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(Photo courtesy of Marcus Qwertyus, Wikimedia) If you fly into either of Chicago’s main airports, there is military history associated with each. O’Hare International Airport is named for Lt. Cmdr. Edward “Butch” O’Hare, a Chicago-raised, Medal of Honor-winning fighter ace of World War II’s Pacific Theatre.  O’Hare was declared missing in action during a night mission in 1943. Chicago’s smaller and older...
SEOUL—Beyond the barbed wire, guard towers bristling with machine guns and hundreds of thousands of men ready to go to war, this Asian nation has risen economically and has its share of tourist sites. The War Memorial of Korea highlights more than 5,000 years of Korean history through thousands of exhibits.  The War Memorial is one of the best military...
Late in the forenoon watch on Sunday, June 4, 1944, a sonar man on USS Chatelain reported a suspicious contact 800 yards off the destroyer escort’s starboard bow.  He immediately confirmed the sonar “ping” as coming from a submarine and Chatelain’s skipper, Lt. Cdr. Dudley S. Knox, peacetime lawyer and reserve naval officer, commenced his attack.  Thus continued the...
By Jerry Bastarache When a cold winter chills your soul, get yourself down to Argentina as quick as you can.  Below the equator, it is summer.  And as far as North Americans are concerned, it is always a good time to visit  Buenos Aires, with non-stop flights from major U.S. airports,  no visa requirements, and a favorable exchange rate of...
Yorktown (CV-10, CVS-10) The aircraft carrier Yorktown, now moored in Charleston harbor, is the fourth US Navy ship to bear that name and the second aircraft carrier.  The third Yorktown (CV-5) fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea and was later sunk by the Japanese at the conclusion of the battle of Midway in June 1942.  The present Yorktown,...
CHARLESTON, S.C.--History and Charleston are inseparable.  Founded in 1670, immigrants first came here to escape religious oppression.  Later, many became wealthy through the rice, indigo and cotton industries. Visitors to Charleston have the opportunity to see important history sites, tour famous mansions, gardens and dine in some of the nation’s finest restaurants. The main area of Charleston, a city of nearly...
Vergers de Romilly After a full day of WW2 battlefields and cemeteries, we made a detour on a side road just behind La Cambe German Military Cemetery. There sits the rustically elegant Vergers de Romilly, a producer of artisanal calvados, cider, and pommeau, an aperitif of blended apple brandy and cider.  Free tastings of the  Norman apple-based spirits are graciously...
OPERATION DYNAMO: The BEF evacuation from Dunkirk Dunkirk: The Movie and the Reality Dunkirk, along with Pearl Harbor, D-Day and Hiroshima, is one of those WWII names that still resonate with most Americans 80 years later.  If that weren’t already true, the release of a major Warner Brothers summer blockbuster by that name will rekindle memories of the May/June 1940...

Sunken LSTs Found

SLAPTON SANDS DISCOVERY By Stephen T. Powers The Massachusetts company Hydroid announced on 28 April that one of its underwater robotic vehicles had located the wrecks off Slapton Sands, Devon, of the two American LSTs (Nos. 507 and 531) that were sunk in April of 1944 during Operation Tiger. Tiger was the third of four training exercise for the upcoming D-Day assault...
  Although universally portrayed as essential and victorious, the D-Day assault on the Normandy coast was not with enormous material and human costs, and it would be an injustice merely to gloss over them. Bombing and the fighting that took place within their bounds heavily damaged a great many Norman cities and towns, most notably Caen and St. Lô. It took...
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