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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: I survived the 300 post game Part 41


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chuckv97 - Posted - 01/11/2018:  18:56:48


Except for Red Sox nation

DeanT - Posted - 01/11/2018:  19:18:48


We have no professional sports teams in Kansas... to we have to settle for the Royals and Chiefs

OM45GE - Posted - 01/12/2018:  02:42:05


Kansas City not being in Kansas has confused lots of geography students.

DeanT - Posted - 01/12/2018:  05:31:55


And we have the Arkansas river running through the state

OM45GE - Posted - 01/12/2018:  06:11:22


You do have your own Manhattan

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/12/2018:  08:12:37


I delivered in Kansas City ,Kansas a few years ago, but it’s a lot smaller than its sister across the river


Edited by - chuckv97 on 01/12/2018 08:13:29

DeanT - Posted - 01/12/2018:  10:09:54


We also have a Miami

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/12/2018:  11:29:27


We have a Red Deer and a Medicine Hat

OM45GE - Posted - 01/12/2018:  11:57:14


My last name is Cogswell. At one of the trucking companies I managed, I had a driver in Fargo North Dakota. He saw a sign for "Cogswell, North Dakota". It turned out to be a tiny (90 person) town. The company was called MH Heaton and there is an even smaller town called Heaton North Dakota. As far as I know, those are the only towns in the US with those names. Neither I nor Mike Heaton had any connection to the towns that we knew of either.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/12/2018:  13:00:26


There’s a tiny hamlet called Van Dyke in Pennsylvania, and the Van Dyke Expressway in Detroit

DeanT - Posted - 01/13/2018:  04:32:20


My last name is of Friesian decent (Tuinstra), and just mans someone who lives by a garden. No towns or cities or anything interesting here...


Edited by - DeanT on 01/13/2018 04:32:54

OM45GE - Posted - 01/13/2018:  04:36:11


Not to mention the Van Dyke beard (thank you Anthony).

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/13/2018:  09:00:32


Who’s Anthony?, asked the Beav.

OM45GE - Posted - 01/13/2018:  17:18:34


Anthony Van Dyke was an artist who the beard style is named after.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/13/2018:  20:27:45


Is there a Cogswell ?

OM45GE - Posted - 01/14/2018:  12:23:29


There was a Navy Destroyer named the Cogswell

DeanT - Posted - 01/14/2018:  19:10:45


They didn't mention the Cogswell, but I watched a show on History Channel today, about the U-boat war off the US east coast, in the Atlantic, at the start of WW II. Wow, I had no idea there was such a war. Big loss of life and supplies, and they kept it all hush hush to the American people.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/14/2018:  20:05:28


I read somewhere that German subs were off the coast of Newfoundland

OM45GE - Posted - 01/15/2018:  03:45:08


They were up and down the entire east coast. There are submarine watch towers and gun fortresses still around today. Most are in ruins. We used to go down in the tunnels at one in New Hampshire but they sealed it up.

DeanT - Posted - 01/15/2018:  06:30:38


They've even found wreckage in the gulf of Mexico

OM45GE - Posted - 01/15/2018:  07:35:16


German submarines landed spies in several locations including Maine and Long Island, NY. They were all caught.

DeanT - Posted - 01/15/2018:  14:36:23


The show talked about catching spies and executing them

OM45GE - Posted - 01/15/2018:  15:35:48


I believe they did execute all of them.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/15/2018:  15:55:20


How? Firing squad, electric chair, hanging...?

OM45GE - Posted - 01/15/2018:  17:01:01


They were electrocuted in Washington, DC. I recall that a couple of them turned themselves and helped capture the others. They may have gone to prison.

OM45GE - Posted - 01/15/2018:  17:04:31


I just found this article on line:

During World War II, six German saboteurs who secretly entered the United States on a mission to attack its civil infrastructure are executed by the United States for spying. Two other saboteurs who disclosed the plot to the FBI and aided U.S. authorities in their manhunt for their collaborators were imprisoned.

In 1942, under Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s orders, the defense branch of the German Military Intelligence Corps initiated a program to infiltrate the United States and destroy industrial plants, bridges, railroads, waterworks, and Jewish-owned department stores. The Nazis hoped that sabotage teams would be able to slip into America at the rate of one or two every six weeks. The first two teams, made up of eight Germans who had all lived in the United States before the war, departed the German submarine base at Lorient, France, in late May.

Just before midnight on June 12, in a heavy fog, a German submarine reached the American coast off Amagansett, Long Island, and deployed a team who rowed ashore in an inflatable boat. Just as the Germans finished burying their explosives in the sand, John C. Cullen, a young U.S. Coast Guardsman, came upon them during his regular patrol of the beach. The leader of the team, George Dasch, bribed the suspicious Cullen, and he accepted the money, promising to keep quiet. However, as soon as he passed safely back into the fog, he sprinted the two miles back to the Coast Guard station and informed his superiors of his discovery. After retrieving the German supplies from the beach, the Coast Guard called the FBI, which launched a massive manhunt for the saboteurs, who had fled to New York City.

