Quotes & Excerpts

HOMEFRONT PRISONERS OF WAR THOMAS K. OLIVER (USAAF)      Tom Oliver in 2009      Oliver photos 2012 PETER DAHLBERG (ARMY)      December 7, 1941      Friends for Life      He Took My Place       Christmas Lights HAROLD TAYLOR (USAAF)      Story of Had Taylor STAN LIEBERMAN (ARMY)     Story of Stan Lieberman LESTER SNYDER (USAAF)       Durkee's Crew WARREN FAGERLAND (ARMY) EJI SUYAMA (ARMY)      My Combat in the 442nd HARRY NOLLSCH (ARMY)        Harry Nollsch       Taps Delayed       The Purple Heart FRANK MORAWA (GERM. ARMY)        Life of Frank Morawa LOYD BRANDT (MARINES)      Reluctant Heroes       Brothers in Arms JERRY TEACHOUT (USAAF)       Leaving Home for WWII CHUCK CHILDS (USAAF)       I Flew the Big One      Combat Mission 15      Riding Rails before WW2 HARRY PUTNAM (NAVY)       Veterans STEVEN WARREN (NAVY) GORDON LEASE (COAST GUARD) CLARENCE CARSNER (ARMY) WALLY DAHLQUIST (USAAF) GEORGE W. LARSON (NAVY) ALAN HERBERT (ARMY) RICHARD PERKINS (MARINES)      Letter home, 1944 RUSSEL FRINK (NAVY) JIM LOCKHART (NAVY) REX ALAN SMITH (ARMY ENG) VINCE FITZGERALD (NAVY) HONOR FLIGHTS CHARLES ANDERSON (USAAF)      Life of Charles Anderson HARLAND HERMANN (ARMY)      Letters during WWII WALTER MARCHAND (ARMY)      D-Day Doctor's Diary JUNO SUNDSTROM (ARMY) KEITH CHRISTENSEN (ARMY) DEAN SHAFFHAUSEN (NAVY) CHARLES GERLACH (NAVY) WAYNE BREWSTER (ARMY) WILLIAM A. SEMLEK (ARMY) KENNETH HALLIGAN (ARMY) WALTER MEHLHAFF (ARMY) EDDIE KODET (ARMY) TOM McDILL (ARMY) PAUL PRIEST (ARMY) VICTOR WEIDENSEE (ARMY)       Weidensee maps OLA CAMPBELL (USAAF) DALLAS BLOMQUIST (Marines) BILL LOFGREN (ARMY) HAROLD JANSEN (Navy)       Personal Summary JOHN W. FULLER (NAVY)      John Fuller Goes to War JOHN WILKINSON (ROYAL AF) MARCELLA LeBEAU (ARMY) HILARY COLE (USAAF) TOM WENN (USAAF) JOHN GASTON (USAAF) MAURICE CROW (USAAF) GEORGE MOLSTAD (USAAF) GEORGE MOE (US ARMY)



Collecting thought-provoking quotations and excerpts is important to the whole process of writing memoirs and studying history, including the sorting out of current events.  It seems worthwhile to share samples of quotes and excerpts collected from the daily stream of ideas (especially from books and forwarded emails) currently passing through the lives of our veterans.


As you come across more quotes and excerpts, forward them as a means of stimulating food-for-thought alternatives to what's currently being offered through media outlets.  In most cases, there will be ample occasion to both agree and disagree, even within the same piece.  Feel free to forward your responses and opinions as well.  

The following clips and resources were recently forwarded by veterans as being important.  

Click to view memory-jogging websites:

B-17 Bomber Mission. On June 16, 1943, in the skies above Bougainville in the Solomons, and equipped with six extra machine guns, the B-17 "Old 666" is alone against a squadron of Zeroes. This video shows how computer software can faithfully attempt to restore a historical moment even if actual photographic footage is minimal.  Heroism was the order of the day.  At stake was aerial reconnaissance, desperately needed for a pending infantry invasion.

Musical patriotism in the war zone. Just as Bob Hope raised the patriotic spirits of combatants during World War II, rock-band leader Gene Simmons shows how it can be done during the Iraq War with a different generation.

Unusual WWII photographs from the private collection of Ray and Josephine Cowdery of Rapid City, who add  "We thought you might enjoy these rare photographs.  From time to time we find strange stuff in our archives and we will continues to bring it to the attention of World War II history aficionados and fans of original photographs from the period."

US Navy Blue Angels. . . aerial acrobatics teach the envelope of warplane capability, providing the fighter edge in dogfights with a less experienced and lesser trained enemy.  Remember the "turkey shoots" of past wars?




Foyle's War.  This mystery series is set during World War II in England, with period sets recalling not only the patriotism and values of the time, but also the nostalgic yearning for the English countryside and now-lost way of life.  Now with 22 episodes in 7 DVD sets, it stars Dick Kitchen, a police inspector with the charisma of a general.

Military Tradition and Home Defense One country's path to a very low crime rate (a tutorial that promises to save lives and suffering, of the good guys at least).  Notice how a respect for military training (and gun safety) is passed between generations

VJ Day, Honolulu, August 14, 1945. Color photographs help us to imagine the optimism that Americans everywhere, united under one patriotic surge, must have felt.  It's fitting that we should focus on Honolulu, where WWII began for us.

America, 1939-1943. These color photographs might well serve WWII veterans writing up their experiences.  Memoir writers almost always give an accounting of their lives before entering the military--and attempt to render what civilian life back home was like.  Picture shows rural Texas school kids in April 1943.  Notice the "cost effective" teaching aids and patriotism, all without high-tech gadgetry.  Is picture #65 a P-51 as captioned, or a P-40?

Prisoner of War.  To watch this short online film, click on "Films" then "Prisoner of War". Despite its hackneyed Leftist formula (anti-war, anti-military, loser is the hero, fragging officers is okay), the film exemplifies a new medium (with superior streaming) that puts low-budget "film making" into Everyman's hands, bypassing the propaganda strongholds of television and Hollywood. 

Vietnam War photos. Photo left shows a helmeted U.S. helicopter crewchief, holding a carbine, as he watches ground movements of Vietnamese troops from above during a strike against Viet Cong Guerrillas in the Mekong Delta Area, January 2, 1963.  Some of the photos, of course, are intended to convey then-current political opinion.

Battle of Iwo Jima.  Historic photos that are well-annotated.  February 19, 1945, to March 26, 1945.  Wikipedia mentions that "Even after Iwo Jima was about to be declared secured, about three thousand Japanese soldiers were left alive in the island's warren of caves and tunnels. Those who could not bring themselves to commit suicide hid in the caves during the day and came out at night to prowl for provisions...The last of these stragglers...lasted six years, surrendering in 1951." 

Read USMC platoon leader in Vietnam James Webb talk about the heroism of the men who fought with him, and how the liberal media is trying to turn Vietnam into another forgotten and misrepresented war.  Annapolis graduate Webb went on to become Secretary of the Navy and a US Senator from Virginia.  Medals include the Silver Star and Navy Cross.