Archive for April, 2013

The Heroes of Okinawa

April 11, 2013

IWO Beach Landing

Over the years you’ve heard talk about Camp Dale M. Hansen on Okinawa but how many of you know whom Dale M. Hansen was?

Or how about Henry A. Courtney or Elbert L. Kinser and why it’s important that should we remember them?

Well besides being Marines who fought and died in the Battle for Okinawa, (Apr-Jun 1945), these three individuals joined eight other Marines into the solemn brotherhood of Medal of Honor winners. …And I thought that you all might like a chance to read about their bravery, valor and determination to accomplish the mission at all costs.

Of the 11 Marines who were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Battle of Okinawa, only 2 survived their trial(s) by fire. I realize that is a very high price to pay but in many ways these Marines continue to live on as Camps Hansen, Courtney, Kinser, Schwab, McTureous and Foster.

The attached file contains the Medal of Honor Citations for these Heroes and if you can, please take the time to read each one of them as we conclude our eight days of honoring the 67th Anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa and remember that if weren’t for the self-sacrifice of exceptional young men like these, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the freedoms that we have today.

Lest We Forget,

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Original Photographs from the Civil War Era

April 4, 2013

Please read the instructions before viewing…These pictures are very profound. It is fortunate that these photos have survived. Most probably a million wet plate photos were made during the civil war on glass plate.Popular during the war, they lost their appeal afterwards and so many were sold for the glass. Many were used in green houses. Over the years the sun caused the images to disappear.

These are pretty amazing considering they were taken over 150 years ago: A compendium of photos from era of the War Between the States. Run the cursor over the photograph and the picture caption will pop up. Click photo to enlarge and read the rest of the caption.

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