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Travel Overnight to the National Museum of the US Army & National Museum of the Marine Corps!

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Travel overnight to the National Museum of the US Army & National Museum of the Marine Corps! September 30 - October 1, 2021 $289 (double occupancy; $60 single supplement) Join us on our overnight trip to

By |August 30th, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

A Short History of Jumping Out of Perfectly Good (and not so good) Airplanes

← BACK TO VBC BLOG August 16, 2021 A Short History of Jumping Out of Perfectly Good (and not so good) Airplanes Almost from the moment the Wright brothers proved that powered, heavier-than-air machine flight was possible, people have wanted to jump.

By |August 16th, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

“Duck Tape” or “Duct Tape”? Either Way is Right, and Its Sticky History is Fascinating

← BACK TO VBC BLOG “Duck Tape” or “Duct Tape”? Either Way is Right, and Its Sticky History Fascinating The world’s most useful tool was the brainchild of a Blue Star mother and WWII war plant worker from Illinois named Vesta

By |July 1st, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Jack Dempsey’s 1918 Publicity Stunt Backfired and Inspired his Service in WWII

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Jack Dempsey’s 1918 Publicity Stunt Backfired and Inspired his Service in WWII Several years ago, WWII veteran George Herwig told a story at the Veterans Breakfast Club about turning out for physical training in 1943 at

By |June 23rd, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Korean War Veteran Profile: Command Sergeant Major Simon Ramos, Special Forces Pioneer

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Korean War Veteran Profile: Command Sergeant Major Simon Ramos, Special Forces Pioneer Courtesy of Pete Mecca’s Veteran’s Story website archive Simon Ramos came into this world in 1932, one of twelve siblings. His childhood playground, all

By |June 7th, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Vietnam Mystery Memorial Still Has People Scratching Their Heads . . . and Mistakenly Declaring it “the First”

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Vietnam Mystery Memorial Still Has People Scratching Their Heads . . . and Mistakenly Declaring it “the First” (American Legion) (American Legion) I somehow missed this an old news item about the

By |May 31st, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Terror in West Germany, 1972: How a Mysterious Voice Stopped Me from Killing a Suspected Red Army Faction Bomber

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Terror in West Germany, 1972: How a Mysterious Voice Stopped Me from Killing a Suspected Red Army Faction Bomber By Charles Nesbitt US Army Nineteen-seventy-two was a year of terror in West Germany. The

By |May 19th, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Glenn Flickinger’s 12 Things to Know about the US Army in WWII (Borrowed Entirely from Rick Atkinson)

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Glenn Flickinger’s 12 Things to Know about the US Army in WWII (Borrowed Entirely from Rick Atkinson) By Glenn Flickinger The US Army Was Puny: When Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, the US Army

By |April 29th, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|1 Comment

The Real Story of Tiger 332: How Americans Captured a German King Tiger, Mark VI Tank on Christmas Eve, 1944.

← BACK TO VBC BLOG The Real Story of Tiger 332: How Americans Captured a German King Tiger, Mark VI Tank on Christmas Eve, 1944 by Harry Miller, WWII Veteran Harry Miller joined us April 19 and shared the story about

By |April 21st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized, VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Join Us Tuesday for a Discussion of the MGM classic, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)!

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Join Us Tuesday for a Discussion of the MGM classic, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)!           Join Us Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00pm on Zoom for a Discussion of the MGM classic, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)!          

By |April 14th, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Never Confuse “Tincture of Benzoin” for “Castellani Paint,” a Lesson My Buddies Learned the Hard Way

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Never Confuse “Tincture of Benzoin” for “Castellani Paint,” a Lesson My Buddies Learned the Hard Way By Jim Lutz Tachikawa, Japan, in the spring of 1957, was the wettest place on earth. It rained non-stop for

By |April 12th, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

The Texas Soldiers of “The Lost Battalion” Who Labored on “The Bridge on the River Kwai”

← BACK TO VBC BLOG The Texas Soldiers of “The Lost Battalion” Who Labored on “The Bridge on the River Kwai” Historian Kelly Crager is director of Texas Tech’s Vietnam Center and Archive Oral History Project, but he’s also author of

By |March 15th, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know about the Merchant Marine But Were Afraid to Ask

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know about the Merchant Marine But Were Afraid to Ask On this week’s Scuttlebutt, we talk about the Merchant Marine. Yes, it still exists. No, they aren’t military. And, heck no,

By |March 15th, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG, VBC BLOG - The Scuttlebutt|1 Comment

The Secret of File X-26: How Lt. Michael Blassie’s Remains Were Rescued from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

← BACK TO VBC BLOG The Secret of File X-26: How Lt. Michael Blassie’s Remains Were Rescued from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier By Pete Mecca Courtesy of Pete Mecca’s Veteran’s Story website archive. Mike was a spitting image of

By |March 8th, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|1 Comment

I Saw First-Hand Why They Called General Schwarzkopf “Stormin’ Norman”

← BACK TO VBC BLOG I Saw First-Hand Why They Called General Schwarzkopf “Stormin’ Norman” by Brad Washabaugh, Colonel, USMC (ret) Norman Schwarzkopf photo from wikipedia.org Bright Star 89 was the dress rehearsal for Desert Storm conducted in the

By |February 17th, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Submarine Sailors Made History Thirty Years Ago. Tonight, on VBC Happy Hour, We Talk with Them.

