American Forces Press Service reports that the U.S. Department of Defense has created a new website - valor.defense.gov - dedicated to "raising awareness of service members' heroism and to help deter those who falsely claim military honors"
David Ignatius at the Washington Post has a new book review article entitled "DOUBLE CROSS The True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre".
The book details the intelligence efforts of the Germans and the counter-intelligence moves by the British as D-Day planning started and then ultimately was launched.
At a recent press conference in the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta reiterated that the United States Government is "doing everything possible" to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who is a listed as a Prisoner Of War (POW) held by the Taliban.
The article also mentioned that "Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the same press conference that he has met with members of the sergeant’s family in his office and has corresponded with family members several times."
John Wilkens at the Union-Tribune has an in-depth article with some great pictures of WWII Veterans visiting Washington DC including the WWII memorial.
A total of "105 veterans" took an "all-expenses-paid Honor Flight trip this weekend from San Diego were treated like heroes wherever they went. Strangers came up and thanked them for their service."
The group that puts this all together is the San Diego Honor Flight team.
Karla Peterson has a great interview in the San Diego Union-Tribune with Craig Irving who started a local San Diego organization to support members of the Naval Special Warfare communities and their families.
The 3rd Veteran Stories Podcast is with Mr. Jim Hutson, and it covers his stories and experiences related to his service in the United Statues Marine Corps (1938-1966) during War World II, and his 28 total years of military service (China, Japan, United States, Vietnam):
- Recruit Depot San Diego
- USS New Orleans
- Camp Elliot
- 23rd Marines (picture)
- Marshall Islands (Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian)
- USS Young America
- Iwo Jima
- Embassy Guard Duty
- San Diego State University
The Media Arts: Changing Lives Through Film project has posted a video interview with Bob Miyaski:
During the video, Bob walks through his service including two tours in Vietnam.
The Spycast podcast (from the International Spy Museum in Washington DC) recently had two podcasts that outline the contributions of women during World War II while serving with the Office for Strategic Service.
The interview is with Elizabeth McIntosh. Part 1 (published in January 2010) covers her experiences serving in China while conducting operations against the Japanese. Part 2 (published in March 2010) covers her experiences with "Wild Bill Donovan" and Julia Child (yes the famous cooking author).
I recommend listening to Part 1 before listening to Part 2. You can listen via: http://feeds.spymuseum.org/spycast or via iTunes.
Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti, U.S. Army with the Medal of Honor. His parents Janet and Paul Monti joined President Obama at the White House for the commemoration.
The San Diego Union-Tribune for Sunday, August 2, 2009 has two interesting veteran related news stories: