WWII Roundtable

WWII Roundtable It's where American Heroes meet! Our monthly meetings feature American & British hero guest speakers with absolutely incredible stories!

If you are a Veteran, historian, war aficionado or just plain like rubbing elbows with true American Heroes, then the WWII Roundtable is just the ticket for you. You are always welcome! $10 at the door includes a delicious buffet dinner. Some of our special events require an advance ticket purchase. WWII Roundtable meetings are on the 4th Monday of each month at the Knights of Columbus beginning at 5:30 pm. Address is 2100 East 71st or at 71st and Keystone. Buffet is optional Call Annabel at 1-317-244-3929 or Allen at 1-765-482-1683

06/27/2019
WEAR ABC 3 News, Pensacola

Congratulations, Hero!!

World War II veteran finally has his dream come true by graduating high school 76 years later.

Veteran Owned Business Directory
06/26/2019
Veteran Owned Business Directory

Veteran Owned Business Directory

Several graves containing what are likely the remains of more than 30 U.S. Marines and sailors killed during one of the bloodiest battles of World War II were discovered on a remote Pacific island, officials said.

Today marks the 69th Anniversary of the Korean War. We had these fine troops share their stories at our June Dinner Meet...
06/26/2019

Today marks the 69th Anniversary of the Korean War. We had these fine troops share their stories at our June Dinner Meeting last night.
Salute to these fine men.
Heroes, all of them!🇺🇸
Everett Green, Tine Martin, Hershel Lewis, Lt. Dan Allen, John Quinn and Les Adam

Rest in peace, Hero🇺🇸
06/24/2019

Rest in peace, Hero🇺🇸

Our thoughts and prayers are with Lieutenant Colonel Robert Friend and his family. Robert served our country from 1942 to 1972.
Robert always dreamed of flying. He tried to enlist in the service in the 1930s, but was unable to as African-Americans were not allowed in the Army Air Corps at that time. In 1939, while attending Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, he joined the Civilian Pilot Training Program and earned his private license to fly. In 1942, he was able to enlist in the Army Air Forces and went to Tuskegee Institute for training. He was sent overseas the next year and was assigned to the Tuskegee Airmen’s distinguished 322nd Fighter Group. Robert flew as wingman to the commander of this group and served as Combat Operations Officer. In this position, he planned and organized air missions. He flew 142 missions during World War II.

After the war, Robert did not want to stop flying and continued his service with the Air Force. He eventually became Assistant Deputy of Launch Vehicles, overseeing missiles, such as the Titan and the Atlas. He moved on to become the Foreign Technology Program Director, where he monitored technological developments of other countries. Rest easy Lt. Colonel Friend.🇺🇸

The Andy Griffith Show Facts and Trivia
06/24/2019

The Andy Griffith Show Facts and Trivia

His mother was 40 years old when Jesse was born. Jesse grew up in a very rough home in Morgantown, West Virginia. Jesse’s father, who was mentally ill, was a violent man and was abusive to Jesse. At 13, his father died leaving his mother to take care of him and his brothers. At the time, things weren’t easy for Jesse and he didn’t think life held much hope for him. While Jesse had his struggles, he had dreams too. He wanted to be a ventriloquist and he found books on ventriloquism. He practiced with sock puppets and saved his money until he could get a real ventriloquist dummy. When he was old enough, he joined the military. The military recognized his talents and placed him in the entertainment corp. He toured the western Pacific Islands as a comedian as part of a G.I. variety show called "Stars and Gripes.” It was there he was able to share his talents with fellow soldiers. In 1946, he discharged with rank of Technician Grade 5, which was the equivalent then of a Corporal. During his military service, Jesse was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 4 bronze service stars), Army Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Badge (with an M1 Carbine) and Honorable Service lapel pin. Through his military service, Jesse gained confidence and found that he had a talent for making people laugh. In spite of his early struggles, Jesse became one of the best-loved characters of all time. For it was Jesse,...Jesse Don Knotts who brought us Barney Fife!

Jim "Pee Wee" Martin (G/506)
06/21/2019

Jim "Pee Wee" Martin (G/506)

It was my pleasure last evening to represent the fellows in the WWII era Airborne forces as one of four Miami Valley area D-Day veterans at the Ford Oval of Honor event at the Museum of the USAF. David Eisenhower (grandson of General and President Eisenhower) was the keynote speaker. He gave an authoritative address on the history of D-Day and his grandfather's part in planning and guiding our fighting in Normandy and Western Europe. David Eisenhower is an accomplished historian in his own right. An impressive presentation. I thank the Ford Motor Corporation for this honor.

