WWII Roundtable

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

Rest in peace, Hero 🇺🇸
01/04/2020

Rest in peace, Hero 🇺🇸

With great sadness, the family of USS Indianapolis CA-35 Survivor Don Howison has announced the passing of this great man.

He was the oldest remaining Survivor and the last living officer. Now there are only ten Indy Survivors still with us.

Fair winds and following seas, precious hero.

Condolences to his family and friends.

The National WWII Museum
01/04/2020
The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum

"What stays is the absolute finality—the confrontation with death that these men must shoulder, and transcend. They must continue to fight—and win—a brutal war so that the sacrifice of the many thousands of men like Henry Waskow might attain a transcendent meaning. "

Rest in peace, Hero 🇺🇸
12/31/2019
Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Rest in peace, Hero 🇺🇸

We are saddened to share that on December 21st, we were informed that Joe Walsh, co-founder of the North San Diego County chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Assn. passed away.

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Jim "Pee Wee" Martin (G/506)
12/23/2019

Jim "Pee Wee" Martin (G/506)

On television in France this morning. A documentary on the resurrection of the lead C-47 on D-Day, "That's All Brother". I thank my friend Patrick Jouves for these photos and for letting us know. The lady in the screen shot with me is my granddaughter, Kristie.

Congratulations General McGee🇺🇸
12/21/2019
Tuskegee Airman McGee to be promoted to brigadier general

Congratulations General McGee🇺🇸

After celebrating his 100th birthday by piloting a Cirrus Vision Jet, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles E. McGee is set to be presented with an honorary promotion to brigadier general.

The WWII Roundtable Elves have been busy and want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas🌲🎅🌲
12/18/2019

The WWII Roundtable Elves have been busy and want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas
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The Greatest Generations Foundation
12/07/2019

The Greatest Generations Foundation

END OF AN ERA: PEARL HARBOR survivor Lauren Bruner will be the final US veteran interred at USS Arizona.

This morning, divers will place Lauren Bruner’s ashes inside the battleship Arizona where it sank in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor exactly 78 years ago.

Lauren Bruner was living in a quiet Los Angeles suburb in the early days of 1991. He'd moved there after World War II and put in nearly 30 years for a refrigeration company.

He never talked much about his time in the Navy, about how he was injured. Not many people knew he was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, on board the doomed USS Arizona, that he barely escaped the burning ship as it sank beneath the water.

Bruner wasn't hiding, but he wasn't expecting anyone to find him either. Until someone did.

"There was a gal from Illinois," he said. She was searching for the surviving sailors and Marines from the Arizona, hoping to assemble some of them for the 50th anniversary of the attack.

Bruner talked to the woman. He started attending reunions, reconnecting with other war veterans, other Pearl Harbor survivors, other USS Arizona crewmen. He returned to Pearl Harbor. He told his story more often, discovered how much he wanted people to know what happened on the Arizona.

Finally, he knew how he wanted the story to end: back where it started.

Bruner died Sept. 10 at age 98. A few years back, he made arrangements with the Navy and the National Park Service to have his remains interred in the hull of the USS Arizona, an honor accorded sailors and Marines who were stationed on the battleship when it was attacked.

Today marks the 78th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Navy divers will take Bruner's remains beneath the white USS Arizona Memorial and place them in the well of gun turret No. 4.

He will be the 44th Arizona survivor interred in the ship. And the last.

REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR

“Every Day is Memorial Day”
The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation
Web: www.TGGF.org

Jim "Pee Wee" Martin (G/506)
12/04/2019
Jim "Pee Wee" Martin (G/506)

Jim "Pee Wee" Martin (G/506)

I thank my friends Mark A. Bando and LTC Jos Groen for their work on this.

Indiana Aviation
11/26/2019
Indiana Aviation

Indiana Aviation

🇺🇸T-7A Red Hawk Named in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen🇺🇸

Jim "Pee Wee" Martin (G/506)
11/17/2019

Jim "Pee Wee" Martin (G/506)

National WWII Memorial in Washington D.C..

Naval History & Heritage Command
11/16/2019
Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

He was just 18 years old and tired of milking cows. Robert Rayburn was not drafted to fight in World War II, so he turned in his farm deferment and volunteered for the U.S. Navy. By mid-1944, he was aboard the destroyer escort USS John C. Butler enroute to Honolulu. His ship’s mission during the war was to provide screening for convoys.

Rayburn was one of six men who operated the ship’s guns. Over the course of his deployment, he participated in a number of battles, including Morotai, Lingayen Gulf, Leyte Gulf, and Iwo Jima.

“It’s the largest Navy battle in history,” Rayburn said of Leyte Gulf. “There was 13 of us little ships, and we were outgunned—could only shoot about seven miles—and we were up against Japanese battleships that had a range of 15 miles. When I think about it now, it’s very scary, but then we was just—it was part of the adventure. At no time was I ever afraid.”

Read more below.

Amazing Israel
11/12/2019

Amazing Israel

The soldiers in the bottom of the picture are the grandchildren of the Holocaust survivors above.

We won.

Congratulations to Mr. Marvin Sabatino and Mr. Daniel Mattingly 🇫🇷🇺🇸
11/11/2019

Congratulations to Mr. Marvin Sabatino and Mr. Daniel Mattingly 🇫🇷🇺🇸

The highest distinction of France is being presented to Mr. Sabatino and Mr. Mattingly today for their bravery and servi...
11/10/2019

The highest distinction of France is being presented to Mr. Sabatino and Mr. Mattingly today for their bravery and service during WWII.
Congratulations!

