The San Diego Union-Tribune for Sunday, August 2, 2009 has two interesting veteran related news stories:
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.
The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) has an updated list their 2009 press releases related to identification of missing soldiers and airmen from the Korean War, World War II, and Vietnam.
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.
ABC.news and the AP Newswire has a great story about WWII veteran Fred Hargesheimer who was shot down over New Guinea on June 5, 1943. He survived without being captured by the Japanese with the help of local villagers. After the war he returned in the 1960s and eventually helped build a school that has helped the region flourish.
You can learn more about this topic from a book that Fred wrote about the experience called "The School That Fell From The Sky".
Google News has pretty completely coverage of the recent remembrances for the fallen sailors from WWII who were on board the British destroyer "Hunter" off Norway when it was sunk in April 1940.
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
- 1944: Pacific Theater
- 1945: Pacific Theater including the assault and occupation of Iwo Jima (14-20 March 1945)
Encyclopedia Britannica has a great WWII D-Day Normandy Invasion site that includes: spoken recollections of veterans, newsreels that docummented the events, and the written words of historians who have studied the campaign.