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Military History Digest #141

December 18, 2010

Table of Contents

1. Ens. Donald W. Lynch: the Scars of War by NHHC at Naval History Blog
2. Sinking of the Graf Spee by Steven Terjeson at World War II History
3. Holiday Posters From World War Ii by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
4. Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three and the Rescue of Survivors From the Steamship Corregidor, 17 December 1941 by NHHC at Naval History Blog
5. Holiday Cards by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
6. Uss Charles R. Ware – on Navy Tv by NavyTV at Naval History Blog
7. American Civil War: Johnston Takes Command by n/a at About.com Military History
8. Sailing of the Great White Fleet by NHHC at Naval History Blog
9. Historic Preservation: the U S Marine Hospital Louisville Kentucky by thomaslsnyder at Of Ships & Surgeons
10. “The Question Is Settled” by noreply@blogger.com (Jimmy Price) at The Sable Arm
11. Christmas for the Troops in Virginia by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
12. Alfred, John Jr., Thomas and William Tate by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project
13. Salvatore a. Giunta: Medal of Honor With Ed Tracy by Pritzker Military Library at Pritzker Military Library Podcasts
14. Hawaiian Christmas During World War Two by Charles McCain at Charles McCain
15. Byzantine-Ottoman Wars: Constantinople Falls by n/a at About.com Military History
16. Uss Drum (Ss-228) Versus Ryuho by NHHC at Naval History Blog
17. Chief Boatswain’s Mate Ernest R. Mahlmann | Naval History Blog by n/a at Other Military History Stuff
18. Bbc News – the Millionaires Who Flew to War by n/a at Other Military History Stuff
19. Remember Triton, America’s Pioneer Nuke Sub by David Axe at Other Military History Stuff
20. Execution 150 Years Ago Spurs Calls for Pardon – NYTimes.com by n/a at Other Military History Stuff
21. The Holocaust We Don’t See: Lanzmann’s Shoah Revisited by n/a at Other Military History Stuff
22. 2 Veterans Relive Battle of Bulge, Rest of War by n/a at Other Military History Stuff

Contents

1. Ens. Donald W. Lynch: the Scars of War by NHHC at Naval History Blog

“War should not be glamorized,” wrote Donald W. Lynch long
after his service as Chief Engineer in destroyer Mugford
(DD-389) during World War Two. He had purposefully put much
of his wartime experiences out of his mind but later, in an
undated letter to a Mugford reunion group, he described why
that was so. Lynch [...]…

2. Sinking of the Graf Spee by Steven Terjeson at World War II History

The Sinking of the Graf Spee These are the actual radio
broadcasts from Dec 17-18, 1939 about the sinking of the
German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Speeoff Uruguay in
South America.

Graf Spee was a German pocket battleship of 10,000 tons
launched in 1936. The Graf Spee was more heavily gunned than
any cruiser and had a top speed of 25 knots and an endurance
of 12,500 miles (20,000 km). The Graf Spee had sunk several
merchant ships in the Atlantic before being attacked by a
British search group consisting of the cruisers Exeter, Ajax,
and Achilles. The damage…

3. Holiday Posters From World War Ii by Charles McCain at Charles McCain

The propaganda posters seen on the US Home Front during World
War II did not go away during the holidays – they just gained
a holiday flair. Hence we have everything from Santa beating
Fascists to Santa buying war bonds to Santa delivering tanks,
planes, and ships. Collected below are a handful of these
holiday posters.++++++[Images courtesy of Skylighters and
Wikimedia.]…

4. Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three and the Rescue of Survivors From the Steamship Corregidor, 17 December 1941 by NHHC at Naval History Blog

Circumstances sometimes compel officers and enlisted people
of the U.S. Navy to perform missions of mercy in the midst of
war, with means not designed for that purpose. These actions
fulfill mariners’ long-time practice of rescue at sea. One
such occasion occurred just before Christmas of 1941 in the
Philippines, with World War II less [...]…

5. Holiday Cards by Charles McCain at Charles McCain

Here are a collection of Holiday Cards from World War Two.
One can see how the war effort became involved in all aspects
of life on the Home Front. One can see from the third card
that American propaganda directed towards the Japanese was
very distinctive along racial lines and regularly put down
the Japanese as a race showing them to be inferior. This
propaganda leaked into all aspects of life on the Home Front
and despite the tremendous heroism demonstrated by the US
units consisting of Japanese troops fighting in Italy, lasted
long after the war ended.+(Front…

6. Uss Charles R. Ware – on Navy Tv by NavyTV at Naval History Blog

Now on NAVY TV – The story of the USS Charles R. Ware
(DD-865). USS Charles R. Ware (DD-865) was named for
Lieutenant Charles Rollins Ware, a hero of the Battle of
Midway. She sailed the seas for 36 years until the Navy
scuttled her on November 15, 1981. This is her story as told
[...]…

7. American Civil War: Johnston Takes Command by n/a at About.com Military History

December 16, 1863 – Gen. Joseph E. Johnston (right) takes
command of the Army of Tennessee from Gen. Braxton Bragg.
Graduating from West Point in 1829, Johnston served as
…Read Full Post…

8. Sailing of the Great White Fleet by NHHC at Naval History Blog

December 16th is the anniversary of the departure of the
Great White Fleet from Hampton Roads on its voyage around the
world. On that date in 1907 the Atlantic Fleet departed on
the first leg of its voyage to San Francisco, California. As
the Panama Canal was not operative yet, the sixteen
battleships, all painted [...]…

