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By Gary Dorsey and Gary Dorsey,SUN STAFF | May 23, 2004
Why was D-Day important? Why is it remembered today? Why will it be recognized for a thousand years? Put these questions to Joe Balkoski, and he will understand immediately that these are not idle or obvious questions. These are questions that consume his days. Ultimately, he expects that June 6, 1944, the day Allied troops landed in Normandy and turned the tide in World War II, will live in perpetuity. IIt has taken 60 years for the story of D-Day to seem as emblematic to Americans as Abraham Lincoln's appearance at Gettysburg.
By Delia M. Rios and Delia M. Rios,NEWHOUSE NEWS SERVICE | June 6, 2004
On the afternoon of July 11, 1944 - 35 days after the Allied invasion at Normandy - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower came across a forgotten note tucked inside his wallet. He called in his naval aide, Capt. Harry C. Butcher, who, taking the paper, read: "Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone."
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2010
Holbrook "Hobey" Bradley, The Sun's last surviving World War II correspondent, who covered the 29th Infantry Division from D-Day to the German surrender and later wrote of his wartime experiences, died Saturday of bladder cancer at a daughter's home in Encinitas, Calif. He was 93. "Bradley was very much a flamboyant devil-may-care guy who courted danger. He made it a habit of always being on the front lines," said Joseph R.L. Sterne, former editorial page editor of The Sun, whose book, "Combat Correspondents: The Baltimore Sun in World War II," was published last year.
By Kevin Cowherd | July 30, 1998
AS A PARENT, it's my job to drag the kids off each summer to various historical sites they have absolutely no desire to see.With this in mind, we spent a day recently at the famous Civil War battlefields in Gettysburg, Pa. (Motto: "More cheesy gift shops than Saigon in '67!")As we discovered, the best way to prepare for a trip to Gettysburg is by purchasing a small, tasteful-looking ski mask and automatic weapon, and then robbing a bank.Oh, yeah, it's kind of pricey, depending on exactly what you want to do.For instance, if you just want to sit in your car in the parking lot with the windows rolled up until you pass out from the heat, it'll probably cost you only 50 or 60 bucks.
By Story by JONATHAN PITTS and Story by JONATHAN PITTS,SUN STAFF | June 6, 2004
COLLEVILLE - SUR-MER, France -- Sixty years ago this morning, just a half-mile off the coast of Normandy, high winds tossed the flimsy landing craft in which Charles "Harry" Heinlein was riding. It was the first time the 22-year-old Army private from Baltimore would hit Omaha Beach. As the roar of German guns reached his ears, the rough weather seemed a reflection of his rapidly pounding heart. "Let me put it this way," said Heinlein recently. "It wasn't a quiet place." Three days ago, when he returned to Omaha Beach for the first time since taking part in the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944, he arrived not in a landing craft but in an air-conditioned tour bus. He wore not an assault vest and helmet but a tie, a blue blazer, and the yin-and-yang symbol pin of the fabled "Blue and Gray," his 29th Infantry Division.
By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | June 5, 2005
A June 1944 issue of Life magazine featured Ike on its cover, and, inside, an account of D-Day from a ship loaded with communications equipment to help choreograph the massive invasion. In the article, the ship is called the USS Acamar. But it wasn't. Yesterday, a group of nine veterans of Normandy gathered in Baltimore County, holding citations that commended the ship's role as one of four command vessels for the mission -- and recognizing it by its actual name. While the Achernar's existence is well-documented in naval records, until now, there's been no cross-reference to the fact that the Acamar and the Achernar are one in the same, said Phil Gentilcore, a Hyattsville resident who served as a gunner's mate on the ship.
June 12, 2005
My Best Shot June Ray Smith, Shrewsbury, Pa. The beaches of Normandy Last summer I was taken with the tranquillity of this sunny beach and its lone, bright yellow umbrella standing in such stark contrast to the scene played out at that very site on June 6, 1944 - Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. A Memorable Place The enduring allure of ancient Greece Steven Speaks SPECIAL TO THE SUN I have never been much for traveling, which probably explains why it took me a full year to decide to leave Baltimore and move to Belgium to pursue a Ph.D.
By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | June 6, 2001
The man never talked much anyway, the boy knew, and his mom told him that when his dad got back from his tour of duty in World War II, he spoke even less. That didn't bother young Joe Balkoski so much as leave him in a state of puzzlement. "When a full sentence came out of my father's mouth, it was an occasion," says Balkoski today. "He was just a quiet, reserved guy. You rarely knew what he was thinking." Maybe that's why it made such an impact on Joe - at age 8, in 1962 - when Dad corralled him one day in their New York City apartment to take him to the movies.
May 11, 2004
Dr. Charles N. Accettola, 90, who set up the first medical camp at Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion of France, died Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Dr. Accettola joined the Army Medical Corps in 1942 and served with the 348th Engineers Combat Battalion during World War II. On D-Day, he set up the first medical camp at the Normandy landing site. He became a battalion surgeon in combat zones, leading a medical detachment of 15 men. After the war, Dr. Accettola returned to New York and eventually started a private practice specializing in internal medicine and blood disorders.
April 20, 2008
On April 17, 2008, ERNEST P. JR; beloved husband of the late Nancy D. (nee Smith); devoted father of Calvin L. Brandt, and his wife Catherine, William E. Brandt, Debra E. Simmons, and her husband Robert; dear grandfather of William E. Brandt, JR., and Holly M. Haynes, and husband Matthew; great-grandfather of Kaitlyn Haynes; dear friend of Elaine Bevans. Due to his unusual duties in WWII, he was awarded an Arrowhead for the D-Day Invasion at Omaha Beach, France, and four Bronze Stars for the push through Normandy, Northern France, The Rhineland, Central Europe, to Leipzig, Germany.
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