Saturday, February 17, 2018

Lack of Bomb Volunteers and Girl Scout Cookie Sales


From the March 20, 2017, Roanoke (Va,) Times "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

**  "Completion of the civilian defense set up is being somewhat retarded here because of lack of volunteers for service in bomb squads, one of the most dangerous branches of the auxiliary police program."

**  "Roanoke Girl Scouts went over their goal in the annual cookie sale last night, the latest report showing a grand total of 14,410 pounds sold compared to the goal of 14,000 boxes."

I Wonder If Cookie Sales Continued During the Rest of the War.  --GreGen

Impact on Toothpaste and Shaving Tubes


From the April 3, 2017, Roanoke (va.) Times "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"Observance of the new WPB [War Production Board] order prohibiting the sale of tubes of tooth paste or shaving cream by retailers unless the customer turns in a used, collapsible tube of some kind was still varied among the city's stores today."

I Imagine for Reuse.  --GreGen

Friday, February 16, 2018

February 9, 1942: Guadalcanal and the SS Normandie


FEBRUARY 9, 1942:

The World War II battle of Guadalcanal ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces.

This same day, The SS Normandie, a former French ocean liner being refitted for the U.S. Navy at a New York pier, caught fire.  It capsized early the next morning.

--GreGen

February 9, 1942: U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Meet, "War Time" Goes Into Effect


On February 9, 1942, the U.S. Joint Chief of Staff held its first meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II.

Also on this date during the war, Daylight Saving "War Time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks moved one hour ahead.

--GreGen

February 3, 1943, SS Dorchester Torpedoed (Four Chaplains)


On February 3, 1943, during World War II, the U.S. transport ship SS Dorchester, which was carrying troops to Greenland, sank after being hit by a German torpedo in the Labrador Sea. Of the more than 900 men aboard, only some 230 survived.

Four Army chaplains on board gave their life jackets to save the others and went down with the ship.

--GreGen

Thursday, February 15, 2018

WPA Work on Stadium Suspended in Roanoke and Noted Author Speaks


From the March 27, 2017, Roanoke (Va.) Times  "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

**  "Temporary suspension of WPA work on the uncompleted stadium was announced yesterday."

**  "William L. Shirer, famous for his best-selling "Berlin Diary," his on-the-scene description of events in Berlin during the first two years of the war over the Columbia Broadcasting System, and his subsequent analysis over CBS, will speak at the Academy of Music this evening at 8:30 o'clock."

--GreGen

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

USMC Women's Reserve Established


This date in 1943, the United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve was officially established.

--GreGen

Monday, February 12, 2018

"The Mighty Eighth"-- Rosie's Crew-- Part 4: At the Nurenburg Trials


After returning to England, Robert "Rosie" Rosenthal attempted to return to flight operations but was turned down.  Rosie had to quit flying after 52 missions.

After  the war, Rosenthal served as as assistant U.S. prosecutor at the Nurenburg Trials where he interrogated Hermann Goring, a high-ranking Nazi official responsible for many wartime atrocities.

In total, Rosenthal received 16 American awards, including the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.  he also received the the Distinguished Flying Cross from Great Britain and the Croix de Guerre from France.

--GreGen

Sunday, February 11, 2018

"The Mighty Eighth" Rosie's Crew-- Part 3: A Terrifying 52nd Mission


On February 3, 1945, after volunteering for a third tour of duty, Rosie led the entire Third Air Division of 1,000 bombers on a mission to Berlin.  Rosie's plane was hit by flak as they approached the target.  Only after completing the target run did Rosie radio the second-in-command and instruct him to take over.

With dead and wounded aboard, Rosie's crippled bomber headed east toward Russian lines before encountering an uncontrolled spiral descent.  Rosie finally bailed out and was found by Russian troops.

Rosie and a few of his men wound up in Moscow.

--GreGen


Friday, February 9, 2018

"The Mighty Eighth"-- Rosie's Crew-- Part 2: Two Tours of Duty


On October 10, 1943, not long after joining the 100th, Rosie took part in a particularly perilous, ill-fated mission over Munster, Germany.  With two engines dead, the intercom and oxygen system non-functional, and with a large ragged hole in the right wing, Rosie's plane was the only plane from his group to make it back to base.

Rosie went on to volunteer and complete two tours of duty (50 missions).

