Saturday, May 4, 2013

May 4, 1945 - German troops surrendering

German troops are surrendering throughout Europe. Troops in Denmark, Northern Germany and The Netherlands surrender to Field Marshal Montgomery.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Owner of race horse to host veterans at Kentucky Derby

Barbara D. Livingston
Exercise rider Javier Herrera has a little trouble restraining Normandy Invasion during an eventful morning gallop Thursday at Churchill Downs.
Well, I know who I will be rooting for in the Kentucky Derby this weekend.  Rick Porter, owner of the horse Normandy Invasion will be hosting four World War II veterans at the race.  Three of these veterans fought at D-Day June 6, 1944.  

May 3, 1945 - Rangoon, Burma is liberated.

The city was under Japanese occupation (1942–45), and incurred heavy damage during World War II.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

POW survivors to gather for museum dedication

A POW-MIA museum is being dedicated this week in St. Louis, Missouri.  American survivors from Stalag 17-B near Krems, Austria will be in attendance for the dedication as part of their reunion.  Their numbers have fallen so dramatically, and the ones who are still alive are finding it more difficult to travel, so this will be their final reunion.

Veterans honored by American Warrior program

Another great foundation that takes veterans, free of charge, to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. is American Warrior of Norwich, Conn.
A Connecticut World War II veteran is all smiles as family greets him on his return from the ninth American Warrior Connecticut Day of Honor in Washington, D.C., held Saturday, April 27. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.

May 2, 1942 - Australian forces evacuate Tulagi.

In response to American intelligence intercepts, which warn of the impending Japanese landings, the Australian garrison is evacuated from Tulagi.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Restored World War II bomber flies into Hillsboro, Oregon

The Liberty Foundation's 2013 Salute to Veterans Tour continued into Oregon this week.  A B-17F Flying Fortress flew over the Portland, OR area.

May 1, 1941 - Liverpool bombed

Seven nights of bombing of Liverpool begins, resulting in wide devastation.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April 30, 1945 - Adolf Hitler commits suicide

A headline in the U.S. Army newspaper Stars and Stripes announcing Hitler's death May 2, 1945. 

Hitler and his wife commit suicide, he by a combination of poison and a gunshot. Before he dies Adolf Hitler dictates his last will and testament. In it Joseph Goebbels is appointed Reich Chancellor and Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz is appointed Reich President.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Honor Flight - The Movie

I can't put into words how much I would like to see this movie.  I hope to either start the ball rolling in a town or community close by, or go somewhere else to see this.

The remark in the trailer hits close to home.  My father *literally* put his sea bag in the basement and basically forgot about it.

April 29, 1945 - Hitler marries

Hitler marries his companion Eva Braun.