A Niche In History

The New York Daily News ran this photograph on 17 April 1945. Eli Plotnick was a kid from Queens, a son of Solomon and Anna Plotnick. The family business was wholesale neckwear, designed by Solomon and sold by the oldest boys, William and Murray, while Eli and Lillian attended school. Eli joined the Marine Corps … More A Niche In History

Black Sand

Seventy years ago today, a nineteen-year-old ammunition carrier from Sylvania, Ohio, saved a man’s life. He made himself a human shield, protecting his friend as shells rained down. He survived four hours on Iwo Jima. His Silver Star award was posthumous. Many days later, a twenty-four-year-old mortarman from Port Arthur, Texas, picked up a rifle and … More Black Sand

“The Company From Brooklyn”

A little-known nickname for Charlie Company, 24th Marines – even if “dem bums” were “a vigorous minority group affecting the character of the entire outfit.” (I live in Brooklyn, and can attest to this personality trait.) This article by correspondent Dan Levin ran in the Brooklyn Eagle on July 29, 1945. Corpsman Haynes received the Bronze Star … More “The Company From Brooklyn”