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June 8, 2017

Dachau Survivor Steve Ross is back in the news

Filed under: Dachau, Germany, Holocaust, World War II — furtherglory @ 3:56 pm

In this undated World War II-era photograph provided by Many Hats Productions, Holocaust survivor Steve Ross wears a Nazi prison camp uniform. The Holocaust survivor’s life is recounted in a new documentary titled “Etched in Glass: The Legacy of Steve Ross,” premiering in Newton, Mass., Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The film recounts the former Boston youth counselor’s five years spent in Nazi concentration camps as a child and his decadeslong search for the American soldier who gave him a U.S. flag handkerchief during the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in Germany. (courtesy of the family via Many Hats Productions via AP)

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The photo and text shown above are from this news article: http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/film-spotlights-holocaust-survivors-search-for-us-soldier

The following quote is from the news article:

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Ross’ search for the benevolent soldier and his life after the war is recounted in a new documentary screened in the Boston suburb of West Newton on Wednesday evening.

“Etched in Glass: The Legacy of Steve Ross” focuses on the five years Ross spent in concentration camps to his life as a war orphan in America, his career helping at-risk youths in Boston and his successful efforts to erect the striking glass New England Holocaust Memorial in downtown Boston.

Ross, now 90 and his speech limited by a stroke, attended Wednesday’s screening with his family, the filmmakers and members of the soldier’s family.

“It’s not your typical Holocaust film,” said Roger Lyons, the director of the nearly hourlong film. “Steve is a unique person. He took his second life and he really ran with it.”

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Steve Ross is the boy on the far left

I wrote about Steve Ross in this previous blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/the-day-that-holocaust-survivor-stephan-ross-was-liberated-from-dachau/

and on this previous blog post:

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/holocaust-survivor-steve-ross-recovering-from-a-stroke-cant-remember-details-of-dachau-liberation/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(LCVP) Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel

Filed under: Uncategorized, World War II — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 12:46 pm

Image result for higgins boat

A few days ago, I asked people to identify this boat.  It is, of course, a (LCPV) Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel,  also called a Higgins boat.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LCVP_(United_States)

Higgins

For my younger readers, the photo hint is of a character named Higgins from an old TV show called Magnum PI.  This picture was posted by Hermie. Nice job!

The LCVP was made famous in WWII by the many amphibious landings in which it participated.  These landings included the D-Day invasion of occupied France.

The LCVP could carry 32 men plus a four man crew.

A less well known use of the LCVP was on March 8th, 1965 at Da Nang in Vietnam.  On that date, the first American combat troops landed in Vietnam.  You can see some nice pictures of the LCVP, in the photos that go with the ABC news article, including the one that I copied from the article below.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/photos/50th-anniversary-landing-vietnam-29357774/image-29358058

https://i0.wp.com/a.abcnews.com/images/US/ap_vietnam_4_kb_150303_23x15_1600.jpg

LCVP Da Nang, March 8th, 1965

That date brings back bad memories for some of the Vietnam vets, who comment on here, including Tim who first identified this boat.

You can read an article about the Da Nang landing by following the link below.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-marines-land-at-da-nang

You can read all the comments and my earlier “name that boat” contest blog posts by clicking on the link below.

https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/it-is-time-to-play-name-that-boat/

 

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