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Help Find World War II Hero by Veterans Day

While doing some legal gun trading two years ago this week, I struck up a conversation with Greg Grimes, co-owner of Trail Creek Trade Co. Today, I want to share what happened during that visit and ask once again for your help as we try to complete a special mission by Veterans Day.

Do you know the name of the American World War II Soldier shown in this sketch drawn by one of the German prisoners of war for whom he was responsible? If so, contact me.

Do you know the name of the American World War II Soldier shown in this sketch drawn by one of the German prisoners of war for whom he was responsible? If so, contact me.

After negotiating the terms of a transaction involving two very old handguns, Grimes began to lament the declining interest many Americans have in guns as well as in history in general. A few anecdotes later, he directed my attention to a black-framed portrait of an American Soldier hanging on the wall and an associate of his lifted it off the wall and brought it over. That’s when the visit I had expected to last about 15 minutes turned into a 45-minute stay as I listened to Grimes tell me about a work of art adorning the wall of his antique firearms shop in the St. Louis suburb of St. Ann.

Grimes explained that he had acquired the framed artwork from a friend who had rescued it from a pile of things bound for a dumpster and then held on to it for a decade before transferring ownership to him.  Since then, it has hung on the wall behind the counter near the back of the gun shop.

In addition to the fact the pencil sketch features an American Soldier, several other aspects of the piece make it special:

• It appears to have been drawn and signed by one of the German POWs for whom the Soldier was responsible;

• It features an honorable message (i.e., “In memory of your prisoners of war”) between one-time adversaries in a horrific war;

• It bears a date, 2 June 1945, that came only 25 days after the date on which hostilities in Europe came to an official end (i.e., “V-E Day” or “Victory in Europe Day”); and

• Finally, the back side of the portrait bears what appears to be the signatures of a total of eight German POWs, one of which matches the signature of the artist on the front.

I asked Grimes if he had ever tried to locate any of the people whose names appear on the piece, front and back.  He said he had, but without success. That’s when I told him I would take photos of the piece and share details about it with my online readers, my contacts in the traditional and non-traditional news media worldwide and with my friends in patriotic and veterans organizations.

Off and on for two years, I’ve tried to stir up interest in locating the man in the portrait but have received not even a nibble. While the two-year-old video above mentions as a goal getting the portrait into the right hands by the 70th anniversary of the date shown — 2 June 1945 — next to the inscription, our goal remains: We want to see the portrait returned to the man portrayed in the sketch or to a member of his extended family.

To accomplish this goal, we need your help. If you recognize him, please send details to me via email at BobMcCartyWrites (at) gmail (dot) com or leave a comment below.  If you don’t recognize him but still want to help, share this article with everyone you know.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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If You’ve Ever Known An American Soldier…

If you’ve ever known and cared about an American Soldier, I trust you’ll read this article about Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin, a 47-year-old career Army officer facing the very-real prospect of spending 58 years in prison if convicted on sexual assault charges during his military trial that begins Oct. 12 Dec. 1 at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Because Our Warriors Deserve Justice
I use the words, “very-real prospect,” because I’m painfully familiar with how the military justice system works when those at the top of the Pentagon “food chain” feel unbelievable pressure from the likes of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), leaders of the politically-correct crowd in our nation’s capitol who ignore solid evidence about sexual assault in the military and instead demand prosecution of all who are accused — even if no evidence, eyewitnesses or other facts exist to warrant such prosecution.

Major Martin’s case is merely the latest in a long string of cases about which I’ve learned the details since releasing Three Days In August, my book that chronicles the wrongful prosecution, conviction and sentencing of Sgt. Kelly A. Stewart. Stewart was an Army Green Beret and combat veteran with a flawless record until a young German woman accused him of rape and kidnapping. Learn more about his case here and at ThreeDaysInAugust.com.

Though I can’t explain why so few Americans demonstrate any interest in the plight of falsely-accused Soldiers, I continue to share these stories about people who could just as easily be anyone’s father, husband, brother, son or uncle. I hope you will read and share them, too.

Below are links to the articles I’ve published during the past five days since I learned about Major Martin’s plight:

Army Soldier-Aviator Faces Possible 58-Year Sentence As Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Witch Hunt Seeks New Victim;

Army General Asked to Explain Decision to Prosecute; and

URGENT! Another Stellar Army Soldier-Aviator The Latest Victim of the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Witch Hunt.

