The October Patreon Rewards Have Been Sent!

Hey there, all my GI Joes and GI Jills! The links to the October Patreon rewards have gone out, so check your inbox!

The reward for the $1 through $5 a month tiers is a 50 second 1945 Public Service Announcement asking people to stay on their war job, buy more war bonds, and continue to make do with less, to speed the final victory against Japan.

The $10 a month tier gets the PSA, plus the November 18, 1943 Abbott & Costello Show, with guest stars Bugs Bunny and Lucille Ball.

The $15 and $20 a month tiers get the PSA, the Abbott & Costello Show, AND a complete episode of Jill’s Juke Box, hosted by GI Jill!

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Help Rat Patrol Radio Return To The Air!

Hey everybody! I’m hosting a “Victory Drive” to bring Rat Patrol Radio back! We need a minimum of $75 a month pledged to get back on the air at the new Live365. You can make a one-time donation through PayPal, or sign up to be a Patron with a recurring monthly donation through Patreon.

 

         
 

I’ve set some stretch goals beyond the initial “get us back on the air with a minimum of bandwidth” on Patreon, which I will copy here:

 

Congratulations!
You’ve all helped Rat Patrol Radio get on the air!
$75 a month will pay for a basic streaming/hosting plan, with a 1500 Total Listening Hours (TLH) limit.

 

The More, The Merrier!
A donation level of $150 a month will allow Rat Patrol Radio to be upgraded to a 3500 TLH streaming/hosting plan. That’s more than DOUBLE the listening hours of the basic plan, meaning more wartime tunes for everyone!

 

Better, Faster, Stronger Than Before!
Reaching the $250 a month level means the weekly Monday night live show expands to THREE hours!
This level gives me a budget to purchase the equipment needed to bring you all a professional-sounding station and live shows, as well as purchasing hard-to-find wartime music and radio programs.

 

VI (Victory on the Internet) Day!
When we reach the $500 a month level, Rat Patrol Radio’s streaming account gets upgraded to the top-tier 7000 TLH plan. I also pledge to host a SECOND live show twice a month, in addition to hosting a live three-hour show every Monday night!

 

“People of Western Europe: A landing was made this morning…”

 

 

“People of Western Europe:

A landing was made this morning on the coast of France by troops of the Allied Expeditionary Force. This landing is part of the concerted United Nations’ plan for the liberation of Europe, made in conjunction with our great Russian allies. I have this message for all of you. Although the initial assault may not have been made in your own country, the hour of your liberation is approaching.

All patriots, men and women, young and old, have a part to play in the achievement of final victory. To members of resistance movements, I say, “Follow the instructions you have received.” To patriots who are not members of organized resistance groups, I say, “Continue your passive resistance, but do not needlessly endanger your lives until I give you the signal to rise and strike the enemy. The day will come when I shall need your united strength.” Until that day, I call on you for the hard task of discipline and restraint.”

– General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force

Rat Patrol Radio LIVES!

Just like the hero in those old Republic serials, Rat Patrol Radio has survived certain death!

While the playlist has some errors, you can listen to us on Radionomy with this handy dandy link:

http://ratpatrolradio-wartimetunes-.playtheradio.com/

 

Also, don’t forget to join our little community on Facebook!

END OF AN ERA

Rat Patrol Radio’s host, Live365, has gone out of business. So, after more than 15 years wonderful years as a Founding Broadcaster at Live365, Rat Patrol Radio has to find a new base of operations.  I have decided to give Radionomy a try, after looking at various options.

This is a large undertaking, since I had ripped 150 CDs worth of music at AM quality, so it would sound the same as the WWII news reports I broadcast. Radionomy requires all files to be at least 128kbps, which means I have to re-rip every song,

For now, I am updating at www.facebook.com/ratpatrolradio while I work on rebuilding the station. Please check there for updates, until I can get this site redone.

Thanks for 15 wonderful years, and I sincerely hope you follow me over to the new provider!

This… is D-Day!

The complete NBC broadcast day of D-Day is now on the air at Rat Patrol Radio! Whatever time you tune in, you will be hearing the same thing America heard at that same time on June 6, 1944.

Enjoy!

2014 Pearl Harbor Broadcast is On The Air!

Hey guys and gals, the new Pearl Harbor broadcast is on the air!

Also, I would like everyone to know that I have switched over to the Rat Patrol Radio Facebook page which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ratpatrolradio

I’m making daily updates there.

One last news bit: The Christmas playlist will start tomorrow, but won’t be wall-to-wall holiday songs. We’ll increase the number of Christmas songs as we get closer to Christmas, though.

C-47 That Dropped D-Day Troops Returning to Normandy

GENESEO, N.Y. (AP) — The next time the American military transport plane known as Whiskey 7 drops its paratroopers over Normandy, France, it will be for a commemoration instead of an invasion.

Seventy years after taking part in D-Day, the plane now housed at the National Warplane Museum in western New York is being prepared to recreate its role in the mission, when it dropped troops behind enemy lines under German fire.

At the invitation of the French government, the restored Douglas C-47 will fly in for 70th-anniversary festivities and again release paratroopers over the original jump zone at Sainte-Mere-Eglise.

“There are very few of these planes still flying, and this plane was very significant on D-Day,” said Erin Vitale, chairwoman of the Return to Normandy Project. “It dropped people that were some of the first into Sainte-Mere-Eglise and liberated that town.”

Museum officials say the twin-prop Whiskey 7, so named because of its W-7 squadron marking, is one of several C-47s scheduled to be part of the D-Day anniversary, with jumpers made up of active and retired military personnel. But it is believed to be the only one flying from the United States.

The plane will fly to France by way of Labrador, Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and Germany, each leg 5 ½ to 7 hours. Vitale compared it to trying to drive a 70-year-old car across the country without a breakdown. “It’s going to be a huge challenge.”

Among the 21 men it carried in 1944 was 20-year-old Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr., who also will make the return trip to France, his fifth, and be reunited with the craft — once it’s on the ground. He is flying commercially from his Horsham, Pa., home outside Philadelphia.

“With me, it’s almost, sometimes, like yesterday,” Cruise, now 89, said by phone, recalling his first combat mission. “It really never leaves you.”

WWII Vet Who Earned Medal of Honor In Normandy Dies

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In the advance off the D-Day beaches, 23 year-old staff sergeant Walter Ehlers of the 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, single-handedly knocked two German machinegun nests and forced a German mortar squad to retreat, before carrying a wounded soldier back to receive aid despite being shot in the back himself. S/Sgt Ehlers was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on Dec 19, 1944.

The citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June 1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the guncrew and put it out of action. Turning his attention to 2 mortars protected by the crossfire of 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the mortar section, killing 3 men himself. After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously. After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad. The intrepid leadership, indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by S/Sgt. Ehlers in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others.

A veteran of the landings in North Africa and Sicily, Ehlers lost his older brother in the D-Day landings when his landing craft was struck by enemy fire. The officers had told them before the invasion that they were splitting the brothers up, to increase the chance of one of them living. Of his wartime experiences, he said that “I got all 12 of my men off the beach [Omaha Beach] without a casualty, which was the best thing I ever did in my life.”

Ehlers passed away of kidney failure on February 20, at the age of 92, in Long Beach, Ca. In addition to Dorothy, his wife of 58 years, Ehlers is survived by daughters Cathy Metcalf and Tracy Kilpatrick; his son, Lt. Col. (ret.) Walter D. Ehlers Jr.; sisters Leona Porter, Marjorie Gustin and Gloria Salberg; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services with full military honors will be March 8 at Riverside National Cemetery.