My Three Uncles Were War Heroes During WWII.

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Military news…

North Korea fires 8 ballistic missiles off eastern coast, South’s military says
The launches mark the 17th round of missile tests so far this year by North Korea and its first in June.

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NATO begins US-led Baltic Sea naval exercises with Finland, Sweden

NATO kicked off a nearly two-week U.S.-led naval exercise on the Baltic Sea on Sunday with more than 7,000 sailors, airmen and marines from 16 nations.

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Russia hits Kyiv with missiles; Putin warns West on arms

Russian strikes appeared aimed at thwarting the resupplying of Ukrainian fighters, a rising concern in Moscow.

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As war drags on, weary Russians yearn for a return to normal life

The deadening gloom of a long war worries the Kremlin because of the challenge of dragging the population along as sanctions bite, businesses retrench, prices continue to surge and it dawns on people that life may never go back to the way it was.

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Australia says China threatened plane over South China Sea

An incident in international airspace saw a Chinese Air Force J-16 intercept a P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, Australia said.

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Veterans remember Battle of Midway, one of Navy’s greatest victories, 80 years later

Eighty years ago this weekend, a military miracle unfolded. The U.S. Navy ambushed the Japanese fleet at the Battle of Midway and altered the course of World War II.

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D-Day through the eyes of a combat medic in the first wave at Omaha Beach

“I had to push what I was experiencing out of my mind, so I could function the way I was trained to function.”

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I had three uncles who fought in WWII. They were my heroes. It is the main reason I joined the military. I wanted to continue the tradition of my family in the military. My son followed me into the military and retired as a Colonel.

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Each uncle had an important part of the war. My uncle Claude was a Seabee. They put in brides, and roads vital to the advancement of the troops.

My uncle Dwight, was a tanker. He was the lead man in his tank and was the driver. There were three or four guys in his tank. One day he stopped the tank and opened the hatch to get some fresh air into the tank. It turned out to be a huge mistake. A Japanese soldier came along and tossed a grenade into the tank. It instantly killed my uncle’s best friend, and the rest were wounded. My uncle received a Purple Heart for that. He never recovered in his mind from that incident. He took to his grave the feeling of failure by having his best friend killed.

My third uncle Norton was in the infantry. He was fighting in France when his platoon was overrun by the Germans They came through the troops, and if they found anyone alive, they killed them. My uncle played dead, and survived. He was also wounded and received a Purple Heart.

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These three stories are just a few of the stories I share in my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.

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Here is a toll free number that you can call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you, and they will not hang up until they know you are OK.

1-800-273-8255…texting 838255.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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The Navy is eyeing a drone that can fly for a week without refueling

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Military news…

Why the US Army will be ‘vital’ in a fight against China

“Everything that happens, happens on the land … That’s where the problems exist.”

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The Navy is eyeing a drone that can fly for a week without refueling

What comes up can take its sweet time before coming down.

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Sailors are deserting the Navy at a ‘staggering’ rate

“It is much to the dismay of sailors that mental health awareness is such a low priority in today’s Navy.”

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US to send Ukraine more howitzers with new $100 million military aid package
With the additional $100 million, the U.S. has now sent Ukraine a total of $3.9 billion in military aid since Russia invaded the country on Feb. 24.

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Milley speaks with top Russian general days after post-Ukraine invasion call between Austin and Russian defense minister

Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff, held a conversation that the Pentagon declined to further detail beyond acknowledging it had happened.

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Secret Service workers for Biden Asia trip sent home

An agent and an armed physical security specialist were involved in an alcohol-fueled incident that included a heated argument with a taxi driver and led to local law enforcement filing a police report.

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Going to pass on sharing another interview with a veteran, however, on Wednesday i will have one with a Vietnam veteran who has some “Straight,” talk on how it was like for him in the war. Don’t want to miss that, so keep coming back to read more. Better yet…go to the top of this page and click on Subscribe. When you do all future posts will come directly to your inbox.

