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  • honordads 9:00 am on 05/26/2015 Permalink
    Tags: D-Day, , history,   

    Family traces father’s military journey through World War II

    Polisano Snyder first suggested to her sister the idea of retracing her father’s steps through Europe in 2013. As she uncovered more information, they both became more enthusiastic about the idea.

    There is a growing trend of Americans going to Europe to visit one of the 14 overseas cemeteries related to World War II, said Tim Nosal, chief of public affairs for the American Battle Monuments Commission, based in Virginia. 

    “It’s a little bit more affordable (traveling to Europe),” said Nosal. And the 70th anniversary of D-Day last year and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe this year have kindled people’s interest. “People are looking more into family history.” 

    Polisano Snyder said that for her, the trip would be part of her healing process. “I just want to be there and feel my father’s presence,” she said. “I think I’m going to feel my father’s presence. I want to honor him — not just him, but honor all the soldiers that fought in that war and gave us our freedom.”

    Good that a few are learning about our history’s heroes.

     
  • honordads 4:44 pm on 03/04/2015 Permalink
    Tags: history, , navy, warfare   

    History: Paul Allen and a team of researchers say they found the wreck of the Japanese battleship Musashi off the Philippines. The study of how she went down in the Battle of Leyte Gulf is now standard fare for naval war colleges around the world.

     
  • honordads 1:11 pm on 02/16/2015 Permalink
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    Art of Manliness Podcast #101: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War With Robert Coram

    John Boyd is one of the greatest military strategists that hardly anyone knows about. Unmatched in the cockpit during the Korean War, his mind was also without rival. He was not simply a warrior of combat, but a warrior-engineer and warrior-philosopher. Boyd wrote “Aerial Attack Study,” which codified the best dogfighting tactics for the first time, helped design the legendary F-15, F-16, and A-10 aircraft, and developed the strategic tool known as the OODA Loop.

    Robert Coram, who wrote Boyd’s biography, argues that the OODA Loop made Boyd “the most influential military thinker since Sun Tzu.” In today’s podcast I talk to Mr. Coram about his book Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War, and about the life and career of this fascinating warrior-philosopher and what we can learn from him on how to be better men.

     
  • honordads 8:56 am on 12/15/2014 Permalink
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    Japan re-elects Abe. Will this mean a bigger (and less fettered) Japanese self defense force? 

    By the way, here’s the interesting history behind how we wrote their constitution:

    And one morning I came in…, it was ten a.m. and General Whitney [head of the government section] called us into a meeting room. It was too small for all of us. Some of us had to stand because there were about 25 of us. And he said, “You are now a constituent assembly.” You can imagine how we felt. “And you will write the Japanese constitution. You will write a draft and it will have to be done in a week.” Well, I mean, we were stunned of course. But, on the other hand, when you’re in the army and you get an order, you just do it. You just go ahead.

    In a very real way, MacArthur was the father of the Japanese government. We did this in Germany too, which essentially the model we also tried to follow in Afghanistan and Iraq. If more Baby Boomer policy wonks in D.C. knew their history, the next generation would have enjoyed the fruits of a democratic middle east instead of a caliphate…

     
  • honordads 9:10 am on 11/14/2014 Permalink
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    Blast from the past: Life in WWII Newport, RI

     
  • honordads 9:06 am on 11/05/2014 Permalink
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    Reads: Is Religion Inherently Violent? In her new book, Fields of Blood, Karen Armstrong argues against the idea that faith fuels wars.

    The book tackles a simple question: Has religion been the cause of all the major wars in history? If you want to save yourself several hundred thousand words, the short answer is: no.

     
  • honordads 3:57 pm on 09/18/2014 Permalink
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    WWI Centenial – Miracle on the Marne.

    The First Battle of the Marne was the first major turning point in the war on the Western Front—the moment at which the German tide, rising relentlessly in the first weeks of the war with the conquest of Belgium and northern France, finally crested and broke, with the Germans forced into hasty retreat. There’s no question the “Miracle on the Marne” saved France and the Allied cause—but neither it nor the dramatic battles which followed in the fall of 1914 were truly decisive, as they left the Germans in control of Belgium and most of France’s industrial resources, foreshadowing a long, drawn-out conflict.

     
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