Tag Archives: Army

D-day Photo Montage

Just a few quick photos of the preparations for, execution of, and aftermath of the D-Day invasion (Operation Overlord) June 6, 1944.  Thank you for your sacrifice.

Thanksgiving For The Troops – Part 2 (Repost)

Earlier I did a brief post on thanking our veterans this season.  I thought I’d continue the theme today with our serving soldiers.

Warbirds – B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber

August 19th marks the anniversary of the 1940 first flight of the storied B-25 Mitchell bomber.  Named for pioneering military aviator General Billy Mitchell, nearly 10,000 of these Warbirds were built.  Variations included medium bomber, weather reconnaissance, ground attack, anti-submarine warfare, and VIP transport.

During WWII, Mitchells would see service all over the globe.  The skies over Europe, the Middle East, Italy, and the Far East would be darkened by the B-25 thousands and thousands of times.  Air Forces that would fly this aircraft would include the U.S Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, British, Canadian, Australian, Dutch, Soviet, Chinese, Brazilian, and Free French.

In the war in Europe, Mitchells supported ground troops from the Battle of El Alamein to D-Day.  After the successful landings in Normandy, squadrons of B-25s would be relocated to airfields in France and Belgium to support forces as they fought towards Berlin.

But, this Warbird earned her greatest fame with the daring Doolittle Raid of Tokyo on April 18, 1942.  16 aircraft took off from the pitching and rolling deck of the USS Hornet (CV-8) over 700 miles from the Japanese mainland.  They delivered their payloads without loss and then proceeded towards China with hopes of reaching safe territory.  Running low on fuel, most of the craft ditched.  Some of the crew were killed while others were taken prisoner by the Japanese.  All were considered heroes for having taken the war to the Japanese – shattering their invincible self-image.  The story of the Doolittle raid was made into the film Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo starring Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson and Robert Mitchum.

Original footage of the 1942 Doolittle Tokyo Air Raid.

Another notable incident in the Mitchell’s history is the 1945 Empire State Building crash.  On July 28, 1945, a B-25D on a personnel run from Boston flew into the building in heavy fog.  The three crew and 11 others died in the crash.  This incident led to the decision to engineer the World Trade Center to withstand the impact of a Boeing 707.  Unfortunately, the aircraft that hit the towers on September 11, 2001 had significantly higher masses and were travelling much faster than the 1960’s simulations took into account.

Specifications, history, and details of the Doolittle Raid in this video.

Archive video footage of the Doolittle Raid.

Lost and Found – July 9th Edition

What to remember about July 9th…

  • 1776  Declaration of Independence read aloud to George Washington’s troops in New York
  • 1850  President Zachary Taylor dies unexpectedly and is succeeded by Vice President Millard Fillmore
  • 1868  14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is adopted; guarantees citizenship to African-Americans
  • 1900  Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act becomes law; will go into effect the following January 1
  • 1943  Allied forces begin invasion of Sicily; Operation Husky
  • 1945  American author Dean Koontz born in Everett, Pennsylvania
  • 1947  Florence Blanchfield is appointed lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army; 1st American women to hold permanent military rank
  • 1956  American actor Tom Hanks born in Concord, California
  • 1971  U.S. hands responsibility for the DMZ to Vietnamese troops
  • 1981  Nintendo releases to the public its Donkey Kong video game

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Lost and Found – June 15th Edition

What to remember about June 15th…

  • 1775  Assembly of Lower Counties of Pennsylvania declares independence from Britain forming state of Delaware
  • 1775  George Washington accepts command of Continental Army
  • 1836  Arkansas admitted to the Union as its 25th state
  • 1863  As General Lee’s Confederates move towards Washington, D.C., President Lincoln calls for 100,000 volunteers to defend the city
  • 1864  Union Army bypasses Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia to attack Petersburg; leads to the eventual fall of Richmond
  • 1877  Former slave Henry Ossian Flipper becomes 1st African-American graduate from the United States Military Academy
  • 1916  National charter signed establishing Boy Scouts of America
  • 1917  Congress passes the Espionage Act
  • 1942  Deportation of Jews from Netherlands begins; approximately 101,000 sent to death camps;  Anne Frank will be among them
  • 1944  U.S. forces begin landings for the invasion of Saipan
  • 1994  Ruth Bader Ginsburg sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

Happy 241st Birthday To The United States Army

In recognition of all those who have served, supported, or are still a part of the United States Army, the Clockwork Conservative offers a hearty “thank you”, our best wishes, and heartfelt prayers.  Happy birthday!

