December 7, 1941
Ends: May 8, 1945
► VE Day declared.
A visit by WWII Veteran Harvey Chambers
August 14, 1945
War ends in Japan
► VJ Day declared
Lest we Forget!
Speakers on for musical tribute to our military
Click on topics to advance:
1. About the Memorial
2. Personal Photos of visit
3. WWII old Photos of veteran Harvey Chambers and his
4. Before you go -- a musical tribute to WWII Veterans
The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. Symbolic of the defining event of the 20th Century, the memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people. The Second World War is the only 20th Century event commemorated on the National Mall’s central axis.
The memorial opened to the public on April 29, 2004 and was dedicated one month later on May 29. It is located on 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, and is flanked by the Washington Monument to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.
It is located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and commemorates the sacrifice and celebrates the victory of the WWII generation. The World War II Memorial creates a distinct, evocative and serene tribute yet remains respectful and sensitive to its historic surroundings.
Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2004 By the President of the United States of America
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Prayer for Peace
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the White House Web Site
On March 18, 2006, Harvey and Bettye Chambers along with daughter Lisa Hoover visited the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. for the first time. Harvey is a veteran of WWII and very much wanted to make this visit. Bettye and Lisa were in Washington for the spring board meeting of the NFRW. It was a very cold day and the fountains had been turned off. It is a most impressive memorial to our WWII Veterans -- America's greatest generation.
WWII Memorial Dedication by President George W. bush
Flag at entrance to memorial
The war to end tyranny
Field of 4,000 Gold Stars honors more than 400,000 lives lost during the war
Harvey by Bias Relief Panel
Atlantic Pavilion with Pillars
D-Day, Normandy, France
June 6, 1944
Battle of Midway, 4-7
June 1942 --
Overview and Special
Gen. Eisenhower Quote
State Pillars at Night
Harvey's Witness to the Crash of the P61 Black Widow into Mt. Cyclops
January 10, 1945
I was there when the crash occurred and witnessed the entire event from start to finish.My unit, the Hdqs Squadron Service Command 5th Air Force was located at the foot of Cyclops Mt. between the air strip and the mountain. We were quite accustomed to the aircraft, which were assembled and tested at the strip, flying over our area.At about noon on January 10, 1945 one of the P61s' had flown over the area several times and then came over us at low level and started up the side of the mountain. The aircraft was very low to the side of the jungle and it became obvious that the pilot had made a serious error in judging the power of the engines to climb that high and almost straight up.The sound of the engines changed all at once and the aircraft began to stall. The pilot made an effort to pull out of the stall to his right. It was too late and the aircraft just pancaked into the side of the mountain. It was obvious that the aircraft was not badly torn up even at that point. I am sure it never entered anyone's mind that the P61 would ever come off that mountain and it is just unbelievable that the plane was retrieved many years later, is being restored and is expected to soon fly again!
Read more about the retrieval and rebuilding of the P61 "Black Widow" on the Widow's Web web page of the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum site. Many interesting photos are available here.
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Japanese gun at
Harvey and friend,
Andy Coriale with
Before you Go
(Please read the following and then click the link below to view and listen to the moving music. . . )
Sam Bierstock, 58, and John Melnick, 54, of Pompano Beach - a member of Bierstock's band, Dr. Sam and the Managed Care Band - have written a song inspired by that old soldier in the airport parking lot. The haunting "Before You Go" does more than salute those who fought in WWII. It encourages people to go out of their way to thank the aging warriors before they die.
"If we had lost that particular war, our whole way of life would have been shot," says Bierstock, who plays harmonica. "The WW II soldiers are now dying at the rate of about 2,000 every day. I thought we needed to thank them."
The song is striking a chord. Within four days of Bierstock placing it on the Web , the song and accompanying photo essay have bounced around nine countries, producing tears and heartfelt thanks from veterans, their sons and daughters and grandchildren.
"It made me cry," wrote one veteran's son. Another sent an e-mail saying that only after his father consumed several glasses of wine would he discuss "the unspeakable horrors" he and other soldiers had witnessed in places such as Anzio, Iwo Jima, Bataan and Omaha Beach. "I can never thank them enough," the son wrote. "Thank you for thinking about them."
GOD BLESS EVERY veteran...
and THANK you to those veterans who may receive this !
Informative Web sites:
Army Air Corps - Army Air Forces Historical Association
Air Forces in World War II
The Army Air Force, WWII Resource Guide
WWII AAC / AAF Squadron Insignia Patch Page ~ units below 200
Right Webs 2 Go
by Bettye Chambers
March 18, 2006