Lee Marvin left school to enlist in the US Marine Corps as a Private. He was wounded in action in the assault on Mount Tapochau during the Battle of Saipan, during which most of his company were killed.
WWII Day-By-Day: May 5
05 May 45: A Japanese balloon bomb kills 5 children and a woman in Oregon - the only people killed by an enemy attack on the American mainland during WWII. The cheap weapon used the jet stream over the Pacific to wreak havoc on Canadian and American cities and forests. Over 9,300 were launched between Nov 1944 and April 1945, 300 of which were found as far east as Michigan and as far south as Mexico. With a kill rate of only 0.067%, they were ineffective as weapons. #WWII #History
A fire balloon ( "balloon bomb"), or Fu-Go, was a weapon launched by Japan during WWII. A hydrogen balloon with a load varying from a 12-kilogram (26 lb) incendiary to one 15 kg (33 lb) antipersonnel bomb four 5 kg (11 lb) incendiary devices attached, they were designed as a cheap weapon intended to make use of the jet stream over the Pacific Ocean wreak havoc on Canadian and US cities, forests, and farmland.
Lee Marvin's USMC WWII Causualty Card
Well, not actually a medal, but this was the precursor to one. The USMC WWII casualty card for Lee Marvin. This was posted on Facebook today by the USMC History Division. I thought it was pretty neat, and figured some of you might also. The USMC Division also posted the supposed interview between...
60 years after Holocaust, siblings reunited
For nearly 60 years, Israeli Binyamin Shilon believed his sister was among the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Now he holds her in his arms and cries with joy.
Obit of the Day
Boruch Spiegel, in 1939 at the age of 19, who was one of the last surviving members of the Jewish resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto. Mr. Spiegel was on guard duty and gave the signal to attack the German army as they came liquidate the ghetto in April 1943. The ghetto residents antagonized the Nazis for 28 days. Mr. Spiegel escaped to safety and joined the Polish resistance. He died on May 7, 2013 at the age of 93.
GHDI - Image
Inside of a Compulsory Identification Card for Jews, Issued in Berlin (1939) .Jews whose names failed to appear on the government-approved list had to adopt either "Israel" or "Sara" as additional forenames. This decree also took effect on January 1, 1939. Below is a reproduction of the inside pages of a compulsory identification card for Jews.
Barracks from Japanese American Internment Camp
Description/Notes: Barracks are from the Japanese Relocation Center and are now furnishing housing for farm labor on Bryant Williams farm in Klamath County, Oregon. Item Number: P120:2606 Original Collection: Extension and Experiment Station Communications You can find this image by searching for the item number by clicking here. Want more? You can find more digital resources online. We're happy for you to share this digital image within the spirit of The Commons; however, certain…