Category: History

Veterans Day – 2015

Veterans Day – 2015

| November 11, 2015 | Reply

Here is our annual Veterans Day post listing the veterans, living and passed on, in our respective families: ============= Bruce Henderson: Andy Henderson, USN (active) — [nephew] Bruce Henderson, USMC (former) — Yes, I was a Jar Head Peter Anderson, USMC — My dear departed uncle Peter served with Marine Intel during Vietnam Jim Zimmerman, […]

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70 Years On: This Is What Victory Looks Like

70 Years On: This Is What Victory Looks Like

| August 13, 2015 | 2 Replies

[Thanks to Ed Driscoll for the Instalanche!] [And as a sign of my own senility, I had this taking place 50 years ago, instead of 70. Thanks to Garrett York for the gentle correcting e-mail.] Seventy years ago today, on August 13, 1945 my father John Webster — as a 21-year-old US Navy radioman on Guam — […]

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Veterans Day – 2014

Veterans Day – 2014

| November 11, 2014 | Reply

(Fourth from the left is my nephew Darren Green) Here is our annual Veterans Day post listing the vets in our respective families: ============= Bruce Webster: Sgt. Darren Green, USMC (active) — served twice in Afghanistan; still in active service. [nephew] Jon A. Webster, USMC (former) —  served in al Rutbah, Iraq; now going to […]

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What rough beast indeed?

What rough beast indeed?

| October 9, 2014 | Reply

  Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely […]

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Here’s some food for thought

Here’s some food for thought

| September 2, 2014 | Reply

Consider the following about Winston Churchill (I’m currently reading “Churchill: A Life” by Martin Gilbert): He struggled in school for a variety of reasons, including lack of effort, poor health, and genuine struggles with some subjects. Also, he was pretty bad at managing the money his parents gave him. He was largely ignored and/or criticized by […]

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Up Earth Creek without a paddle [repost]

Up Earth Creek without a paddle [repost]

| July 16, 2014 | Reply

[I originally wrote this post back in 2007. As we hit the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing, it still says everything I think about our past and current space efforts.] I am a child of the Space Age (or, to use Robert Heinlein’s phrase from his ‘Future History‘ timeline, the False Dawn of […]

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US Navy lets Japanese Imperial Navy know how to reach them: 13 August 1945

US Navy lets Japanese Imperial Navy know how to reach them: 13 August 1945

| August 17, 2013 | 1 Reply

Today is the anniversary of the surrender of Japan to the United States. As it turns out, my father John Webster — as a 21-year-old US Navy radioman on Guam in August 1945 — was involved in sending the message from the US Navy to the Japanese Imperial Navy on how to reach them for […]

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Memorial Day – 2012

Memorial Day – 2012

| May 28, 2012 | Reply

Remembering those veterans from our respective families who have since passed on (reposted from years past): Bruce Henderson: Peter Anderson, USMC — My dear departed uncle Peter served with Marine Intel during Vietnam Ian Henderson, RAF — [my dear departed father] RAF pilot who served the crown during the Battle of Britain as well the […]

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So long, Steve, and Godspeed.

So long, Steve, and Godspeed.

| October 5, 2011 | 3 Replies

The second personal computer I ever owned[1] was an Apple II, with no floppy drive. I bought it, along with a small color TV, from my close friend Robert Trammel while we were both living in Houston sometime around 1980.We had already spent hours together programming on it, then carefully (though not always successfully) saving […]

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Pearl Harbor, redux

Pearl Harbor, redux

| December 7, 2010 | Reply

I could do without the music and intense narration, but I post this in memory of my late father, John A. Webster, who was there at Pearl Harbor as a 17-year-old seaman first class aboard the USS San Francisco.  If you click through on the video to YouTube, there are additional segments. Hat tip to […]

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