ON #ThisDay 73 years ago today the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. #PaperLanterns tells the little-kno wn story of 12 US #POWs held near the epicentre. Listen to the film maker’s account #AceHistoryDesk reports

#AceHistoryNews – Aug.06: The atomic bombs dropped by the United States in August 1945 on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing tens-of-thousands instantly, were a watershed event in human history:One little-known fact is that 12 American Prisoners of War, were being held close to the centre of the blast in Hiroshima at the time #AceHistoryDesk reports

Photo: Paper Lantern producer Peter Grilli (left) and director Barry Frechette (right) at the UN radio studio in NY. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Scaffidi

A documentary about them and the extraordinary actions over the years that followed of one local humanitarian to honour their memory, was recently screened at UN Headquarters: “Paper Lanterns” tells the story of 8-year-old survivor Shigeaki Mori and his kindness towards two of the POWs’ families who, for decades, knew only that their loved ones were officially Missing In Action.

Director Barry Frechette and producer Peter Grilli, spoke to Liz Scaffidi about the film at UN Headquarters: Duration: 4’53″ https://soundcloud.com/unradio/film-at-un-sheds-light-on-bombing-of-hiroshima

Source: UN News Centre: Published: August 06, 2018 at 04:31AM

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Featured Blogger: June – 187th/11th Airborne Division By //Pacific Paratrooper

With his thoughts still focused on his R&R in Australia, Everett “Smitty” Smith landed back at Lipa City, P.I. only to discover that a mission was scheduled. The last remaining organized Japanese group, the Shabu Forces, were hold up in the northeast corner of Luzon and General Swing had organized the Gypsy Task Force to take them out. On his orders, the unit would include “all Camp MacKall veterans.”

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Jump at Aparri, Luzon

This unique unit would include men from the 187th Infantry, the 511th, the 457th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, a platoon from the 127th Engineers and two platoons from B Company. Despite Gen. Krueger’s disapproval, Lt. Col. Henry Burgess, now 26 years old, would be the commanding officer. (Smitty was at the ancient age of 30, one of the oldest paratroopers besides one other soldier and a few of the officers.) Col. Lahti (31) would be CO for the reserve unit.

Task Force Gypsy, Aparri, Luzon

Col. John Lackey, CO of the 317th Troop Carrier Group, with very little notice, began loading 54 C-47s and 13 C-46s at 0430 hours, 23 June 1945. His plane was the first to leave Lipa airstrip and the constant rumbling of the planes soon became “Vs” in the open skies. Within the transports, every man appeared as a clone to the next. Individuality was lost among the uniforms, bundled parachutes and rucksacks filled to capacity with ammunition, first-aid, water and C-rations.

C-47 Skytrain “Gooney Bird”

Each man stood and checked the chute of the man beside him when the “Gooney Birds” lurched at 0900 hours; the smoke flares from the forward Pathfinders were spotted and green lights flashed for the paratroopers. The stick of men hooked up to the static lines and proceeded to jump into vertical development. With mandatory, disciplined silence, the traditional battle cry, “Geronimo,” is only heard within the imaginative faculty of 1,030 men. All these diverse personalities would react separately to the same experience.

Task Force Gypsy

Each man, for his own reasons, volunteered for the perilous duty that might end his life. Each man went through various stages of development and arrived at the same destination. Each man had been chosen for their good health, general toughness and honor. A jump into combat is reality in its most crystalline form.

As the ground races up to meet the troopers, they see the tall, thick fields of the sharp kunai grass, flooded rice paddies, caribou ruts and bomb craters – all would prove dangerous. The Task Force would lose 7%, two men killed and 70 wounded as they landed in 25 mph winds. The battle-hardened paratroopers collected their flame throwers, howitzers and rifles from the gliders and reassembled with “Espirit de Corps.”

Current News – Tomorrow, 7 August 2018 is Purple Heart Day

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Over 1.8 million awarded to date.

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Farewell Salutes –

Hugh Adams – Portland, OR; US Army Air Corps, WWII

Trevor Anstey – Chesterfield, ENG; RAF, WWII

Angel Flight

Gary Bohanick – Virginia Beach, VA; US Army, Vietnam, 101st Airborne Division

Michael Gagliardi – Boca Raton, FL; US Army, 127th Engineers/11th Airborne Division

Freeman Hepburn – brn: Bahamas/Port St. Lucie, FL; US Army

Richard B. “Rick” Long Sr. – Seven Lakes, NC; US Army, Lt. Colonel (Ret.)

Samuel McAllister – Mt. Vernon, NY; US Army, 75th Ranger Regiment, Sgt. Major, (2) Bronze Stars, KIA

Christopher Nelms – Oklahoma City, OK; US Army (28 y.), Delta Force, Sgt. Major, (2) Silver Stars, KIA

Billy Sapp – Reno, NV; USMC, WWII, PTO, 1st Marine Division

Kenneth Walser – Mesa, AZ; US Army Air Corps, WWII & Korea, B-26 pilot

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