Kevin Heaton has posted a great interview with his father - Albert Heaton. Mr. Albert Heaton served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
There is some great poetry at the end of the interview that Kevin wrote based on his father's experiences. We found them to be very moving and insightful.
- D-Day Vets From San Diego
- Bed and Breakfast has a great view
- Normandy gets ready for D-Day
- Vets share their stories at the D-Day Museum
- Vet sums up D-Day in one word
- DOD Special Report on D-Day
- C-47 flies with C-130J in Germany
- The UK's Telegraph WWII Section
- The Pritzker Military Library's D-Day Audio Programs
- The Atlantic's Scenes of D-Day
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The Freedom Pavilion has WWII aircraft and other "large item" displays.
Very interesting video from DOD LIVE on YouTube entitled: "WWII Veteran Returns to the Field of Battle." (Published on Jan 7, 2013)
Cdr. Gerard Woelkers didn't grow up as a military brat, but he is the son of a World War II veteran. By taking orders to Germany, Woelkers is taking the opportunity to learn about his father's service and helping Frederick Woelkers close the book on this chapter in his life.
Here are some updates from our email inbox:
- News coverage of the one year anniversary of 17 SEALs killed in helicopter attack in Afghanistan in 2011. [Huffington Post, Scripts, Time]
- HALO Counter-Terrorism Summit 2012 is Oct 29 - Nov 2 in San Diego, CA
- Wounded Warrior Project continues to provide services and support to veterans who are injured and in the need of aid.
- The Frontlines site has stories and videos in the news about veterans.
- Purple Stars Veterans and Families supports veterans' transition from active service to homecoming.
- PinUpsForVets is working on their 2013 calendar (news, store).
- Recently Accounted For: Lt. Col. Charles M. Walling; Maj. Aado Kommendant; Sgt. 1st Class William T. Brown; Sgt. 1st Class Donald M. Shue; Sgt. 1stClass Gunther H. Wald; Staff Sgt. John E. Hogan; [DPMO]
- Pritzker Military Library Podcasts recommendations: "Bryan Anderson: No Turning Back", "Rachel Cox: Into Dust and Fire", and "Anthony Swofford: Hotels, Hospitals and Jails".
David Ignatius at the Washington Post has a new book review article entitled "DOUBLE CROSS The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre".
The book details the intelligence efforts of the Germans and the counter-intelligence moves by the British as D-Day planning started and then ultimately was launched.
John Wilkens at the Union-Tribune has an in-depth article with some great pictures of WWII Veterans visiting Washington DC including the WWII memorial.
A total of "105 veterans" took an "all-expenses-paid Honor Flight trip this weekend from San Diego were treated like heroes wherever they went. Strangers came up and thanked them for their service."
The group that puts this all together is the San Diego Honor Flight team.
The 3rd Veteran Stories Podcast is with Mr. Jim Hutson, and it covers his stories and experiences related to his service in the United Statues Marine Corps (1938-1966) during War World II, and his 28 total years of military service (China, Japan, United States, Vietnam):
- Recruit Depot San Diego
- USS New Orleans
- Camp Elliot
- 23rd Marines (picture)
- Marshall Islands (Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian)
- USS Young America
- Iwo Jima
- Embassy Guard Duty
- San Diego State University
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).
I recommend listening to Part 1 before listening to Part 2. You can listen via: http://feeds.spymuseum.org/spycast or via iTunes.