Although unaware that the FBI was looking for them, Dasch and another saboteur, Ernest Burger, decided to turn themselves in and betray their colleagues, perhaps because they feared capture was inevitable after the botched landing. On July 15, Dasch called the FBI in New York, but they failed to take his claims seriously, so he decided to travel to FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. On July 18, the same day that a second four-man team successfully landed at Ponte Verdra Beach, Florida, Dasch turned himself in. He agreed to help the FBI capture the rest of the saboteurs.

Burger and the rest of the Long Island team were picked up by June 22, and by June 27 the whole of the Florida team was arrested. To preserve wartime secrecy, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered a special military tribunal consisting of seven generals to try the saboteurs. At the end of July, Dasch was sentenced to 30 years in prison, Burger was sentenced to hard labor for life, and the other six Germans were sentenced to die. The six condemned saboteurs were executed by electric chair in Washington, D.C., on August 8. In 1944, two other German spies were caught after a landing in Maine. No other instances of German sabotage within wartime America has come to light.

In 1948, Dasch and Burger were freed by order of President Harry Truman, and they both returned to Germany.

DeanT - Posted - 01/15/2018:  17:41:34


Dasch and Burger were a hell of a lot safer in an American prison, than in Germany at that time!

OM45GE - Posted - 01/16/2018:  07:39:04


For sure. Now I need to see if I can find out what happened to them after they went home.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/16/2018:  09:46:45


Interesting. Funny he had to travel to Washington to turn himself in.

OM45GE - Posted - 01/16/2018:  10:39:28


Looks as though they were both regarded as traitors in Germany and struggled through life. Both died of natural causes.

One citation said that J. Edgar Hoover had promised them pardons if they cooperated but never followed through.

DeanT - Posted - 01/16/2018:  17:06:55


I couldn't imagine anyone wanting to go back to Germany after WWII.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/16/2018:  17:21:35


I guess a lot of the Nazi higher-ups went to Argentina and Brazil.

DeanT - Posted - 01/17/2018:  00:56:13


The Hunting Hitler show on Discovery is interesting

OM45GE - Posted - 01/17/2018:  07:39:00


I just read about a German who kayaked 30,000 miles from Germany to Australia. It took him nine years (with lots of extended stops along the way). He left in the early 1930's when the country was imploding. By the time he got to Australia WWII was in full swing and he was jailed as a German spy. He was later freed and became an Australian citizen.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/17/2018:  08:19:04


On our street in the 1950’s , only about ten years after WWll, there was one German family who even though they’d been Canadian for a generation they were still somewhat looked down upon.

DeanT - Posted - 01/17/2018:  11:33:33


My Dad was a teenager in Holland during the occupation. He said they would watch opposing aircraft fly over all the time. He said when the bombers flew over, there was so many, it was almost as if they blocked out the sun.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/17/2018:  12:14:29


My Dad helped the Resistance in Holland by hiding a stash of rifles under our dining room floor. I never heard him mention it all through the years- probably because it was dangerously secretive. I only found out about that a few years ago from my older brother.

OM45GE - Posted - 01/17/2018:  12:52:44


He almost certainly would have been shot if found out.

DeanT - Posted - 01/17/2018:  13:54:57


My Grandfather was also part of the underground. At one point I remember he had a German camera, never asked how he got it. Any time they would see parachutes from allied aircraft, they would try to get to the pilots first. Both my Dad and Grandad are gone now. It's too bad they never committed their memories to print.

OM45GE - Posted - 01/17/2018:  14:26:16


That sounds like an amazing story and it is too bad it never got written down. I imagine there were a lot of things like that that died with the folks that lived them.

DeanT - Posted - 01/18/2018:  14:11:39


They would have to stand in line, to get issued a loaf of bread

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/18/2018:  14:15:22


Our family was ok.. they had a small market garden farm outside the city. My Dad said one fellah used to walk over from the city every week , peel potatoes or some other chore just for a meal - probably the only decent food he had all week.

OM45GE - Posted - 01/19/2018:  05:11:11


The horrors that took place around the globe during that war are hard to grasp. It wasn’t all that long ago either

DeanT - Posted - 01/19/2018:  10:38:20


And we still didn't learn how to be peaceful.

OM45GE - Posted - 01/19/2018:  12:16:33


Exactly.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/19/2018:  13:47:22


I like peace

DeanT - Posted - 01/19/2018:  17:50:43


My lovely wife baked two pumpkin pies this afternoon, I can't wait to have a piece!

OM45GE - Posted - 01/20/2018:  03:39:32


I love pumpkin pies. You’re a lucky man.

My wife made a Key Lime pie last weekend. They’re yummy too.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/20/2018:  06:12:25


I love strawberry-rhubarb pie, but haven’t seen any for a while - I’ll have to remedy that, even though those two things should be avoided because they contribute to kidney stones. Once in a while is ok though.


Edited by - chuckv97 on 01/20/2018 06:13:53

DeanT - Posted - 01/20/2018:  06:48:13


My Mom used to make Rhubarb pie! I forgot all about that! I don't think I've seen rhubarb in 40 years...

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