This month marks the 74th anniversary of the Allied Liberation of Europe otherwise known as D-Day. The invasion, which started on June 6, 1944, marked the beginning of the end of the war in Europe. Many men made the ultimate sacrifice for the free world. And although most of those who served that day have names that the general public does not know, there were some very famous people who fought there as well. Here are a just a few and the roles they played in liberating Europe.
Sir Alec Guinness: Long before he became known as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars universe, this legendary actor transported British troops in a landing craft onto the beaches of Normandy. A little more than a decade later Guinness would go on to star in the WWII classic “Bridge Over the River Kwai” (1957) as a British POW.
James Doohan: Star Trek’s “Mr. Scott” distinguished himself as one of several Canadian officers who lead his men up the hill on Juno Beach. Doohan was struck six times by machinegun bullets. (One of these bullets severed his right middle finger which he often concealed from viewers of the iconic show in which he would later star.) Doohan also trained with the Royal Canadian Air Force and learned to fly an artillery observation plane.
Yogi Berra: Famous baseball catcher Yogi Berra manned a Naval support craft and helped to storm Normandy. His craft bombarded enemy positions on Omaha Beach.
Medgar Evers: This civil rights pioneer served in the segregated 325th Port Company during WWII. His unit delivered much needed supplies during the Normandy Invasion.
John Ford: This iconic film director is known for having directed some of the most famous Westerns of all time. Ford went ashore on D-Day as a commander in the US Naval reserve. His team actually filmed the invasion which was eventually viewed by the public.
Henry Fonda: Head of an acting dynasty, Fonda served as a quartermaster on the destroyer USS Satterlee during the Allied landing at Normandy Beach. His ship provided support for the liberating troops. Years later he would star in several movies based on the war including “The Longest Day.”
Yes, the sacrifices that these brave men and others who help restore democracy in Europe will not be forgotten. Pride in the Corps can also be displayed with one of our USMC novelties and USMC home décor items all year round.
Father’s day is right around the corner and although it is not celebrated with the same enthusiasm by some, we here at eMarine PX value the importance of fathers. They are the most important male figure in many of our lives and are one of the cornerstones of the family unit. They do so much for us that it is only fitting that we honor them in some way at least once a year. We especially honor Dads who are on active duty as they have elected to be apart from their families to protect and serve our country. However, as important as this day is, we would wager that many people are in the dark about some basic facts surrounding this holiday. Here are some interesting facts about the Father’s Day.
Father’s Day was started by a woman: Sonora Smart Dodd is believed to have founded Father’s Day in Spoke Washington after hearing a sermon at her church that celebrated Mother’s Day. Her father was Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart who raised Ms. Dodd without a wife.
Father’s Day is the fourth-biggest day for sending greeting cards: The other big holidays for greeting cards are Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
A father’s death inspired the invention of the drinking fountain: The drinking fountain was invented in 1912 by a man whose father succumbed to typhoid fever after drinking from a contaminated public water supply. The man – Halsey Taylor – sought to both honor his father and keep the public safe.
The First Father’s Day: The first father’s day was celebrated in July 5, 1908, at a West Virginia church. The gathering was specifically designed to commemorate 362 men who had died in an explosion at a local mine.
Third Sunday in June: The effort to recognize Father’s Day has been hard fought. For 60 years it was not officially recognized as a US holiday. Eventually, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. It was made a permanent holiday by his successor President Richard Nixon in 1972.
If you are contemplating what to get your active duty or retired dad, you should consider one of the many fine products from our eagle globe and anchor store. We have medals, clothing, decals, USMC novelties and gifts as well as other items that will demonstrate your dad’s pride in our nation.
Is your son or daughter contemplating a career in the Marine Corps? Has he or she seen the many advantages of serving such as the opportunity to serve one’s country, see the world, learn a specialty and carve out an upward path for his or her life? Well, as our readers know it takes more than the desire to join the service to become a vital part of this nation’s military. First, Marine recruits must go through 13 of the most grueling weeks of their lives. We know that parents who have served will want their sons and/or daughters prepared for such a challenge. Here are some ways to prepare your child for boot camp.
The Physical Preparation
Perhaps no organization places a higher priority on physical fitness than the US Marines. First and foremost, your son or daughter should prepare to be tested physically. We recommend that you first educate your son or daughter about Marine Corps testing standards. For example, he/she should know that they will have to take the Initial Strength Test (IST) which of course includes pull-ups/flexed-arm hangs, crunches, and a timed run. If your son or daughter is a natural athlete this will be helpful. If that is not the case, suggest to them that they may wish to start a workout routine in the months leading up to joining the Corps. Also, be sure that he/she eats healthy meals for the nutritional support they will need.
