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raydan @ Fri May 27, 2022 10:16 am

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Judy, a purebred pointer, was the mascot of several ships in the Pacific, and was captured by the Japanese in 1942 and taken to a prison camp. There she met Aircraftsman Frank Williams, who shared his small portion of rice with her.
Judy raised morale in the POW camp, and also barked when poisonous snakes, crocodiles or even tigers approached the prisoners. When the prisoners were shipped back to Singapore, she was smuggled out in a rice sack, never whimpering or betraying her presence to the guards.
The next day, that ship was torpedoed. Williams pushed Judy out of a porthole in an attempt to save her life, even though there was a 15-foot drop to the sea. He made his own escape from the ship, but was then recaptured and sent to a new POW camp.
He didn't know if Judy had survived, but soon he began hearing stories about a dog helping drowning men reach pieces of debris after the shipwreck. And when Williams arrived at the new camp, he said: "I couldn’t believe my eyes! As I walked through the gate, a scraggly dog hit me square between the shoulders and knocked me over. I’d never been so glad to see the old girl!"
They spent a year together at that camp in Sumatra. "Judy saved my life in so many ways," said Williams. "But the greatest of all was giving me a reason to live. All I had to do was look into those weary, bloodshot eyes and ask myself: 'What would happen to her if I died?' I had to keep going."
Once hostilities ceased, Judy was then smuggled aboard a troopship heading back to Liverpool. In England, she was awarded the Dickin Medal (the "Victoria Cross" for animals) in May 1946. Her citation reads: "For magnificent courage and endurance in Japanese prison camps, which helped to maintain morale among her fellow prisoners, and also for saving many lives through her intelligence and watchfulness".
At the same time, Frank Williams was awarded the PDSA's White Cross of St. Giles for his devotion to Judy. Frank and Judy spent a year after the war visiting the relatives of English POWs who had not survived, and Frank said that Judy "always provided a comforting presence to the families."
When Judy finally died at the age of 13, Frank spent two months building a granite and marble memorial in her memory, which included a plaque describing her life story.

   



bootlegga @ Wed Jun 01, 2022 12:13 pm

The Battle Order channel has tons of great info on Army's around the world, both modern and from World War 2.













And a couple from World War 2:



   



raydan @ Wed Jun 01, 2022 6:30 pm

Former Carrier Kitty Hawk Arrives in Brownsville for Scrapping



https://news.usni.org/2022/06/01/former ... 6jBa-MhoXY

   



bootlegga @ Thu Jun 02, 2022 8:38 am

Sad day, I saw her in Tokyo Bay about 20 years ago. The size of that ship was just massive, and it dwarfed everything else in the harbour.

   



Scape @ Thu Jun 02, 2022 5:54 pm

Someone apparently leaked classified Chinese tank schematics to win an online argument

^^ third time this has happened now.

   



Scape @ Thu Jun 02, 2022 9:22 pm

US to China: We're hosting world's largest naval exercise, in Pacific

   



DrCaleb @ Fri Jun 03, 2022 2:41 pm

   



bootlegga @ Fri Jun 03, 2022 2:55 pm

Scape Scape:
US to China: We're hosting world's largest naval exercise, in Pacific


And the US invited Taiwan, but they haven't confirmed yet whether or not they will participate.

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4390602

   



xerxes @ Mon Jun 06, 2022 5:41 pm

78 years ago today...

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Scape @ Mon Jun 06, 2022 9:25 pm



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr6tmZ7 ... WL&index=3

   



herbie @ Tue Jun 07, 2022 9:54 am

You know we've all seen 1,000 movies about Omaha beach.
We should do our duty and spam the Net next year with pics & clips of Juno beach.

Come to think of it, I don't think I've seen a single Brit movie about Gold or Sword.

   



bootlegga @ Tue Jun 07, 2022 10:53 am

This one is pretty good Herbie

   



xerxes @ Tue Jun 07, 2022 3:50 pm

herbie herbie:
You know we've all seen 1,000 movies about Omaha beach.
We should do our duty and spam the Net next year with pics & clips of Juno beach.

Come to think of it, I don't think I've seen a single Brit movie about Gold or Sword.


There was a bit of it in The Longest Day featuring a very young Sean Connery:

   



DrCaleb @ Thu Jun 09, 2022 8:30 am

The last surviving ration pack from D-Day was found in a Dorset museum

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Scape @ Fri Jun 17, 2022 4:59 pm



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_qCldb9eJU

   



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