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WORLD WAR II UNITS

If you were in World War II or know someone that was, the link below has Unit stories of some of the many Hospital and Medical Units that were overseas during that time. Just click the link and scroll through the Units listed. My Dad was in the 108 Evac Hospital Unit. I was able to read about his Units exploits and found his name on their roster. This link and historical information has been provided by: 

"Unit History" or "Testimony" are Courtesy of US World War Two Medical Research Centre (MRC)

                                                        http://med-dept.com

 

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                           Operation PLUTO explained - Another little known WWII operation ......WWII Fuel


You may already know of this, but I sure didn't.  In spite of watching film about WWII and the European theater, I had never known the logistics of how all the military vehicles were supplied with fuel.  They sure couldn't just stop at the corner station and fill up their tanks or jeep gas tanks.  I found this film fascinating.
And so weird to hear amazing details about D-Day so long after the event.  What a fantastically complex engineering and operational feat it was, and how remarkable the skill and effort exhibited by the young men of the early 40's who planned and made the landing successful.


                     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N1UHU3z44U

 

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WWII Memorial website:

Are you a WWII Veteran, or have a family member, spouse, or friend, who was?  You have an opportunity to honor that person at the WWII Memorial website and registry. Click on the link below for information.  

https://www.wwiimemorial.com/

 

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WWII From Space​ - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Here is an informative website the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has to document what was done from airspace during WWII. Well worth a look, the site shows many artifacts and equipment that contributed to our operations in the war.   

 

https://airandspace.si.edu/topics/world-war-ii

 

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D-Day, June 6, 1944

On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end, the Allies gained a foot-hold in Continental Europe. The cost in lives on D-Day was high. More than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded, but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 Soldiers to begin the slow, hard slog across Europe, to defeat Adolf Hitler’s crack troops.

 

https://www.army.mil/d-day/index.html

 

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V-J Day, August 14, 1945 
 
During Memorial Day and throughout the year, we need to remember all who served in WWII. This film from Hawaii naturally shows the ones who made it through....a tribute to the ones who did not ....love, Elaine. Keep tooling down the clip number is down at the end. JUST THINK HOW THIS YOUNG LADY FELT WHEN SHE DISCOVERED THE VIDEO HER FATHER SHOT.  Great video of a Spontaneous Victory Parade in Honolulu in 1945. Take a look at this video-absolutely fabulous! Notice the cars, jeeps, and youth. The guys in khaki or gray shirts and black ties are Navy officers or chiefs. The rest are Army or Marine. How young they all were to do what they did.  This guy really captured a moment in history! (You can listen to Jimmy Durante singing "I'll be Seeing You" in the background, too) This is a super video of a time past - we need to remember and be THANKFUL.  Check out the color fidelity. It's not bad for 1945. Nothing will ever compare with Kodachrome film.  Click here for the video: 
 
 
http://vimeo.com/5645171  

 

Additonal History Channel site: 

https://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/v-j-day

 

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USS Arizona Memorial:

The United States Government provides a Memorial on the U.S.S. Arizona for members of the Crew that survived the Pearl Harbor attack and have now passed away. Click on the link below to view a You Tube video.