Memorial to 9/11 Firefighter Eugene Whelan Located at Gemini Springs

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Memorial located at Gemini Springs in DeBary, FL. Photo: Robert Redd
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Firefighter Eugene Michael Whelan Photo: CNN

This memorial to fire fighter Eugene Whelan, who perished as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, is located at Gemini Springs in DeBary, FL.

 

 

 

 

      Dedicated with love to

                                                          F.F. Eugene Whelan                                                            Engine Co. 230 FDNY

On September 11, 2001, Eugene was among the hundreds of rescue workers who responded to the terrorist attack upon the World Trade Center in New York City. Sadly for his family in NY and here locally in Volusia County, he never returned home. Although too many lives were tragically cut short that day, amazingly, more than 20,000 people were saved as a result of the immediate mobilization of the NYFD. In planting this tree, we honor the countless acts of selflessness and determination demonstrated by them that day, and the supreme sacrifice made by 343 of their brothers.

We Will Never Forget

Press Release:Thunder on Bataan: The First American Tank Battles of World War II

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Here’s a new WWII title from Stackpole Books that looks quite interesting. The press release below is from the publisher.

Caldwell, Donald L.Thunder on Bataan: The First American Tank Battles of World War II . Hardcover, 320 pages, ISBN 9780811737715, $32.95.

The American Provisional Tank Group had been in the Philippines only three weeks when the Japanese attacked the islands hours after the raid on Pearl Harbor.

The men of this group, still learning their way around an M3 tank, found themselves thrust into a critical role when the Philippine Army could not hold back the Japanese.

The 1941-42 campaign in the Philippines has taken a backseat in the popular historical imagination to what came after, and the role of tanks in that campaign has been largely ignored.

In an evocatively written book that conjures the sights, sounds, and smells of battle in the Philippines, Caldwell restores tanks to their rightful place in the history of this campaign while also giving attention to the horrors that followed. He has conducted impressive primary research to bring to life the short but noteworthy combat history of the Provisional Tank Group, and he has dug even deeper to tell the stories of the individuals who did the fighting, selecting soldiers from each of the group’s six companies and recounting, throughout the book, the entire arc of their service, from enlistment, training, and combat to imprisonment, liberation, and return home.

Back in the Saddle So to Speak

I have been out of commission for a while with computer problems. It started out looking like a Windows issue due to a Windows 10 update. My laptop would not let me sign in to my account but only as a temp account meaning I didn’t have direct access to any of my files or photos. I could get to them but not use them. A Google search found that this, while not a super common problem, is a known issue and was not virus related. Multiple fix suggestions were tried to no avail. It finally became apparent that my wife and I were not going to be able to fix this problem. A few computer repair shop recommendations later and out went my poor laptop for repairs. It turns out the hard drive was on its very last legs. Now all is back to working as it should. Of course I am way behind on a couple of contracted pieces of writing. A chapter for an edited volume on unknown Civil Rights workers in Florida is due the first week in June and I have a book project in the works for Arcadia that is due later this year. Let’s not forget the dozens of blog topics racing around in my head. And oh yeah, I am getting the graduate school itch again.

Anyway, it’s good to be back and I hope to see you on a more regular basis.