Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WVU Students Work to Create a Memorial to USS West Virginia

From the May 12, 2016, Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch.

We are coming up on the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, an event where 106 sailors aboard the USS West Virginia died.

The West Virginia University students have begun a project to memorialize those dead.  They have created a petition for the West Virginia to receive its own memorial.

The battleship was the only ship active on the first and on the last day of the war.  The "WeeVee," as it is called, is one of three battleships sunk at Pearl Harbor which does not have its own memorial.

The students have launched a social media campaign to encourage West Virginia citizens to petition Congress for a permanent memorial.

Good Luck to Them.  --GreGen

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Looking Back to 1966: Americans and Japanese Who Died 25-Years Earlier at Wake Island

From the May 11, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1966, 50 Years Ago:  "Americans and Japanese who died 25 years ago in the siege and occupation of Wake Island, a remote Pacific atoll, were honored Sunday.  The Federal Aviation Agency, which administers Wake Island, dedicated a non-denominational chapel in the memory of the fighting men of both nations and to the American civilians who died there.

"The $54,900 chapel is the only chapel under the jurisdiction of the FAA."

--GreGen

Monday, August 22, 2016

Officer Military Pay 1940-1941-- Part 4: Majors to 2nd Lieutenants

Pay broken down into Under 3, Over 3, Over 6, Over 9, Over 12, Over 15, Over 18, Over 21, Over 24, Over 27 and Over 30.

I am also giving the Army rank for that pay grade.  To see the Navy and Marine ranks at that level, see Part 2.

PAY PERIOD 4th (MAJOR):  $200 / $210 / $220 / $230 / $240 / $313 / $325 / $338 / $408 / $423 / $438

PAY PERIOD 3RD (CAPTAIN):  $200 / $210 / $230 / $240 / $250 / $325 / $338 / $350 / $363 / $375

PAY PERIOD 2ND (1ST LIEUTENANT): $167 / $175 / $183 / $192 / $240 / $250 / $260 / $270 / $280 / $290 / $300

PAY PERIOD 1ST (2ND LIEUTENANT):  $125 / $131 / $183 / $192 / $200 / $208 / $217 / $225 / $233 / $242 / $250

--GreGen

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Way to Go to World War II Navy Veteran Ernie Andrus: Coast-to-Coast for the LST-325

He just finished his cross-country run a few minutes ago in St. Simons, Georgia.  Over 2,900 miles running, slow pace as he says, but nonetheless.  He left San Diego, California, at the Pacific Ocean on October 7, 2013, and accomplished his feat in segments since then.

I watched a life feed and there was quite the big crowd there chanting his name and "U.S.A." as well as a Navy escort.

And, yesterday, he had a birthday.  Today he is 94!!  This would be quite the accomplishment for a twenty-something, not to mention a nonagenerian.

Even better, he is raising money for the LST-325.  This ship is docked at Evansville, Indiana, on the Ohio River and is the only operational LST (Landing Ship Tank) of over a thousand built during the war that is still operational.  It was at D-Day.

Unfortunately, he has not even raised enough money to cover his expenses for the effort.

Ernie, we'll be donating in the next few days.

Of course, I'm the one who missed the boat.  I should have been following along with him in this blog the whole way.  Sorry.

A Real American Hero!  What Did They Say About the Greatest Generation?  --GreGen

Friday, August 19, 2016

Officer Military Pay 1940-1941-- Part 3: Lt. General to Lt. Colonel

These numbers are rounded up.  I will also give the Army rank.  If you want to know what that would be with the Navy or Marines, look at my previous post.  Years of Service.

Under 3 /  Over 3  /  Over 6 /  Over 9 /  Over 12 /  Over 15 /  Over 18 /  Over 21 /  Over 24 /  Over 27 /  Over 30.

PAY PERIOD 8 (LT. GENERAL):  $667 / $668 / All years

PAY PERIOD 7 (MAJ. GENERAL): $500 all years

PAY PERIOD 6 (BRIG. GENERAL/COLONEL):  $292 / $306 / $321 / $335 / $350 / $365 / $379 / $394 / $408 / $483 / $500

PAY PERIOD 5 (LT. COLONEL):  $$250 / $263 / $275 / $288 / $300 / $313 / $325 / $394 / $408 / $423 / $497

--GreGen

Officer Military Pay 1940-1941-- Part 2: Comparison of the Ranks

The officers were grouped into what was called Pay Periods.  I will first go through and explain what the ranks would be for the Army, then Navy and lastly the Marines in each Pay Period.

Pay Period 8:  Lt. General. Rear Admiral Upper Echelon, Major General

Pay Period 7:  Major General, Rear Admiral Lower Echelon, Brigadier General

Pay Period 6:  Brigadier General/Colonel, Captain, Colonel

Pay Period 5:  Lt. Colonel, Commander, Lt. Colonel

Pay Period 4:  Major, Lt. Commander, Major

Pay Period 3:  Captain, Lieutenant, Captain

Pay Period 2:  1st Lieutenant, Lieutenant Junior Grade, 1st Lieutenant

Pay Period 1:  2nd Lieutenant, Ensign, 2nd Lieutenant

The Navy also had, in addition:  Pay Grade 9: Vice Admiral, Pay Grade 10: Admiral and Pay Grade 11:  Fleet Admiral.

