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Memorial Day

Read Tony Potochniak's dedication to
Memorial Day

“OUR OLD NAVY” began with
the birth of our nation.

 

Regardless of the time that you served, we are all linked.  Our time of service is but one link, in an endless chain.  We are history.  This is a history web site, about men of honor, who put their lives on the line for God and Country, to preserve liberty for all future generations and to educate those who come after us. 

 

Prior to World War II, there were few young men who didn’t dream of the “South Sea Islands,” with their enchanting ‘Hawaiian” music and attractive hula girls.  It was every young mans dream to go to Hawaii.  Because of the hardships of the depression, there was but one way, join “OUR OLD NAVY’ at $17.60 per month.  Even at this low entry level of pay, there was no shortage of volunteers, to fill the billets on ships of the line.

 

Tony Potochniak
USS Gambier Bay - VC10 Web Site Historian.

Navy Enlistment Poster $17.60

This Our Old Navy site is about patriotism, love of God, family and country

It’s about men, who had deeply imbedded in their minds and souls, the same code of morality, with the same vision our Founding Fathers had, for ONE COUNTRY UNDER GOD.

Our KILLED IN ACTION, since the revolution from the British, have put their lives on the line for GOD, FAMILY and COUNTRY.  Their belief was/is the bedrock that our nation was built on.  Today, perhaps not politically correct.

This site is an extension of one of the TEN COMMANDMENTS (a moral code) of HONORING THY MOTHER AND FATHER.  It has now been extended to HONOR THY KILLED IN ACTION.

If you who have accessed this web site, agree in God, Family and Country, continue to read the messages.  Please leave your comments, by signing the
guest book.

TONY POTOCHNIAKMEMORIAL DAYHIJMS FUJINAMIANDREW A. PINKO, EM3cJOHN STASKO JR., SF3c
PEARL HARBOR KIAAIRCRAFT CARRIER KIADESTROYERMEN KIADESTROYER ESCORT HONOR ROLL
LANDING CRAFT INFANTRY KIAPT BOATERS KIASUBMARINE KIAWAR ON TERRORISM KIAGAMBIER BAY KIA
MONUMENTSBATTLE OF LEYTE GULF911 TRIBUTEINFO FOR VETERANSBOOKS OF INTERESTI SERVED TOO


A tribute to the Honorable Japanese Commanding Officer of the HIJMS Fujinami, his Officers and crew

To all of you readers I ask, can you, will you help me?
 


Let’s go back in time, to the very early morning of Sunday, December 7th 1941, with the PA systems piping in “hula” music
of the islands, for those who had not been on liberty ashore, the prior night.  It was at this moment in time,
that many a man was rudely awakened from a dream, of paradise, with the sound of bombs, torpedoes, exploding ships,
and the cries of dying men.  The United States was suddenly attacked and now at war.
   

Pearl Harbor Day, December 7th

ANDREW A. PINKO EM3c
Killed in Action
at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
December 7, 1941

A complete list of Pearl Harbor KIA's in alphabetical order
with ships or stations the persons were killed on.
http://OurOldNavy.com/phkia.htm

KIA’s” are a downpayment,
for freedom

From the time the first Colonists died, charging up Bunker Hill, through all our conflicts to date, our Killed in Action have been a never ending down payment, for freedoms we all enjoy. 

Truthfully, but sadly, there will always be others, who will lose their lives, if we are to protect and maintain the God given rights we enjoy.  Reflect on our fallen heroes.  Let us not forget those KIA’s whose names are listed in this web site. 

C
lick onto THE NAVY HYMN, and say a prayer for those who already made The Down Payment for OUR Freedoms.  Pray for the safety of those who now serve and others who will place their lives on the line in the future, and lose them, while protecting us, on the home front...

GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN.
GOD BLESS OUR USA

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a Legal Holiday, intended to remind us of hundreds of thousands of United States young men, some like I, a teenager, who went off to war to preserve our Nation and its freedoms.  This publication is not about heroism.  It’s about young boys, most too young to vote for their Commander in Chief, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, too young to buy a ten-cent beer, too young to get into a burlesque show.  Not too young to place their lives on the line for God, Family, and our United States.

This Memorial Day, is about young men who didn't return home to loving family, their nation the United States, its President, US Navy and its people. By our citizens celebrating Memorial Day with their aging  warriors,  they  make  it possible for aged men, to honor the memory of young boys, their shipmates, who paid the price for our freedom. The price was death at sea in a watery  grave, without prayers or monuments, not even a ripple on the waters to remind  us of true patriots, true heroes, or the battles they perished in.

Although this report is going out to local and national media, if precedent has its way, this report will not have legs.  All too soon those of many wars who paid the maximum price are forgotten, by their own people.

CONTINUE


The Men of the
Gambier Bay

The Battle Off Samar
Taffy III at Leyte Gulf

See books of interest for more detail 

By VC-10 fighter pilot Joseph McGraw
BATTLE OF LEYTE GULF
As fought from the air by the men of
Composite Squadron VC-10,
USS GAMBIER BAY (CVE 73)


USS LEXINGTON at Coral Sea
JOHN  STASKO JR, SF3c
Killed in Action

Battle of the “
Coral Sea”
May 8, 1942


USS GAMBIER BAY at Samar
USS GAMBIER BAY (CVE-73)
137 Gallant Men
Killed in Action

Battle of Leyte Gulf

October 25, 1944

 


WWII Submarine KIA
U.S. SUBMARINE VETERANS
WORLD WAR II

Killed in Action

 


Destroyermen KIA
DESTROYERMEN VETERANS
WORLD WAR II

Killed in Action

 



LANDING CRAFT INFANTRY
WORLD WAR II

Killed in Action

 

World Trade Center on 9/11/01
911 VICTIMS
In remembrance to those lost
on September 11, 2001

 


USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS at Samar
USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS
 (DE 413)

Killed in Action
Destroyer Escort Honor Roll

 


Taffy 3 Ship Monuments
HEROES ARE TOGETHER AGAIN,
IN SPIRIT

Task Unit 77.4.3 "Taffy 3"
Killed in Action
Ship Memorial Monuments

 


Rear Admiral C.A.F. Sprague, USN
“HEROES ARE MADE NOT BORN”
Rear Admiral
Clifton A.F. "Ziggy" Sprague
United States Navy
Commander Task Unit 77.4.3
 


PT Boaters KIA
PT BOATERS KILLED IN ACTION
Killed in Action
World War II


 

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