Meet Captain Bolesław Ejsmonta.

He served in the army of the Polish General Władysław Anders in the Division III Carpathian rifle under the command of Gen. Bronislaw spirit. He participated in the battles for the liberation of Monte Casino, Loreto, Ancona and Bologna. Currently captain at rest. Bolesław Ejsmont 96 year-old war veteran who fought with the German invaders. Since 1947 he lives in Sińcu in Srokowo. In 1978 he was awarded the gold cross of merit, and in 1983, Knight’s revival of Polish. In Italy he was awarded, among others. With Its Monte Casino and the cross of Valour for his participation in battles against the Nazi invader.
In 2013, the President of the Republic of Poland gave him the officer’s cross order of Polish.

Photo: Dariusz Bres http://foto.quaint.pl/


Powerful Whispers reveal the tragic reality many veterans face when they return home from war 

The news: A new report from Human Rights Watch says that up to half a million of our returning veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other wars are suffering from substance abuse disorders — with some of the biggest offenders including opioids and alcohol.

A stunning 1 million use prescription opioids for pain, and nearly half of those use them “chronically,” or for more than 90 days.

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Police Kill 95-Year-Old WWII Veteran for Refusing to Leave His Care Home



 June 24, 2014 

Six Chicago police officers killed a 95-year old veteran of World War II by firing upon him with bean bag rounds after he refused to go to the hospital, according to a lawsuit filed by the stepdaughter of the alleged victim, reports Courthouse News Service.

Sharon Mangerson, stepdaughter of John Wrana Jr. is suing officers Clifford Butz, Michael Baugh, Craig Taylor, Lloyd Elliot, Charlie Hoskins and Mitch Greer, together with the Village of Park Forest over the incident which occurred on July 26th 2013.

According to the suit, on the day in question Wrana refused to leave his room to go to the hospital to receive treatment for what the center’s medical staff believed was a urinary tract infection. Officers were called to Victory Centre of Park Forest Assisted Living Center to help subdue him, and after failing to persuade Wrana to come out of his room, they decided to take him by force.

At this point, none of the officers took a moment to remember that they were dealing with a frightened and confused elderly man, and not an armed drug dealer.

The complaint says of Officer Craig Taylor:

(He fired) “five rounds of bean bag cartridges from a 12 gauge shotgun within a distance of approximately only six to eight feet from Mr. Wrana, far less than the distance allowed for discharging that shotgun, and, consequently, savagely wounding and killing Mr. Wrana.”

The lawsuit continued,

“Mr. Wrana bled to death as a result of the shotgun wounds inflicted upon him by defendants. The Cook County Medical Examiner ruled that Mr. Wrana’s death was a homicide caused by blunt force trauma to his abdomen as a result of shots fired from a bean bag shotgun.”

As the complaint explains, bean bag cartridges can travel at approximately 190 miles an hour, and manufacturers warn that “shots to the head, neck thorax, heart or spine can result in fatal injury.”

One might think that after such over reach, and in the face of a mortally wounded old man – the police may have shown some level of humility, compassion or empathy.  Instead, the officers handcuffed him, took photos of his injuries, and placed him in a four-point restraint before transporting him to the hospital.

Park Forest police officials claim that Wrana brandished a knife or cane, which necessitated the officers’ response. Stay classy guys.

The lawsuit seeks punitive damages for violation of due process, excessive force, unreasonable seizure, failure to train and supervise, conspiracy, wrongful death, assault and battery, and emotional distress.

The killing brings to mind a similarly inexplicable murder of a veteran, that of 68-year-old former MarineKenneth Chamberlain of White Plains, New York.  As Michael Powell wrote for the New York Times:

Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., a former Marine who had heart problems and wheezed if he walked more than 40 feet, triggered his medical alert system pendant. The system operator came on the loudspeaker in his one-bedroom apartment, asking: “Mr. Chamberlain, are you O.K.?” All of this is recorded.

Mr. Chamberlain didn’t respond. So the operator signaled for an ambulance. Police patrol cars fell in behind — standard operating procedure in towns across America. Except an hour later, even as Mr. Chamberlain insisted he was in good health, the police had snapped the locks on the apartment door.

They fired electric charges from Tasers, and beanbags from shotguns. Then they said they saw Mr. Chamberlain grab a knife, and an officer fired his handgun.

Chamberlain was shot and killed by the officers, while Westchester County failed to indict any of the officers involved in the slaying of another frightened elderly man killed at the hands of overwhelming physical force by police sent to help him.


My name is Liz. I am a mother of a 6 year old and wife of a disabled veteran. We’ve been on hard times for a few years, but always managed. We fell significantly behind on our power bill. This winter I managed to find a job and pay it down, but got laid off in April and now if we can’t come up with $500 by the 18th of July (news we got yesterday) the power company will shut us off. Any money raised will still be used for the power bill, even if full amount is not raised.


Faces Of World War I By Steve Pyke

 “ The war had always gripped me. As a child I met and spoke openly to the old timers who had fought, including  my grandfather Arthur Pyke who served as a cabin boy at the battle of Jutland in 1916. I realized that by chance of birth had I been born in the late 19th century, then undoubtedly I would have served too. By the time I completed this project to photograph the veterans of WWI – in their homes and in multiple countries,  most of those who had fought had passed away. As the centenary of the War approaches it’s a poignant time to revisit these faces of WWI.”

Caption:Vahan Dukmejian, a veteran of World War I, on Long Island, USA, 1993. (Photo by Steve Pyke/Getty Images)

Caption:Nicholas Keating, a British veteran of World War I, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, UK, 17th May 1994. Residents of the hospital are known colloquially as Chelsea pensioners. (Photo by Steve Pyke/Getty Images)

Caption:Rene Vincent, a veteran of World War I, 12th June 1993. He fought at the Battle of Verdun in 1916. (Photo by Steve Pyke/Getty Images)

July 14, 1918: Theodore Roosevelt’s Youngest Son, Quentin, Killed in WWI

On this day in 1918, 20-year-old Quentin Roosevelt, Teddy’s youngest son, was shot down by German planes while flying a mission in France during WWI.  Quentin was originally buried at the site of the plane crash, but after WWII, his remains were moved to the Normandy American Cemetery above Omaha Beach, next to those of his brother, General Ted Roosevelt, Jr.

Later, President Theodore Roosevelt wrote of his son in a tribute book that opened with the line, “Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die.”

Learn more about the entire Roosevelt family with preview videos from Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts.

Photo: Allies visiting Quentin Roosevelt’s Grave in France during WWI.

Take a moment and thank all the men and women fighting to keep our country free and are unable to celebrate this day with their families and loved ones. Also to the Veterans and those who have fallen protecting our country and allowing us to feel safe as we sleep at night. God Bless you all and all that you’ve done for your country.