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Submarine Sailors Made History Thirty Years Ago. Tonight, on VBC Happy Hour, We Talk with Them. Image from wikipedia.org Desert Storm saw the largest assembly of war ships since WWII. You can find a

By |February 15th, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Last Civil War Widow Dies at Age 101

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Last Civil War Widow Dies at Age 101 She never took her $73.13-a-month Veteran’s Pension. Helen Jackson sits with portrait of her husband, a Civil War Veteran. Image from cherryblossomfest.com Until three years ago,

By |January 27th, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Operation Desert Storm at 30 Years

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Operation Desert Storm at 30 Years A Marine Corps M-1A1 Abrams main battle tank moves across the desert during the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm. Image via https://nara.getarchive.net This week marks the 30th

By |January 21st, 2021|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Japan’s Submarine Kamikazes in WWII

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Japan’s Submarine Kamikazes in WWII You’ve heard of Japanese Kamikazes in World War II, but probably not Kaiten, the underseas version of the famous suicide attacks on Navy warships in 1944-1945. Kaiten was a top-secret manned

By |December 12th, 2020|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Christmas in Corsica, 1944

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Christmas in Corsica, 1944 by Genevieve Norwood, Army nurse This story comes to us from Rich Norwood (USAF, ret), whose aunts Genevieve and (right) and Katherine Norwood (left) were Army nurses in WWII. Genevieve served in

By |December 5th, 2020|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

VBC Veteran Goes Viral on TikTok!

← BACK TO VBC BLOG VBC Veteran Goes Viral on TikTok! Vietnam veteran and Navy Corpsman Ray Amelio is now a social media celebrity.  Unless you’re under 25-years-old, you’ve most likely heard about the social media app TikTok, but you probably have

By |November 3rd, 2020|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Halloween, WWII Style

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Halloween, WWII Style Several Octobers ago, I woke up, looked out the window and saw pumpkins smashed, some decorations strewn about the street, and my neighbor’s two-year old Bradford pear tree snapped at the lower trunk like an autumn

By |October 31st, 2020|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Say Goodbye to the Navy Peacoat

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Say Goodbye to the Navy Peacoat On October 1, the US Navy completed the phase-out of the venerable Navy peacoat in favor of the “Black Cold Weather Parka.” The new parka is superior in every way: warmer, lighter, more

By |October 10th, 2020|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

The Forgotten Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima

← BACK TO VBC BLOG The Forgotten Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima Video of the Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, shot by Marine photographer Bill Genaust. 23 February 1945. Source: https://archive.org/details/CEP413 A few years ago, an amateur researcher named Eric Krelle

By |October 3rd, 2020|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

The Phone That Never Dies

← BACK TO VBC BLOG The Phone That Never Dies I bet everyone has found themselves in the precarious situation when your phone dies at the most inconvenient time. Half-way to your destination and forgot your charger? Lost! Chatting with your beau, he’s saying

By |September 29th, 2020|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Beer Runs In WWII

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Beer Runs in WWII Look closely at this picture of a British Spitfire in World War II. Those aren’t bombs under its wing. They’re beer barrels. If you talk with a veteran long enough about their service, the subject

By |September 26th, 2020|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Happy Birthday, Air Force!

← BACK TO VBC BLOG Happy Birthday, Air Force! Meet Your Grandfather, Professor Thaddeus Lowe and his Aeronautical Corps. General Henry "Hap" Arnold Thaddeus Lowe The “Father of the US Air Force” was General Henry “Hap” Arnold, the man who steered the branch

By |September 15th, 2020|Categories: VBC BLOG|0 Comments

Welcome to the Scuttlebutt!

Welcome to the Scuttlebutt! Welcome to The Scuttlebutt: Understanding Military Culture, a weekly pre-recorded program presented by The Veterans Breakfast Club. “Scuttlebutt” is a military term (specifically Navy) for talk or gossip around the watercooler below decks. The staff at VBC arrived at this title

By |September 4th, 2020|Categories: VBC BLOG, VBC BLOG - The Scuttlebutt|0 Comments

Who Were the People in the Times Square Kiss on V-J Day?

Who Were the People in the Times Square Kiss on V-J Day? Alfred Eisenstadt’s photograph of a sailor and a nurse kissing in Times Square is an icon of V-J Day, August 14, 1945, the final end of World War II. Despite the photo’s fame, the identities of

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