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Weird Weapons Of WWII

BAT BOMBS!

Bat bombs! It sounds like something out of a comic book, but in 1943 there was serious research and development for the bat bomb project, dubbed Project X-Ray by the Marine Corps.  Initiated by Lytle S. Adams, a middle-aged dentist from Irwin, Pennsylvania after visiting the famous Carlsbad Caverns of New Mexico while on vacation. This was in December 1941 and when he heard the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor his brain started to churn on how he could help the war effort. Having connections to Eleanor Roosevelt, Adams sent his plans to the White House and received a high level audience. Upon reading the plan, President Roosevelt wrote to Colonel William J. Donovan, the head of wartime intelligence, “This man is not a nut. It sounds like a perfectly wild idea but is worth looking into…” and after review by military, cabinet and even bat experts, all came to the conclusion that” if executed competently it would have a chance of success.” Read more

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A Personal Take On The V.A. Aid & Attendance Benefit

My father died in 1986. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer as he was a heavy smoker starting in his military years just over 18 years old. Ironically, the chemotherapy and radiation treatments he underwent worked and his cancer was in remission. Read more

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This Day In Military History: March 26, 1945 The Island Of IWO JIMA Is Declared Secured.

Looking At The The Battle From Different Angles

Most people, especially “baby-boomers” and the generations beyond, have heard of the battle of Iwo Jima and can relate that it was primarily a Marine battle in the South Pacific in WWII and there was a famous photograph taken when they raised the American flag.   Sometimes history can blur reality or lessen the blow of what really happened.  Read more

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Vietnam, The MedEvac Helicopter And The Wounded Soldier…

Despite the swirling controversies that still haunt the nation about the Vietnam conflict, major advancements in medical services emerged from that era and are still employed today saving thousands of military and civilian lives.  Call it one of the ironies of the destructive nature of war. Read more

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Vietnam Era veterans recognized

Ray Wilburn spent 41 years of his life in the U.S. Army. In 2012, Pres. Barack Obama signed the 50th Anniversary proclamation, which will continue until 2025, to ensure future generations come to understand the sacrifice made by Vietnam veterans — both on the battlefield, and once they came back to the United States.

Wilburn served overseas three times during his military career, the first being during the Vietnam War in 1967 and 1968. He served in Bosnia in 2001-2002 and then in Iraq in 2005-2006. Read more

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