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Warren Mills, USN was a motor mechanic on PT boats in the Pacific theater of Operations. These boats had three 1,500 horse power engines on them. Warren tells about loosing all power with his PT boat dead in the water and a Kamikaze plane diving right at him. The boat was hit killing the Capt. and the XO when it hit right where they were standing.
Stories from WWII German SoldiersHere is some information regarding German soldiers who fought in WWII. Many people have been asking questions on Twitter about the German soldiers so here is a little insight that I hope you find helpful.
German Soldiers of WWII
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Answer: Much of the reason for Hitler's rise to power in Germany during the 1930's was the terrible economic conditions in the country at that time, largely resulting from the first World War. The German currency had lost virtually all of its value when Hitler captured the spotlight and won over the people with his vision for Germany's return to power. Watch the video for the whole story.
We are losing so many of these fine men every day, the youngest that would have been old enough to see much combat is about 83 now and the oldest that I have scheduled to appear is 93. About 400,000 of these men died so that we could continue to have many of the freedoms that all too many of us take for granted. The public needs to know of their sacrifices in battle both in the European and Pacific theaters of operations, as well as the men and women on the home front that worked so hard to keep the fighting men supplied with war material as well as keep their morale up with the horrors that they faced repeatedly for nearly four years, many of them never got back to the US for three and a half years.
All programs are on Saturdays at 10am at the First United Methodist Church at 275 W. Michigan Ave. directly across the street from the Carnegie Branch Library. They are free to the public with coffee and rolls provided.
August 1st - Mr. Colin McKinzie was at Pearl Harbor on Dec.7th 1941 aboard the Battleship Pennsylvania (pictured right) manning a gun; he was wounded and hospitalized for four months. He was also at Normandy on the destroyer USS Thompson on June 6th 1944 (D-DAY).
Sept 12th - Dr. Eugene Bleil who was an Army Air Corp mechanic stationed in the Philippine Islands when the Japanese attacked the Philippines on the same day they attacked Pearl Harbor. He was pressed into the Infantry with 15 minutes of Infantry training, given a WW I rifle and fought valiantly until all the men WERE surrendered four months later to stop a total slaughter. He then endured the 60 mile DEATH MARCH OF BAATAN, he was taken as a "Guest of the Emperor of Japan" as a POW for three and a half years, weighing as little as 85 lbs.
Oct. 3rd - Jackson resident Donald Goss was in the 29th Infantry Division and landed at Omaha Beach at 9:30 am on June 6th 1944 (D-DDay) where he fought in the Hedgerow country. Mr. Goss was shot by a sniper about two weeks later.
Oct. 17th - Lt. Col. Charles Cooke, 8th Air Force. Col. Cooke flew 30 missions as a B-17 pilot over Germany and Europe. Also Oct. 17th, Ber Seitz, a Ball turret gunner crewman on a B-24 bomber that flew 35 missions over Germany and Europe.
Nov. 7th - Jackson resident Mrs. Amy Bakker, lived on Java in Indonesia with two small children while her husband Paul was taken prisoner by the Japanese and forced to work on the Death Railway also called the Burma, Thailand Railroad project or commonly called the "The Bridge on the River Kwai" from a movie with William Holden in 1958. She had to keep her family together under Japanese rule as a 21 year old woman alone for about 5yrs before she and Paul who did survive the Death Camps were able to reunite with each other.
If you have any questions my phone is 783-0761 or my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org or my blog at worldwar2intheirownwords.blogspot.com to view photos and more information on programs or to converse about World War II in general.
POW's wife to speak at Jackson church about World War II experiences
Hello my name is Larry Martin, I am the coordinator for the WWII program thru the Jackson District Library and I would like to tell you something about our October 3rd program.
The veterans name is Mr. Don Goss (Pictured Below), Don was a infantryman in the 29 Div. he went into Omaha Beach at 0930 on 6 June 1944 in Normandy commonly known as D-Day. The troups that had hit Omaha beach at 0630 was the 1st Infantry div. one of the men that landed at 0630 was a actor named Charles Durning who plays a ongoing role on Everybody Loves Ramond, Mr. Durning plays the Catholic Priest on several shows. For those of you who know of the Slaughter at Malmady Mr Durning was one of a handful of soldiers that survived the slaughter.
Mr Goss broke into sobbing when he related his landing to me in 2007, when he spoke of his landing craft running over the dead soldiers from the first attack at 0630. Omaha beach was a killing field, the Germans under General Irwin Romel (The Desert Fox) had had several years to build up their defenses and they did. Mr. Goss fought thru the Hedgerow country before being shot by a sniper. He was hospitalized for 19 months.
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Pictured above: Don Goss and Robert O'Brian
D-Day - 29th Division Infantryman
Landed in Normandy, France June 6th, 1944