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8 years 7 months 3 days ago Thursday, November 12 2015 Nov 12, 2015 November 12, 2015 4:30 AM November 12, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Joe Cronin provides assistance to the St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy and provided me with a reminder. It was not only Veteran's Day yesterday but the 240th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps. Veteran's Day is celebrated on the same day as the signing of the Armistice, ending World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.  One World War II veteran, Sverre Pettersen, head of the British Met Office's Upper Air Branch, championed the effort, against monumental opposition, to postpone the D-Day invasion until June 6. In addition to the British Navy and the U.S. Air Weather Service, these agencies reported to a chief advisor, J.M. Stagg, who was not a forecaster.  Pettersen's  forecast averted a potential disaster caused by landing in high winds and waves. In the planning stages, The gale-force winds on June 5 died down enough to initiate the landing. He chronocled his experiences, including childhood memories of storms in northern Norway through World War II to the University of Chicago, in his book, "Weathering the Storm." Pettersen noted that the Army Air Corps' team saved the day and the British forecasters failed.


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