Remembering Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, a Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor killed 2403 Americans, wounded about 1100 and destroyed ships, planes and harbor infrastructure. December 7 became “a date that will live in infamy,” like September 11. This week’s news has carried stories about those who died at Pearl Harbor, as well as the few […]

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Stalag VIIA – 70 years ago

World War II had a huge impact on my family, and this week we’re commemorating a particularly special event that took place 70 years ago.


70 Years Ago Today

Maurice C. “Pete” Henrichsen was killed 70 years ago today, 16 January 1945, during the WWII Battle of the Bulge.


Dad’s 100th Birthday and Memorial Day

May 17 was the 100th anniversary of my father’s birth. There was no big birthday celebration since he passed away over 25 years ago. Nonetheless, the birthday and Memorial Day have kept him strongly on my mind.


The Banner

A new chapter of this story began in mid-May as I opened a trunk in an upstairs closet in my (deceased) mother’s house. The only item in the lower section of the trunk was a black canister, labelled on the end: “105 mm Howitzer.” What was contained inside the canister?


Sixty-Five Years Later

My paternal grandmother, Retta Stahl Henrichsen, was nearly 76 years old when I was born. She died shortly after my ninth birthday. Her final years were shrouded in dementia so I never really knew her.