It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the passing of my good friend, WWII veteran Glenn Christians. He was 95 years old. Mr. Christians served in the US Navy as a signalman aboard ships crossing the Atlantic. He was sunk three times by German U-Boats but miraculously survived. He was also part of a secret operation to deliver ammunition and supplies to the French Resistance. On that mission, he was the sole survivor. ➖
For the sacrifices he made during the war, the government of France awarded him the Legion of Honor.
His stories and memory will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace…
Listen to his interview and learn more about his service:
Today you would have been 101... You are missed dearly. We wish you were with us to guide us, and continue to teach...“Brave Men Stand Ready..” A scholar, an engineer, an entrepreneur, a father, a husband, but most of all ..a loving grandfather. #missyousomuch#navyman#greatestgeneration#Popop @coddyjohnson @lisiemk @mauchin86 @leeleeauch @penelopen68 @kelleyjboyd @wise.sheila
With the event just around the corner, we’ve decided to giveaway one of this years Coast Guard themed Remembering WWII T-Shirts!!
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We will stop taking entries Wednesday the 26th @ midnight, and the winner will be announced on Thursday!
World War II history on my fall reading list. 📚 Double Threat (New Jewish Press) details the contribution of Canada's Jews to the war effort. Fighting to Lose (Dundurn) discusses how German spies actually helped the Allies win the war. #WWII#greatestgeneration#lestweforget#fallreadinglist
This medal was awarded to all surviving merchant mariners in 1992 by the Russian government for bringing food and suppliers into the northern cities of Mermansk and Archangel. These supplies helped our Russian allies survive the fight with Hitler and the Nazis. This route was incredibly dangerous as it passed Germany and was heavily mined. My grandfather’s ship hit a mine and went down. He was picked up by a French ship and dropped in Scotland. 50 years later when the Cold War ended the Russian government recognized the sacrifice of the U.S. Merchant Marines that sailed on this route. The ceremony was held in Baltimore on the last surviving Liberty ship from the war. #greatestgeneration#wwiihistory#merchantmarine#merchantmarineacademy#merchantmariners#remember#wwii
WWII watch strap. All of my straps are able to fit traditional watches as well as 38, 40, 42, 44mm apple watches as well. With an apple watch strap purchase you will receive the adapters that are needed as well to connect to your apple watch ⌚️
I had the privilege of sitting down with another American hero this morning, Korean War veteran, Doug Jones. Mr. Jones grew up dirt poor, in Alabama, during a time of great racial discrimination. Despite the obstacles in his life, he graduated high school and joined the recently desegregated Air Force. He then spent a year in Korea, working in the peninsula’s frigid weather, on aircraft, from 1952 to 1953. “In 1951, I was willing to die for my country”, he said. “Today, I am still willing to die for my country.” Overcoming poverty, war, and unimaginable discrimination, Doug Jones is a true American, and hero, in every sense of the word! #korea#koreanwar#hero#veteran#airforce#jimcrow#patriot#hero#army#koreanconflict#american#history#ww2#wwii#greatestgeneration
That dude in the purple shirt is Ssgt Gene Tabbot, US Army Air Corps. He was a C47 crew chief and flew in the China/Burma/India theater during WWII. The stories are insane. In. Sane. Honored to spend some time with him. #greatestgeneration#WWII#ArmyAirCorps#C47#Army#Veteran
On this date date in 1944 the 81st Wildcat 323 division was landing on the Ulithi Atoll. I believe it Most likely my grandfather was involved in the landings as part of the 2nd Battalion. Little to no contact was made on these islands and soon they would head to Peleliu. Ulithi was important to us as an anchorage by the navy for future operations staging. Pic from "the 81st infantry Wildcat division "
actual concrete wall section from Utah Beach’s Atlantic Wall...placed by German troops as part of an anti-tank barricade. The pit marks/erosion are from American bullets on D-Day. #greatestgeneration#nola
Für Sie ist der Krieg vorbei (For you, the war is over), words spoken to my grandfather upon capture on 21 May, 1943 when he became a POW.
Days shy of his 22nd birthday one part of the war may have ended, but another was just beginning. #POWMIAday#WWII#8thAirForce#GreatestGeneration
Just a few more pictures from our recent visit to DOCK Preschool for Grandparent Hour. These ladies are a treasure. And the sweet little guy, who helped Ms. Jackie out of the room, was pretty great, too! ❤
We LOVE "Grandparent Hour"--our intergenerational program with DOCK Preschool and Character Kids After school Program. We visit several times a month to read, play, interact and build relationships. Then they visit us to do special activites and service projects. Such a fun and meaningful way to bridge the generations!
Here’s my original vintage inspired “Operation Market Garden” travel poster for the Allied Airborne drop into Holland on September 17th, 1944.
Market Garden was a gamble and perhaps the boldest Allied failure of the war; if it had succeeded it would have shortened the war in Europe. With Dutch bridges in Allied hands, the path into the Northern German Plain would have been open, allowing the British second army to outflank the Siegfried Line and cross into Germany just 20 miles from Arnhem.
Montgomery could have pushed north-east into the Ruhr before the winter and clear a route directly to Berlin, which could have fallen to the western allies rather than the Soviets. The soldiers cry “End the war in 44” could have been reality.
If you’re interested in this design, you can find a link in my bio. Thanks everyone.