Mar
5
2015

Willie (Will) Taft Smith graduated high school in 1945 from Ogden High School in the small community of Liddieville, which is close to Monroe, Louisiana. He was seventeen years old and knew that he would be immediately drafted into the military in November when he would turn eighteen. Because of the war the military was […]

Feb
27
2015

Ruth Cates was my wife’s aunt and lived in Bellflower, California. She submitted this article for the Fine Arts Department of her Women’s Club of Bellflower and it was entered in the Fine Arts Festival in 1992, in competition with nineteen other clubs. She won first place with this wonderful World War II love story. […]

Jan
20
2015

After serving in World War II as a Merchant Marine seaman, it was difficult for Charles Smith and his family to accept his being drafted into the Army four years later, at age twenty-five, to serve in the Korean War. He had established a very successful paint and wallpaper business and now he had to […]

Dec
30
2014

Charles Smith graduated high school in 1943 in Burnet, Texas. The following year he joined the Merchant Marines and would experience World War II as an Able-Bodied Seaman aboard T2 Tankers and Victory Ships, refueling critical ships and aircraft in the Pacific Theater and the Mediterranean and Indian Oceans, as well as delivering cargo, supplies […]

Nov
18
2014

Ed Martin’s Navy career was in the Pacific theater during World War II. His first assignment was aboard the USS Fulton, a submarine tender. He was the one of the men who kept all the gauges in working order for the US Pacific submarine fleet. Ed would become the ship’s driver and eventually be assigned […]