M4 Sherman tank and M10 tank destroyer at Aachen, Germany, 1944

Captain James M. Burt, USA (October 13-21, 1944)

James Montross Burt was born in Hinsdale, Massachusetts on July 18, 1917. He attended Norwich University, graduating with the class of 1939. Burt was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Armor Branch of the United States Army.

He was placed on active service in 1941 with the 66th Armored Regiment and the 2nd Armored Division at Fort Benning, Georgia.

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TFH Rewind: Tom Dougherty, Ed Morrissey, Katrina Jørgensen!

Their Finest Hour is taking Monday, October 13th off from live broadcasting on Vigilant Liberty Radio, so I’ve queued up two great replays for you! Either catch up on what you missed, or enjoy them all over again!

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First Lieutenant Victor L. Kandle, USA (October 9, 1945)

Victor Leonard Kandle was born on June 13, 1921 in Roy, Washington. He grew up in Puyallup, Washington, graduating from high school there in 1939. He volunteered and enlisted in the United States Army on September 5, 1940, ostensibly for the Philippine Department. After basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington, Kandle was eventually sent to Officer Candidates’ School and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.

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Captain Bobbie E. Brown, USA (October 8, 1944)

Robert Evan Brown, Jr. was born on September 2, 1907 in Dublin, Georgia. He was known by the nickname “Bobbie”, and that was the name he used when he enlisted in the United States Army in 1922, lying about his age.

The Army was Brown’s home, and he was a senior non-commissioned officer in the 2nd Armored Division in the early days of World War II and the North African Campaign. In 1943, he received a battlefield commission as a Second Lieutenant and transferred to the 1st Infantry Division.

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Second Lieutenant James L. Harris, USA (October 7, 1944)

James Lindell Harris was born on June 27, 1916 in Hillsboro, Texas and was 24 years old when he was drafted into the United States Army on March 20, 1941 prior to the United States’ entry into World War II.  By October 7, 1944, Harris had risen to the rank of Second Lieutenant, having received a battlefield commission in March of that year. He was a tank platoon commander with the independent 756th Tank Battalion.

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TFH Live, 10/6: Becca Lower, Open Phones

Becca Lower (Photo: Twitter)

UPDATE: REPLAY ADDED!! Their Finest Hour returns live to Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific! My guest this evening will be Becca Lower (@BeccaJLower) of IJ Review. We’ll be discussing the latest in current events, plus I think I may be getting a little bit of a rant on over the Ebola “crisis” and government incompetence in general – not that that’s anything new! Our discussion will likely range from news to culture and entertainment, so come join us in VLR’s chatroom and interact! I’ll be throwing open the phones too, so be sure to listen for call-in instructions, probably not long after we go live!

If you don’t want to join us in chat, you can catch the program using the show player at right (refresh at show time), or direct on Spreaker or one of their mobile device apps.

REPLAY HERE! Great show, joined also by Amy “MC” (@moderncomments), Liz Harrison (@GoldwaterGal), George Templeton (@rodentpolitics & @temptherat), and Boyd (@TheAlaskan1)! As always, you can click “Spreaker” in the player to get an MP3 download for offline listening!


Private First Class Richard E. Kraus, USMCR (October 3, 1944)

As regular readers know, I’ve been blogging every World War II Medal of Honor recipient on their 70th anniversaries, and I have to offer my apologies because it appears I missed one!

Richard Edward Kraus was born on November 24, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was on his 18th birthday in 1943 that he joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve. His first combat action was during the Marine Corps‘ assault on Peleliu in the fall of 1944 as part of a unit attached to the 1st Marine Division.

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Staff Sergeant Manuel V. Mendoza, USA (October 4, 1944)

Manuel Verdugo Mendoza was born on June 15, 1922 in Miami, Arizona. He was working as a farmhand when he was drafted into the United States Army at age 20 on November 21, 1942. After basic training, Mendoza was assigned to the brand-new 88th Infantry Division, the first Army division to be formed primarily from draftees.

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Private First Class Wesley Phelps, USMCR (October 4, 1944)

Wesley Phelps was born on June 12, 1923 in Neafus, Kentucky. After graduating from high school in 1942, he began studying the trade of radio equipment repair. That career wasn’t to be as he was called by his nation for World War II service and inducted into the United States Marine Corps Reserve on April 9, 1943.

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