Saturday, December 19, 2009

Television: HBO's The Pacific

The Pacific, an HBO 10-part miniseries, will debut March 14 and air Sundays through May 16. Variety called the project, which boasts Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman as executive producers, "the pay cabler's complement to Band of Brothers."

Starring James Badge Dale, Joe Mazzello and Jon Seda, The Pacific is based on Robert Leckie's Helmet for My Pillow (Bantam, $19, 9780553763591/0553763598) and Eugene B. Sledge's With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa (Presidio Press, $7.99, 9780891419198/0891419195). Holds can be placed by Niles Public Library patrons by going to the library's iBistro catalog.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell...

Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.

Above posting received via email without sources provided.

Veteran's History Project Interview of Norman R. Berkman.

Mr. Berkman served two tours of duty, first in Counter-Intelligence and then in Military Intelligence in Germany after the war.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dog tag profiling Korean War

This tag was provided by Niels H. K. Larsen, recent president of the Korean War Veterans, Greater Chicago Chapter.