver, and found a site by the church’s Pastor Todd Walker. It tells us in past: “The Ten Boom family were devoted Christians who hid Jews from the Nazis during World War II. Corrie became a ringleader in the under-ground. Through their activities, the ten Boom family and their many friends saved the lives of an estimated 800 Jews.”

“February 28, 1944, the family was betrayed. The Gestapo raided their home. Casper, Corrie, Betsie, and their brother William were all arrested, but four Jews and two members of the Dutch under-ground, hidden behind a false wall in Corrie’s bedroom, were never found. Casper (84 years old) died after only 10 days in Scheveningen Prison. When Casper was asked if he knew he could die for helping Jews, he replied, “It would be an honor to give my life for God’s ancient people.” Read more »

KEEP THE SPIRIT OF ’45 ALIVE

USS MissouriKissFlagsKEEP THE SPIRIT OF 45 ALIVE IN 2015.
To do so is to preserve the legacy of the Greatest Generation, the men and women who served in WWII, including those on the home front. This year is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

In 2010, Congress passed House Concurrent Resolution 226, supporting a national day of remembrance. The day to remember is August 14th, 1945. “We want to recapture the spirit of that generation and give a reminder of the fact that people today share DNA with those who achieved so much in 1945. This is the last chance to celebrate this spirit while there are still surviving men and women of this generation;” said Warren C. Hegg, “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive’s” national supervisor.

Among the Spirit of ’45 Day activities are wreath-laying ceremonies, big-band swing dances, observances at professional sporting events, World War II aircraft flyovers, concerts, open houses at senior living communities, and “kiss-ins” to re-enact the famous victory kiss between a sailor and a nurse in New York City’s Times Square on Aug. 14,1945.

Jerry Yellin Fighter Pilot over Iwo JimaJerry Yellin vividly remembers Aug.14, 1945, the ¬ final day of World War II. While returning to Iwo Jima with fellow pilots after flying his P-51 Mustang on a strafing mission over Tokyo that day, Yellin said, “I found out that my wingman was killed.” Upon landing at Iwo Jima, he then learned that the war had ended just hours before, making his wingman, 1st Lt. Philip Schlamberg, one of the war’s ¬ final casualties.

Now, nearly 70 years later, Yellin wants the nation to remember Schlamberg and all those who sacrifi-ced so much to win the war. Yellin, an Air Force Association (AFA) member who turns 91 in February, has been travelling across the country as national spokesman for “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive.”
I was privileged to meet and interview Jerry Yellin on a trip to Guam and on to Iwo Jima with the “Military Historical Tours” of Woodbridge, Virginia in 2010. His story is featured in my book “Pain and Purpose in the Pacific.” Read more »

A WWII Happy New Year

In WWII one of the most highly decorated USAAF Fighter Groups was the 352nd Fighter Group. It was composed of three squadrons; the 328th, 486th, and 487th Fighter Squadrons. The Fighter Group was based in Bodney, England. However, due to the intensity of combat operations in and around Belgium, the Fighter Group moved to a remote airfield (with the designation of “Y-29”) near Asch, Belgium. That move took place in December 1944.

The intent was to support the Battle of the Bulge which was happening not far away from “Y-29,” but bad weather prevented them from providing a lot of help at the time. However, the German Luftwaffe wasn’t to be slowed down. It was preparing for a New Year’s Day party at the expense of the Americans. The operation was designated as “Operation Bodenplatte,” which meant “ground place,” or to put the heal of their boot and grind into the ground the USAAF.

At 9:15 in the morning of January 1st, 1945 as the German aircraft from Jagdgeschwader 11 commenced with Operation Bodenplatte, American fighters lifted off the airfield Y-29 and one of the most intense air battles of the war in the European Theater took place. Although of 17 airfields hit by the Germans in that operation which caused some damage, the battle over “Y-29” would end with 24 fighters of the Luftwaffe shot down. And what were the loses for the Americans? Despite a couple of American fighters showing battle damage, not one American pilot was lost. It was an American Happy New year!

The story can be found on Wikipedia, other internet sites, and You Tube. Read more »