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Posted on Sep 30, 2006 in Armchair Reading, Front Page Features

ACG WebOps 24-30 September 2006

Jim H. Moreno

Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s first website column! Here you’ll find an array of links relative to military history news, articles, websites, and more. In the news this week: ‘Thunderbirds’, ‘Flying Tigers’, and a ‘Tokyo Rose’. Oh, and has anyone seen a stray H-bomb missing since 1958? Clicks away!


"More than 60 years after two Canadian airmen were shot down over the Netherlands in World War II, their families are returning to Europe to bury the men’s recently recovered remains."

Dutch to bury WWII Canadian flyers


Salvage Halifax 1944 Foundation

"Shinzo Abe is planning a revolution in Japan which will see the return of a full-strength imperial army for the first time since the Second World War."

Japan’s quiet successor vows to restore army

"About 1,500 people attended Saturday’s re-enactment of a Civil War battle on the grounds of the Wade House, watching dozens of men in Union blue and Confederate gray match military wits and strategy for nearly an hour in a steady drizzle."

Civil War Weekend re-engages old enemies: North versus South

Wade House

" The National Archives has microfilmed the records from the 14 Southern states and territories as well as the records of the general and staff members of the Confederate States of America."

More Civil War vet records arrive locally

"Past enlisted airmen once stationed in Europe now have a place dedicated to the telling of their story."

Ramstein room lets enlisted airmen tour parts of their history

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Sam E. Parish

"The 45th Infantry Museum in Oklahoma City is celebrating its 30th birthday today, and Edmond resident Bill Stearns looks back at every one of those 30 years with pride and fondness."

Edmond man recalls 30 years of Infantry Museum history

45th Infantry Division Museum

"She was the first of West Point’s "Class of 9-11" to die in war. Emily Perez, the highest ranking black and Hispanic woman cadet in corps history, was buried at this storied military academy Tuesday, two weeks after she was killed by a bomb in Iraq."

Soldier who was a pioneering cadet buried at West Point

"Iva Toguri D’Aquino, the Japanese-American woman known as "Tokyo Rose" who disseminated propaganda on the radio against the U.S. military during World War II, died Tuesday of old age, the Associated Press reported Wednesday, quoting one of her relatives. She was 90."

WWII Japanese-American propogandist "Tokyo Rose" dies at 90: AP

FBI History-Famous Cases: Iva Toguri d’Aquino and "Tokyo Rose"

"It’s been 54 years since the secret reconnaissance mission over Soviet air space during the Cold War, but the Air Force did not forget about each Airman who flew the hazardous mission."

Cold War Veteran Receives Distinguished Flying Cross

"The "Flying Tigers" will be brought back from the past as the 347th Rescue Wing will be redesignated as the 23rd Wing during a ceremony here at 8:23 a.m. Sept. 29."

23rd ‘Flying Tigers’ to Become Host Wing at Moody

Flying Tigers: American Volunteer Group

"A 65-year segment of history ends Sept. 30, when the last American servicemembers based in Iceland will leave the country. "

Last U.S. Servicemembers to Leave Iceland Sept. 30

Naval Air Station (NAS) Keflavik, Iceland

"Hundreds of military, base employees, and veterans gathered to pay tribute to the memory of Air Force Maj. John Francis Conlon III during a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) ceremony Sept. 21 at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mechanicsburg."

Vietnam Aviator Remembered at Ceremony

"Former and present aviators, maintainers, family members and supporters of the F-14 Tomcat gathered Sept. 21 for the dedication of the F-14 Tomcat memorial at the Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana Aviation Historical Park."

F-14 Monument Dedicated


"Today, more than $1 million sits in a special university account for the Ambrose-Heseltine Chair in American History, named after its main benefactor and the long-dead professor who trained him. The chair remains vacant, however, and Wisconsin is not currently trying to fill it."

Sounding Taps

"A new Bailey bridge seems right at home in this area considering the military history of the property now known as the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie."

