Wednesday, May 24, 2017

For #MemorialDay J. D. Salinger & Julia Child in WWII

A couple of  PBS American Masters documentaries touch on the war time service of two famous Americans.

Novelist Salinger  perhaps, if he wangled his connections, could have obtained an OTS commission since he graduated from the Valley Forge Military Academy:

However, Salinger volunteered to join and fight in the US Army enlisted ranks in WWII

After first being rejected by the medical board, Salinger fought against the Army bureaucracy for the privilege of serving in the ranks:

Salinger's first introduction to combat was in the infantry during the D-Day Normandy landings. Salinger then joined the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) in France.

Watch Full Episodes Online of American Masters on PBS | S26: Salinger's Work in World War II Army Intelligence

J.D. Salinger was part of the U.S. Army's Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) on the ground in Europe during World War II. Salinger formed a strong bond with three other men in the CIC and they dubbed themselves the Four Musketeers. One of them took the only known photo of Salinger writing "The Catcher in the Rye" during his army service.

In case the above links breaks:

Salinger fought in Hurtgen Forest, Battle of Bastogne,  and liberated a sub camp of Dachau:

Salinger suffered a nervous breakdown/combat fatigue/PTSD and was stationed to a military hospital to recuperate. After being discharged,  he worked with the US Army de Nazification program:

Pfc J.D. (Jerome David) Salinger  - Military Timeline

In the Pacific Theater, TV cook Julia nee McWilliams Child and her soon to be husband, Paul Child, served in the OSS

"She found that chance in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Like many Americans her age, she hurried to Washington to work for the war effort, finding a job at the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Eventually she volunteered to go to the Near East. In March 1944, she set sail for Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, to work for the OSS office in the ancient city of Kandy. Here, far from home, she finally had her chance for adventure – and for love."

And finally, for something completely different


Gordon Ramsay vs Julia Child. Epic Rap Battles of History 

(in case you're offended, Geoffrey Chaucer also used naughty words and discussed adult situations, but he did so in Middle English, so it's not as understandable)

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