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Friday, May 31, 2019

Learning About The Cold War @ the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York

Adam & I return to the New York 
State Military Museum to visit
the new Cold War exhibit.

The exhibits representing New York National Guardsmen's participation in our nation's military history have expanded throughout the Museum's time at this location.

Hot Spots In The Cold War
opened on November 30, 2018.

At the end of World War II, Europe was "reorganized" with the United Soviet Socialist Republic occupying Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Poland, and East Germany.  Concerns about Communism in the United States were on the rise.  Are there traitors living and
working among us?

China became a Communist country in 1949 under Mao Zedong and allied with Joseph Stalin's United Soviet Socialist Republic.  The United States watched Asia with growing concern about spreading Communism.  Alger Hiss was found of spying for the USSR in 1950.  

Senator McCarthy accused innocent people of Communist loyalties, ruining lives.  He was condemned by the Senate for conduct unbecoming on December 2, 1954.

The spread of Communism threatened the Korean Peninsula

Korean Peninsula was divided

America sent in troops with

& Chinese troops who
joined the fighting.

New York's 101st Signal
Battalion served in Korea.

The War was brutal.

site of  repeated battles
from April through
 July 1953.

The US Air Force was deployed
to control the skies.

My cousin, Ben DiFucci, guarded
Marine fighter planes.

Ted Williams was one of the
pilots he saluted during his tour.

An Armistice (agreement to temporarily end conflict) was signed on July 27, 1953.

1,789,000 Americans served in the Korean War.  103,284 Americans were wounded and 36,574 Americans died.

The Department of Defense estimates that 620,000 North Korean Soldiers died or were wounded and 900,000 Chinese Army Soldiers were killed or injured.

US concern about the spread of Communism did not abate with the Korean Armistice.

"You have a row of dominos set up, you knock over the first one, and what will 
happen to the last one is a certainty that it will go over very quickly."  

Fearing that Vietnam would
become a Communist country,
in 1950 the US sent in the
to train South Vietnamese
soldiers for a conventional war.

The North Vietnamese did not
wage a conventional war.

Guerilla Warfare led to more 
& more US troops deploying
to the jungles of Vietnam.

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident in
1964 allowed the US to
enlarge the War in Vietnam.

The Viet Cong developed
an elaborate system of
tunnels that allowed them
to move unimpeded as
they fought.

US soldiers went into the
tunnels to kill the enemy.

The Air Force bombed 
relentlessly but could 
not stop the flow of
supplies along the
Ho Chi Min Trail.

As the War grew in scope,
anti-war protests began
in the United States.

The publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 that Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson misled the American people about the degree of US involvement in Vietnam.  President Kennedy administration actively helped in the overthrow and assassination of South Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963.  The intensive bombing of North Vietnam was not effective in slowing or stopping the War.

South Vietnam surrendered to North Vietnam on April 30, 1975, as North Vietnamese troops enter Saigon.

2,594,000 Americans served in Vietnam.  58,220 Americans died.  2,646 servicemen were 
listed POW/MIA.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Adam Glamps @ Saratoga Escape Lodges & RV Resort in Greenfield, New York

... & is waiting for Adam
to glamp.

This spacious tent has a portable
linen closet, coffee maker.
 refrigerator, Queen Size bed &
bedside tables.

A fan is set up to cool the 
tent in hot weather.

An end table sits next to the
futon, which can also be 
used as a bed.

Adam relaxes with a book.

He likes the comforts of

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Saying Goodbye to Jerry

My mother-in-law, Jerry, 
passed away on May 18th.

She was 87 years old.

Grandma & Grandpa with
 our daughter, Diane,
 on August 4, 2007.

Adam took this picture of
Jerry at The Point Cafe...


Jerry & our son, Adam,
December 2011.

Great Grandma with
Sean, Diane (Mommy) &
Grandma Ginny in 2013.

Eric kisses his Mom
on her 84th Birthday,
on May 5, 2016.

Each picture has a story and there are so many to share.  We love you, Mom, Grandma,
Great Grandma.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Arriving at Saratoga Escape Lodges & RV Resort the Day it Opens....

Eric & I return to Saratoga
Escape Lodges & RV Resort.

A trailer has been moved to
put us into a campsite.

The ground is soft next
to the lake.

Our motorhome made ruts
that fill with water.

Trailers are moved to their
summer campsites.

Here's our site from across
the lake.

There's work to be done...

Picnic tables wait to be
moved to campsites.

A trench has been dug across
the main road of the Resort.

The metal culvert has holes
in it & needs to be replaced.

The new culvert has been placed
in the trench & the road is
now passable.

One of several piles of
gravel waiting to be used
where needed.

The door to the Laundry
Room is padlocked.

The Men's & Women's
Rooms are open.

Felled tree branches have been
cut up & are ready to be

Eric stands on a Yurt platform.

They are called "Glamping Tents"

I watch the tent installation.

Lawn Chairs flank
the tent's entrance.

The outer flaps have been
thrown back to allow air
flow into the tent.

Our son, Adam will stay
here during his upcoming

Recycle Bins have arrived.

It's great to be able to
Recycle at a campground.

Trailers & campers start

A shot of a Canada Goose
near our motorhome...

The Goslings are green & hard
to spot as they move around
in the grass.