COL Jonathan Mendes, USMC (ret.) flew SBD Dive Bombers in the Pacific ( 100 missions) and Panther Jets in Korea (70 missions). He taught Ted Williams and John Glenn how to fly and has an amazing history both military and civilian. COL Mendes is the oldest person to ever complete the New York Marathon at age 96.
The Naval Order of the United States raised private money to erect a monument on Utah Beach dedicated to the memory of the US naval forces who played a significant role in the victory of the Normandy invasion -1944. At the dedication was the US ambassador to France as well as the Deputy of the Defense Dept. This segment only a small part of a much larger DVD made by the Naval Order commemorating the D-day landing.
Dr. Ron Chapman presents the poorly understood story of the real battle for New Orleans between the American and British armies. He reveals that, contrary to popular opinion, the results played an important role in the western expansion of the USA. This lecture was given at the 2015 national convention of the Naval Order of the United States held New Orleans.
Gene Schindler started out Dec 7 1941 two days out of Manila where he had been kicked out of radio school for being awol. (Nearly ALL the radio students in class then at Manila later died or were executed by the Japanese). His entire Navy career he could never amass 4 years of good conduct - THUS his "RED" hashmarks instead of "gold". His first battles were with the Asiatic Fleet and the Java Sea in USS Paul Jones (a four piper can). This story picks up with the USS Gwin. Great story teller and a tremendous history. (look for 7 more clips with Schindler - the stories came "out of order in time". ) http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh.... Catch all the clips under the "veterans" collection at http://www.me3tv.org (youtube) See photos from the Asiatic Fleet Web Page links - http://www.usasiaticfleet.org
Only one of the 17 ships that split off convoy PQ17 made it to Murmansk through the ravaging U-Boat wolfpacks. It was mid 1942. The Soviets were our wary allies and they needed materiale support. There were many more ships in PQ17. Most were lost in the attacks. The British Fleet command pulled support off PQ17 to bottle up the German Battleships - Tirpitz and Prinz Eugen. This left the convoy "naked" and totally exposed to destruction in the cold and deadly Barents Sea. Ivo Duvall was there. His tiny corvette was virtually useless in defense of the merchant ships. Duvall's full hour long interview is on DVD and will be presented to the Library of Congress as part of the Veterans History Project. Duvall also participated in many Pacific battles. More about our efforts at www.me3tv.org. Search YOUTUBE for more on PQ17
The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) unveiled the public online digitization project of Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz's 4,000 page operational diary, known as The Nimitz Graybook, during an evening lecture, Feb. 24 at NWC in Newport, R.I.
Covering activities and correspondence of the Pacific Command from Dec. 7, 1941 to Aug. 31, 1945, the Graybook is a historical record of operations and planning in the Pacific during World War II and serves as a window into Nimitz's decision making process during the war.