October 5, 2016 - Today, while researching future stops, I found an article in the Wasau Daily Herald. It got my interest because it is a monument to a group of soldiers that never took our Oath of Enlistment, never went to recruit training, were not given a physical examination, and were not required to submit to aptitude testing of any sort. These soldiers were not American citizens and few, if any, of them had ever been inside the borders of the United States. One September 24th a memorial statute to their efforts was dedicated on the lawn of the Marathon County Courthouse. The memorial honor the Hmong-Lao soldiers of the secret war in Southeast Asia.
August 19, 2016 - I finally have an order of 3" embroidered patches on hand. Anyone that donates $15 or more gets one. Click the red DONATE button on the upper right side of this page. It will take you to PayPal where you can use your PayPal account, credit or debit card to send a few dollars.
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Sandersville, GA (April 4, 2016) -
Like many early "Baby Boomers," my first knowledge of music from a record player came via the old 78 RPM shellac discs; and most of them were from the 30's and 40's, including lots of songs from the war years. A favorite was "The Duckworth Chant" by Vaughn Monroe.
Duckworth himself, a native of Sandersville, Georgia, probably didn't give it a second thought that his little ditty would be a hit song. During World War II the public was looking for anything that would help them identify with their GI's. Although not fully immersing themselves in the blood, guts, and gore of what the new recruits were facing, the public did learn their cadence counts. When the simple cadence got the Hollywood treatment it took off and every USO tour had at least one singer, or group, that would belt out the Duckworth Chant and bring a rueful smile to those in the audience.
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