9. Historic Preservation: the U S Marine Hospital Louisville Kentucky by thomaslsnyder at Of Ships & Surgeons

A Brief History of Marine Hospitals Prior to the American
Revolution, according to historian Harold Langley, merchant
sailors from the colonies were required to pay into the
British seamen’s hospital fund, even though they may have
little opportunity to receive care at the famed institution
at Greenwich. Early American efforts to provide care to
sailors was left to individual colonies and cities. For
instance, as early as 1730 the Pennsylvania legislature
instituted a tax to provide health care to sailors in
hospitals, and in 1774 passed a law that provided for a
quarantine hospital on Providence–now State–Island, as…

10. “The Question Is Settled” by noreply@blogger.com (Jimmy Price) at The Sable Arm

11. Christmas for the Troops in Virginia by Charles McCain at Charles McCain

In December of 1941, most US troops that were going to be
involved in the war effort were still based in the
continental US but due to the recent declaration of war, they
were not going to be spending Christmas at home with their
families. Here are a few pictures from the festivities
celebrated at Camp Lee Virginia.+The panzer “Santa”, with
well-filled sack of radios, books, cookies, and other gifts
dear to soldiers hearts, glides up to the door of the
barracks in Camp Lee’s Quartermaster Corps and it isn’t
hampered by lack of snow in Virginia…

12. Alfred, John Jr., Thomas and William Tate by Steve Soper at Third Michigan Infantry Research Project

Alfred E. Tate was born in 1842 in Franklin County,
Massachusetts, the son of John (1815-1900) and Barbara
(1815-1888).Sometime between 1837 and 1840 his parents moved
from England to Massachusetts, and then from Massachusetts to
Michigan between 1844 and 1846, and by 1850 Alfred was living
with his family in Georgetown, Ottawa County, where his
father worked as a laborer.By 1860 Alfred was living with his
family and attending school with three of his younger
siblings. He was also apparently was working as a mill hand
and living at the Paddock boarding house in Georgetown along
with…

13. Salvatore a. Giunta: Medal of Honor With Ed Tracy by Pritzker Military Library at Pritzker Military Library Podcasts

Ed Tracy interviews Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore A.
Giunta, U.S. Army. He is the first living recipient of the
Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan, and the
first living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions
which occurred since Vietnam.. Originally aired 12/14/10.

14. Hawaiian Christmas During World War Two by Charles McCain at Charles McCain

The Waimea Gazette put together a history of Christmas as
celebrated in their community. The discussion of the holiday
season during the war provides insight about the rationale of
those on the home front especially when they happened to be
so close to where the fighting was and had taken place.
Comparing the pre-war festivities in this town to those from
the war shows some of the sacrifices that were made and how
they affected life on the home front. Here’s an excerpt from
the piece: Those who attended these early Ranch parties as
children will never forget their…

15. Byzantine-Ottoman Wars: Constantinople Falls by n/a at About.com Military History

Ascending to the Ottoman throne in 1451, Mehmed II quickly
began making preparations for a campaign against the
Byzantine capital of Constantinople. Besieged numerous times
during its long history, Constantinople had only fallen in
1204 during the Fourth Crusade. Since that time, the empire
had largely eroded leaving the Byzantines with only a small
area around the city as well as with land in Greece. Aware of
Ottoman intentions, Emperor Constantine XI worked to
strengthen the city’s defenses. Laying siege in early April
1453, Mehmed’s first efforts to assault the city failed.
After mining operations also failed in late May…

16. Uss Drum (Ss-228) Versus Ryuho by NHHC at Naval History Blog

USS Drum (SS 228) was on her fourth war patrol, on a mission
to lay mines off the Japanese Home Island of Honshu, when on
12 December 1942 she encountered an escorted Japanese
aircraft carrier heading southbound for Truk. Acting quickly,
Drum’s skipper, Lieutenant Commander Bernard F. McMahon,
fired torpedoes from four of her bow [...]…

17. Chief Boatswain’s Mate Ernest R. Mahlmann | Naval History Blog by n/a at Other Military History Stuff

18. Bbc News – the Millionaires Who Flew to War by n/a at Other Military History Stuff

19. Remember Triton, America’s Pioneer Nuke Sub by David Axe at Other Military History Stuff

USS Triton. Navy photo. by STEVE WEINTZ In 1960 the
Eisenhower era was ending, and Ike sought valedictory
measures to cap his substantial presidency. To a summit in
Geneva with Nikita Khrushchev, a definitive arms-control
agreement and progress in responding to Sputnik, the White
House added a naval adventure worthy of Captain Cook. The
submerged circumnavigation of the world by the USS Triton
stands as one of the great sea stories of all time, and was
widely publicized in part due to the participation of the
National Geographic Society. Yet 50 years, though most a
lifetime, is only just…

20. Execution 150 Years Ago Spurs Calls for Pardon – NYTimes.com by n/a at Other Military History Stuff

21. The Holocaust We Don’t See: Lanzmann’s Shoah Revisited by n/a at Other Military History Stuff

Timothy Snyder Les Films Aleph A scene from Claude
Lanzmann’s Shoah Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, opening this month
in New York twenty-five years after its original release, is
one of the great works of art of the twentieth century. As it
begins, Simon Srebnik, a Polish Jew who was one of two
survivors of Chełmno, returns to the death facility at
Lanzmann’s request, and sings a song of his boyhood—about a
white house, a house that is no longer—in the language of a
country that was his homeland as it was of millions of Jews
for centuries, a…

22. 2 Veterans Relive Battle of Bulge, Rest of War by n/a at Other Military History Stuff

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