A Journey of Discovery by Randall Lanning

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Featured, Tributes and Remembrances

A Journey of Discovery by Randall Lanning

My recent trip to France with Normandy Allies offered me a tremendous opportunity to learn much more about my late father’s participation on D-Day. My Dad, Marvin D. Lanning, served in the United States Navy aboard LCI (L)-506 (Landing Craft Infantry Large – 351 Class) on June 6th, 1944. The US-designed LCI was the smallest ocean-going landing craft used during the invasion, and was designed to transport and land a company of soldiers (about 200 officers and men). Of...

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Book Review of Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Book Notes

Book Review of Agent Zigzag by Ben Macintyre

Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal,  Ben Macintyre (Harmony Books, 2007, 364 pp.). Eddie Chapman was dishonorably discharged from the British Army at age 18 in 1932 for going AWOL with a girl he picked up in the Soho section of London. Returning to this shady entertainment district, he led a flashy night life supported by income from petty crime, including the position of chief safecracker for a gang of thieves. Scotland Yard caught up with him...

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Lessons and Legacies: D-Day 2014

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Featured, Trip Photos and Stories

Lessons and Legacies:  D-Day 2014

800,000 people journeyed to Normandy to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Landings. Normandy Allies was among those honoring the veterans and those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Our group of San Diego State University students, high school teacher, and adults, led by LTC Peter Combee and SGM Charles Frick, joined the 29th Division veterans on Omaha Beach at 06:00 on June 6. The rising sun found hundreds gathered on the sands to welcome and applaud the...

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He Didn’t Like To Talk Of War: Veteran’s Recollections Shared

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Featured, Tributes and Remembrances

He Didn’t Like To Talk Of War:  Veteran’s Recollections Shared

Note: R. Donald Simison died on September 30, 1991. Before his death, he was among the scores of Northampton veterans of World War II who were interviewed by Allison Lockwood for her upcoming book, “Touched With Fire: An American Community in World War II.” The following was written by his daughter, Union-News reporter Cynthia Simison, after she listened to a tape recording of her father’s wartime recollections that he shared with Lockwood. He was a proud,...

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