The First Conscientious Objector Medal of Honor Recipient

As we approach the Medal of Honor convention here in Charleston beginning next week, the next in a series on Medal of Honor recipients is one of the most amazing, the story of a conscientious objector who insisted on serving his country without a gun and despite all odds saved the lives of many Americans [...]

The Pacific Miniseries on HBO: Parts 9 and 10

Part Nine: The largest land battle of the Pacific begins on the island of Okinawa, 01 April 1945. Eugene Sledge and his Marine buddies for the first time encounter large numbers of civilians in the battle zone. Watching soldiers, enemy and friendly, die is hard enough, and now women and children enter the mix. War [...]

August Volunteer Profile – Jim Morrow at Tarawa and his Okinawa monkey story

Our August volunteer profile is on Jim Morrow. Jim grew up in Spartanburg, SC, and joined the United States Marines after high school in 1942. He got on his bus to Parris Island on 07 December, 1942. After PI he went for more training at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from late January 1943 until [...]

The Amazing Fred Fox story!

Sixty four years ago, the Yorktown (CV-10) was engaged in softening up Okinawa for the Army/Marine invasion on 01 April.  On the morning of 26 March, VBF-9 and VT-9 off the “Fighting Lady” were busy bombing, rocketing and strafing Japanese forces at Yontan and Kadena airfields on Okinawa. After two passes hitting targets at Yontan, [...]

Japanese bomb and Ghost bomb strike Yorktown!!!

Sixty four years ago on 18 March while conducting operations off Okinawa, the USS Yorktown (CV-10) was struck by a Japanese bomb at 1507 (3:07 PM) when a Judy dive bomber came out of the clouds dead ahead of the ship. The bomb struck on the starboard (right) side of the signal bridge on the [...]

March Volunteer Profile – Dick Whitaker

Our March volunteer profile is on PFC (Private First Class) Dick Whitaker. Upon his graduation from high school in Saugerites, New York, in 1944, the United States Marine Corp gave him an amazing senior trip. He first travelled to the posh resort of Parris Island, SC, when he received basic training. Upon completion Dick travelled [...]