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Battle of the Bulge seminar continues in Clarksville, March 17th

 

Battle of the Bulge seminar at Clarksville Train Station on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, at 4:00pm

Battle of the BulgeClarksville, TN – On December 16th, 1944, the German Army launched a desperate offensive designed to split the Allied armies in two and capture the strategic supply port of Antwerp, Belgium. This offensive has come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge.

We are now in the midst of the 70th Anniversary of that offensive and historians from the Clarksville area including history faculty from Austin Peay State University will take part in presenting a series of programs that will educate, inform and enlighten the public as to the importance of this offensive. A highlight of one seminar will be actual World War 2 veterans that served in the Bulge fighting.

101st Airborne Division personnel retrieve an A-4 Aerial Delivery Container containing medical supplies. Photo taken in the Bastogne area. Resupply missions took place between 23-27 December 1944.

101st Airborne Division personnel retrieve an A-4 Aerial Delivery Container containing medical supplies. Photo taken in the Bastogne area. Resupply missions took place between 23-27 December 1944.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

 

Clarksville Book ReviewClarksville, TN – Once in a while when you’re in a second-hand store, you can run across a book you’ve missed when it first came out, but one that becomes a lifelong favorite. That’s what happened to me when I found “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (The Dial Press, August, 2008).

Who could resist a book with a title like this!

The entire book is a series of letters with the central character a writer named Juliet Ashton. The initial setting is just after World War II as Juliet is setting out on a book tour for her collection of columns she wrote during the war to help keep up spirits of those at home in England.

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The fascinating History of Popcorn

 

Clarksville, TN – Ask me what my favorite snack is and I won’t hesitate a second to tell you that it’s popcorn. The aroma of popcorn can drive me to indulge any time day or night. I recently realized that I had no idea where popcorn originated or what makes it pop. Here’s what I learned:

According to www.popcorn.org , popcorn was eaten by Native Americans before the time of Jesus. Popcorn kernels more than 1,000 years old were found in tombs on the east coast of Peru; they still popped! Popcorn is believed to have originated in Mexico, but was grown in Sumatra, China and India before Christopher Columbus came to the New World.

Popcorn kernels

Popcorn kernels

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Battle of the Bulge Seminar Series to be held in Clarksville January – April 2015

 

Battle of the BulgeClarksville, TN - On December 16th, 1944, the German Army launched a desperate offensive designed to split the Allied armies in two and capture the strategic supply port of Antwerp, Belgium. This offensive has come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge.

We are now in the midst of the 70th Anniversary of that offensive and historians from the Clarksville area including history faculty from Austin Peay State University will take part in presenting a series of programs that will educate, inform and enlighten the public as to the importance of this offensive. A highlight of one seminar will be actual World War 2 veterans that served in the Bulge fighting.

101st Airborne Division personnel retrieve an A-4 Aerial Delivery Container containing medical supplies. Photo taken in the Bastogne area. Resupply missions took place between 23-27 December 1944.

101st Airborne Division personnel retrieve an A-4 Aerial Delivery Container containing medical supplies. Photo taken in the Bastogne area. Resupply missions took place between 23-27 December 1944.

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Hats off to the Ladies

 

hatsClarksville, TN – It is no longer acceptable since Women’s Liberation to be called a lady. The term took on unacceptable connotations because it was viewed as a way that men kept women “in their places.” To be a lady meant you were theoretically put on a pedestal but were subliminally considered not quite up to par with a man.

Ladies were the people for whom men opened doors, who wore hats and gloves, who did not enter the workplace and expect equal pay for equal work, who never swore in public or elsewhere, who spent most of their time making themselves attractive for their husbands’ pleasure, who loved spending their lives cleaning and cooking and being the June Cleaver from “Leave It to Beaver” or the mother on “Father Knows Best.” «Read the rest of this article»

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101st Sustainment Brigade soldier recognized for dedication to mission in Liberia

 

Written by Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – Pfc. Jacob Anderson, a cargo specialist and Murrieta, California, native with the 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, was recognized by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of JFC-UA, for his exemplary performance while supporting Operation United Assistance, January 9th, 2015, at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia.