The Veterans Project
06/20/2019

The Veterans Project

“I never allowed the thought of dying to creep in and take over. I refused to believe that I would die. I conquered my fear and simply did what I had to do. However, if there is ever anyone that has a rifle pointing at him and that person says he isn’t afraid, that means he’s not smart (laughs). Fear is a funny thing. Fear is almost unexplainable. If a person lets fear control them instead of their courage then they can’t operate. You cannot operate under fear. I saw many Marines that were gripped by fear. They would cry and call for their mom and that would be the end of it for them in combat. They’d either be killed or all washed up and unable to fight.”—WO-4 Woody Williams (MOH Recipient, USMC, WWII Veteran) project sponsored by Recon & Sniper Foundation

Indiana Spirit of '45
06/16/2019

Indiana Spirit of '45

Always Loved ~ Forever Honored ~ Never Forgotten

Happy Birthday!🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉
06/16/2019

Happy Birthday!🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉

Join us in wishing USS Indianapolis Survivor Harold Bray a joy-filled 92nd birthday! He's the youngest of the Survivors still with us and he deserves every good thing in life!

Flag Day!!🇺🇸
06/14/2019

Flag Day!!🇺🇸

AirCorps Aviation
06/13/2019
AirCorps Aviation

AirCorps Aviation

Amazing $400 million dollar expansion planned for the The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Exceptional group to work with on preserving history.

Operation Mail Call
06/09/2019

Operation Mail Call

TOP SECRET MAIL CALL - We Need Your Help!

Spread the word by sharing this!!!

As a surprise for the USS Indianapolis Survivors at their reunion this year, we would like to give them as many letters of appreciation as possible.

- Indy Family Members, we especially want letters from you. Survivor families, LAS families, Rescue families, anyone connected to the story...please write.

- Teachers, if you're wrapping up the school year, take a moment to have your students write notes or draw patriotic pictures to send to these heroes.

- Parents, teach your children the value of gratitude by having them sign a card of thanks to these great men.

- Military buffs, historians, and the like... tell these twelve remaining men you'll never be able to repay them but you can honor them in writing.

- Everyone else (friends and fans), jot down a few words of appreciation to the Survivors. We don't have much time left to tell them Thank You. The youngest is turning 92 next week.

Please mail the cards and letters no later than July 8th. They MUST arrive by Friday, July 12th

***IF YOU'RE A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND OF A SURVIVOR, PLEASE DO NOT TELL THEM ABOUT THIS! KEEP IT SECRET SO THEY'LL BE SURPRISED!***

Please send your letters to:

Kim Roller
22421 124th St E
Bonney Lake, WA
98391

For email letters (I'll print them out for them):
[email protected]

Thank you so much for helping to bring smiles to the faces of the USS Indianapolis Survivors at their reunion.

Special Forces Association Chapter LX
06/08/2019

Special Forces Association Chapter LX

On this day in U.S. Army Airborne history.........5 June 1944, Army paratroopers gear-up, climb aboard C-47's and take off for their assigned Drop Zones in German occupied France.

The 101st Airborne jumped first on June 6, between 00:48 and 01:40 British Double Summer Time. 6,928 troops were carried aboard 432 C-47s of mission "Albany."

The 82nd Airborne's drop, mission "Boston", began at 01:51. It was also a lift of 10 serials organized in three waves, totaling 6,420 paratroopers carried by 369 C-47s.

The American Airborne landings in Normandy were the first American combat operations during Operation Overlord, the invasion of Normandy by the Western Allies on June 6, 1944, during World War II. Around 13,100 American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions made night parachute drops early on D-Day, June 6, followed by 3,937 glider troops flown in by day. As the opening maneuver of Operation Neptune (the assault operation for Overlord) the two American airborne divisions were delivered to the continent in two parachute and six glider missions.

Both divisions were part of the U.S. VII Corps and provided it support in its mission of capturing Cherbourg as soon as possible to provide the Allies with a port of supply. The specific missions of the two airborne divisions were to block approaches into the vicinity of the amphibious landing at Utah Beach, to capture causeway exits off the beaches, and to establish crossings over the Douve River at Carentan to assist the U.S. V Corps in merging the two American beachheads.

---Mud

Evansville Wartime Museum
06/08/2019

Evansville Wartime Museum

At today’s 75th Anniversary of D-Day Ceremony something rare and unique occurred, Veteran of the battle & Evansville resident Donald R. Cobb was awarded the French Legion of Honor. French Consul General Guillaume Lacroix presented the award on the behalf of French President Macron & the people of France. The award was founded by Napoleon in 1802, and is their nation’s highest award. It is the equivalent of the United States’ Medal of Honor.

