Category Archives: Military

Villages Honor Flight

[caption id="attachment_1129" align="alignnone" width="300"]Bud and Barney at the Korean War Memorial Bud and Barney at the Korean War Memorial[/caption] Barbara and I went to the World War II Memorial on March 25, 2015 to greet my WV Air National Guard fellow retired Air Guardsman William "Barney" Barnhart who was there with his WWII Vet as part of the Villages Bob Kitt Honor Flight. Barnhart was Bud's guardian through the entire honor flight. The flight had left Orlando Airport at 6:30am and arrived at BWI airport in Maryland three hours later. The Florida Honor Flight then boarded their two buses and visited the Arlington National Cemetery, the Air Force Memorial (had lunch there), Marine Memorial (Iwo Jima) and then traveled the Mall where they saw the WWII, Korean, and Vietnam Memorials and a bit of Mr. Lincoln too. Barbara and I were able to travel with Barney and his Navy WWII vet Bud...

Flack Bait B-26 Bomber and Pilot a Big Hit for WAMM Members at Udvar Hazy!

[caption id="attachment_1071" align="alignnone" width="300"]Bob Magruder, son a B-26 designer Peyton Magruder talks to retired Flack Bait pilot Sherman Best Bob Magruder, son a B-26 designer Peyton Magruder talks to retired Flack Bait pilot Sherman Best[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1074" align="alignnone" width="300"]Capt Sherman Best in Flak Bait 70 years later Capt Sherman Best in Flak Bait 70 years later[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1069" align="alignnone" width="300"]Steve with Flack Bait at Udvar Hazy Air & Space Steve with Flack Bait at Udvar Hazy Air & Space[/caption] Friday, December 19 Barbara and Steve Swartz joined WAMM member Bob Magruder at the Udvar-Hazy facility near Dulles Airport to view the sole survivng crew member of the B-26 bomber Flack Bait Capt Sherman Best and his famous bomber being restored at the center. Photoshow of 150 photos can be viewed by clicking on link below: http://www.photoshow.com/watch/Fx7px5tB Note: Seaplane in photoshow was...

Ohio B-26 Bomber Reunion photoshow a big success! BUT…

My  B-26 reunion photoshow is a big success! As of today...December 10, 2014 there have been nearly 500 views of the 250+ photos in the slide show. This includes three versions...my first initial photoshow, a revised edition, and a final version...( the middle revised version had 372 views.  This went out to many of the B-26 MHS members and families) This is the most views of a photoshow since my Memories part one and my early Austin Honor Flight shows.  The Austin Honor Flights views have dropped since they do not want to have photos with military members in uniform in the photos.  The USO has told me the same thing...due to the worry of attack on our military due to recognition of the members. It is a sad commentary of  the times when so much is on social media and the serious photographers can not display their work.   Luck for me, there were no military in uniform for my...

Swartz team takes photos at another Austin Honor Flight

Barbara and I took dozens of photos at another great Austin Honor Flight on October 11 and 12. The first time the Austin WWII honor flight had gone on a Saturday and Sunday ( instead of ( Friday and Saturday) and even the chilly weather did not dampen the spirits of the vets, including one female! Photoshow link: http://www.photoshow.com/watch/BZ6JT8Vt...

B-26 Ohio Reunion was very informative!

Barbara and I flew to Akron-Canton airport from October 15-21 for a B-26 WWII Reunion at the Hilton Garden Inn near the CAK airport. We participated in a very informative reunion and visited the local MAPS Museum where a B-26 bomber was being restored. See the 200 photo Photoshow by clicking on the link: http://www.photoshow.com/watch/WE2gt6tC or with added photos on November 6: http://www.photoshow.com/watch/ee5gc4Rz [caption id="attachment_1010" align="alignnone" width="300"]B-26 Bomber veterans pose at MAPS Museum in Ohio MHS Board Members at Akron Reunion MHS Board Members at Akron Reunion[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1015" align="alignnone" width="300"]Midway and the B-26 Midway and the B-26[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1021" align="alignnone" width="300"]Marauder WWII  bomber pilot poses with B-26 restored bomber Marauder WWII bomber pilot and daughter pose with B-26 restored bomber[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1025" align="alignnone" width="300"]Looking at Charleys Jewel

USO, American Legion, and Picnic!

Busy Week-end!
We had USO duty at Andrews, joined the American Legion Post 41, went to a picnic, and are preparing to go to a Nats game on Monday...busy week-end of September starting with Friday the 13th!
Saturday, Barbara and I went to the American Legion Post 41 in Silver Spring, MD after receiving an invitation from the Post to attend their 94th anniversary and fish fry dinner. We were met by some very friendly Post officials ( who of course wanted to sign us up for their post) who showed us around the post. I did not bring my camera but took a cell phone shot of an unusual figure in their outside garden. When we sat down to wait for the meal, a WWII vet who looked familiar sat down at our table. We found out that he was the same WWII on Eisenhower's staff that we had met at the Leisure World Burger King in August!......we both were amazed...