Each week a service member supporting OUA is formally recognized by Volesky, who awards him or her with a division coin, followed by a helicopter ride with the commander around the joint operations area.

Pfc. Jacob Anderson, a cargo specialist and Murrieta, Calif., native with the 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, is recognized by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of JFC-UA, for his exemplary performance while supporting Operation United Assistance, Jan. 9, 2015, at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

Pfc. Jacob Anderson, a cargo specialist and Murrieta, Calif., native with the 372nd Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 129th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, is recognized by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of JFC-UA, for his exemplary performance while supporting Operation United Assistance, Jan. 9, 2015, at the Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Austin Peay State University professors Antonio Thompson, Christos Frentzos complete work on two-volume study of American military history

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The discussion of American military history can be approached in a seemingly endless variety of ways. With so many tactical, political and societal viewpoints to be considered, even the most educated scholars or enthusiastic students can become lost in a sea of information.

But what if the focus was narrowed to the people, places and events at the core of these historic conflicts?

(L to R) Dr. Antonio Thompson and Dr. Christos Frentzos. (APSU Student Assistant Taylor Slifko)

(L to R) Dr. Antonio Thompson and Dr. Christos Frentzos. (APSU Student Assistant Taylor Slifko)

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Malaria, not Ebola, biggest threat to U.S. Troops in Liberia

 

Written by Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods
27th Public Affairs Detachment

United States Africa CommandMonrovia, Liberia – During the American Revolution, George Washington used part of the Continental Army’s scarce budget to purchase quinine for the treatment of malaria in his troops.

According to Professor Dale Smith, a military medical historian at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, the U.S. military counted more than a half-million cases of malaria during World War II.

“This will be a long war, if for every division I have facing the enemy, I must count on a second division in the hospital with malaria, and a third division convalescing from this debilitating disease,” said Gen. Douglas MacArthur, commander of Allied Forces in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

The antimalarial medication Malarone was issued to service members deployed to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. In addition to antimalarial medication, troops deployed in support of OUA received special equipment and clothing to prevent mosquito bites and infection. Portions of this image were masked for privacy reasons. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

The antimalarial medication Malarone was issued to service members deployed to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance. In addition to antimalarial medication, troops deployed in support of OUA received special equipment and clothing to prevent mosquito bites and infection. Portions of this image were masked for privacy reasons. (Staff Sgt. V. Michelle Woods, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum December 2014 Exhibits and Activities

 

The Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is located in historic downtown Clarksville, Tennessee. Come explore an entire city block featuring large gallery spaces filled with fine art, science and history.

Some of the events in December at the Museum are: My Kingdom for a Horse, Battle of the Bulge: An Overview, Eric L Hansen: Blood Rescue, Noel Night, Miranda Herrick Book Signing, and Let’s Find: Toys..

The Horse As Muse

The Horse As Muse

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Veterans Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month

 

Written by Shannon Collins
DoDNews Features

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, D.C. – In a proclamation, President Barack Obama said November is National Native American Heritage Month in honor of American Indians and Alaska Natives from hundreds of tribes who have shaped our national life.

He said their spirit and many contributions continue to enrich our communities and strengthen our country. During this heritage month, we honor their legacy.

Veterans from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom were welcomed into the ceremonial circle during the Veteran's Roll Call at the Native American Veterans Association's Annual Veterans Appreciation and Heritage Day Pow Wow in South Gate, Calif., Nov. 8th and 9th. More than 4,000 veterans represented their tribes and their respective military branches with inter-tribal music, dancing, arts and crafts and storytelling during the two-day event. (Marvin Lynchard/Department of Defense)

Veterans from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom were welcomed into the ceremonial circle during the Veteran’s Roll Call at the Native American Veterans Association’s Annual Veterans Appreciation and Heritage Day Pow Wow in South Gate, Calif., Nov. 8th and 9th. More than 4,000 veterans represented their tribes and their respective military branches with inter-tribal music, dancing, arts and crafts and storytelling during the two-day event. (Marvin Lynchard/Department of Defense)

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