Vietnam Statistics and Myths

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Lynn Bari, ‘PinUp’

Lynn Bari Lynn Bari was one of 14 young women “launched on the                 trail of film stardom” August 6, 1935, when they each received a six-month contract with 20th Century Fox after spending 18 months in the company’s training school. The contracts included a studio option for renewal for as long as seven years.

In most of her early films, Bari had uncredited parts usually playing receptionists or chorus girls. She struggled to find starring roles in films, but accepted any work she could get. Rare leading roles included China Girl (1942), Hello, Frisco, Hello (1943), and The Spiritualist (1948). In B movies, Lynn was usually cast as a villainess, notably Shock and Nocturne (both 1946). An exception was The Bridge of San Luis Rey  (1944). During WWII, according to a survey taken of GIs, Bari was the second-most popular pinup girl after the much better-known Betty Grable.

Bari’s film career fizzled out in the early 1950s as she was approaching her 40th birthday, although she continued to work at a more limited pace over the next two decades, now playing matronly characters rather than temptresses. She portrayed the mother of a suicidal teenager in a 1951 drama, On the Loose, plus a number of supporting parts.

Bari’s last film appearance was as the mother of rebellious teenager Patty McCormack in The Young Runaways (1968) and her final TV appearances were in episodes of The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. and The FBI.

She quickly took up the rising medium of television during the ’50s, which began when she starred in the live television sitcom Detective’s Wife, which ran during the summer of 1950, and in Boss Lady

In 1955, Bari appeared in the episode “The Beautiful Miss X” of Rod Cameron’s syndicated crime drama City Detective. In 1960, she played female bandit Belle Starr in the debut episode “Perilous Passage” of the NBC western series Overland Trail starring William Bendix and Doug McClure and with fellow guest star Robert J. Wilke as Cole Younger.

From July–September 1952, Bari starred in her own situation comedy, Boss Lady, a summer replacement for NBC’s Fireside Theater. She portrayed Gwen F. Allen, the beautiful top executive of a construction firm. Not the least of her troubles in the role was being able to hire a general manager who did not fall in love with her.

Commenting on her “other woman” roles, Bari once said, “I seem to be a woman always with a gun in her purse. I’m terrified of guns. I go from one set to the other shooting people and stealing husbands!

Ref: THE INTREPID newsletter, Volume 3, Number 4, October 1945 and the Internet

First Air Force One

A video about the first Air Force One named Columbine II

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U.S. Army Artifacts

Mastering the Harpoon & Taming the Neptune

Before the Navy P3 “Orion” Land based Patrol Plane, which revolutionized Air Anti-Submarine Warfare and a product of the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, there were two other notable land based VP aircraft, by Lockheed, worth mentioning. These two aircraft in the order of production and service in Naval Aviation were the PV-1 & 2 “Harpoon” & the P2V-1, -3, 3W, 5, 5F and the P2V-7 Neptune.

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Lake Michigan aircraft carriers????

Even if you weren’t Navy, this is very interesting. Pres. George H, W. Bush trained aboard one of these. Great photographs.

Here’s an interesting piece of WWII history. It would appear that there is a selection of War Birds from the US Navy waiting to be recovered off the bottom of Lake Michigan.
The official terminology at the time was “Mishap”…………The

Great Lakes provided vital support for the war effort in WWII, from
building 28 fleet subs in 
Manitowoc to providing the bulk of U.S. industrial
output, we could not have won the war if not for the benefits of the Great
Lakes and their related industry. However there was another benefit of the
lakes that is often overlooked. 
Japan quickly lost the war because, among
many other things, its navy could not replace its carrier pilot losses. We
could. But how did we train so many pilots in both comfort (calm seas) and
safety (no enemy subs)?
We took two old side-wheel

Great Lakes passenger steamers and turned them into training carriers on Lake Michigan! Virtually every carrier pilot
trained in the war got his landing training on these amazing ships! Sadly
nothing but these great photos and the wrecks of the aircraft that ditched
alongside them remain to tell their fascinating story! Thanks to Tom Ursem
for sending this link!
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Just Another War

“Future generations may dismiss the Second World War as ‘just another war”. Those who experienced it know that it was a war justified in its aims and successful in accomplishing them. Despite all the killing and destruction that accompanied it, the Second War War was a good war.” – A.J.P. Taylor


Interesting Facts & Stories

This Really Exists: Giant Concrete Arrows That Point a Way Across America

Every so often, usually in the vast deserts of the American Southwest, a hiker or a backpacker will run across something puzzling: a ginormous concrete arrow, as much as seventy feet in length, just sitting in the middle of scrub-covered nowhere. What are these giant arrows? Some kind of surveying mark? Landing beacons for flying saucers? Earths turn signals? No, it’s part of the Transcontinental Air Mail Route indicator .
On August 20, 1920, the United States opened its first coast-to-coast airmail delivery route, just 60 years after the Pony Express closed up shop. There were no good aviation charts in those days, so pilots had to eyeball their way across the country using landmarks. This meant that flying in bad weather was difficult, and night flying was just about impossible.
  • The Postal Service solved the problem with the worlds first ground-based civilian navigation system: a series of lit beacons that would extend from New York to San Francisco. Every ten miles, pilots would pass a bright yellow concrete arrow. Each arrow would be surmounted by a 51-foot steel tower and lit by a million-candlepower rotating beacon. (A generator shed at the tail of each arrow powered the beacon). Now mail could get from the Atlantic to the Pacific not in a matter of weeks, but in just 30 hours or so. 
  • Even the dumbest of air mail pilots, it seems, could follow a series of bright yellow arrows straight out of a Tex Avery cartoon. By 1924, just a year after Congress funded it, the line of giant concrete markers stretched from Rock SpringsWyoming, to ClevelandOhio. The next summer, it reached all the way to New York, and by 1929 it spanned the continent uninterrupted, the envy of postal systems worldwide.
Radio and radar are, of course, infinitely less cool than a concrete Yellow Brick Road from sea to shining sea, but I think we all know how this story ends. New advances in communication and navigation technology made the big arrows obsolete, and the Commerce Department decommissioned the beacons in the 1940s. The steel towers were torn down and went to the war effort. But the hundreds of arrows remain. Their yellow paint is gone, their concrete cracks a little more with every winter frost, and no one crosses their path much, except for coyotes and tumbleweeds. But theyre still out there.
It is particularly interesting in that the route closely follows the transcontinental railroad completed in 1869, particularly the Union Pacific from Omaha to Salt Lake City.