Remembering the five Sullivan brothers, World War II sailors who, serving together on the USS Juneau, were all killed in action on its sinking around November 13, 1942. By John Cosden November 8, 1942: the largest U.S. naval task force yet assembled for the battle of Guadalcanal sales out of Noumea, New Caledonia. Among the AmericanRead more..
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Remembering Thomas V. Murphy, WWII flyer. Thomas V. Murphy, Jr was born in Baltimore in 1922. A great-great-grandson of Terence Murphy, who emigrated from Tallanstown, County Louth, in 1863, Tom spent his youth doing what all boys do – playing ball, going to school, and, in those days, dodging streetcars. At the age of 16,Read more..
A historic Irish Second World War coastal landmark has been painstakingly restored by volunteers in Dublin. For six months, a team of up to 35 volunteers met on Hawk Cliff in Dalkey, Dublin, and worked tirelessly to restore a picturesque sign displaying the word “Eire” in giant white letters. One of 80 signs built along the Irish coastline duringRead more..
Seventy-five years ago this week, the Japanese surprised the U.S. by attacking Pearl Harbor in the early hours of December 7th. One of the most iconic photographs from the from that day is of the U.S.S. Shaw, a ship named after an Irishman and early officer in the U.S. Navy. Following the attack, the Shaw,Read more..
Ninety-seven-year-old Kerry man John “Jack” Mahony was named a Chevalier de La Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest honor, for his participation in the European theater of World War II. Mahony received his medal and commendation from Phillipe Ray, first counsellor from the French Embassy, in early December at a ceremony in Midleton, Co. Cork, where heRead more..
The famous war dog who served in World War II, and Bill Wynne, the U.S. Army Air Force G.I. who adopted her. ℘℘℘ The first time Cpl. William Wynne saw Smoky, he found it hard to believe she was a dog. “She was as big as my G.I. shoe,” Wynne says. “She weighed all ofRead more..
Belfast native David Ashe “Irish Dave” retired to Normandy, France, and became a champion for visiting GIs who had liberated his adopted homeland during World War II. (See end note for a recent update on Irish Dave). In September 2011, Guy Whidden, a World War II veteran from Frederick, Maryland, peeled off his 101st AirborneRead more..
Mary Pat Kelly, director, producer, screenwriter and contributor to Irish America magazine, doesn’t always pick topics that interest the mainstream media. In 1984, she was commissioned by Rolling Stone to write about President Ronald Reagan’s visit to Ireland. While in the country, she covered the elections. “In those days there was still a lot ofRead more..
The U.S.S. Mason’s Irish Connection. ℘℘℘ The story of the U.S.S. Mason, the only WW II warship with an African American crew, is ready for the big screen. Starring Ossie Davis and Northern Ireland’s Stephen Rea, the movie will go on general release in February. The little-known story of the Mason, whose crew served with distinctionRead more..
The search for the Japanese midget sub sunk off Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, had been ongoing for 61 years until TERRY KERBY came along. Pat Bigold talks to the man who made the most significant modern marine archaeological find ever in the Pacific, second only to the finding of the Titanic in the Atlantic.Read more..