Hey Bob.. I remember, while attending college on the GI Bill, being broke most of the time, spending hours in the University Library thumbing thru every edition of Life Magazine ever published up to that time, the mid 1950s. I recall viewing an aerial photo of the hometown of one of those National Guard Units (it might have been the group from Janesville, Wisconsin, but not sure) with each house of its members (or as many of them as possible)marked/labeled and the relationships of many of its members described, i.e., the guy living in this house married to the sister of the guy living in the house across the street, etc. That kind of thing, showing just how intertwined these National Guard guys were to each other and their families. It was great human interest stuff, pertaining to these men who would shortly go into the POW pens if not already there or worse yet, KIA. I can't remember if this particular issue of Life hit the news stands prior to the fall of Bataan or afterward. Whatever, it kinda "grabbed" at you, not knowing the fate of these men, who all left their hometowns and sailed to the far reaches of the Pacific to an unknown fate. Just thought I would throw this tidbit out there.
There is a searchable Life magazine site on the internet somewhere. Was there a few years ago so it may not still be up and running but it was searchable by "keyword" and I found some good stories and photos. What stories and photos...I don't remember now. I'm having trouble with my brain cells working in conjunction with each other these golden years of my retirement. I do understand your sentiment about the the interactions of these soldiers before, during and after the war. The atrocities they endured and witnessed were burned into their minds eye forever. If it weren't for the fact that a great majority of these men could not not bear to write about their experiences, there would be a more informed public and the history of the Battle for the Philippines would have filled thousand of more pages of history. My father could not bear to speak of his involvement much less write about it to any extent without bringing those memories to life and dragging him down.
Post by Karl Welteke on Jan 4, 2019 11:49:23 GMT 8
Half hour lecture on the Tank Battalions on Luzon 1941/42
I thought it was very interesting and copied it. It was send to me by my friend Tomas Tria Tirona who has contributed to this forum. He wrote the below:
Glad to know you're okay in this stormy weather.
Major Nicholas Moran, US Army tanker and an adviser for the game World of Tanks by Wargaming made the following video
on the early tank battle in Luzon on the opening days of WW2. I reckon this has been discussed in-depth at the Corregidor forum and you know much of the subject already. Still, sharing this as you might find interesting on it.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!
Z264. Tomas Tria Tirona and I at Balangiga on the 15th Dec 2018 for the Balangiga Church Bells Handover Ceremony.
EXO: There are a disturbing number of applicants for membership who are not reading the rules. As a result, members who have not made a relevant post within 3 months will be deleted, on the grounds they are "bots".
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JackJensen: I came across my father's name - Capt. Paul Jensen - who was with the CIC, on the forum. I'm hoping to find more, though it appears that his area - Sicily, North Africa - was not the focus of the board. So, I'm not sure how much I can contribute.
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