🇺🇸Several of our members are heading to Louisville tonight to thank these soldiers!
06/06/2019

🇺🇸Several of our members are heading to Louisville tonight to thank these soldiers!

D-Day Invasion 75 years ago today🇺🇸"Operation Overlord"
06/06/2019

D-Day Invasion 75 years ago today🇺🇸
"Operation Overlord"

🇺🇸 Ernie Pyle 🇺🇸
06/06/2019
The Man Who Told America the Truth About D-Day

🇺🇸 Ernie Pyle 🇺🇸

Ernie Pyle’s dispatches offered comfort to readers back home. Then the Normandy landings — 75 years ago this week — changed his perspective on the war’s costs.

06/06/2019
Exhibit honors D-Day veterans
06/05/2019
Exhibit honors D-Day veterans

Exhibit honors D-Day veterans

WARSAW — Seventy-five years ago, June 6, 1944, American forces joined by British, Canadian and Free French forces, undertook an assault on Normandy, France, a stronghold of German leader Adolf

Yesterday, June 4 was the 75th Anniversary of the capture of the German sub U505 by Captain Gallery.  A brief but specia...
06/05/2019

Yesterday, June 4 was the 75th Anniversary of the capture of the German sub U505 by Captain Gallery. A brief but special ceremony was conducted at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago where the German sub has been showcased since 1954.

I was looking for a WWII veteran to honor with an Indianapolis WWII Roundtable challenge coin. I didn’t find a male WWII veteran. However, I found a 97 year old female veteran who served in the WAVES, Josephine Regnier. Josephine and her family were thrilled with the presentation of the challenge coin.

Thank you to all who have served in the military, past and present.

Let us remember the 75th Anniversary of
D Day which is tomorrow June 6.
All gave some. Some gave all!

Don F. Pratt Museum-101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
06/05/2019

Don F. Pratt Museum-101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

On this day in 1944, General Eisenhower spoke with LT Wallace C. Strobel (502nd PIR) and other Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division before the takeoff for Normandy in what would become an iconic photograph for the Division in World War II.

D-Day🇺🇸
06/04/2019
D-Day 75th Anniversary Celebration | City-County Observer

D-Day🇺🇸

Community NewsD-Day 75th Anniversary Celebration By admin - May 31, 2019 0 357 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter D-Day 75th Anniversary Celebration June 6, 2019, marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and the LST 325, Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, and Evansville Wartime Museum have co...

American Battle Monuments Commission
06/04/2019

American Battle Monuments Commission

Yesterday, D-Day Veterans, who landed on the beaches of Normandy, met with local school children to ensure their lost comrades-in-arms are not forgotten. Hand in hand, they returned to the beaches they landed on 75 years ago to enjoy the sights and sounds of what they fought for: our Freedom.

Best Defense Foundation

🇺🇸❤🇺🇸Congratulations to Bob Pedigo on his recognition of service from the DAR. Ken Rash was also recognize...
06/03/2019

🇺🇸❤🇺🇸Congratulations to Bob Pedigo on his recognition of service from the DAR. Ken Rash was also recognized for his WWII service in the Navy but was unable to attend. 🇺🇸❤🇺🇸

Indiana Military Museum Inc
06/01/2019

Indiana Military Museum Inc

IMM dedication stills
Just a few pictures taken at the formal dedication of the new museum annex. We wish to thank the Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Mayor Joe Yochum , State Representative Bruce Borders, IOTD Exec Dir., Misty Weisensteiner, Dir. Of Intergovernmental Affairs Maureen Hayden, Exec Dir., Knox Co. Tourism & visitors Bureau Shyla Beam, Chief Architect, Cook Group, Inc. George Ridgway, and Ellerman Construction Inc. along with all the loyal volunteers who came together to make this day happen.

Salute🇺🇸
05/31/2019
98-Year-Old Veteran Exemplifies True Honor During Memorial Day Ceremony

Salute🇺🇸

Monday, America celebrated Memorial Day. Locally, many honored the day by attending one of the various Twin Ports ceremonies, but at one particular remembrance, people saw a scene that is getting a lot of attention with one veteran's dedication that shined at the center of it.

05/30/2019
Inspiring Words From Tuskegee Col. Charles McGee

Tuskegee Airmen Col. Charles McGee continues to inspire at 99. A true HERO🇺🇸️♥️🇺🇸️

Col. Charles McGee, the oldest of the living Tuskegee Airmen and a Bethesda resident, shares some inspiring words with News4's Molette Green.

President Ponytail Paul Cauley 🇺🇸
05/27/2019

President Ponytail Paul Cauley 🇺🇸

Join us at the Memorial Service today
05/27/2019

Join us at the Memorial Service today

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