March 23, 1962: Major General Joseph Preston didn’t normally take a back seat to anyone at Vandenberg Air Force Base. He commanded the base, after all. But today, the president of the United States was visiting, here to watch a very special missile launch. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
1960: It had been 16 years since WWII pilot Fred Hargesheimer had to jump from his plane into the jungles of New Britain, Papua New Guinea. But now he was back to thank the Nakanai people who, for eight months, nursed him back to health and hid him from the Japanese. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
March 5, 1945: Corporal Newman Tuttle was chewing the fat with reporters in Salt Lake City. Rather than gearing up to storm Germany with his unit the 101st Airborne, he was touring stateside cities, trying to win the war by getting Americans to buy war bonds and support the troops still in the thick of it. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
Late fall 1943: The Army didn’t send Lt Gerald Heaney and the 2nd Ranger Battalion to train in the British resort town Bude for its cobblestone streets and charming houses. It was for the cliffs and seaside that were very similar to a certain beach in Normandy that would figure in the Rangers’ future. Here’s Britt Aamodt.