War

Save One For Hachioji

Veterans’ Tales by Vassar Bushmills When my family and I first came to Japan, in Spring,1972, we flew on an American contract airline, via Honolulu and Wake Island, from Travis AFB, California. We arrived at Yokota AFB in the northeast outskirts of greater Tokyo at night. An Army staff car [Read More]

Pearl Harbor
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Let’s remember Pearl Harbor . . . and the start of the American era

We remember Pearl Harbor, not just because it was an infamous attack on a peaceful nation, but because it marked the start of America’s world dominance. Today, we “remember Pearl Harbor,” the day on which the Japanese launched an unprovoked attack again the United States, killing 2,335 Americans serving in [Read More]

Heroes

A Newsreel Cameraman’s View of D-Day

This footage of the events leading up to and around D-Day was a lucky find thanks to fellow blogger and WWII veteran, Mr. G. P. Cox of Pacific Paratrooper. The National Archives Unwritten Record Blog by Audrey Amidon Jack Lieb went to Europe in 1943 with two movie cameras: He [Read More]

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A steep discount on a vividly told war novel — Paullina Simons’ “The Bronze Horseman”

A decade ago, I spent almost ten hours, many of which occurred when I should have been sleeping, reading Paullina Simons’ debut novel, The Bronze Horseman. It’s a historical romance novel, about a young Russian woman and a soldier during the Siege of Leningrad. Although Simons’ approach to the romance is a [Read More]