NPR’s StoryCorps is finding an embarrassment of riches in Minnesota. For three straight weeks, the Friday morning tradition has featured stories from the state. Today, it’s an update with Paul Braun, the sergeant of the company he was assigned to in Iraq, and “Philip”, who was an interpreter in Iraq. Read more →
There was, apparently, some anger within NPR when two of its journalists — David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna — were killed when their Humvee was hit by heavy weapons fire while they were covering the war in Afghanistan last June.
Why were they in harm’s way? Could their deaths have been avoided. Read more →
Clare Hollingworth has died at 105, and there’s a fair chance you have no idea who she is. But it’s a pretty neat thing to have in your obit that you’re the one who told the world that World War II had started. Read more →
We all probably have different definitions of luxury but for a kid like me who grew up having to trudge through the woods across the street to get to the “hockey pond,” a backyard rink certainly qualifies.
So we salivate just a bit at what Shawn Carlon has done at his home in Maple Grove. Read more →
When Frederick C. Sylvia, Jr, of Achusnet, Mass., died five years ago next month, an honor guard played taps and presented an American flag to his family, a fitting tribute to a man who fought with Gen. Patton in World War II.
But his son couldn’t stop thinking about the medals — especially the Victory Medal — that he’d promised his dad he’d be buried with. He didn’t have the heart to tell him in his dad’s last days that they’d been stolen. Read more →
Having just worked my way through Scott Berg’s long biography of Charles Lindbergh, and being a huge fan of John Glenn since I was a boy, Bill Flanagan’s commentary on Glenn (and Lindbergh) this morning was particularly riveting. Read more →
We can only imagine what goes through the mind of politicians like Newt Gingrich, who this afternoon, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor, chose to issue an incredibly tone-deaf tweet, even by today’s standards. Read more →
There are angels who walk among us, but they are no match for the evil of war. Anas al-Basha could have left Aleppo any time but he stayed behind, trying to maintain a civil society. Al-Basha could make kids laugh. He’s a clown. Now, he’s dead.
There are only a handful of survivors of the USS Arizona from the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago next week. And his family says Donald Stratton still jumps when there’s a loud noise, owing to the bomb that scored a direct hit on his battleship. Read more →