Preparing Your Son/Daughter Mentally
Of course the preparation for becoming a Marine involves more than just a test of one’s physical stamina. It also involves a test of one’s intelligence, focus, and character. Be sure that your child knows that a great deal of discipline and willingness to follow orders/instructions is a key part of basic training. Otherwise, his/her time with the Corps will be short, uncomfortable and unproductive. Also, be sure that your child is someone who can take responsibility for his/her actions and is a team player. Iconoclasts do not do well in the services.
In short, even civilians have heard about the rigors of boot camp. It is a grueling and demanding experience that tests one’s mettle and sorts out who will become a valuable asset to his/her unit and country and who will not. Make sure that your child reflects your pride in the Corps before joining what may be a family tradition for you. You will also want to be sure that he/she is prepared to face the physical and mental rigors that lie ahead. Also, show your pride in the Corps with our USMC items andMarine Corps products.
Memorial Day Weekend is one of the busiest vacation times for Americans. People from all around our great nation are packing, scanning the Internet for vacation deals and anticipating spending time with loved ones. However, as we all know, this holiday is not just about enjoying a three day weekend. It is about honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. One way to do this is by visiting one of the many museums in the nation dedicated to our fallen comrades. Here is a list of some of the most visited memorials in the nation.
National Infantry Museum: Located in Fort Benning, GA this $100 million museum includes displays from the Siege of Yorktown to the war in Iraq. Visitors can even try out the facility’s combat and rifle range simulators.
National Museum of the Marine Corps: Located in Triangle, VA: This museum provides a total immersion experience for visitors.
National World War II Museum: This museum does an excellent job of relaying the experience and magnitude of World War II. Visitors can even hear films narrated by Tom Hanks (who starred in ‘Saving Private Ryan’) and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is an emotional experience and an educational one as well.
S. Naval Academy Museum: This museum located in Annapolis, Md., pays tribute to the role the Navy has played in our securing and maintaining our nation’s freedom.
Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum and the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum: This museum has displays dating back to the 1870s. The nearby field artillery museum has an impressive display of military technology housed there.
National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri: This museum pays tribute to that often forgotten war. There are over 75,000 items displayed there as it is one of Kansas City’s top tourist destinations.
National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida: This museum is a tribute to naval air power. It even hosts a superb collection of over 150 aircraft, a flight simulator and the immersive Blue Angels 4D experience.
Yes, we know that visitors to our site would never forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. These museums are reminders to the rest of us how freedom is an American birthright. Show your pride wherever you decide to vacation with a Marine Corps jacket or USMC jewelry.
Documentarians have a job that is more complicated and nuanced that those of ordinary film makers. They must attempt to educate as well as entertain. So for those people who have an interest in the nation’s armed forces and in history there are documentaries about military and war. Some of these documentaries are quite enlightening for those who have not served. Check out our list of the top documentaries about this nation’s military.
The War: This seven-part series is about World War II and is about the distressing, personal accounts of soldiers from standard American towns. It was made by Ken Burns noted documentarian behind the award winning PBS series on The Civil War.
Restrepo: Directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger this documentary is about one year with a platoon fighting in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. It features: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan ‘Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney and LaMonta Caldwell.
Legion of Brothers: This documentary gives viewers access to the U.S. Special Forces and their efforts in Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban immediately after 9/11.
Great Raids of World War II: This documentary features six stores of Allied military operations which took place during World War II. It is told through archival footage and veterans who survived the battles.
Escape from Marawi: Produced by ABC News Australia, this documentary tells the story of ISIS’ move into Southeast Asia as it attempts to gain territory and membership. It also tells about those who are trying to prevent this overthrow.
Secrets of the SAS: In Their Own Words: This four part series explores the Special Forces through candid interviews with former members. It relates their human experiences serving with the top secret, military unit.
Yes, all these documentaries attempt to capture some aspect of war and military life. Some are quite successful at capturing the sacrifice that must be made in order to protect freedom. That is why we have great pride in those documentaries that do capture that experience and relate it to the public as only skilled documentarians can do. We also have pride in the organizations that support us in our efforts to supply our customers with USMC hats and other Marine Corps merchandise from our eagle globe and anchor store. These items are about expressing pride in our nation’s armed forces and the principles that they represent.
Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead.
Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free.
Honoring All Who Served
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