For part 1 go here.
The Octofoil shoulder patch of the 9th Infantry Division dates from the 15th Century when it was customary for each son in a family to have an individual mark of distinction. Under the rules of heraldry there are eight foils or positions. The Octofoil went to the ninth son, symbolic of him being surrounded by eight brothers. The symbolism of the Octofoil makes it a logical and correct insignia for the 9th Infantry Division. The red quarterfoil of the patch alludes to the Artillery, while the blue one represents the Infantry. h/t: http://9thinfdivsociety.org/
For quick outline of the 9th’s WWII history go here.
On the ship heading to Sicily, Doc had some time to reflect on how he had ended up there. Here he was a Choctaw boy from Oklahoma that had just left some bad fighting in Tunisia and Morocco, now going to Sicily and who knows what else.
Doc was going to turn 23 in August of ’43 and he’d already had a lifetime of adventure.
One month after he was born in 1920 his father Edmond gave him to his Grandfather, because the Grandfather had said if Edmond’s first born is a boy that he, the Grandfather, wanted him. So his Grandparents raised Julius. Pretty good upbringing; lots of hunting, fishing, and running around the farm. Collins went to a country school only until he was 12. He left school and went to Atoka County to work on a farm so he could buy what he needed to help out the family; hard times in the U. S.
He cycled through three farmers every summer until 1938 when he went to an Indian C.C.C. camp , smack in the middle of the Cherokee Nation. Beside the work that was performed by the “c.c.c. boys” there were sports such as baseball and boxing. Collins got pretty good at boxing and did some Golden Gloves boxing around the area. After several months at Camp Hollow, Julius returned to help on the farm.
He went to a “White” C.C.C. Camp in Colorado in 1940 and stayed until he enlisted in the Army in 1942. Doc remembered that the camp in Colorado was where he really learned that there were more cuss words in English than in Choctaw. Those White boys could cuss the leaves off an Aspen tree.
More to come. I’ll do more battles next and his time as a POW of the Germans.
To the poor schmuck who has to determine if this is a legitimate terror site or not–sucks to be you. 😦
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You can’t make this stuff up. Jolting Joe
Biteme Biden is at it again: Source
Vice President Joe Biden addressed 87 wealthy Democrats last night attending a fundraiser at the home of Sen. John Kerry in Georgetown. As they dined on grass-fed New York strip steaks and white truffle mashed potatos underneath a outdoor tent, Biden criticized Republicans for being out of touch.
“These guys don’t have a sense of the average folks out there,” Biden said according to the pool report, “They don’t know what it means to be middle class.”
87 guests paid a minimum of $10,000-per-couple to attend the dinner.
Sad part is Joe doesn’t even realize his stupidity.
For those who demonize corporations, I ask you to consider this:
• It is the U.S. government, not a corporation, that is the most powerful monopoly on the planet, for it is the largest insurer, guarantor, pension provider, banker, health care system, debtor, etc.
• It is the U.S. government, not a corporation, that grows always larger — never shrinking — as temporary politicians attempt to construct a Utopian society that never was and never can be.
• It is the U.S. government, not a corporation, that constantly seeks to evade the laws, the bonds and constraints placed upon it by the Constitution.
• It is the U.S. government, not a corporation, that has the ability to imprison, to punish, to fine under force of law, almost always for the sole purpose of growing larger and confiscating more and more private property.
Those on the Left would do well to consider the government as the world’s largest, most powerful corporation. And now that it has breached the firewalls of the Constitution, it is a corporation on the road to total control over its citizens. In fact, some would call it tyranny.
From Doug Ross
Emphasis and links are mine.
Momma Obama is there for you and your kids, don’t worry.
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Doc Collins tried not to cuss as a habit. He could cuss in at least 2 languages, as a native Choctaw speaker he was fluent in the native curses and the transliterated cuss words of English. He also spoke English pretty well.
If he was going to cuss this was the time. He was belly down in the hot dry dirt watching his “boys” get chewed up by German machine gun fire, and he was ticked off. Collins was a medic with the U.S. Army 9th division “Old Reliable” and it was his responsibility to keep his boys alive.
The 9th had sailed directly from the States into this invasion (Operation Torch)they arrived at Port Lyautey, French Morocco on Sunday 8 November 1942. They had to take the port while under artillery fire from the defenders, but the Navy came through with wave after wave of carrier based aircraft and that was all the “legs” needed to succeed.
Ranger plane handlers push an SBD Dauntless dive-bomber into takeoff position after it has just landed from a strike on French North Africa.
After the Germans temporarily disengaged, Collins started checking on his boys. He saw LC Toffey writhing on the ground. “Where are you hurt?” Collins yelled. The Col said,”something is wrong with my knee”. Hustling over Collins saw that most of Toffey’s knee was shot off. He dressed the wound and administered morphine. The Col asked Collins to get him out of there, so Doc got him in a fireman’s carry and quit the battlefield. While carrying the Col back to safety about 300 yards away to a railroad bank, the Germans started in again with mortars and machine gun fire. “We gonna make it?” Toffey asked. Doc told him “you better believe it”. After getting over the bank, Collins found the rest of company, along with Gen Eddy and Gen Patton.
Gen Eddy and Gen Patton talked to LC Toffey while Collins worked on some other wounded. After Patton found out how the Colonel was taken off the battlefield, he came over to Collins, slapped him on the back and told him “That’s the way to win a war! Just show them you’ve got the guts to”. Collins found out later that the Generals had come back to eyeball where Patton was going to try to run his armor through.
More to come. I’ll try to give some background on Doc’s early years, and subsequent battles and his time as a POW of the Germans.