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Photo of the Day – 03/07/17 (“Soap Shopping”, 1942)

Daily Photo — “Soap Shopping, 1943”

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May 1942. “Greenbelt, Maryland. Father and son shopping in the cooperative store.” Photo by Marjory Collins for the Resettlement Administration. 

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Posted by on March 7, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 02/03/17 (“Handy Helpers for Defense”, 1942)

Daily Photo — “Handy Helpers for Defense, 1942”

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These young men are collecting paper and what look like tin cans (I am sure at other times had collected other items as well) for a scrap drive. Most of these items were reused or recycled to support the American war effort in World War II.

May 1942. Southington, Connecticut. “Boys collecting paper and metal for scrap drive.” Photo by Fenno Jacobs for the Office of War Information. 

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Posted by on February 3, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 01/31/17 (“Wehrmacht Snowball Fight”, 1944)

Daily Photo — “Wehrmacht Snowball Fight, 1944”

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Another in the “things you don’t expect to see out of Nazi Germany” category.  Young Wehrmacht soldiers awaiting deployment to the front lines taking a few minutes to let loose and have a friendly battle in a French train yard..

1944. France. “Wehrmacht soldiers having a snowball fight in a train yard awaiting deployment”.  Life Magazine

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Posted by on January 31, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 01/12/17 (“Hitler Youth”, 1938)

Daily Photo — “Hitler Youth, 1938”

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When you think of the horrors of Nazi Germany and everything it, and the Hitler Youth represented, it’s hard to remember that for these kids, it was just like being in the Boy Scouts.  I can easily see these same faces camping in a tent in BSA uniforms.  It also makes one wonder how many of these smiling boys survived the next seven years.

1938. Stuttgart, Germany. “Von der 6. Reichstagung der Auslandsdeutschen (Hitler Youth in tent during festivities for the 6th Annual National Days of Foreign Germans).” Photo by Heinrich Hoffmann, Kochstraße 10, Berlin. 

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Posted by on January 12, 2017 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 12/20/16 (“Foxhole Christmas”, 1944)

Daily Photo — “Foxhole Christmas, 1944”

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U.S. Army Sgt. John O’Brien of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania makes a cup of tea in his foxhole beside his makeshift Christmas tree prior to the Allied Roer (Rur) river crossing. Near Düren, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. December 1944. 

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Posted by on December 20, 2016 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 12/12/16 (“Girls in a Boardinghouse”, 1943)

Daily Photo — “Girls in a Boardinghouse, 1943”

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Such a wonderful snapshot and look at a candid life moment of two girls living in a Washington D.C. boardinghouse in the middle of World War II.  Checking out all the small details will definitely keep you busy for a while!

January 1943. Washington, D.C. “Girl in the doorway of her room at a boarding­house.” With photographer Esther Bubley (or sister Enid) front and center. Medium format negative for the Office of War Information. 

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Posted by on December 12, 2016 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 12/09/16 (“G.I. Joey”, 1942)

Daily Photo — “G.I. Joey, 1942”

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Even in the midst of the most harrowing war the world has ever seen, it’s wonderful to see these playful images of our soldiers escaping and enjoying the little things, like a mascot kangaroo, for a little while.

September 10, 1942, somewhere in Australia. “American soldier at advanced allied base with his pet kangaroo.” Photo by John Earl McNeil. 

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Posted by on December 9, 2016 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 11/30/16 (“Paint on Hosiery”, 1940s)

Daily Photo — “Paint on Hosiery, 1940s”

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USA, circa 1940s.  Young women painting black lines on their legs to give the illusion of wearing stockings, since the nylon used to make their stockings have been rationed for the war effort. (Smithsonian Stocking Series

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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Daily Photo

 

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Artwork of the Day – 11/23/16 (Thanksgiving Mother and Son Peeling Potatoes, Norman Rockwell)

Daily Artwork — “Thanksgiving Mother and Son Peeling Potatoes, Norman Rockwell, 1945”

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1945 — Thanksgiving Mother and Son Peeling Potatoes.  Oil paint on canvas. Regionalism styles. Norman Rockwell (1880-1946). Private Collection.
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Posted by on November 23, 2016 in Daily Art

 

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ARC Review – John F. Kennedy and PT-109 by Richard Tregaskis

John F. Kennedy and PT-109

John F. Kennedy and PT-109 by Richard Tregaskis. November 15, 2016. Open Road Media, 191 p. $9.99 ASIN: B01LVZ9SFI.