--GreGen

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Officer Military Pay 1940-1941-- Part 1: Joint Service Pay Readjustment Act

From Navy Cyber Space "1922-1942 U.S. Military Officer Pay Charts."

The Joint Service Pay Readjustment Act of 1922, Public Law 67-235, signed by President Warren G. Harding on June 11, 1922, was the first pay legislation that dealt with compensation for all of the armed services.

It increased rates of pay for officers and enlisted men because of the higher costs of living.

It remained in effect for 20 years.

--GreGen

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Enlisted Military Pay 1940-1941-- Part 4: Sergeant to Private

For what ranks were in each pay grade, see yesterday's post.  Pay given for Under 4 Years, Over 4 Years, Over 8 Years, Over 12 Years and Over 16 Years.  I also will give you the Army rank associated with it.

4TH PAY GRADE (Sergeant):  $60 /  $66 /  $69 /  $72 /  $75

5TH PAY GRADE (Corporal):  $54 /  $59 /  $62 /  $65 /  $68

6TH PAY GRADE (Private First Class):  $36 /  $40 /  $41 /  $42  / $45

7TH PAY GRADE (Private):  $30 /  $33 /  $35 /  $36 /  $38

Privates with under 4 months service: $21

Additional pay for specialists:
1st Pay Grade:  $30
2nd Pay Grade: $25
3rd Pay Grade:  $20
4th Pay Grade:  $15
5th Pay Grade:  $6
6th Pay Grade:  $3

When Is Pay Day?  --GreGen


Military Pay 1940-1941-- Part 3: How Much You Make? (Master Sergeant to Staff Sergeant

Numbers rounded up.  For Army, Navy and Marine ranks involved with pay grades, see yesterday's post.  I will give the Army ranks for each.  In order going Under 4 Years / Over 4 Years / Over 8 Years / Over 12 Years / Over 16 Years:

1ST PAY GRADE (Master Sergeant):  $126 /  #139 /  $145 /  $151 /  $158

2ND PAY GRADE: (1st Sergeant):  $84 /  $92 /  $97 /  $101 /  $105

3RD PAY GRADE (Staff Sergeant):   $72 ?  $79 /  $83 /  $86  /  $90

--GreGen

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Military Pay 1940-1941-- Part 2: Military Ranks During World War II

Before I list the Pay Grades for the military during the war, I decided I'd find out what members of each grade had for a rank.

These were the enlisted ranks during World War II.  I will give Army first, Navy second and Marines third.

7th Pay Grade:  Private / Apprentice Seaman /  Private

6th Pay Grade:  Private First Class / Seaman 2nd Class / Private First Class

5th Pay Grade:  Corporal /  Seaman First Class /  Corporal

4th Pay Grade  Sergeant / Coxswain / Sergeant

3rd Pay Grade:  Staff Sergeant / Boatswain's Mate Mate 2nd Class / Platoon Sergeant

2nd Pay Grade:  1st Sergeant-Technical Sergeant / Boatswain's Mate 1st Class / Gunnery Sergeant

1st Pay Grade:  Sergeant Major / Chief-Boatswain / Sergeant Major-Master Gunnery Sergeant

--GreGen

Military Pay 1940-1941-- Part 1: The Selective Training and Service Act

In the last post I mentioned that CCC members received $30 a month ($22 of it sent home) and when I wrote that, I got to wondering what new military personnel were paid at that time.  It amounted to the same thing.

From the NavyCyberSpace site.

On September 16, 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved the "Selective Training and Service Act of 1940" which consolidated base pay for all military personnel using the Navy/Coast Guard Model 1922.

This then applied to all active Army, Navy, Marine and Coast Guard enlisted men.

--GreGen

Looking Back: Join the CCC in 1940

From the September 9, 2015, MidWeek  (McHenry County, Illinois) MidWeek "Looking Back."

"If there are any young men in the county who can't get a job without experience and can't get experience without a job, the Civilian Conservation Corps may be the answer to their problems.

"The CCC offers healthful, outdoor employment with $30 a month pay, including maintenance (food, housing, medical and dental care) of which $22 goes to the assistance of the boy's family and $8 is used by him in camp.

U.S. Army soldiers were initially paid $30 a month 1940-1941 and essentially received the same benefits.

The CCC experience provided an excellent introduction to military service as it was run essentially as a military undertaking.  No doubt a lot of our servicemen in the war received their initial training in the Civilian Conservation Corps.

--GreGen

Monday, August 15, 2016

Death of Pearl Harbor Survivor Myron Carraway

From the Pensacola News-Journal "Carraway one of last Pearl Harbor survivors" by Troy Moon.

