World War II

Women’s History Month: Oveta Culp Hobby

“Journalist, Business Leader, Public Servant”   Oveta Culp Hobby (1905-1995) was one of most recognized women of the 1940s through the 1980s. Born in 1905 in Killeen, Bell County, Texas, by the age of 25 she had earned a law degree and was both the Assistant City Attorney in Houston and the parliamentarian of the  Texas House of Representatives. But …Continue reading →


Women’s History Month: The “Six-Triple-Eight” WWII Battalion

One thing a deployed soldier, sailor, marine, or airman looks forward to is “mail call.” Receiving letters from home is the biggest morale booster known to military men and women.  Before World War II, mail was mostly handled on an individual basis.  But the two-theater Second Great War brought mobilization on a scale never before seen. And “mail call” became …Continue reading →


Port Chicago: Tragedy and Travesty

[We were about to board the California Zephyr in Sacramento for the beginning of our Grand Genealogy Journey. But first, for the occasion of the third edition of the Carnival of African-American Genealogy, let’s backtrack in time and distance. The theme of the Carnival is “They served with honor~In Memoriam~African-Americans in the Military, 1914-1953.”  Here, we follow the route of …Continue reading →


Womens History Month: Womens Airforce Service Pilots

Adapted and updated from “Memorial Day 2009” which first appeared simultaneously at GeneaBlogie and The Peripatetic Graveyard Rabbit on May 25, 2009. If you haven’t been to Arlington, Virginia in the last several years, you may not recognize the two memorials shown above.  The top one is the “Women in Military Service for America” memorial and it stands near the …Continue reading →

OFF Opens Their WWII Collection Free To The Public During December

I’ve been a fan of since they opened.  I was very pleased to learn about their “interactive USS Arizona Memorial.” And that along with the rest of their World War II collection will be free for the rest of the month of December. Here’s the press release: Lindon, UT – December 7, 2009 – In honor of Pearl Harbor …Continue reading →


Memorial Day 2009

(click for larger image) If you haven’t been to Arlington Cemetery in the last several years, you may not recognize the memorial shown above.  It is the “Women in Military Service for America” memorial and it stands near the gate of the cemetery. The women’s memorial is intended to recall all women who gave their lives in military service.   But …Continue reading →


Should Newspaper Be Publishing “Love Letters”?

We’ve been discussing the publication of a number of “love letters” from a World War II sailor to his wife back home in San Francisco.  The letters from Claude Everett Dawson to his wife Nadine Henry Dawson were discovered in a trash bin in Grass Valley, Nevada County, California, a Sierra foothills community.   The local newspaper, The Union, has published …Continue reading →


Update: An Attempted Act of Genealogical Kindness

The Union, a newspaper published in Grass Valley, Nevada County, California (about 48.6 miles north of the GeneaBloggcast Center, according to Google Maps) continues its series on the World War II letters from a sailor to his wife back home. A number of folks have volunteered to try to find an appropriate relative to whom the letters might be given. …Continue reading →


An Attempted Act of Genealogical Kindness

On Wednesday, Randy Seaver posted this item about the discovery of some love letters between a Navy man and his wife during World War II.  Seems the letters were found in a trash can at a thrift store  in Grass Valley, California, about 50 miles north of my location.   The letters came from Claude Dawson in the South Pacific to …Continue reading →


An American Hero: Master Sgt Woodrow W. Keeble

Section 563 of the NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FY 2008, signed into law on 28 January 2008 reads as follows: (a) . WAIVER OF TIME LIMITATIONS—Notwithstanding the time limitations specified in section 3744 oftitle 10, United States Code, or any other time limitation with respect to the awarding of certain medals to persons who served in the Armed Forces, …Continue reading →

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