Posts Tagged WWII
Jordan, an 89 year old British Navy Royal Vet was found missing this week from his nursing home in England. Turns out he took his daily walk from the home and boarded a bus for France where world leaders and vets from many nations are marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. It is debated whether or not the vet had “permission” to go on the trip, but his record shows he does have the mental capacity to make such decisions. He just didn’t tell anyone about it ahead of time and just snuck out during his daily walk. What a story and what fun!
Remember the famous photo of the sailor kissing a nurse in the streets of New York at the end of WWII? The man’s name was Glen McDuffie and he died this week at age 86. There has been controversy over the identification of the man and woman in the photo; as no names were recorded the day the photo was taken. The photographer died some time ago. A forensic artist determined with high accuracy that Glen McDuffie was the man in the photo. It was important to Glen for the world to know he was the man in the photo and thankfully, this was made known before his death.
The head of the Auschwitz German concentration camp was Rudolf Hoss. His daughter is over 80 and is dying of cancer. Her father was responsible for the killing of 1 million Jews. She moved to the US as a young woman and her boss just happened to be Jewish (he had fled Europe as a youth). She kept her father’s identity a secret for 40 years. It is an interesting article, for more- click above.
A WWII vet who was shot down and captured while flying aboard a B-17 over Europe made another trip on an identical vintage bomber Thursday. What a treat! It is nice to know that some Americans still honor and appreciate our vets.
After 60 years, a WWII vet who lives in Cincinnati was reunited with his leather bomber jacket. It was found in a Washington D.C. Goodwill store. His name was on the side of the leather jacket. The man who bought the jacket for $17, did research on the owner, talked with him over the phone about his time in the war, and later mailed the jacket to the veteran. The vet who is now 90 years old was happy to receive it; stating his wife probably cleaned out the house and simply donated it. He said he’d “love” to know the story of its journey from Cincinnati to Washington. What a story…. Now the gentleman has it to pass on to one of his grandchildren.
We still owe much gratitude to all US soldiers who fought during WWII. There are only four men (in their 90’s) left who were part of the Doolittle Bombing Raid. They held their final public reunion this week. I’m sure their final reunion was sad in many ways, but made the guys very proud.
This 85 year old man received the Bronze Star after his service in WWII. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was taken prisoner by the German army. This award was given to him last week- 67 years later. Better late than never! I am sure he is incredibly proud.