Oct
31
2015

The S.S. Patrick J. Hurley was a large ship that was converted into a tanker in 1941 and chartered to the War Shipping Administration as a Merchant Marine vessel to haul much needed fuel supplies across the Atlantic in World War II. She was 508 feet in length with a tonnage of 10,865 tons. She […]

Oct
23
2015

  They were 250,000 strong. They lost 9,000 men in World War II. 600 more were taken as prisoners of war and 11,000 of their number were wounded. The Merchant Marine suffered the highest casualty rate of any branch of service in World War II as they faithfully and bravely delivered troops, supplies and equipment […]

Aug
17
2015

Pilots during World War II were required to be proficient on the skeet range in order to be eligible for training as fighter pilots. If they could not hit 18 out of 25 skeet targets they would immediately wash out of the program. Only those that were good marksmen would make the grade as a […]

Aug
4
2015

As the Japanese were bombing Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, eighteen year old Jack Ogilvie was hunting ducks on Lake Dallas. Jack turned the radio on as he left for home and heard the dreadful news. He knew that the only thing for him to do now was volunteer for military duty in service […]

Jul
30
2015

Billy Bradford graduated from high school in Corsicana, Texas in 1941. Because of the war that was underway, when young men graduated they were expected to join the military. Billy joined the U. S. Army Reserves and began working with the hopes of making enough money in one year to be able to go to […]