Merchant Marine Memorial

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American Merchant Marine Memorial

The memorial is located in the Hudson River just west of Battery Park. Designed by sculptor Marison Escobar, it depicts four merchant seamen and their sinking vessel – the S.S. Muskogee – after being attacked by a German U-boat. The fourth man is in the water and is only visible when the tide is out. According to Wikipedia, the sculpture is based on a photo taken by the U-boat commander who attacked and sunk the S.S. Muskogee. All of the American crew died at sea.

This beautiful photo was taken by Raul Garcia Peñalver and found on Flickr.

The World War II Museum in New Orleans has recently opened the US Merchant Marine Gallery that helps tell the story of these mariners who crossed the Atlantic and Pacific transporting supplies, weapons and men to the warfront.

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A Swinging Christmas

Did you know that Glenn Miller was a Major in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II? He was instrumental in the formation of the Army Air Corps Band which would become the U.S. Air Force and the USAF Band shortly after the war ended. Today the USAF Band has a reputation for Christmas flash mob performances in Washington, D.C. during the Christmas season. This performance in Union Station took place last year to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in the spirit of Glenn Miller.

BlogCarolingSpecial thanks to footnoteMaven for her annual blog caroling tradition. Hope everyone enjoys a swinging Christmas full of good cheer.

Christmas Tour of Blogs

Geneabloggers are an amazing group of family historians. They use their blogs to document their family history while taking advantage of the many social elements of blog platforms to find other geneabloggers. In the early days we were a relatively small group. Today there are more than 3,000 blogs listed in the blog roll at Geneabloggers.

In 2008 we decided to show off our blogs with a Christmas Tour of Blogs. It was great fun and helped us get to know more about each participant. You’ll find a list of the posts from all the participants at the 2008 Christmas Tour of Blogs list. Changes over the years have impacted some of the participating sites but I’m pleasantly surprised to see how many are still there. Below is my entry of Christmas at Moultrie Creek.