This graphic tells Maj. Christian "Kit" Martin's story in a nutshell. If justice doesn't prevail, he faces the possibility of spending 58 years in prison for something he did not do.

This graphic tells Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin’s story in a nutshell. If justice doesn’t prevail, he faces the possibility of spending 58 years in prison for something he did not do.

In addition to articles, I’ve published nearly a dozen video clips from an interview I did last week with Major Martin. Links to the clips appear below:

Major Martin Interview Clip #1 — He talks about his life before he signed on the dotted line;

Major Martin Interview Clip #2 — He describes how it felt to be receive a “top of the line” officer evaluation and be described as an officer of “unquestionable integrity” by Raymond T. Odierno, an officer who would go on to earn four stars and serve as chief of staff of the Army, the highest-ranking post in the Army;

Major Martin Interview Clip #3 — He talks about what it’s like to have had what many might consider a “dream job,” flying the world’s most-sophisticated attack helicopters and using weapons that “go boom”;

Major Martin Interview Clip #4 — He tells me about the early days of his relationship with the woman who would later accuse him of horrendous crimes;

Major Martin Interview Clip #5 — He describes the beginning of the battle he’s now fighting with the woman he thought was his legal wife and how it reached the boiling point soon after he was assigned to the vaunted 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky;

Major Martin Interview Clip #6 — He describes what happened in his life after the woman he considered his legal wife went to the FBI and told agents he was an international spy;

Major Martin Interview Clip #7 — He and I discuss a second set of allegations made against him by the woman he considered his legal wife;

Major Martin Interview Clip #8 in which he describes what happened to him after he filed a “Congressional,” essentially asking members of Congress to help him right a wrong being done to him by the Army;

Major Martin Interview Clip #9 in which he describes how the acting commanding general at Fort Campbell reacted to his subordinates telling him they didn’t think the charges against him should go forward;

Major Martin Interview Clip #10 in which he shares his opinion as to whether intense political pressure forced then-Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer to take action against him despite the fact that multiple investigations had cleared him; and

Major Martin Interview Clip #11 in which he reveals how the woman behind the accusations against him had a secret of her own revealed and is now facing charges stemming from it in both Tennessee and Kentucky.

For information about who to contact about Major Martin’s case, go to this main story and scroll down until you see names, addresses and other contact information in BLUE.

Thanks in advance for reading the articles, viewing the videos, sharing the information and contacting people in authority who should bring an end to this travesty of military justice.

Stay tuned for updates about this case as it moves forward!

This article was updated to reflect a change in the trial date.

UPDATE 12/7/2015 at 8:28 a.m. Central: A military judge continued the military trial date for Army Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin to sometime in March 2016, though no specific date has been set.

UPDATE 12/10/2015 at 11:16 a.m. Central: I’ve learned that Major Martin’s military trial date is set for March 14-18, 2016.

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V-MAIL: World War II Soldier Writes to Parents Back Home

EDITOR’S NOTE: On this Veterans Day weekend, I share a post about someone special in my life.

Before there was e-mail, Twitter, Facebook or any of myriad ways for American Soldiers to communicate with loved ones back home, there was V-MAIL.  Below is the text of a V-Mail (a.k.a., “Victory Mail”) message dated Oct. 10, 1944.  Written by a 20-year-old Army private serving on the the front lines of war in Northwestern Germany during World War II, it carried thoughtful messages as it was delivered to his parents in Promise City, Iowa:

Vmail-Exterior-300x232Dear Dad + Mom,

I just finished a couple letters so I think I’ll write a few lines to you.  The sky is very clear tonight and it is turning awfully chilly.  By morning it will be very nippy I imagine.  My socks are a little damp so I am going to put on a dry pair before going to bed.  Between the bumps, cold + my rifle in bed with me to keep it dry, I admit I have had more comfortable beds.  We’re supposed to get two more blankets soon so it will improve the situation a lot.  I hope.  I got three letters today.  They started with the eighteenth, the first mail I got + have been going backwards.  Today they dated back to the 11th of Sept.  I heard you weren’t feeling so good about that time.  I hope you are much better now, mom.  You should take your regular vacation in Florida again this winter.  Right?  Well it’s time to put the cat out and wind the clock for tonight.  Goodnite.

Your loving son, Ted

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The American Soldier who wrote the letter above was my dad, and he’s still ticking today in his ninth decade of life. Thanks for serving, dad.

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