USS Indianapolis
11/06/2019

USS Indianapolis

It is with an incredibly heavy heart that we share the news that USS Indianapolis survivor, Art Leenerman, passed away last night. Art recently celebrated his 95th birthday amongst family and friends, in his home town of Mahomet, IL and was loved by all in his community. We’ll miss your kind heart and contagious smile, Art, but you will never be forgotten.

Make sure to treasure these men, and all veterans. There are only 11 living USS Indianapolis survivors and they’re leaving us far too quickly.

10/31/2019
Rosie the Riveter Stories and WWII Homefront Info.
10/31/2019

Rosie the Riveter Stories and WWII Homefront Info.

There was a guide for victory for every occasion. Happy Halloween.

The National WWII Museum
10/31/2019

The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum was delighted to host the Fifth Marine Division Association's 70th Annual Reunion, which included this group of WWII veterans of the Battle of Iwo Jima. The group toured our exhibits, viewed a screening of "Beyond All Boundaries," and enjoyed a luncheon performance by the Victory Belles.

And they were the first private group to test out the new Higgins Hotel & Conference Center. Here, the WWII veterans are in the lobby of the 1940s-themed hotel, which is soon to open to the public. Read more and plan your visit: www.higginshotelnola.com

Naval History & Heritage Command
10/31/2019
Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

During the Battle Off Samar, our Sailors put their ships in harms way. The result? A great loss and a great gain — Taffy 3 successfully fought off a much larger force and secured the Philippines from the Imperial Japanese.

For his actions, CDR Ernest Evans was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Today, we now know the final resting place of one of the ships from the legendary Taffy 3.

World War II Foundation
10/28/2019

World War II Foundation

When a resident of the Rhode Island Veterans Home dies, an American flag is draped over his bed for 3 days to honor his military service. At the head of D-Day veteran Leo Heroux’s bed is also a small banner given to him in France in memory of his June 6, 1944 landing on Omaha Beach. Leo’s ashes will likely be scattered on Omaha Beach next year. Leo lived in Normandy after WWII. He met his future wife at a farm behind Omaha Beach on D-Day + 1 in the village of Colleville-sur-Mer.

USS Indianapolis
10/27/2019

USS Indianapolis

USS Indianapolis (CA-35) survivors Jim Jarvis, Dick Thelen, Edgar Harrell & Robert Witzig head out to the commissioning of USS Indianapolis LCS 17 in style. They are accompanied by family and friends for the event.

Indy Veterans
10/26/2019

Indy Veterans

Commissioning of the USS Indianapolis LCS 17 will be live streamed at 11:00am EST. 🇺🇸
Watch here http://ussindianapolislcs17.com/

Indiana War Stories
10/03/2019
Indiana War Stories

Indiana War Stories

"TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) -- A 94-year-old World War II veteran from Indiana has received France's highest military honor for his wartime service."

Indiana Spirit of '45
09/27/2019

Indiana Spirit of '45

It is with tremendous sadness we announce the passing of another National Treasure. Leslie Edwards, one of the last Tuskegee Airmen passed from this life September 23, 2019 at the age of 95.

Edwards was one of the last remaining Tuskegee Airmen, the African-American pilots who served in the U.S. military during World War II. An aircraft mechanic, Edwards was Flight Chief of Flight A in the 617th Bomb Squadron. Stationed in the U.S., he was responsible for the flight readiness of B-25 bombers that flew overseas in the war. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and went on to become a government meat inspector. He also spoke around the country about the role of the Tuskegee Airmen, delving into the history of the airmen for his own enjoyment and to preserve their stories.

Fly High on Eternal Wings Brother, You shall remain...

Always Loved ~ Forever Honored ~ Never Forgotten

HONOR ALL VETS
09/23/2019
HONOR ALL VETS

HONOR ALL VETS

🇺🇸 Pearl Harbor survivors close chapter 🇺🇸

Welcome Home, Hero🇺🇸
09/14/2019
Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Welcome Home, Hero🇺🇸

Nearly 78 years after he died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Navy Seaman 2nd Class Wilbur Clayton Barrett is finally home to Kansas. His remains arrived on a commercial flight from St. Louis, Missouri, shortly after noon.

For Ryan King, Command Master Chief of the USS Wichita, who has performed several plane-side services for fallen service members, the ceremony was emotional.

“[He] joined the Navy and left Kansas for the first time and came to Pearl Harbor. He just came there to do a good job as a sailor. ... And he fought, and he fought hard,” King said after the plane’s arrival. “Today we came to honor his sacrifice just like we do all of our service members that made the ultimate sacrifice like he did.”

Read more: https://www-1.kansas.com/news/local/article234980922.html

#PearlHarbor #USSOklahoma

Happy Birthday, Hero🇺🇸
09/14/2019
CBS4 Indy

Happy Birthday, Hero🇺🇸

WWII veteran Lawrence Brooks is celebrating his 110th birthday!

The National World War II Museum says Brooks' life and service was filled with stories of bravery and determination to celebrate.

Jim "Pee Wee" Martin (G/506)
09/10/2019

Jim "Pee Wee" Martin (G/506)

A number of years ago I travelled to Detroit to record my part in the HBO documentary, "The True Story of the Screaming Eagles". 101st Airborne Division historian Mark Bando was instrumental in arranging for myself, George Koskimaki and Al Hassenzahl to participate in this production.

09/09/2019
15 Rare Photos of Black Rosie the Riveters

Rosies🇺🇸

During World War II, 600,000 African-American women entered the wartime workforce. Previously, black women's work in the United States was largely limited to domestic service and agricultural work, and wartime industries meant new and better-paying opportunities -- if they made it through the hiring...

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