During his second tour of duty, Rosenthal's plane was shot down over German-occupied France; he fractured his right arm, had multiple head contusions and other injuries.  He was rescued by members of the French Resistance and insisted on returning to duty as soon as his wounds were healed.

--GreGen


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

"The Mighty Eighth" "Rosie's Crew"-- Part 1: Volunteered the Day After Pearl Harbor


From the Paralyzed Veterans of America February 2018 calendar.

ROSIE'S CREW / THORPE ABBOTTS, 1943.

Painting of a bomber crew getting ready to take off.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert "Rosie" Rosenthall (June 11, 1917-April 20, 2007) enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 8, 1941, following the attack on Pearl harbor.

In August 1943, he joined the 418th Squadron of the 100th Bombardment Group (BG), stationed at Thorpe Abbotts, East Anglia, England, as a pilot and aircraft commander of the B-17, Rosie's Riveters.

A Very Patriotic Fellow.  --GreGen


Monday, February 5, 2018

Even Police Cars Rationed


From the April 3, 2017, Roanoke (Va.) Times "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"Finally free from complicated entangling restrictions, six new automobiles, specifically built for police work, were delivered to the Roanoke police department after approval certificates by the city rationing board."

Everything Controlled.  --GreGen

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Army Day Victory Parade in Roanoke in 1942


From the April 3, 2017, Roanoke (Va,) Times  "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"There was seriousness in downtown Roanoke last night as the Army Day Victory Parade 'with bands playing and colors flying, moved through the streets, serving notice that the city is rapidly girding itself for war on the homefront.'"

--GreGen

Monday, January 29, 2018

Pearl Harbor Survivor Frank Zylowski's Ashes Spread at the USS Utah Memorial


From the January 19, 2018, DVIDS  "USS Utah Memorial Welcomes Home Another Pearl Harbor Survivor"  Jessica Blackwct.

Mine Counter Machinist Mate 1st Class Frank Zylowski's ashes were scattered in a ceremony at the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island, Joint base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on January 19.

He served on the USS Fanning, Whitney, Jarvis, John D. Ford, LST-361 and LST-611.

He died February 10, 2010.

--GreGen

Friday, January 26, 2018

What the Allies Did With Nazi/German Statues After the War


In these days of the incredible hatred and hate crimes shown toward any and all things Confederate it is interesting to see what the Allies did with anything applying to the Nazis after World War II.

It all had to come down and no new things could be put up.

To see more on this, go to my Saw the Elephant Civil War Blog from yesterday.  Just click on it on the Blogs I Follow column on the right of this page.

--GreGen

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Sgt. Hisey Served With MacArthur


From the April 3, 2017, Roanoke (Va.) Times  "Looking Back.

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"R. Gordon Hisey, a staff sergeant from Roanoke, took dictation from General Douglas MacArthur for sixteen months.  Hisey was stationed on Corregidor for two years and returned to the U.S. before Pearl harbor."

Good Timing For Sgt. Hisey.  --GreGen

Air Raid Drill Practice Begins In Schools


From the Jan. 2, 2017, Roanoke Times (Va.)  "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"Training and practice in air-raid drills will be started within a few days in city public schools, authorities have announced.  Plans for the drills have been prepared."

Get Under Your Desks?  --GreGen

The War Strikes Home in Roanoke, Va.


From the January 2, 2017, Roanoke Times (Va.)  "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

***  "The New Year spirit, dampened by the prospect of a long and hard war, flared less effusively in Roanoke last night as the city closed shop for the general holiday and waited anxiously for more definite news from the Philippines."

***  "The Virginia battalion Virginia Dare ambulance corps has received orders to mobilize at the City Market at 10 o'clock this morning."

--GreGen

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Of Motorists and Enemy Aliens


Jan. 2, 2017, Roanoke Times (Va)   "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

***  "Motorists, having resigned themselves to the dictum that they will be unable to get new automobile tires for ordinary purposes, have swamped garages and repair shops to get their present tires retreaded and to buy scrapped ones."

***  "Today is the last day for enemy aliens to turn their short wave radios and cameras over to police authorities in Roanoke."

Wonder why?

--GreGen


Where the Boys Going?


From the Jan. 2, 2017, Roanoke Times, Va.,  "Looking Back."

1942, 75 Years Ago.

"Publicity on the number of recruits, their names and destinations was halted by the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps recruiting offices here yesterday, with the explanation that such information was considered a military secret."

--GreGen