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Thursday, July 7, 2016

STARS AND STRIPES











This copy is from Friday September 22, 1944

On November 9, 1861, during The Civil War......soldiers of the 11th, 18th, and 29th Illinois Regiments set up camp in the Missour city of Bloomfield.
Finding that the local newspaper's office was empty, they decided to print a newspaper about their activities. They called it the...... 
"Stars and Stripes." 




Stars and Stripes has been published a newspaper continuously since World War II. Their unique military coverage first became available online in 1999. 
Today........ Stars and Stripes operates as a multimedia news organization. They publish the Stars and Stripes print newspaper edition Monday through Thursday, a special Weekend Edition on Friday for Europe and Pacific, and a separate Mideast edition Friday through Sunday. 
In addition, they also publish several weekly and monthly publications and numerous special supplements. 
On any given day, readers and visitors number about 1.0 million.



Monday, March 28, 2016

Grandpa's Purple Heart


Did you know that Sonny Eliot, was in the Air Force?
He flew a B-24 bomber and was shot down on a mission over Germany during World War II.
He spent eighteen months as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft I...... a camp near Barth, Germany.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Cost OF Freedom Is High

Please remember, not all were able to come home. Many, so very many..... paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Posted by WWII POW on Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Friday, March 20, 2015

This Was His Stalag


Of course I knew he was a POW. He was missing the two middle fingers on his right hand and had a bullet wound entrance and exit scar on his thigh, that showed when he wore short pants.
He told me it happened when he was captured.

He never talked about it and I always thought he was a prisoner in a German Stalag....
 in Germany.
I was dead wrong, all these years, gone by!
Turns out he was being held in Poland at Stalag 334.....
The Old Stalag VIII
His number was 36131.

I wish he was around so I get some updated info. about his life, while he was a captive.
I do remember him saying, it was not that bad at all.
He spoke highly of  the German soldiers that were guarding them.
He said most were, down to earth....
 good compassionate human beings.

Lamsdorf Guards






Monday, January 12, 2015

Victory Mail

This new mode of messaging launched on June 15,1942. Called V-Mail, it was in operation for 41 months, and
helped expedite the tons and tons of mail for members of the American forces, stationed overseas.
Before e-mail, and before cell phones and the such, we had Victory Mail.
I am fortunate to have some examples and will post a look see for you, after the video.


















Saturday, February 22, 2014

You Are Not Forgotten

Ever hear of the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles, Illinois?
An old friend sent me this in an E-Mail and brought it to my attention. I just had to share it with you.

The Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run committee is a group of private citizens who had a dream to honor those who have sacrificed all in our Middle East Conflicts. They raised the funds to erect the wall, as well as organize an annual motorcycle run on the 3rd Saturday in June every year.