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.
April 10, 2003
BEDFORD, Va. -- For Elizabeth Teass, the beginning of a new American war revives distant memories of a conflict that shattered this little Blue Ridge Mountain town, marking it forever as a place defined by the sacrifices of its citizen soldiers. Teass was the Western Union girl down at Green's Pharmacy, a hometown soda shop hangout. She read all the messages that came across the line from Richmond, Va., pasted them on telegram paper and sent them on their way. Each morning she would flip the switch that turned the machine on, say hello to Richmond and wait for telegrams.
February 27, 2000
MY BEST SHOT Oman traffic jam Mary Betz, Baltimore My husband and I took an "Arabian Nights" cruise from Piraeus, Greece, to Bombay, India. One of our stops was in Oman. The roads are very modern, so you can imagine our surprise when our excursion was interrupted by a herd of hundreds of camels. In Oman, wealth is determined by the number of camels you own, so you know the owner of these camels was a very wealthy man indeed. A MEMORABLE PLACE Bravery on a French beach Charles J. Bury Jr. SPECIAL TO THE SUN It was cold and wet. The wind was blowing hard, sending chills down my spine as I looked out over the beach.
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.
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."
November 11, 2001
Walter Howard never talked about what happened at Omaha Beach. For 57 years, the war raged inside his head. He could see the bodies on the beach, feel his heart pounding and his hands trembling, hear the hot metal hitting the water -- single shots from rifles, bursts from machine guns. Still, he never spoke of it to his wife, three sons or his fellow World War II veterans. Then a few months back, Howard came from his home in Canton, Ohio, to the new National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., the tiny Blue Ridge Mountain town that lost much of a generation of its boys at Omaha Beach, Normandy.
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.
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.