Little bridge on the prairie

"The Alsace-Moselle Memorial at Schirmeck, in the Vosges Mountains south west of Strasbourg is one of the most poignant reminders of European conflicts that have taken place during the last 140 years. The Memorial, opened last year, is expected to attract many visitors in the next two months as Remembrance Day (November 11) approaches."

New Memorial and the Maginot Line attracts military history enthusiasts

"It was Sept. 19, 1980, a day the 308th Titan II Strategic Missile Wing will never forget. "

Titan missile crisis

Titan II

"Researchers in Monterey with the skills of archeologists and historians are examining the remains of the USS Macon, a blimp that went down seven decades ago. They’re getting remarkable pictures and very special insight."

USS Macon explored 71 years after crash

USS Macon

"As a 20-year-old American soldier in post-World War II Japan, Ivan Hambley was tasked with helping transport the woman widely regarded as the war’s most notorious traitor after her arrest. "

Secretive mission gives local man small part in World War II history

"A descendant of a Union soldier who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor has donated the medal — actually two medals — to the Vermont Veterans Military Museum and Library."

Vermont Museum is Given an Old Medal of Honor

Vermont Veterans Military Museum and Libray

"A massive collection of Shetland’s military history between 1650 and 1960 has been donated to the new archives at Hay’s Dock."

Priceless donation to museum

"Just a couple hundred yards from the runway where state-of-the-art jet fighters thunder into the sky from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, a group of dedicated volunteers is building a plane that’s about as low-tech as they come."

A piece of history

Great War in the Air

"It’s pretty unusual for history lessons to jump out of a textbook and captivate the average teenager. But some Richards High School juniors proved that it’s not impossible when they packed into Paul Faeh’s history classroom late Friday afternoon."

1812, 2006 have a lot in common

War of 1812

"Ahoy, Chicago: A new floating museum aboard a former Coast Guard ship is coming to the city, with plans to eventually moor downtown."

Floating maritime museum may dock downtown

USCGC Acacia (WLB 406)

"During the early morning hours of Feb. 5, 1958, an Air Force B-47 Stratojet bomber was soaring high above the Lowcountry coast on a simulated combat mission, but at approximately 2 a.m., disaster struck at 36,000 ft. A group of Air Force F-86 Saberjet fighters were in the vicinity, and without warning, one of the aircraft slammed into the bomber."

‘Tybee Island Bomb’ Still Missing

The Tybee Bomb

Op / Ed

"In the autumn of 68 B.C. the world’s only military superpower was dealt a profound psychological blow by a daring terrorist attack on its very heart. Rome’s port at Ostia was set on fire, the consular war fleet destroyed, and two prominent senators, together with their bodyguards and staff, kidnapped."

Pirates of the Mediterranean


"World War II ended more than 60 years ago, but the aircraft that flew in that conflict are still popular. Three of those planes, a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a Consolidated B-24 Liberator and a North American B-25 Mitchell, will be on display this week at Pittsfield Municipal Airport when the "Wings of Freedom Tour" of vintage World War II aircraft visits the city for the first time in three years."

Flying high with history

" Fall kicks off at the Gaylord Building Historic Site with a World War II theme. Soldiers, military items and posters are topics for historical talks and a new exhibit."

History center offers World War II events


"F. Brooke Nihart, a highly decorated Marine colonel who oversaw the development of Marine Corps museums and was the author of the U.S. Military Code of Conduct recited by every member of the armed forces, died Aug. 30 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of heart and kidney ailments."

Marine Col. F. Brooke Nihart; Wrote Military Code of Conduct

"A veteran from Ohio was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery Tuesday amid nationwide acclaim. It was extraordinary, because he died 88 years ago in World War One. It took that long for him to be found and brought home."

World War One vet laid to rest 88 years after death

Books & Movies

"Flyboys is as earnest and idealistic as the young pilots it portrays. And though the characters tend to behave more like stereotypes than real people, the aerial battles are spectacularly staged and shot."

History in the Movies: Flyboys


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Jim H. Moreno

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