Monday, August 29, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: James L. Day


"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a squad leader serving with the Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, Sixth Marine Division, in sustained combat operations against Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands from 14 to 17 May 1945.  On the first day, Corporal Day rallied his squad and the remnants of another unit and led them to a critical position forward of the front lines of Sugar Loaf Hill.  Soon thereafter, they came under an intense mortar and artillery barrage that was quickly followed by a fanatical ground attack of about forty Japanese soldiers.  Despite the loss of one-half of his men, Corporal Day remained at the forefront, shouting encouragement, hurling hand grenades, and directing deadly fire thereby repelling the determined enemy.  Reinforced by six men, he led his squad in repelling three fierce night attacks but suffered five additional Marines killed and one wounded whom he assisted to safety.  Upon hearing nearby calls for corpsman assistance, Corporal Day braved heavy enemy fire to escort four seriously wounded Marines, one at a time, to safety.  Corporal Day then manned a light machine gun assisted by a wounded Marine, and halted another frenzied night attack.  In this ferocious action, his machine gun was destroyed, and he suffered multiple white phosphorus and fragmentation wounds.  Assisted by only one partially effective man, he reorganized his defensive position in time to halt a fifth enemy attack with devastating small arms fire.  On three separate occasions, Japanese soldiers closed to within a few feet of his foxhole, but were killed by Corporal Day.  During the second day, the enemy conducted numerous unsuccessful swarming attacks against his exposed position.   When the attacks momentarily subsided, over 70 enemy dead were counted around his position.  On the third day, a wounded and exhausted Corporal Day repulsed the enemy's final attack and dispatched around 12 of the enemy at close range.  Having yielded no ground and with more than 100 enemy dead around his position, Corporal Day preserved the lives of his fellow Marines and made a primal contribution to the success of the Okinawa campaign.  By his extraordinary heroism, repeated acts of valor, and quintessential battlefield leadership, Corporal Day inspired the efforts of his outnumbered Marines to defeat a much larger enemy force, reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service."

From Cpl. Day's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on January 20, 1998.

A true ass kicker in every way,
Brian

 Star awarded on Nov. 10 1999 at 155 S. Palm Canyon Dr.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: George F. Davis


"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Walke engaged in a detached mission in support of mine sweeping operations to clear the waters for entry of our heavy surface and amphibious forces preparatory to the invasion of Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 6 January 1945.  Operating without gun support of other surface ships when four Japanese suicide planes were detected flying low overland to attack simultaneously, Commander Davis boldly took his position in the exposed wings of the bridge and directed control to pick up the leading plane and open fire.  Alert and fearless as the Walke's deadly fire sent the first target crashing into the water and caught the second as it passed close over the bridge to plunge into the sea off portside, he remained steadfast in the path of the third plane plunging swiftly to crash the after end of the bridge structure.  Seriously wounded when the plane struck, drenched with gasoline and immediately enveloped in flames, he conned the Walke in the midst of the wreckage; he rallied his command to heroic efforts; he exhorted his officers and men to save the ship and, still on his feet, saw the barrage from his guns destroy the fourth suicide bomber.  With the fires under control and the safety of the ship assured, he consented to be carried below.  Succumbing several hours later, Commander Davis, by his example of valor and his unhesitating self-sacrifice, steeled the fighting spirit of his command into unyielding purpose in completing a vital mission.  He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country." 

From Cmd. Davis' Medal of Honor citation, awarded in 1946.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

"Hangmen Also Die!"


The "Hangman of Prague" has been assassinated and the Nazis are hot on the trail of those involved.  Can the heroes escape or will they, along with the rest of the Czech population, suffer from their avenging Nazi oppressors?!  This is a fictional tale of the real life mission by the SOE to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich.  This flick was written and directed by the film legend Fritz Lang but is a bit lacking in the acting and budget but still an good flick.  Check out the trailer below and see what you think.

A nod to the brave men and women who fought the Nazi jackboot with everything they had!
Brian


Monday, August 15, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Charles W. Davis


"For distinguishing himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy on Guadalcanal Island.  On January 12, 1943, Maj. Davis (then Capt.), executive officer of an infantry battalion, volunteered to carry instructions to the leading companies of his battalion which had been caught in crossfire from Japanese machine guns.  With complete disregard for his own safety, he made his way to the trapped units, delivered the instructions, supervised their execution, and remained overnight in this exposed position.  On the following day, Maj. Davis again volunteered to lead an assault on the Japanese position which was holding up the advance.  When his rifle jammed at its first shot, he drew his pistol and, waving his men on, led the assault over the top of the hill.  Electrified by this action, another body of soldiers followed and seized the hill.  The capture of this position broke Japanese resistance and the battalion was then able to proceed and secure the corps objective.  The courage and leadership displayed by Maj. Davis inspired the entire battalion and unquestionably led to the success of its attack." 

