Category Archives: World War II

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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York County tie to Lincoln slaying: If someone asks you to hold the reins of a horse … .

If someone asks you to hold the reins to their horse, maybe take a pass. This York countian, working in Washington, D.C., received such an invitation from an actor by the name of John Wilkes Booth, who also had York County connections. Booth walked inside Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., where he assassinated Abraham Lincoln – and changed the course of the world.

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Royal Square extending its realm northward on Duke Street in York, Pa.

Linked in/Neat stuff: Antique road show rolling in/Whitewater on the Susquehanna Not all Royal Square buildings are, well, in Royal Square. This one sits at 101 E. Market St., a short distance north from the Duke and King Street epicenter … Continue reading

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‘Gateway to York Garden’ to command city’s busiest entrance

People call this green area that greets motorists heading into York City from the south many things. But grassy knoll seems to be a common name. Whatever its name, this WellSpan-owned property will be landscaped to the tune of $35,000 to become a major “Welcome to York” sign. This is York, Pa.’s, busiest entrance – the way taken by York Expo Center goers, York College students and thousands of others each day. The Rotary Club of York is erecting this big sign – “Gateway to York Garden” – as part of its 100th birthday in 2016.

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Smithsonian, unexpectedly, finds this wasn’t a Gettysburg soldier’s skull

Linked in/Neat stuff: York’s First Capital claim probed/Hanover’s Eagle Fire Station Remember this skull saved from the auction block in Maryland last year? It then was presented as that of a Civil War soldier. But tests by the Smithsonian have … Continue reading

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York County’s long meet up with Jeeps: From a World War II prototype to Tom Wolf’s Jeep

On the eve of the inauguration of Tom Wolf as governor of Pennsylvania, it’s an appropriate time to bring up a vehicle that helped him gain the driver’s seat of state governor. That would be Tom Wolf’s Jeep, popularized, in … Continue reading

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