Myron "Jay" Carraway died August 11, 2016, at age 94.

He helped found local Pearl Harbor Survivors Association in 1976 when it had 64 members.  It is down to just three now.

At the attack, he was 19 and a signalman on the seaplane tender USS Hulbert.  He was in the forward crew compartment waiting for breakfast when they heard, "Man your stations!"  He thought it was a drill.  "We just yelled 'Get our breakfast down here.'  We don't drill on Sundays."

A nearby explosion rocked the ship and he rushed topside and manned an anti-aircraft gun.  Japanese planes flew by so close "that you could see the pilots' faces.  Bombs were dropping everywhere."

He served the rest of the war in the Pacific Theater.

We Lose Another One.  --GreGen

Friday, August 12, 2016

Shorpy Home Front Photos: Boxing Time

June 14, 2016, Shorpy  The Fistic Arts: 1943.  January 1943.  "The gymnasium is one of the busiest places at the Manhattan Beach Coast Guard training station.  The physical education program is handled by many noted exponents of boxing, wrestling, track and judo.

"Paul "Tiny" Wyatt, one-time leading contender for heavyweight boxing honors, is shown sparring with Herb Kroeten, former Golden Gloves champ."  Roger Smith, OWI.

Comment:  Herb was a civilian P.E. teacher at West Point for at least 20 years.  Seven of my fractures come from him.  He always used to say, "Okay, you guys, less dancin'. more hittin'!"

Shorpy Home Front Photos: A Need for More Nurses

You can see the photographs by typing in hand the name of the photo.

June 14, 2016, A Shot In the Arm: 1942.  November 1942.  "Nurse training at Babies' Hospital, New York.  Student nurses like Susan Petty of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, are rendering their country a great service by making it possible for experienced nurses to join the Army or Navy Nurse Corps.

"Relieved of such civilian duties as administering injections like this smiling youngster, graduate nurses are attending American fighting men in distant parts of the world."  Fritz Henle, OWI.

Comment:  Susan Petty graduated from Linden Hall, Northwestern University and Columbian Presbyterian School of Nursing and was the war photo icon for the national recruiting campaign for nurses during World War II.  She lived to be 94.

My comment:  Why was the youngster receiving the shot smiling.  Perhaps because the nurse was so pretty and young or perhaps the photo was staged and he really wasn't getting a shot.  I know I would not be smiling under any circumstances if I was getting a shot.

I Don't Care How Pretty She Was.  No Smiles for Shots Unless Alcohol.  GreGen

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Looking Back: Collecting the Aluminum for the Country's Defense

From the August 3, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1941, 75 years ago.

"Huge signs in black lettering on a white background were placed on the collection enclosure in the courtyard today in Sycamore, telling people that aluminum is needed for National Defense.  Meanwhile, before signs had been installed people began dumping aluminum pots and pans.

"Many were the jokes made by people who had not yet learned what the fenced enclosures were for.  Many people thought the Chamber of Commerce was about to sponsor another rooster day.  If someone were there to do some crowing might help, but roosters are not wanted.  It is aluminum that Uncle Sam needs to building planes with which to defend the nation."

--GreGen

Looking Back: Boy Scouts Aiding Aluminum Drive

From the August 3, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) Looking Back.

1941, 75 years ago.

"The Boy Scouts of DeKalb, members of the six troops in the city, will play  a major role in DeKalb's waste aluminum drive to be made this week.

"Every community in the nation will engage in a similar drive this week."

Preparing for War.  --GreGen


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Looking Back: Stop Using Those WWI Helmets As Flower Pots in 1941

From the July 27, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1941, 75 Years Ago.

"The Illinois Reserve Militia asked World War I veterans to stop using their old "tin hats" as flower pots and loan them to state guardsmen.  the appeal was issued through State Commander William F. Waugh of the American Legion, who said the government was too busy equipping the army to supply helmets for state guard units facing action in case of riots or disorders."

Even though the U.S. was not in the war, we sure were preparing for it.  It is of interest though there was talk of possible riots or disorders at home.  Was there that much anti-war sentiment?

--GreGen

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What Happened at Hiroshima-- Part 5: I Agree That Obama Should Not Apologize

I know there are a lot of people who think the United States was horrible for dropping those bombs.  It certainly was a hard decision for President Truman to make, but like his sign said on his desk, "The Buck Stops Here."

As horrible as the damage was from the blasts as well as number of deaths, I figure it saved a lot more Japanese lives by convincing them not to continue fighting.  And, it also saved at least, by all estimates, 100,000 American casualties as I am sure the Japanese would have fought to the last man, woman and child.

A Hard Decision.  --GreGen

What Happened at Hiroshima-- Part 4: President Obama Visits But Won't Apologize

On May 27, President Obama visited, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima.  He will be accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  Obama will lay a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.

What the president will say is not known, but the White House has emphasized that he will not apologize for the United States' decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the closing days of the war.

The Chicago Tribune editorial where I got these posts  then said, "Nor should he."