Battle of Bataan 75th Anniversary Commemoration at the World War II Memorial Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

Battle of Bataan
75th Anniversary Commemoration
at the World War II Memorial
Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

This Saturday, January 7th, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will host a brief ceremony and wreath presentation at the World War II Memorial’s Pacific Arch in honor of the 120,000 U.S. and Filipino troops who served during the Battle of Bataan and in remembrance of the 10,000 killed and 75,000 imprisoned.

Nearly 75 years ago, forces of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy invaded Luzon, Philippines along with several islands in the Philippine Archipelago following their surprise military attack on United States military installations on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. General Douglas MacArthur, Commander-in-Chief of all American and Filipino forces in the Philippines, consolidated all Luzon-based units on the Bataan Peninsula to fight against the Japanese invaders as the Bataan peninsula and the island of Corregidor were the only remaining Allied strongholds in the region. Despite a lack of supplies, American and Filipino – many of whom were U.S. Nationals – forces managed to fight the Japanese for three months. As the combined American and Filipino forces made a last stand, the delay cost the Japanese valuable time and prevented immediate victory across the Pacific. On April 9, 1942, the American and Filipino defenders of Bataan surrendered. Soon afterwards, more than 60,000 Filipino and 15,000 American prisoners of war were forced into the infamous Bataan Death March.

If you are a World War II veteran, or know of one, who would like to participate in the Battle of Bataan 75th Anniversary Commemoration at the Memorial, please
EMAIL – Holly Rotondi, Executive Director, Friends of the National World War II Memorial, Inc.
Twitter: @WWIIMemorial

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Actor Jimmy Hawkins Talks About WWII and the Making of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ – Under the Radar

This 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition of director Fran Capra’s Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.  Jimmy Hawkins, who played…

Source: Actor Jimmy Hawkins Talks About WWII and the Making of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ – Under the Radar

In his Mind, He was There Again.

by Bill Archer

On December 7, 1941, my father was aboard the USS Hornet CV8, an aircraft carrier, out in the Atlantic on training maneuvers, having been commissioned on Oct 14, 1941. Later, on Feb 2, 1942, my father, Chief Aviation Pilot Woody Stone and Capt.Marc Mitscher flew a Grumman J2F-5 float plane from the Hornet to Wolf Trap, VA, to make arrangements for 2 B-25 bombers to be hoisted aboard and taken out into the Atlantic to see if they could take off from the carriers deck. The take-off was successful and paved the way for Jimmy Doolittle’s ‘Raid on Tokyo’ on April 18 1942. My father made shoulder holsters for many of Doolittle’s plane crews and traded a pair of his own flight goggles to the copilot of Plane #10 for his ARMY issue goggles as a souvenir. I still have those goggles.

As my father was passing to the next life 5 years ago, he had regressed backwards and one of his last physical acts was to act like he was climbing down the rope over the side after his carrier was hit by Japanese torpedoes. In his mind he was there again.


A Buck A Brat Dandelion Challenge


Veterans’ Day 2016

Veteran’s Day ~ Remembrance — Pacific Paratrooper

“FOR TOO LONG, TOO MANY OF US HAVE PAID SCANT ATTENTION TO THE SACRIFICE OF A BRAVE FEW IN OUR MIDST. IT IS UNHEALTHY FOR A NATION TO BECOME DETACHED FROM THOSE WHO SECURE IT.”_______Howard Schultz, author of For Love of Country I first want to give my personal THANK YOU to each and every veteran that fights for […]

via Veteran’s Day ~ Remembrance — Pacific Paratrooper


by Allen D. Olson

When Anthony Rizzo caught the ball that ended the game that gave the Cubs their first National League Championship in 71 years, my thoughts reached back to the evening of October 7, 1945, when my kid brother and I took a bus from rural Indiana to Gary to board a South Shore commuter train to Chicago followed by an “Elevated” train ride to Wrigley Field. I had recently turned fifteen; a day earlier he had reached age thirteen. We were going to watch the Cubs play the Tigers in Game 6 of the World Series, the first World Series after World War II.

We carried a lunch our mother had packed and wallets holding enough cash for train fare, bleacher tickets, and snacks. We were going to spend all night in line for next day’s game at 1:20 p.m. About 7:00 that evening., we found ourselves in the second concentric line around the ball park, amazed to find that not only had the people in the first line been there since the end of that afternoon’s game, some had been hanging around for a couple of days. Nearly everyone was equipped with blankets, pillows, umbrellas, and radios. We were only in street clothes and a light jacket.

Some of the more seasoned fans were kind to us, lending us a blanket to lie on and sharing some of their snacks. A number of them were veterans just back from the War, eager to see some baseball and to tell us that these cement sidewalks beat fox holes for sleeping. We did sleep off and on, at first taking great pains to secure our wallets but gradually came to see that the Cub fans around us were as trustworthy as family. Food and souvenir vendors were on duty all night, but their numbers greatly increased at daybreak.

People in line began to stir around 9:30 a.m. because the box office would open at 10:00.

Somewhat after 10:00 the line began to move. But just before noon, the line dispersed; word was coming along that the seats and standing room were all sold. There would be no more fans admitted, not even two disappointed rural Indiana teenagers.

We had come too far, however, to retreat home. Besides, there was a lot of excitement all around us, so we decided to walk clear around Wrigley Field. On Waveland Avenue, paralleling left field, we saw some tall trees across the street from the wall which was low enough that we thought we could probably see the playing field from the upper branches of one of those trees, not an unrealistic belief to a naïve country boy used to climbing trees. (more…)

Preserving the Bataan Death March Markers

Memorial Day 2016

A Newsreel Cameraman’s View of D-Day

The Unwritten Record

Jack Lieb went to Europe in 1943 with two movie cameras: He brought his 35mm black and white camera to film war coverage for Hearst’s News of the Day newsreels and his 16mm home movie camera to shoot color film to show to his family back home. After the war, Lieb edited the color footage into a film that he would narrate in lectures around the country, in venues as varied as the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. and his daughter’s fourth grade class in Chicago.

In the film below, donated by the Lieb family to the National Archives in 1984, you’ll see D-Day from a perspective different than the official military film or commercial newsreel. With his personal footage, Lieb takes the viewer through the preparations in England, where he spent time with war correspondents Ernie Pyle, Jack Thompson, and Larry LaSueur, to the…

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