From Capt. Davis' Medal of Honor citation, awarded on July 17, 1943.

 John Cusack as Capt. John Gaff (Capt. Davis) in 'The Thin Red Line".


Saturday, August 13, 2016

"Under Ten Flags"


The Royal Navy is losing merchant ships all over the Atlantic and it can't figure who is doing it.  Can they discover the secret of the Atlantis or will this German raider continue to rob the Allies of its much needed supplies and ships?!  Never heard of this flick and was really surprised how great it was.  I always loved the stories of the German raiders and their sneaky tactics on the seas.  Couldn't find any trailers or video for it but if you have Amazon Prime its on that so give it a go.

A must for any WWII afficidatos,
Brian

The real Atlantis.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Medal of Honor Monday: Rudolph B. Davila


"Staff Sergeant Rudolph B. Davila distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action, on 28 May 1944, near Artena, Italy.  During the offensive which broke through the German mountain strongholds surrounding the Anzio beachhead, Staff Sergeant Davila risked death to provide heavy weapons support for a beleaguered rifle company.  Caught on an exposed hillside by heavy, grazing fire from a well-entrenched German force, his machine gunners were reluctant to risk putting their guns into action.  Crawling fifty yards to the nearest machine gun, Staff Sergeant Davila set it up alone and opened fire on the enemy.  In order to observe the effect of his fire, Sergeant Davila fired from the kneeling position, ignoring the enemy fire that struck the tripod and passed between his legs.  Ordering a gunner to take over, he crawled forward to a vantage point and directed the firefight with hand and arm signals until both hostile machine guns were silenced.  Bringing his three remaining machine guns into action, he drove the enemy to a reserve position two hundred yards to the rear.  When he received a painful wound in the leg, he dashed to a burned tank and, despite the crash of bullets on the hull, engaged a second enemy force from the tank’s turret.  Dismounting, he advanced 130 yards in short rushes, crawled 20 yards and charged into an enemy-held house to eliminate the defending force of five with a hand grenade and rifle fire.  Climbing to the attic, he straddled a large shell hole in the wall and opened fire on the enemy.  Although the walls of the house were crumbling, he continued to fire until he had destroyed two more machine guns.  His intrepid actions brought desperately needed heavy weapons support to a hard-pressed rifle company and silenced four machine gunners, which forced the enemy to abandon their prepared positions.  Staff Sergeant Davila's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army." 

From SSG Davila's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on June 21, 2000.

Thank you for your service and may you be at peace,
Brian

Told by the man, himself.

Friday, August 5, 2016

"The Purple Plain"


A shell-shocked Canadian Mosquito pilot begins to lose his grip after years of constant fighting and becomes suicidal.  Can he regain his sanity and find a reason to continue on in the heat of Burma or will he loose it all and take the men under his command with him?   This was a total disappointment for me especially with all the talent that was in it.  Check out the clip below and see if you want to endure the rest.

Not a big loss if you skip it,
Brian

"Fortress"


When a replacement co-pilot arrives in North Africa, he is thrust into the life and death life of a B-17 crewman.  Can he learn the ropes, get the respect of his fellow crew and overcome his fear or will it all blow up in his face?!  This is a mediocre flick that depicts the day to day life and death of American aircrews in the MTO.  It's not a bad flick but a little heavy on the CGI and the acting is a bit stiff but it's still got some heart.  Check out the trailer and see what you think.

Not bad,
Brian


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

"Malta Story"


This movie tells the tale of the men and women, soldiers and citizens on the island of Malta during the early days of WWII where the Axis was near to breaking it and the Brits hold on it.  This is a pretty good story of the day and worth a watch so check it out.

Not that bad,
Brian

"Sea of Sand" aka "Desert Patrol"



A unit of LRDG are tasked with destroying an enemy fuel depot deep behind enemy lines.  Can these brave few pull it off or will the desert swallow them up?  This is a pretty good flick that covers an aspect of the war that is often overlooked.  Give it a look over here and see what your think.

I was sweating just watching it,
Brian

"12 O'Clock High"


The Americans begin their daylight precision bombing runs against Fortress Europe and one of the squadrons in particular is losing more ships and crew then they should and a new commander arrives to find out why.  Can he straighten it all out or will their luck continue to be bad?  This is a good movie that shows the stress, fear and hopelessness of the bomber aircrews during the early days of the war.

Worth a once over,
Brian


Battleground Weird WWII: Autoblinda 41


Here we have the Italians best armored car during the war, the Autoblinda 41.  Get the rules here.

Great way to drive as fast as you can away from the Allies,
Brian