A Soldier’s Mettle


Sgt. Matthew Bland and the Marines with Cpl Sean Leahy squad prepare to RTB (return to base) after completing their mission. The Marines are assigned to 3rd Battalion 5th Marines — Nelvin C. Cepeda
Sgt. Matthew Bland and the Marines with Cpl Sean Leahy squad prepare to RTB (return to base) after completing their mission. The Marines are assigned to 3rd Battalion 5th Marines — Nelvin C. Cepeda

“The true test of a soldier’s mettle is to see whether or not they will cling to what they believe in, even in the face of impending death.”
Matthew S. Williams

Rare WW II photos: A Prelude to the Japanese Surrender, 1945


A modeller shows us exactly what the Green Cross Betty would have looked like. One can only imagine the emotions running through the ground crews who were required to paint over their much-adored hinomaru markings and remove her defensive armament. This is the bomber variant of the G4M Betty, while the second aircraft to land was a transport variant. Photo vianetwork54.com, model by Terry aka braincells37

Rare photos of a fascinating piece of history.  This was overshadowed by the Tokyo Bay surrender ceremony a few weeks later.  

Interesting photos of the preparation of Surrender of Japan in August 1945 (Officially signed on the USS Missouri in the Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945) , A delegation of Japanese Representatives flew to an American Base close to Okinawa.

The Japanese planes were requested to be painted in white and have the”Meatballs” replaced by a Green Cross.

 I‘ve added over 30 images to my Google Drive account and left the link below. I wasn’t able to add the captions to each individual picture,[ I received these via email] so I copied them on a separate file in order of appearance. There was also a letter from an eyewitness Army Soldier to his parents recounting the event. These are  rare photos (and  personal descriptions) and should be shared so feel free to download anything you like and pass them along. Click the first file to launch the slide show.  Enjoy! 

 

Here are photographs of some of those Green Cross flights and Green Cross aircraft, starting with the most photographed of them all ? the Green Cross Bettys of Iejima

The two Bettys (ironically and deliberately given the call signs Bataan 1 and Bataan 2 by the Americans) fly low over the East China Sea, inbound for Iejima wearing their hastily painted white surrender scheme and green crosses. One can only imagine what is going on in the conflicted minds of the Japanese airmen as they fly over their own territory in the company of the hated enemy, headed for an event of profound humiliation in front of thousands of enemy soldiers. These two Bettys would become the most photographed Green Cross surrender aircraft of the end of the war. Photo: US Navy

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F 16 Fighter Pilots over Afghanistan


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Check out this video highlighting Airmen from the 100th Fighter Squadron showcasing what it means to be a F-16 fighter pilot over the skies of Afghanistan.

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When America stood together


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May 27, 1945 The 6888th Postal Battalion was an all female, all black unit responsible for sorting every piece of mail sent to US troops in the European theater… Sorting the 90 billion pieces of mail sent to American troops in Europe required the women to keep track of the location of every US solider in Europe, including all 7,500 Robert Smiths. Yet thanks to their round the clock sorting, 65,000 letters went out three times a day to soldiers throughout Europe.”

Source: National Archives

Image of the Day: 29, November 2014


Canadian Forces
Canadian Forces

“I Got Your Six.”

Notice the survival bracelet the soldier facing us is wearing. I make and sent these to the troops; it’s good to see them wearing them.

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