Last sight of Leyte

Pacific Paratrooper

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My father swore that this incident occurred, but on which island, I can not say. Although Smitty already felt great respect for his commander, General Swing, he developed even more after witnessing this event: “A bunch of us were hunkered down due to the resistance we suddenly encountered. Everyone dove for cover and tried to figure out where the bullets were coming from except one guy still standing and looking around. (The general did not have his insignia on his uniform.) One G.I. yelled out, ‘Get down you f–kin’ jerk! You want your head blown off?’ I looked over and saw it was the old man himself and thought jeez is that soldier ever going to get reamed when we get back. But, the general got down and nothing was ever said about it.”


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Waterbury Branch In Serious Trouble

Before the General Assembly started its short session this week, members of the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments had a message for local legislators.

“The state of Connecticut is going to fall apart completely unless we can find a way to address transportation and, specifically, railroad improvements,” said Mayor N. Warren “Pete” Hess during a rail summit he hosted Feb. 2 at Town Hall.

The purpose of the summit, Hess said, was to provide area legislators with information to fight for funding for improvements on the Waterbury branch of the Metro-North Railroad and transportation in general. The line runs from Waterbury to Bridgeport through the Naugatuck Valley.


Many officials in New York State Government have joined in proposing a Hyperloop between Stewart Airport and New York City. We are also proposing Revising the “Beacon Line” which runs from Poughkeepsie area to Connecticut. We will also be running a new railroad from West Trenton, New Jersey (which will cross the Hudson River) near Poughkeepsie.

To make this line work, we will need improvements in Connecticut rails.

Any questions on Stewart Hyperloop or revised Beacon Line, Contact Ken Kinlock