In memory of my dad & uncle’s cousin Leonard who died a year and a half ago. In honor of his contribution in WWII and his bravery landing at Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944.
This is the 68th Anniversary of dropping the first nuclear weapon on people. This was the first day of the rest of our dangerous lives! http://lettersfromasoldier.com/edward_thomas/memphis/atomic_bomb_hiroshima_japan.php
The United States wanted to remain neutral while the war, yet to be called WWII was being fought in Europe. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor over a million men enlisted to serve in the army. This would be the start of war production in the United States, with the thinning of American newspapers as the men who printed them went to fight. The factories, as my late dad told me would be manned, so to speak, by women.
I am dedicating this day to my late dad’s cousin Leonard Tomaszewski who landed on Omaha Beach 68 years ago today, sick to his stomach and startled that he actually survived as he was part of the second wave that landed.
I recently read about this remarkable woman. This German lady worked as a plumbing / sewer expert during World War II. She worked in the Warsaw Ghetto. She had firsthand knowledge of what the Germans were planning for the Jewish people. She mad it her job to smuggle small infants out of Poland. She lived to be 98 years old, and was up for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. She lost to Al Gore who put up a remarkable movie on Global Warming. BUT, this lady did a remarkable Global Warming of her own, in saving over 2500 children and infants. To this lady I give her the Peace Prize.
I was at the Armada, Michigan Flea Market today, the first time I was able to take it all in, and I have been enjoying going there since I came back to Michigan in 1983. The weather has been unusually warm for a long period of time for a location this far north. I came across this newspaper from the Port Huron Times Herald. Since my uncle passed away in Port Huron (Fort Gratiot), Michigan I thought it appropriate to add Port Huron stories to the site.
April 14, 1945 Port Huron Times Herald headline of Harry Truman becoming 33rd President.
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One of my favorite letters my uncle wrote, tells the story of Christmas Eve listening to a live broadcast of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Aleutians - Umnack Island
First snow - Thumb of Michigan - Dec. 2010
Weather plays a very important part in the outcome of any war. World War II was no different. This picture my wife took the
other day made me think of my uncle’s service while he was stationed in the Aleutians.
Battle of the Bulge
The Battle of the Bulge, Germany’s last attempt to stay alive was fought also in the middle of the winter.
This is the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Some believe FDR knew of the attack that was to come in Pearl Harbor. Others thought he was trying to get Japan to attack, so he could get a country in a ‘fighting mode’ that he thought was needed to help continue the progress on unemployment and to get us out of a pacifist mentality. What do you think?
Honolulu Paper Senses Impending Disaster