The Only Color Footage of the Japanese Surrender on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945

Aboard the USS Missouri 77 years ago, Admiral “Bull” Halsey’s Fleet “Aerologist" (Navy-speak for meteorologist) borrowed a camera and shot the only color footage of the Japanese Surrender in Tokyo Bay. On September 2, 1945, Commander George F. Kosco borrowed a camera from Chief Petty Officer (and Hollywood actor) Leif Erickson. Then, he took a

Army Tribute to Navy Peacoat

Written by Dave Lozier Last year, in our fall 2021 issue of VBC Magazine, we ran a story on the Navy’s phase-out of the venerable Navy peacoat in favor of the “Black Cold Weather Parka.” We received many responses, including this moving story from Army veteran Dave Lozier. Sailors with the

One of the Last Surviving US Navy Ship Captains from World War II Pays Tribute to the Amphibious Fleet

Lt. James Kehl, 1946 One-hundred-year-old Jim Kehl of Pittsburgh, PA, is one of the last surviving US Navy ship captains from World War II. Jim served aboard LSM-144 and LSM-145 and traveled tens-of-thousands of miles across the Pacific in 1944 and 1945, including the invasions of the Lingayen Gulf and Okinawa. He

USS Pueblo Veterans on VBC Happy Hour

John Mitchell, Rick Rogala, Stu Russell, and Earl Phares were captured by North Korea in 1968 and held for 11 months as POWs. They join us again with Jack Cheevers, author of Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo. Also joining us is retired Navy Commander Jim

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