“From the bestselling author of Guadalcanal Diary: The thrilling true story of the future president’s astonishing act of heroism during World War II.

In the early morning hours of August 2, 1943, US Navy motor torpedo boat PT-109 patrolled the still, black waters of Blackett Strait in the Solomon Islands. Suddenly, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri loomed out of the darkness, bearing directly down on the smaller ship. There was no time to get out of the way—the destroyer crashed into PT-109, slicing the mosquito boat in two and setting the shark-infested waters aflame with burning gasoline. Ten surviving crewmembers and their young skipper clung to the wreckage, their odds of survival growing slimmer by the instant.

Lt. John F. Kennedy’s first command was an unqualified disaster. Yet over the next three days, the privileged son of a Boston multimillionaire displayed extraordinary courage, stamina, and leadership as he risked his life to shepherd his crew to safety and coordinate a daring rescue mission deep in enemy territory. Lieutenant Kennedy earned a Navy and Marine Corps Medal and a Purple Heart, and the story of PT-109 captured the public’s imagination and helped propel the battle-tested veteran all the way to the White House.

Acclaimed war correspondent Richard Tregaskis—who once beat out the future president for a spot on the Harvard University swim team—brings this remarkable chapter in American history to vivid life in John F. Kennedy and PT-109. From the crucial role torpedo boats played in the fight for the Solomon Islands to Kennedy’s eager return to the front lines at the helm of PT-59, Tregaskis tells the full story of this legendary incident with the same riveting style and meticulous attention to detail he brought to Guadalcanal Diary and Invasion Diary.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Richard Tregaskis including rare images from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming. — Publisher’s Description

 

From history classes and documentaries I was definitely familiar with John F. Kennedy and in a cursory way familiar with his naval career, especially as it related to action with PT-109.  Until reading this book, however, I was unaware of the full story of not only Kennedy’s service, but of the PT boat program as a whole.

Richard Tregaskis is perhaps best known for his gripping account Guadalcanal Diary, but I had been unaware that he also wrote several more WWII histories, this one in particular.  First published in 1962 during the Kennedy administration, John F. Kennedy and PT-109 serves to highlight the military career and heroism of who was then the sitting President of the United States.  Tregaskis seems to have written it through that lens, as there is very little that does not paint JFK in the most glowing light, and honestly, I can see why.  The calm and poise he seemed to show throughout the harrowing days after the sinking of PT-109 and his efforts to save himself and his crew are second to none.

As for Tregaskis’ account, it is very methodical to say the least.  He does an excellent job painting the scene, not only of a young Lt. Kennedy’s military career up to that fateful day in 1943, but how he came to be in the Pacific Theater and on a PT boat specifically.  We are walked through step by step the young officer’s entry to naval service while at the same time learning about the development and implementation of the little PT boats that served so heroically in the war.  Tregaskis had taken very little liberty with the facts surrounding events and this makes John F. Kennedy and PT-109 a good piece of source material for research on this subject.

My only real knocks on this text is that first, because of the methodical nature of the prose I was not as gripped in the story or held in suspense as much as I would have liked to be.  I had trouble imagining myself serving there alongside Kennedy and really experiencing the danger and horror and fear that must have swept over each crew member (whether they would have admitted it or not) after their boat was lost.  This could also be in part because I knew how it would all turn out in the end!  My second fault was the lack of maps, diagrams, and pictures about Kennedy and his PT boat and crew.  I am not sure if this is a feature of just my copy, or is the final publication will have these items.  As a visual learner, I would have enjoyed reading much more if I was able to see and experience these within the text or as an insert, rather than looking elsewhere.  Overall these are not enough to dissuade me from recommending John F. Kennedy and PT-109 to anyone interested in the subject matter and I would consider this as a possible addition to my high school library collection.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Open Road Media for the opportunity to read and review John F. Kennedy and PT-109.

Three of Five Stars

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Posted by on November 18, 2016 in Reviews

 

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