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Checking in on you. How are you doing? Is everything going OK, or are you struggling?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 14,745 veterans on this site who have your back.

Here is what I am asking you to do…please share this site with as many other veterans as you can. It has helped so many.

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If you are battling mentally, but you are losing, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number that you can call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you, and they will not hang up until they know you are OK.

1-800-273-8255…texting 838255.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Ukrainian strikes against Russian vessels are more than just lucky hits

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Military news…

Soldier who ran into burning helicopter in Vietnam War honored with street name

Sgt. Gary McKiddy was a member of the 1st Squadron, 9th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division, when he was killed in action May 6, 1970, at age 20 in Cambodia after pulling fellow soldier Spc. Jim Skaggs from a burning helicopter.

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The Navy is unprepared to fight in two conflicts at once with current fleet size, the service’s top officer tells senators
The current fleet of about 298 ships “is not sized to handle two simultaneous conflicts,” Adm. Mike Gilday, the chief of naval operations, said during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Ukrainian strikes against Russian vessels are more than just lucky hits

The destruction of at least eight Russian vessels in recent weeks points to an emerging strategic effort to break a Black Sea blockade that is strangling the Ukrainian economy.


North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles off its eastern coast, South’s military says

North Korea launched three short-range ballistic missiles off its eastern coast on Thursday, according to South Korean military officials.

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Finland will apply to join NATO in decision welcomed by US and allies

Finland’s announcement of its intent to join NATO, prompted by Russia’s war on Ukraine, reverses Finland’s quasi-neutral status, which dates to the Cold War.

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US intelligence officials warn of prolonged war in Ukraine as Russia expands territorial goals
Fighting in Ukraine will be “significant” in the coming months as Russian President Vladimir Putin sets his sights beyond conquering the eastern Donbas region to building a land bridge across the entire Ukrainian Black Sea coast, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Here is another “interview” with WWII veteran. I sat down to interview him, and after the first question, he never stopped talking.

I sat down with WWII veteran Bob Kosta, who is still alive at 97 years old recently, and had a very pleasant surprise. After I asked him one question, he talked for an hour about his experiences:

What rank did you have?

CPL.

I was sent to France to fight in the war with Germany. On the way there our ship’s propellers broke down, and we were dead in the water. There were German subs in the area. We were very lucky to get the propellers fixed before we were spotted. (Near death experience # 1)

Once we landed we pushed our way into the center of France.

While we were maneuvering we came across a cave full of Russian lady’s, who were hiding from the Germans. If they would have been found, they all would have been killed. We got them to safety.

Then at another spot we were pinned down by enemy fire. A buddy and I could only find one spot to hunker down. It was in a furrow. Whereas trenches are over six feet deep. a furrow is only about 12 inches deep, so some of your body was still sticking up. My buddy and I figured we were goners at that time.

Then we heard some equipment making noise behind us. It was two tanks. They came over the top of both of us and they opened the hatch and pulled us in. (Near Death Experience # 2.)

Then we came to some concentration camps. One was full of military people. We set them free. We also came to another centration camp full of Jews. We set them free too.

At another time our vehicle was lost. We tried to find our convoy, and saw one up ahead that we got in behind a followed. After a while we realized it was a German convoy, and exited left. (Near death experience # 3)

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Talk about a wild ride! Bob is a hero in my book. A true greatest generation person. Come back often, because I have at least two other WWII interviews. The both had near death experiences as well. Better yet…go to the top of this page and click on Subscribe. When you all future posts will come directly to you inbox.

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This Military Appreciation Month, I hope you will take an extra minute to recognize the sacrifices made by our Nation’s service members.

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Checking in on you. How are you doing? Is everything going OK, or are you struggling?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 14,700 veterans on this site who have your back.

Here is what I am asking you to do…please share this site with as many other veterans as you can. It has helped so many.

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If you are battling mentally, but you are losing, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number that you can call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you, and they will not hang up until they know you are OK.

1-800-273-8255…texting 838255.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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