Feb 26, 2022

Fire the 106!


Pete Terry fired his trusty 106 mm Recoiless Rifle in Europe.  This beast is called a recoilless rifle because it is open in the back. When you fire it it creates an enormous backblast, but the rifle does not recoil. If you are behind the rifle you may be killed from the backblast. Don't be behind the rifle!

To destroy a tank with this monster you had to first get the range to the target by firing the .50 caliber rifle on top of the recoiless rifle.  Of course when the round hit the tank the tank crew was working frantically to shoot the recoiless rifle crew first. And the tank was heavily armored.

It is not good to be in a fire fight when the other guy has a tank.

Pete is incensed about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Everyone is.  But Pete can do something about it. He can volunteer to help the Ukrainians duke it out with Russian tanks. They need help, and Pete can provide it.

The Marine Corps being the Marine Corps did not want just one 106 rifle, so we mounted 6 on an Ontos, which is a Greek word meaning "The Thing."

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Feb 24, 2022

MPHS Scholarships


Every Morgan Park High School Student Can Go To College For Free Thanks To Surprise Scholarship

Thousands of students at Morgan Park, Juarez and Al Raby schools will get full rides to public state universities and other partner colleges. Students at two other schools will be surprised soon.

Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

]MORGAN PARK — More than 1,000 Morgan Park High School students were surprised with full rides to college Wednesday morning.

Students at the public high school, 1744 W. Pryor Ave., will get full scholarships thanks to Hope Chicago, a nonprofit that funds college scholarships for Chicago Public Schools students. A parent or guardian of each student will also get a scholarship, officials said.

The scholarship covers all costs — tuition, room and board, books and fees — at any of Hope Chicago’s 20 partner colleges and universities in Illinois. The list includes four-year public colleges in the state, two-year City Colleges of Chicago, some private colleges and trade schools.

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Biography of Pete Kadens whose foundations provided scholarships for all the students and their parent for full ride scholarships.

Feb 14, 2022

Senarot Paul Douglas

Each year, Save the Dunes bestows their highest honor - the Paul H. Douglas Memorial Award - for outstanding service to the cause of preserving and protecting the Indiana dunes.

The Douglas Award is named for Illinois Senator Paul Douglas who worked to establish the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore despite bitter opposition from the steel industry, the Indiana businesses and elected officials.

Click to learn more about the Indiana Dunes National Park which hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan. The national park's 15,000 acres will continually enchant you. Hikers will enjoy 50 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers and peaceful forests.


Eldreth "Rocky" Rundlett, was the Mayor of Burnham, Illinois, and a Marine veteran of World War II. He told me that he went to Boot Camp with Senator Douglas. Douglas was a Professor and 50 years old. The Mayor told me that Douglas could do everything that the younger recruits could do.

Marine Corps

As a Chicago alderman, Douglas had worked with Chicago Daily News publisher Frank Knox in fighting corruption in Chicago. Knox, who had been Republican vice-presidential nominee in 1936, had become Secretary of the Navy, thus responsible for both the navy and the Marine Corps.

Shortly after losing the primary, Douglas resigned from the Chicago City Council. With the aid of Knox, Douglas enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on May 15, 1942, at the age of 50,[5] becoming the oldest recruit in the history of Parris Island.[6] Entering service as a private, Douglas was placed in an ordinary platoon and received no waivers aside from his teeth and eyesight.[7] 

As a member of the 57th Street Meeting of the Quakers, Douglas recognized that joining the Marines was contrary to the traditional testimony of that group against war and offered to resign his membership; the meeting refused to release him.[8] Initially, Douglas was kept stateside, writing training manuals and giving inspirational speeches to troops, and quickly rose to the rank of staff sergeant.[9] With the aid of Knox and his assistant Adlai Stevenson, Douglas was commissioned as a captain on November 24, 1942.[10] Requesting combat duty, he was subsequently sent to the Pacific theater of operations with the 1st Marine Division.

During Battle of Peleliu, Douglas initially served as an adjutant in the 1st Marine Division headquarters before being assigned R-1 (personnel officer) of the 5th Marine Regiment.[11] On the second day of the battle, Captain Douglas received permission to head to the front where he found work as a mobile regimental troubleshooter.[12] He earned a Bronze Star for carrying ammunition to the front lines under enemy fire and earned his first Purple Heart when he was grazed by shrapnel while carrying flamethrower ammunition to the front lines.[13] In that six-week battle, while investigating some random fire shootings, Douglas was shot at as he uncovered a two-foot-wide cave. He then killed the Japanese soldier inside at which point he wondered whether his enemy might be an economics professor from the University of Tokyo.[14]

Shortly after returning to Pavuvu, Douglas received notice that his wife, Emily Taft Douglas won the election for Illinois's at-large congressional district[15]

A few months later, during the Battle of Okinawa, Douglas earned his second Purple Heart. A volunteer rifleman in an infantry platoon, he was helping to carry wounded from 3rd Battalion 5th Marines along the Naha-Shuri line when a burst of machine gun fire tore through his left arm, severing the main nerve and leaving it permanently disabled.[13]

After a thirteen-month stay in the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland, Douglas was given an honorable discharge as a lieutenant colonel with full disability pay.

Return to civilian life

After Douglas left the service he returned to teach at the University of Chicago around 1946.[16] In 1947 he was awarded the highest honor in the economics profession when he was elected president of the American Economic Association.

He went on to be elected three times to the US Senate from Illinois.


A memorial marker at the Marine Corps training base at Parris Island reads:


in Memory of SENATOR PAUL H. DOUGLAS 1892 ~ 1976

Graduating from Parris Island in 1942 as a 50-year-old Private, Mr. Douglas was an inspiration to all. He rose to the rank of Major while serving in the Pacific Theater where he was wounded at Peleliu and Okinawa. Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. The former economics professor later served as a U.S. Senator from Illinois. By his personal courage, fortitude and leadership, the Honorable Paul H. Douglas demonstrated the personal traits characteristic of Marine leaders.[1]

From 1986 to 1997, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship in Douglas's honor.

In 1992 the University of Illinois, Institute of Government and Public Affairs established the Paul H. Douglas Award for Ethics in Government as part of the celebration of the senator's 100th birthday, and in recognition of his outstanding service to the nation.

The Paul Douglas Forest Preserve in Hoffman Estates, Illinois is named for him.


Douglas was entitled to campaign participation credit ("battle stars") for Capture and Occupation of the Southern Palau Islands (Peleliu), and Assault and Occupation of Okinawa.

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Semper Fi, Senator Douglas