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Remember Pearl Harbor — 73rd Anniversary

On this day, the 73rd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, I share a half-dozen photographs shot Dec. 7, 1941, the “day that will live in infamy.”

Credit for the photos above belongs to the U.S. Navy photographers who shot them as well as the Navy History and Heritage Center Collection and the National Archives collection where they are kept. To see more photos like these, click here.

FYI: I encourage you on this day and every day to thank a veteran for the freedom you enjoy.

If you like this article and my other efforts, please show your support by buying my books and encouraging your friends and loved ones to do the same.  Thanks in advance!

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Bob McCarty Offers Weekly Recap: Nov 15

This week was a productive one at Bob McCarty Headquarters. Below are snippets about what kept me busy:

Click image above to read post about a World War II V-MAIL message.

Click image above to read post about a World War II V-MAIL message.

SUNDAY, Nov. 9: In addition to announcing that my first crime-fiction novel had hit the marketplace in the post, The National Bet Now on Sale in Paperback, Ebook, I shared a piece about one method of communication used by Soldiers — including my dad — during World War II. Finally, I offered an update to an exclusive report I published two days earlier about the Oklahoma City Bombing trial taking place in Salt Lake City.

MONDAY, Nov. 10:  I shared news about something I have in common with the nation’s most-popular talk radio host in my post, Rush Limbaugh Threatens to Sue Democrat Committee.

TUESDAY, Nov. 11: On Veterans Day, I shared news about several special men in my life. The ones in my post, Story of Four Not-So-Famous Brothers Inspires, served during World War II. The one in my post, Wrongly Convicted By Military Justice System, American Soldiers Deserve as Much Attention as GITMO Detainees, served in the modern Army.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12:  I offered a warning in my post, YOU Might Be On A Federal Watch List!

THURSDAY, Nov. 13:  I showed off my printed wares along with dozens of other authors at a book lover’s event in O’Fallon, Mo.

FRIDAY, Nov. 14: On this busy day, I shared news about an auction, an interrogator, an indictment and a Saturday talk radio appearance on “TIPPING POINT with BOONE CUTLER” in Reno, Nev.

FYI: A film crew from Los Angeles will be visiting soon to interview me as part of a documentary they’re shooting. Though I can’t divulge more details at this time, I can tell you that the findings I share inside my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, will be front and center. Meanwhile, I hope you’ll read and share my pieces and, of course, buy my books — including the one endorsed by Santa Claus. Thanks in advance!

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Story of Four Not-So-Famous Brothers Inspires

One of the most popular stories about members of the “Greatest Generation” is that of “The Fighting Sullivans,” five brothers who who died aboard the U.S.S. Juneau during the Battle of Guadalcanal.  That story is heroic, in part, because it has to do with men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country during World War II.

The Fighting Sullivans shared a lot in common with my dad and his brothers.

The Fighting Sullivans shared a lot in common with my dad and his brothers.

Whenever I hear talk about the Sullivans, however, I can’t help but think of four not-so-famous Iowa brothers — Max, Verle, Guy and Ted — who also answered their nation’s call.  Like many thousands of others, they set aside any personal plans they had for a while and went into harm’s way to fight for freedom.

Max, the oldest, was among the first to be drafted into the Army.  Next in line, Verle went to the Navy.  Guy followed, donning Army green. By March 1943, only the youngest son remained at home.  That fact prompted a conversation to take place between Ted, the youngest brother at 19, and his father.

“Ted, do you want me to declare you essential to my farm work?” his dad asked, knowing that one son from each farm family could be deferred from entering service if he was needed to work on the farm.

Ted took little time to answer.

“No.  If my brothers can go into the service, then I feel that I should go also,” he said, adding, “Besides, I want to do my part in the war” and “Dad, you really don’t need me.”

It wasn’t long before Ted was drafted and assigned to the Army’s 406th Regiment of the 102nd Infantry Division at Camp Swift near Austin, Texas.

Though I don’t have many details about the service records of the three oldest brothers, I do know that two of them — and their brother Ted — saw front line combat action. In addition, I know that all four brothers came home alive.

This story is important to me, because I knew all of the men in this story. The three oldest brothers were my uncles, and the youngest was — and still is — my dad. Together, I suppose, they could have been known as The Fighting McCarty Brothers.

After the war, Max and Verle went on to own and operate a successful water well drilling company in Promise City, Iowa.  Guy went to work for the federal government, playing an important role in the effort to harness atomic energy.  My dad became a petroleum geologist, active in oil and natural gas exploration and development in Oklahoma for several decades.

Today, my 90-year-old dad is the only McCarty brother left to talk about the “last great war.” On Veterans Day, I salute him and all who’ve served.

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V-MAIL: World War II Soldier Writes to Parents Back Home

EDITOR’S NOTE: On this Veterans Day weekend, I share a post about someone special in my life.

Before there was e-mail, Twitter, Facebook or any of myriad ways for American Soldiers to communicate with loved ones back home, there was V-MAIL.  Below is the text of a V-Mail (a.k.a., “Victory Mail”) message dated Oct. 10, 1944.  Written by a 20-year-old Army private serving on the the front lines of war in Northwestern Germany during World War II, it carried thoughtful messages as it was delivered to his parents in Promise City, Iowa:

Vmail-Exterior-300x232Dear Dad + Mom,

I just finished a couple letters so I think I’ll write a few lines to you.  The sky is very clear tonight and it is turning awfully chilly.  By morning it will be very nippy I imagine.  My socks are a little damp so I am going to put on a dry pair before going to bed.  Between the bumps, cold + my rifle in bed with me to keep it dry, I admit I have had more comfortable beds.  We’re supposed to get two more blankets soon so it will improve the situation a lot.  I hope.  I got three letters today.  They started with the eighteenth, the first mail I got + have been going backwards.  Today they dated back to the 11th of Sept.  I heard you weren’t feeling so good about that time.  I hope you are much better now, mom.  You should take your regular vacation in Florida again this winter.  Right?  Well it’s time to put the cat out and wind the clock for tonight.  Goodnite.

Your loving son, Ted


The American Soldier who wrote the letter above was my dad, and he’s still ticking today in his ninth decade of life. Thanks for serving, dad.

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