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A Myth Concerning Custer and The Little Big Horn

A Myth Concerning Custer and The Little Big Horn

As a kid I was enthralled by a movie titled Winchester 73. Apparently, my father was too because later in life he began to collect Winchesters including two Model 73s that are worth some money today. (Model 73 refers to the year 1873 and the model’s first year of production.)   Trailer for Winchester 73 […]

Who was Gunther Grunau?

Who was Gunther Grunau?

The above picture on the left shows Gunther Gronau at age 14 holding an American flag. The picture on the right shows Mr. Gronau in 1939. This side-by-side picture and most of the ones below appeared in the July 24th issue of Life Magazine. The pictures were not part of a feature article that Life […]

Who was Private Charles E. Teed?

Who was Private Charles E. Teed?

I’m back with another “history stuff” blog entry that I got from Life Magazine. The issues I possess are a treasure trove of Americana (late 1930’s) through the war years when Life was fully dedicated to the war effort. The US military drafted 3,033,361 men in 1942. In 1943 slightly more were drafted but 1942-43 […]

Okinawa Kamikaze story

Originally posted on Pacific Paratrooper:
This is an odd story that involves a flight instructor, his family, and a single-minded request. The whole thing was so strange, in fact, that the Japanese government censored it at the time. Hajime Fujii was born on August 30, 1915, in Ibaraki Prefecture as the oldest of seven children.…

Killing the Custer Myth

Killing the Custer Myth

Thousands of rounds of ammunition were fired into the tents of the sleeping Indians and when it was over 173 men, women and children had been massacred.

A Rapist and Murderer Hanged, 1937

A Rapist and Murderer Hanged, 1937

This is the face of the worst kind of criminal-the kind whose acts turn civilized men and women into lynch mobs. It belongs to commonplace-looking men who move unmolested through the streets of U.S. cities.

New Cars for 1940!

New Cars for 1940!

“Hitler sure made a mistake fighting us. Every kid from age 14 on knows how to drive a car or a truck. We are a nation on wheels!” (line in a movie from a US tank driver somewhere in France in 1944.) As a kid I think I watched every World War 2 movie ever […]