We have winners at SOS Aloha!
Saturday, May 14: Sounds of Aloha with Frank DeLima
- Sue is the winner!
Sunday, May 15: Asian American Heritage with Jade Lee/Kathy Lyons
- Amelia is the winner!
Monday, May 16: Your heart beats red, white, and blue
- Jane is the winner!
Tuesday, May 17: Elaine Cantrell and A NEW DREAM
- Estella is the winner!
Wednesday, May 18: Down but not out
Thanks to the commenters who wished me well. Although I did not post a prize, I am giving one away!
- Terri is the winner from the RT Stash!
Thursday, May 19: Deb Marlowe and HOW TO MARRY A RAKE
- Molly is the winner!
Friday, May 20: Kienna Riley and UP ON THE ROOFTOP
- Chey is the winner!
I have everyone's address but Sue - please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I often use Wikipedia to see if a specific date has any historical significance and here's what I learned.
On May 22, 1942, Ted Williams enlisted into the Navy.
Yes, Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox. From Military Museum,
Williams could have received an easy assignment and played baseball for the Navy. Instead, he joined the V-5 program and set his sights on being a Naval Aviator. Navy doctors were amazed when his eyes tested to 20/10 - a key to his hitting prowess. Williams received his wings and commission in the Marine Corps on May 2, 1944. (After serving as an instruction pilot, he was released from active duty after the war in January 1946, returning to baseball).
On May 2, 1952, Williams was recalled to active duty due to the Korean War. After completing jet refresher training in the F9F at Cherry Point, NC, Williams joined VMF-311 in Korea. He flew 37 combat missions and had a narrow escape when he crash-landed a flak damaged aircraft. Several missions were flown with John Glenn. Among the decorations he received was the Air Medal with two Gold Stars for meritorious achievement. Williams returned to the States and relieved from active duty on July 28, 1953.
I don't follow baseball but I do know of Ted Williams' accolades. But I am more impressed with his aerial achievements during the Korean War. In honor of these distinctions, I am giving away a decorative plaque of a Korean Tiger. "regarded as a guardian that drives away evil spirit and a sacred creature that brings good luck – the symbol of courage and absolute power." No doubt the Tiger Spirit inspired Ted Williams!
To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about a celebrity serving in the military.
2. This giveaway is open only to US residents but I welcome comments from our international readers - what celebrities have served in your country's military?
3. Comments are open through Saturday, May 28, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll announce the winner on Sunday, May 29.
Kim in Hawaii
From Military.Com, here are a few famous US veterans ...
Alan Alda, Tony Bennett, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, James Earl Jones, Steve McQueen, Chuck Norris, George Steinbrenner, and Montel Williams.
Can you guess this actor who served in the Navy?
He was aboard a Sub Tender in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered on September 2, 1945.