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Sailor in iconic photo passes at age 86 Glenn Edward McDuffie-He's the sailor in Alfred Eisenstaedt's iconic Life magazine photo grabbing and kissing a nurse in the middle of Times Square after finding out World War II was over. McDuffie died on March 9, but news of his death was reported Friday. He was positively identified as the sailor in the photo in 2007 after many men claimed it was them. According to his obituary, McDuffie joined the Navy in 1942 when he was 15 years old. The obituary said he found a friend to forge his mother's signature, saying he was old enough to serve. On August 14, 1945, McDuffie was part of Eisenstaedt's legendary photo.
Tags: Glenn  Edward  McDuffie  Life  Magazine  World  War  II  nurse  kissing  Times  Square  Navy  US  Navy  sailor    Alfred  Eisenstaedt       
Added: 15th March 2014
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Posted By: pfc
Thanksgiving- Remembering Our Troops Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Keep our troops that are away from their families in your thoughts and prayers today!
Tags: Thanksgiving-  Remembering  Our  Troops  Military    Army    Navy    Marines    Coast  Guard    Air  Force     
Added: 26th November 2009
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Posted By: Steve
Bob Hastings Sings This gentleman started his career back in radio and had starring roles in both a 1950's and '60's TV series.
Tags: Bob  Hastings  McHales  Navy  Universal  Studios 
Added: 24th February 2010
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Posted By: nanook
HMS Hood Explosion 1941 The battlecruiser HMS Hood was the pride of the British navy between the two world wars. It was actually obsolete by the time the Second World War started, but it was urgently needed despite its shortcomings. On May 24, 1941, in the Battle of the Denmark Strait, the Hood was engaged in an 11-minute skirmish with the German warships Prinz Eugen and Bismarck. A single 1700-pound armor-piercing shell from the Bismarck ripped into the Hood causing a giant fireball and a subsequent massive explosion. The Hood split into two sections and sank in just three minutes. About 150 minutes later, only three surviving British sailors from the Hood's crew of 1,415 were plucked from the cold Atlantic by the destroyer Electra: Ted Briggs, Robert Tilburn, and William Dundas. None was older than 20. The sinking of the Hood and the loss of more than 99.7 percent of its crew stunned the British public. The three survivors became reluctant celebrities and were always emotional when pressed to talk about that day in 1941. Dundas died in an automobile accident in 1965. Tilburn died in 1995. Briggs, the youngest of the three, died in 2008 at the age of 85. Briggs participated in a 2001 ceremony in which a memorial plaque was laid on the Hood's wreckage and debris field.
Tags: British  navy  Hood  explosion   
Added: 27th July 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Harry Spear - The Lost Rascal Harry Spear was one of the leading men in the Our Gang/Little Rascals comedies in the late silent period of 1927 to 1929. Before joining the popular Our Gang series, Spear appeared in several Buck Jones westerns. Spear's first appearance in an Our Gang comedy was in Chicken Feed when he was five. He became a popular member of the gang, notable for often donning an oversized bowler hat. At the dawn of the sound era, newcomer Jackie Cooper took over the role as the leader/tough guy in the gang, replacing Spear. Spear's final Our Gang film was Bouncing Babies. After departing the series, Spear briefly entered vaudeville, entertaining audiences with a dancing and monologue routine. By the mid-1940s, though, he had left the entertainment industry and had severed all ties with his former Our Gang alumni. Spear's whereabouts after the 1940s remained a mystery for over half a century. However, several diligent Our Gang fans tracked Spear down in 1995. Residing in San Diego, California at the time, Spear (who went by his legal name of Harry Bonner) continually denied being the 'Harry Spear' of Our Gang fame for unknown reasons, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. From military service records, it was found that Harry Spear served as a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Spear died of kidney cancer on September 22, 2006 in San Diego at age 85.
