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Ed Mauser

Ed Mauser: Curahee –––––– BLOG POST #005 Ed Mauser: Curahee Born in LaSalle, Illinois, in 1916, Ed Mauser was 23 years old when he was drafted into the U.S. Army on January 17, 1942. While at Fort Benning, Georgia, Mauser was waiting to be assigned to a unit when he saw, for the first time, men jumping out of planes. The paratrooper was a new concept for the Army and it was so dangerous that only volunteers could be accepted and they were paid an extra $50 a month. Ed Mauser jumped at the chance to join and one week later he had become a paratrooper and joined the airborne. After earning his jump wings, he was transferred to Fort Bragg, North Carolina where and was assigned to E Company, of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the the 101st Airborne’s. Also known as Easy Company. Private 1st Class Ed ...
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Dick Joyce

Lieutenant Colonel Richard O. Joyce, USAF (RET.) –––––– BLOG POST #004 Lieutenant Colonel Richard O. Joyce, USAF (RET.) Richard Joyce was a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, having graduated from Lincoln High School and later the University of Nebraska in 1940. He joined the Army Air Corps after graduation and received his wings in 1941. His unit, the 89th Reconnaissance Squadron, was commanded by Lt. Colonel James Doolittle and was among the first to train in the Army’s new North American B-25 “Mitchell” medium bomber. Following the1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the country was left with a burning desire for some immediate action, but no apparent means to carry it out. The Japanese Islands lay beyond the range of any land based bomber and carrier aircraft were incapable of carrying bomb loads capable of doing sufficient damage. A plan developed to load medium bombers on a Navy carrier and transport ...
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Lee Seemann

Lee Seemann Nebraskan Pilot –––––– BLOG POST #003 Perilous Journey: Capt. Lee Seemann and the B-17 Born in Omaha, NE, 1920, Lee Seemann did not show much interest in aviation other than going on a few rides with a family friend from Wahoo who owned his own plane. While he attended Central High School (Omaha, NE), Seemann excelled academically and in sports, but one of his proudest high school memories was being a part of the JROTC Crack Squad. Between his Junior and Senior Year, he and the other cadets won the national competition 1937. College days in California Following high school, Seemann attended Santa Clara College and continued his athletic and ROTC endeavors. Following graduation in 1942 he was inducted into the U. S. Army as a 2nd LT. Seemann reported to the 1,300-acre Santa Ana Army Air Field in August. Though his drill training at Central High School ...
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Project FICON and the B-36

Project FICON and the B-36 –––––– BLOG POST #002 Project FICON In the beginning of the Cold War strategic bombing and strategic reconnaissance faced the issue of distance to target. The United States long range bombers and reconnaissance aircraft could make the flight but would not have fighter escort. The concept of FICON (fighter conveyor) seemed to be the immediate solution. Parasite Fighter Developed out of a request by the USAAF as an escort fighter to be carried in the bomb bay of a Northrop XB-35 or Convair B-36, the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin first flew August 25, 1948. The extended range of the large bombers and growing concerns of the Cold War called for nuclear bombers to be able to be launched from the United States, reach the Soviet Union and escape to a friendly base. Stationing escort fighters in Western Europe put bombing missions at risk. The Goblin was ...
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Navigation Adventure, Exploration, Innovation

Navigation, Adventure, Exploration, Innovation –––––– BLOG POST #001 Navigation, Adventure, Exploration, Innovation We all take navigation for granted; we do it every day and do not think about it. These days during social distancing and lock downs we navigate from the kitchen to the living room. We navigate to the market, or to the pharmacy. We generally use our own experience or of those around us.  For journeys to parts unknown and much farther than our social connections, we must use other means, say GPS. In today’s technology, navigation is at our fingertips. But before our modern Global Positioning, how did early explorers navigate the unknown? The first known map was uncovered in Pavlov, Czech Republic and dates back to about 25,000 BC. The carved Mammoth tusk depicts mountains, rivers and routes, recording possible good hunting grounds, fresh water or another tribe. Maps are our way of recording where places ...
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