Women Of The OSS

The Spycast podcast (from the International Spy Museum in Washington DC) recently had two podcasts that outline the contributions of women during World War II while serving with the Office for Strategic Service.

The interview is with Elizabeth McIntosh. Part 1 (published in January 2010) covers her experiences serving in China while conducting operations against the Japanese.  Part 2 (published in March 2010) covers her experiences with "Wild Bill Donovan" and Julia Child (yes the famous cooking author).

You can read more about Elizabeth McIntosh in her two books on the topic: Sisterhood of Spies and Undercover Girl (out of print).

I recommend listening to Part 1 before listening to Part 2.  You can listen via: http://feeds.spymuseum.org/spycast or via iTunes.


President Obama Awards Medal Of Honor To Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti, U.S. Army

Sgt 1st Class Monti Medal Of Honor

President Obama has awarded posthumously Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti, U.S. Army with the Medal of Honor.  His parents Janet and Paul Monti joined President Obama at the White House for the commemoration.

For more information please check out: official press release, DefenseLink, and Google News.


Two Stories: Veterans At SDSU and Iwo Jima Promise Kept

The San Diego Union-Tribune for Sunday, August 2, 2009 has two interesting veteran related news stories:


WWII WASP Veterans Get Congressional Gold Medal

Vs_wwii_wasp_fly_girls USA TODAY has some coverage of a new signed measure by President Obama awarding the 300 surviving Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) from World War II the Congressional Gold Medal.

Pictures of the event have been posted to The WhiteHouse Picture Feed on Flickr.


HonorFlight.org Brings Veterans To Washington DC

Vs-small-honor-flight-picture DefenseLink recent published a story of some World War II veterans visiting Washington DC via the Honor Flight project

Visitors are taken on a whirlwind tour of DC area Veteran related monuments including the National World War II Memorial, USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima), and Arlington National Cemetery.


Documentary Examines Korean War Vets - 'Chosin Few'

Chosin_few The San Diego Union-Tribune recently published an article entitled "Honoring 'Chosin Few': Korean War battle vets share their stories for upcoming documentary" written by Rick Rogers.

The story is about filmmakers Brian Iglesias and Anton Sattler who were in San Diego interviewing veterans for their upcoming documentary called 'The Chosin Few.'


New Resources: Sniper Book, Video Footage, American Heroes Book

The August 2008 edition of the American Rifleman arrived today and there were a couple of resource items of potential interest for veterans and military folks:

"The History Of Sniping and Sharpshooting" by Major John L. Plaster, USAR (Ret) covers the history of snipers in six chronological parts, and reportedly includes not only American perspectives but also includes worldwide perspectives from France and Germany to name a few.

The National Combat History Archive offesr great historical combat footage in collections like: "Gun Camera 1944, Part1"; "Group Patton"; "Normandy Invasion", and "War In The Sky - World War II (WWI)" with prices starting at $10 plus S&H.

Oliver North has published a new book called  "American Heroes: In The Fight Against Radical Islam" that examines his perspective on the current war on global terrorism.


Veteran Stories Podcast #002 - Mr. Pleasant Devin, US Navy, Korean War

The 2nd Veteran Stories Podcast has been posted.  This podcast is recorded by Kevin Devin and it is his personal interview with his father Pleasant Devin, who was a member of the U.S. Navy and served on the USS St. Paul (CA-73) during the the Korean War (1950s).

Some links mentioned in this podcast include:

 (Size 13.5 MBs, Running Time 29m23s, Originally Published 12-27-06)