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Korean War survivors, Hotel Del expels Prince Edward, Spanish Civil War vets, escape from Vietnam, tortured by Japanese

San Diego as vortex of world events

Wallis and the Prince of Wales
Wallis and the Prince of Wales
Members of B Company, 1st Marine Division, 1st Motor Transport Battalion, Korea (Robert Weishan at far left). Weishan: “There were terrible problems with high tides — at Inchon they ran 18 to 20 feet."

The Forgotten War

Conversations with men who never forgot

I do not recall putting my foot on Korean soil for the first time. I only remember the cold rain, and running, and others running with me.

By David Burge, June 20, 1996 | Read full article


Sacco and Vanzetti

The Good Shoemaker and the Poor Fish Peddler

Were Sacco and Vanzetti innocent?

“He say goodbye to his wife, he say goodbye to his friends, he say goodbye to his children. He say, ‘Long Live Anarchy!’”

By Thomas Larson, Aug. 18, 2005 | Read full article


San Diego mayor Louis J. Wilde and Prince Edward arriving at the Hotel Del, April 1920

Hotel del Coronado expels prince

Remodel or in recognition of history?

The Prince of Wales restaurant has become 1500 Ocean. The historic photos featuring Edward and Wallis downstairs have disappeared, all except one of the prince saluting for a photographer in his Royal Navy captain’s uniform. The black-and-white image hangs in a much-diminished history gallery downstairs. Wallis, the Coronadan who almost brought down the British monarchy, can only be found in books sold in the hotel’s souvenir store.

By Bill Manson, July 22, 2015 | Read full article

Ken Shaker, who lives in West Point Loma apartment: "After a bombing raid, when we inspected corpses lying out on the field, I rushed over to one who had a pair of shoes on his body and fortunately for me, they fit.”

For Whom the Bell Tolled

A Spanish Civil War story

Dave Chriss balances a Scotch and water on the arm of a crushed-velvet chair in his Mira Mesa living room. He awaits the arrival of seven other senior citizens who survived the Spanish Civil War and are about to hold the first official meeting of the country’s newest, smallest chapter of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

By Sue Garson, July 17, 1980 | Read full article


I had participated as part of the first delegation from the South to receive prisoners of war at the Hanoi Hilton in 1973. We wrote a popular book, One Day in Hanoi, about our treatment in the North.

Escape!

From Saigon to San Diego, a tale of survival.

Fear and hiding in the Saigon underground, adrift at sea, capture by pirates. A former Vietnamese journalist shares his tale of terror.

By Duong Phoc, with Va Than Thuy and Neal Matthews, May 15, 1986 | Read full article

Cabanatuan, central Luzon, Philippines, 1943. Nixon's diary: “1/19/43 — Men are dying almost daily from beriberi, malaria, pellagra, heart, starvation, etc."

Slave Soldiers

Local vets sue local companies that enslaved them.

As a soldier, Tenney said, he accepted the likelihood that he might be captured and imprisoned, maimed, or killed in action. “What I did not expect was that I would be forced to work for a private company” — that is, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., the parent of companies that are themselves gigantic, Toyota and Toshiba among them.

By Jeanne Schinto, March 13, 2003 | Read full article


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Wallis and the Prince of Wales
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Members of B Company, 1st Marine Division, 1st Motor Transport Battalion, Korea (Robert Weishan at far left). Weishan: “There were terrible problems with high tides — at Inchon they ran 18 to 20 feet."

The Forgotten War

Conversations with men who never forgot

I do not recall putting my foot on Korean soil for the first time. I only remember the cold rain, and running, and others running with me.

By David Burge, June 20, 1996 | Read full article


Sacco and Vanzetti

The Good Shoemaker and the Poor Fish Peddler

Were Sacco and Vanzetti innocent?

“He say goodbye to his wife, he say goodbye to his friends, he say goodbye to his children. He say, ‘Long Live Anarchy!’”

By Thomas Larson, Aug. 18, 2005 | Read full article


San Diego mayor Louis J. Wilde and Prince Edward arriving at the Hotel Del, April 1920

Hotel del Coronado expels prince

Remodel or in recognition of history?

The Prince of Wales restaurant has become 1500 Ocean. The historic photos featuring Edward and Wallis downstairs have disappeared, all except one of the prince saluting for a photographer in his Royal Navy captain’s uniform. The black-and-white image hangs in a much-diminished history gallery downstairs. Wallis, the Coronadan who almost brought down the British monarchy, can only be found in books sold in the hotel’s souvenir store.

By Bill Manson, July 22, 2015 | Read full article

Ken Shaker, who lives in West Point Loma apartment: "After a bombing raid, when we inspected corpses lying out on the field, I rushed over to one who had a pair of shoes on his body and fortunately for me, they fit.”

For Whom the Bell Tolled

A Spanish Civil War story

Dave Chriss balances a Scotch and water on the arm of a crushed-velvet chair in his Mira Mesa living room. He awaits the arrival of seven other senior citizens who survived the Spanish Civil War and are about to hold the first official meeting of the country’s newest, smallest chapter of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

By Sue Garson, July 17, 1980 | Read full article


I had participated as part of the first delegation from the South to receive prisoners of war at the Hanoi Hilton in 1973. We wrote a popular book, One Day in Hanoi, about our treatment in the North.

Escape!

From Saigon to San Diego, a tale of survival.

Fear and hiding in the Saigon underground, adrift at sea, capture by pirates. A former Vietnamese journalist shares his tale of terror.

By Duong Phoc, with Va Than Thuy and Neal Matthews, May 15, 1986 | Read full article

Cabanatuan, central Luzon, Philippines, 1943. Nixon's diary: “1/19/43 — Men are dying almost daily from beriberi, malaria, pellagra, heart, starvation, etc."

Slave Soldiers

Local vets sue local companies that enslaved them.

As a soldier, Tenney said, he accepted the likelihood that he might be captured and imprisoned, maimed, or killed in action. “What I did not expect was that I would be forced to work for a private company” — that is, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., the parent of companies that are themselves gigantic, Toyota and Toshiba among them.

By Jeanne Schinto, March 13, 2003 | Read full article


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