Category Archives: World War II

5 things to know about Red Lion’s grand Fairmount Park

This is the view across Red Lion’s Fairmount Park. That’s the community war memorial (see below) seen prominently in the photo. And there’s a playground in the background, right. A water park can be seen in background, left. The popular … Continue reading

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Downtown Hanover, Pa.: Here’s how a bird viewed ‘McAllistertown’s’ square 60 years ago

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: More support for WWII hero recognition/New museum in Quecreek This bird’s-eye view shows Hanover’s Center Square in the 1950s. The equestrian statue – the Picket – stood in the middle of the square in those days. … Continue reading

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York/Adams History Mystery quiz: Where was the bird flying to get this view?

Today’s History Mystery: This is a bird’s-eye view of … ? Well, this perch has been increasingly available to members of the public in recent years. And it’s known around the world because of its role in a popular film … Continue reading

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Gettysburg’s compelling annual Sacred Trust series has become a must-visit at the battlefield

Jennifer Murray speaks on ‘ “From These Honored Dead” ‘: Gettysburg and World War II’ at the Sacred Trust’s Talks and Book Signings that concludes today. (Check out today’s schedule). The three-day annual event features big-league Civil War experts speaking … Continue reading

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Nazis murdered downed World War II airman from York, Pa., Part 10

The R.W. Zercher on this monument in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands was known as Bob Zercher in his home county of York, Pa. He worked at York Corporation, served as an airman, survived the crash of his B-17 Flying Fortress … Continue reading

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Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers as a post-war celebrity: ‘I was very excited and proud to get his autograph’

Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers was not only a ranking general in the European Theater in World War II. After the war, this York County, Pa., native and four-star general became a celebrity around his home county. York countian Carole (Gosnell) Canonico, for one, collected his autograph, as seen here on her 1963 York High ‘Tattler’ cover page.

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Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers in WW II: Did his quick smile count against him?

Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers, a York High and West Point graduate, talks to Army Chief of Staff George Marshall in World War II. Devers carried three stars then but gained a fourth star later in the war. He is the highest ranking military man to come from York County, Pa.

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Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers in WW II: 4 more little-known facts about York, Pa.’s four-star general

York, Pa., native Jacob Loucks Devers sports a cavalry look at Fort Knox early in World War II.  Armoured cavalry replaced horse cavalry in reconnaissance and other duties in the U.S. Army. Devers was relatively little known. By war’s end, … Continue reading

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Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers in WW II: ‘True driving force in the creation of American tanks and tank divisions’

Gen. Jacob Loucks Devers, left, talks with Lt. Donald E. MacNutt, 85th Engineers, as light and heavy vehicles from the 10th Armored Division cross the Rhine River about 70 years ago – on April 1, 1945. The engineers installed this … Continue reading

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Looking for York County trivia? These 4 lists will get you started

Linked in/Neat stuff, below: Colonial York? Not quite/Pa.’s covered bridges The answer to the question is S. Forry Laucks, left. But what is the question? Both are part of a history quiz on YorkTownSquare.com It’s one of several quizzes from this blog’s … Continue reading

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