“Wild Bill“ Donovan had many fascinating friends, including Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond – the fictional, globe-trotting superspy. Donovan’s real-life feats, however, surpassed even Bond’s wildest exploits. Perhaps no other Irish American served his country more daringly, yet Donovan’s largely clandestine service to America is still greatly under-appreciated. ℘℘℘ Born in 1883 into poverty,Read more..
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Belfast native David Ashe “Irish Dave” retired to Normandy, France, and became a champion for visiting GIs who had liberated his adopted homeland during World War II. (See end note for a recent update on Irish Dave). In September 2011, Guy Whidden, a World War II veteran from Frederick, Maryland, peeled off his 101st AirborneRead more..
An Irish American takes a family trip to Normandy’s WWII battle site. June marks the anniversary of the D-Day landings when the United States and her allies, primarily Britain and Canada, launched the air and sea assault on Nazi-occupied France that marked the beginning of the long eastward march to Berlin and the end ofRead more..