Some days will never be forgotten.  We were approaching year’s end, and people were making preparations for the coming Christmas holiday.  Conflict was raging in Europe, and German troops were laying siege to Leningrad and appeared poised to take Moscow.  We were giving materiel support to Britain and the Soviet Union, and our navy was […]

Bitter Months

FLANDERS FIELD On November 11th we celebrate Veteran’s Day to honor those men and women who served in our armed forces.   Here I pay special tribute to those who answered their country’s call during a time of great travail. The first six months of 1942 were very difficult for the American nation.  In December 1941 […]

A Christmas Story

This true Christmas story was told by Russel Schuettpelz. It was recorded and distributed by his wife Lorraine, published in Guidepost, and recently forwarded to me by my son, Sandy Jr.                We were over the English channel on Christmas Eve, 1944, and our plane was beginning its descent through a heavy fog, […]

The Bataan Death March

American sailors and soldiers have left their bones in lands and seas all over the globe.  One place that lives on in military lore is the peninsula of Bataan, on the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. United States forces had occupied the Philippines during the Spanish American War, and by terms of the treaty […]

Heroes and Medals

This past Sunday we celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I.  The following day was our Veterans Day holiday.  Let us take a brief moment to think of some of those heroes who served our nation so well. On December 10, 1941, Captain Colin Kelly, B-17 pilot, took off from Clark […]

Thank You, People of America

Some people are very critical of America.  Certainly, we are not perfect.  No nation is.  Nevertheless, we have done many good things in our relatively brief time in the sun.  Many people around the world look up to us.  Many would love to make their home here.  Using Biblical imagery, President Reagan referred to America […]

War and Madness

At 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918, the guns fell silent, thus ending a terrible conflict that had ranged over much of the world, cost as many as twenty million lives, destroyed ancient kingdoms and empires, and ripped apart the social fabric of Europe.  It was called the Great War and the “War to end […]