Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Limeade on Guadalcanal

I was always bringing George Calvit books and articles to read. If he was interested he would start; if he liked it he would finish; if not, on either account, then not. The short article below is one he would have enjoyed and that would have prompted a good long talk.

Limeade on Guadalcanal. Naval Institute Proceedings, December 1944: http://kingsofwar.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/ARTICLE-Limeade-on-Guadalcanal.pdf

Sunday, February 19, 2012

First night on Iwo Jima

George Calvit hit the beaches of Iwo Jima on the morning of 19 February 1945, 67 years ago today. His regiment, the 26th Marines, had been designated as the reserve unit for the 5th Marine Division for the invasion, joining the rest of the division on the island only if needed. The reserves were called in at 9:30 the first morning.

He served as the gunner on a 37mm anti-tank gun in his regiment's Heavy Weapons company. For the first few night his company was deployed at the forward perimeter of the beachhead in case the Japanese launched a night assault with tanks.

After the terrible battle that had consumed most of the day the first night was comparatively quiet. Their first day on Iwo Jima ended as they waited all night for an attack that didn't come.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

5 Generations, 1 Song

I fell in love with Waiting On A Train circa 1980 on Duane Allman's An Anthology Vol. 2. Boz Scaggs did the vocals. I sang it (and still sing it) to myself all the time. I was working with Paw Paw one day circa 1990 and he was singing...Waiting On A Train. It was very familiar. Not just because I knew the song, but because I knew I'd heard him sing it before, something I hadn't remembered until then. I told how much I loved that song. He said that it had been one of his favorites since Jimmie Rodgers first released it (1928) when Paw Paw was a boy and that it had also been a favorite of his grandfather, Fleming Monroe Calvit, who sang it frequently. F. M. Calvit was born at the end of the Civil War. A love of this song spans five generations of our family. You can listen to, and even watch, Jimmie Rodgers sing it online any time you want. Waiting On A Train. Enjoy.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Apple Core, Baltimore

This is a game PawPaw used to play when he was a kid in the 1920s and early 1930s:

Person A has eaten an apple down to the core, while persons B and C look on.

A: "Apple core!"

B: "Baltimore!"

A: "Who's your friend?"

B: "Uh...Person C!"

A throws the gnawed apple core at C.

C: "Ow!"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March 15, 1945

Sixty-six years ago today Paw Paw was severely wounded on Iwo Jima by Japanese machine gun fire while directing tank fire against an enemy pill box, a buried concrete defensive position. To do that he had to stand up in clear view of the Japanese who had been tearing apart his company all day, talk on telephone attached to the tank, and fire tracer rounds into the pillbox. For his actions he was awarded the Silver Star and a Purple Heart, his fourth. He had been in combat on Iwo Jima for twenty-five days and nights and was within "a baseball throw" he said, of Kitano Point, the northern limit of the island. Iwo Jima would be declared "secured" the next day while he lay half-dead in a battalion aid station on the beach.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy Birthday (plus one)

It was Paw Paw's Birthday yesterday. He would've been 89....89 and tough.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

George A Calvit 2003 Interview - Part 1

You should just be able to click on the link there to get to the interview. Tell me if it doesn't work for you. FYI - It took over an hour to upload. And that's just part one of ten.

It's awesome to hear Paw Paw's voice! :D