In Memory of the Valor and the Sacrifices which Hallow this soil.

Only a few days ago we celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-Day. People often forget that D-Day did not mark the end of WWII, it merely marked the beginning of the end. So many sacrifices were still made in the days and months following D-Day. Thousands and thousands of mainly young men, some the sameContinue reading “In Memory of the Valor and the Sacrifices which Hallow this soil.”

The self sacrifice of Private Walter Cline Wetzel.

The World War II Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial Margraten is a war cemetery which lies in the village of Margraten 10 km (6 mi) east of Maastricht, in the most southern part of the Netherlands. If you have never been there it is a well worth place visting. 8.301 brave men are buried there and there are another 2,000 or so memorialsContinue reading “The self sacrifice of Private Walter Cline Wetzel.”

Honouring a fallen Father on Father s day

To most of us,including me Joseph H. Hercker is just a random name. But to Joan Hercker it is the name of her Father. A man who sacrificed his future Father’s days so that others could celebrate theirs. He was born 2 July 1918,Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. In February 1945 Joseph Hercker was stationed in France As a member of the Crusader Group, andflew 16 combat sorties between February 6 andApril 3, 1945, in the European Theater of Operations. On April 3, after completing a”medium” bombing mission of marshalling yards at Hameln and Holzmeinden in central Germany,his plane was separated from the rest of the formation in overcast weather. It is not clear what happened, but when the formation broke cover there was no sign of hisContinue reading “Honouring a fallen Father on Father s day”