Tags: Harry  lost  Spear  Our  Gang  Little  Rascals 
Added: 30th October 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
1945 Army-Navy Football Program The official program for the 1945 Army-Navy football game depicts a cadet and a midshipmen working together to paint a V for Victory to celebrate the successful conclusion of the Second World War. The annual Army-Navy football game is one of my favorite sports events. Few of the game's participants will ever play pro football, so it is the closest thing to a true amateur contest in the NCAA that garners national attention.
Tags: Army  Navy  football  program 
Added: 11th December 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Fictitious Past of Raymond Burr Raymond Burr, the popular Canadian-born actor who starred in both Perry Mason and Ironside, wildly fabricated parts of his past, presumably to hide his homosexuality. Most of the blatant falsehoods weren't exposed until after his death in 1993. Burr married actress Isabella Ward on January 10, 1949. They lived together for less than a year and divorced after four years. Neither remarried. At various times in his career, Burr or his managers offered biographical details that appear spurious or unverifiable. These include marriage to a Scottish actress named Annette Sutherland, supposedly killed in the same plane crash as Leslie Howard. A son named Michael Evan was said to have resulted from another invented marriage to Laura Andrina Morgan. Burr provided the only evidence of the boy's existence and death from leukemia at age 10. As late as 1991, Burr told Parade magazine that when he realized his son was dying, he took him on a one-year tour of the United States. He said, "Before my boy left, before his time was gone, I wanted him to see the beauty of his country and its people." Later research proved Burr was working in Hollywood throughout the year he was supposedly travelling with his ill son. Burr also claimed to have served in the U.S. Navy during the Second World War and said he had been seriously wounded on Okinawa. Many of these fictions were believed and widely reported during Burr's lifetime. In the mid 1950s, Burr met Robert Benevides, a young actor and Korean War veteran, on the set of Perry Mason. According to Benevides, they became a couple around 1960. He later became a production consultant for 21 of the Perry Mason TV movies. Together they owned and operated an orchid business and then a vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley. They were partners until Burr's death. Burr left Benevides his entire estate. Later accounts of Burr's life explain he hid his sexuality to protect his career. In 2000, AP reporter Bob Thomas recalled the situation: "It was an open secret...that Burr was gay. He had a companion who was with him all the time. That was a time in Hollywood history when homosexuality was not countenanced. Ray was not a romantic star by any means, but he was a very popular figure...If it was revealed at that time in Hollywood history [that he was gay] it would have been very difficult for him to continue."
Tags: Raymond  Burr  false  past 
Added: 18th September 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Then and Now--Bob Hastings You might remember "Carpy" by McHale and his men on McHale's Navy. He also played Captain Ramsey on General Hospital, was also the voice of the Raven on some of the episodes of The Munsters. He was briefly the host of the game show Dealer's Choice, and had a recurring role as bar owner Tommy Kelcy on All in the Family. At the time of this posting in 2011 he is 86.
Tags: Captain  Ramsey  on  General  Hospital.  He  was  also  the  voice  of  the  Raven  on  some  of  the  episodes  of  The  Munsters.  He  was  briefly  the  host  of  the  game  show  Dealer's  Choice,  and  had  a  recurring  role  as  bar  owner  Tommy  Kelcy  on  All  in  the  Family,  McHales  Navy,  Bob  Hastings 
Added: 30th November 2011
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Posted By: Cliffy
Thank You To Those That Served Tags: Memorial  Day  Veterans  Navy  Air  Force  Marines  Army  Coast  Guard 
Added: 27th May 2012
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Posted By: Steve
Me at Graceland The Day Elvis Died This was the day Elvis had died August 16, 1977. I was stationed in Millington Tennessee while in the Navy. When I arrived at Graceland nobody was there, I guess the word was still getting out around the world. The next day the place was jammed. This is me with Elvis's uncle Victor, the girl owned the Polaroid camera that took this photo, I haven't seen her since. Not only did I get to meet Elvis's uncle but we were greeted inside the foyer of the mansion. That wouldn't happen in this day and age!
Tags: Graceland  Elvis  Presley  Elvis  Elvis  dies  1977  1970s 
Added: 16th August 2012
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Posted By: Steve

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