Among “Wild Bill “ Donovan’s many fascinating friends was Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, the fictional, globe trotting superspy. Donovan’s real-life feats, however, surpassed even Bond’s wildest exploits.
Perhaps no other Irish-American served his country more daringly, yet Donovan’s largely…Continue
Added by Geoffrey Cobb on March 17, 2019 at 9:30am — No Comments
(Edwin O'Hara, loading the 4 inch gun on the SS Stephen Hopkins. By W.M. Wilson, on display at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.)
For them there are no big parades,
No heroes' welcome gay,
No uniforms, and no applause
To cheer them on…
It was 1948, and as the military half-track drove through the Beit Netofa Valley, at the village of Madna in Galilee, shots rang out. One Israeli soldier was killed and another was hit in the head. A sniper had zeroed in on the men and was picking them off one by one.
Then, one of the half-track’s occupants, a tall,…Continue
Added by David Lawlor on May 11, 2018 at 8:30am — No Comments
Noel Brady was standing with his father at the hall door of their family home on St. Ignatius Road in Dublin’s North Strand area when they heard the drone of a Nazi Luftwaffe bomber flying overhead.
“I saw flashes in the sky. My father shoved me onto the…Continue
* Discovering that the cook at Gardner Field in Taft, just over the county line of my Central California home, was…Continue
Part 1 of 2, “Getting To Where We Are Going” includes my father's accounts of his first quiet week on the high…Continue
Added by Gerry Regan on December 13, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
No large operation in World War II surpassed the invasion of North Africa in complexity, daring, risk, or -- as the official U.S. Army Air Forces history concludes -- 'the degree of strategic surprise achieved.'
-- Author Rick Atkinson,…