Veteran Stories Podcast #001 - Mr. Harold Ball, US Navy, WWII

The 1st Veteran Stories Podcast is with Mr. Harold Ball, and it covers his stories and experiences related to his service in the Merchant Marines (1942-1943) and the U.S. Navy (1943-1946) during War World II.  His first ship was a Liberty Ship the SS Zane Grey:

  • February - June 1943: Shipped locomotion enignes to India via Australia; Port visits to Egypt and Israel as "Invasion of Crete" deception
  • July 1943: Invasion of Sicily (8th Army support) near the loss of SS Timothy Pickering
  • August 1943: Malta & Gibraltar; mine damage to the SS Harrison Gray Otis
  • August - Sept 1943: Atlantic Ocean crossing with "Baby Carriers" providing protection

Harold was then at the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY from the Fall 1943 - Early 1944.  His second ship was the USS Pickaway Attack Transport:

 (Size 15.7 MBs, Running Time 34m20s, Originally Published 11-11-06)


2007 Pin-Up For Vets Calendar Has Big Plans To Support Injured Veterans

Via San Diego Blog is news of a Bettie Page style calendar that was created by Southern California college student Gina Elise called the 2007 “Pin-Ups For Vets”. 

Funds raised by the sale of the calendar will reportedly bring need financial resources to hospitalized Veterans' programs, and provide copies of the calendar to current recovering Veterans.


Author Of U.S. Military Code Of Conduct Passes Away

It was reported on Oct. 8, 2006 in the San Diego Union-Tribune that US Marine Col. F. Brooke Nihart passed away on Aug. 30, 2006 at the age of 87 in Fairfax, VA.  He was the author of the U.S. Military Code of Conduct that was originally written in 1955, and slightly revised in 1977.

He was a veteran of WWII (Battle of Wake Island & Battle of Okinawa) and the Korean War (Battle of the Punchbowl).  During his career he was awarded the Navy Cross, two Bronze Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal the Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Medal.

It should also be noted that from 1972 to 1991 he was a historian and deputy director of Marine Corps museums.