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For more on the history of the United States Army, you can visit their official history pages here.

Lost and Found – June 14th Edition

What to remember about June 14th…

  • 1775  Continental Army created by act of the Continental Congress
  • 1777  Stars and Stripes adopted as the official flag of the United States by resolution of the Continental Congress
  • 1846  California Republic declares its independence from Mexico
  • 1864  Congress grants equal pay to colored troops; is retroactive
  • 1877  1st Fag Day holiday observed on 100th anniversary of flag
  • 1940  French government flees; German troops occupy Paris
  • 1947  Suspected UFO crashes near Roswell, New Mexico; theories persist about spaceship wreckage, alien corpses, and government cover ups
  • 1954  President Eisenhower signs bill into law adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance
  • 1982 Great Britain accepts Argentinian surrender in Falklands War
  • 1985  Islamic terrorist members of Hamas hijack TWA Flight 847 after take off from Cairo; U.S. Navy diver executed; hostages kept for 2 weeks
  • 1995  American fiction author Roger Zelazny dies in Santa Fe, NM (b. 1937)
  • 2004  SCOTUS in 8-0 decision refuses to strike words “under God” from Pledge of Allegiance in Nedow v. United States Congress

Lost and Found – June 10th Edition

What to remember about June 10th…

  • 1692  Bridget Bishop is the 1st to be hung for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1752  Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm
  • 1775  John Adams suggests to Continental Congress that forces surrounding Boston become Continental Army
  • 1850  Millard Fillmore sworn-in as 13th President of the United States after sudden death of President Zachary Taylor on June 9th
  • 1854  1st class graduates from United States Naval Academy
  • 1898  U.S. Marines invade Cuba unopposed and raise the American flag over Guantanamo Bay during Spanish-American War
  • 1915  Girls Scouts formed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1935  Alcoholics Anonymous founded in Akron, Ohio
  • 1943  FDR signs bill allowing tax withholding
  • 1940  Italy declares war on France and Great Britain; Norway surrenders to Germany
  • 1953  President Eisenhower rejects isolationism in speech declaring U.S. commitment to combating communism worldwide
  • 1964  Cloture invoked for 1st time on any civil rights bill; Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL) ends 57-day filibuster by Democrats opposed to Act
  • 1967  Israel and Syria agree to a cease-fire; Six-Days War ends
  • 1977  Assassin convicted in death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. James Earl Ray escapes from Brushy Mountain Penitentiary
  • 1988  American author of Western fiction Louis L’Amour dies(b. 1908)
  • 2003  NASA launches a Delta II rocket carrying Mars rover Spirit
  • 2004 Musician/singer/songwriter Ray Charles dies in Beverly Hills (b. 1930)

D-day Photo Montage

Just a few quick photos of the preparations for, execution of, and aftermath of the D-Day invasion (Operation Overlord) June 6, 1944.  Thank you for your sacrifice.

Lost and Found – April 28th Edition

What to remember about April 28th…

  • 1758  Founding Father,  U.S. Senator, Governor of Virginia, and future 5th President James Monroe is born in Virginia (d. 1831)
  • 1788  Maryland becomes 7th state to Ratify the U.S. Constitution
  • 1789  Captain William Bligh and 18 loyal crew of HMS Bounty set adrift in small, open boat in middle of the Pacific; Fletcher Christian leads mutiny
  • 1945  Fascist dictator of Italy Benito “Il Duce” Mussolini and his mistress are caught and killed by partisans while they flee for Switzerland
  • 1952  United States ends its post-WWII occupation of Japan in accordance with 1951 Treaty of San Francisco
  • 1965  President Lyndon Johnson orders 22,000 troops to join forces from Organization of American States in installing stable government in chaotic Dominican Republic amid fears nation could go the way of Cuba
  • 1967  Muhammad Ali refuses to be drafted into the U.S. Army and is stripped of heavyweight title; cites Muslim faith in objection to service
  • 2001  American engineer Dennis Tito becomes 1st “space tourist” when he goes into orbit with Soyuz TM-32; spends 8 days aboard International Space Station for bargain price of $20 million
  • 2011  Phillip and Nancy Garrido plead guilty in kidnapping of 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard; she was held captive in their back yard for 18 years