Charles Clanton Rogers

Reflections based on poetry, music, visual art, book reviews, history of science, first-person history, philosophical essays and International Blogging


“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. ”    Sun Tzu,                The Art of War

My father was named Boy Scout Executive for Northwest Arkansas in 1941. We moved to Fort Smith, Arkansas, where I attended public school during WWII, My dad’s office was in the old Federal Courthouse where outlaws [from the “Old West] had a trial and hanged. (The scaffold was on the front lawn of the courthouse, and reportedly, the hanging would take place the same day as the trial)  (My father was born in Oklahoma when it was a territory, allegedly a refuge for “Native Americans).   (circa 1875- 1907; Statehood for Oklahoma occurred in November 1907).

Original Courthouse small    ft. smith  My father’s office was in this building where I spent many hours.

The Federal Court of the jurisdiction of the Western District of Arkansas included the Indian Territory, which today composes much of the present-day state of Oklahoma.     The new judge arrived in Fort Smith on May 4, 1875. While the legal systems and governments of the Five Civilized Tribes and other Native American tribes in the Indian Territory covered their citizens, federal law applied to non-Native American United States citizens in the territory. During the Parker court, notable lawmen served as deputy US marshals, including Old West gunman.

In the first term of court, Parker tried eighteen persons who were charged with murder; 15 were convicted in jury trials. Eight of these men qualified for a mandatory death sentence according to federal law. Parker ordered six of the men to be executed at the same time on September 3, 1875; their joint, public hangings were a symbol of the court’s intentions to carry out the law. One of those sentenced to death was killed trying to escape, and another’s sentence was commuted to life in prison because of his youth. The movie,  True Grit.,

dramatized this nineteenth Century historyJohn Wayne

With respect to the Indian Territory, during this period the Western District was the court of final jurisdiction. From 1875 until 1889, the statutory law did not provide for appeals of Indian Territory cases from this court to any court of appeal. Judge Parker was charged with setting a strict “Law and Order”  for Oklahoma (as well as Arkansas) which had countless violent disputes and few lawmen. Judge Parker became famous, nationally,  known as the hanging Judge.

The Second World War

Following the US entering the war, the mobilization of war efforts was quick and efficient with car makers and other manufacturers changing to the production of weapons of war. The war also created a new breed of movies with war themes. The US sentiment towards Japanese following Pearl Harbor showed itself when 120,000 people of Japanese descent were sent to internment camps. In late 1941 and early 1942 the war in the Pacific was not going well, with America losing Guam, Hong Kong, Wake, Singapore and the Philippines.

In response to Pearl Harbor and the losses as mentioned above, America, with crises-mentality, rapidly shifted from defense to offense. An overnight, dramatic change took place in manufacturing.  Able-bodied men were inducted into the military; women were called to building aircraft, tanks, and munitions. A “sleeping giant was awakened!”     Women work

th-29            Also, social change of feminism was given a boost as millions of women entered the workforce,[Rosie-the-reviter] some in administrative positions. They earned their own earned money and opened bank accounts (a male thing until then). This period was the transition of women from being limited to being school teachers, waitresses, and secretaries!  th-31

In Nineteen forty-two, The Allies were able to convert both Germany and Japan from offense to defense, from which neither ever recovered.

What do you need to know about World War II in 1942?  

1. Battle of Midway Island

2, Battle of Stalingrad

3.The Second Battle of El Alamein

My parents and teachers tried to be sure that I knew that the events of 1940-41 were “Hinge of History” events! They attempted to use the reports in the newspapers to expand my understanding of my place in the Community, the Nation, and the World! I was a small, undistinguished child with mixed grades (quick with math; weak in reading and writing) Only after I had graduated from medical school and became a medical officer in The Regular Navy, did I have any visibility.

During The Forties, there was a remarkable unity and spirit of cooperation and unselfishness. Lost in the Sixties,  consensus, to say nothing of unity, continues to elude us! Although they were nationalistic and patriotic, my parents taught me to think globally and to have a “one-world”, we are all in this turmoil together, mindset.  We were, they said, in a  historic struggle for a just community of disparate peoples.  Our country, while we are “exceptional” and proud of our leadership, we are only a small part of the world. Over and over, I was taught that our culture’s heritage was the “Western Civilization of  Ancient Greece, Alexandria, Rome, France and Great Britain” My father was an unabashed Anglophile, His “Patron Saint” was  Robert Baden-Powell, founder of The Boy Scout movement. A close second was Will Rogers, my father’s famous peer from Oklahoma.

Boy Scout Robert Baden-Powell, First Boy Scout,

Will Rogers Will Rogers, sage of the common man.

My parents and teachers taught me that 1940-41 was the latest in a very long struggle of people trying to make a better World and that I was expected to become a “Man” who would make the World a better place. My parents were community service people and used current events to give purpose to my school work. We didn’t spend time on after-life; I was to focus on the problems and rewards of the present! My parents told me (later repeated by JFK) “Much has been given to you; much will be expected from you!”

Gasoline Rationing


Midway Island June 4 -7 1942 –  Japan’s Second Major Mistake (Pearl Harbor being the First)  probably the most important battle of WWII in the Pacific. The Battle of Midway marked the turning point of World War II in the Pacific.

“Flash’d all their sabres bare,
Flash’d as they turn’d in air,
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder’d:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro’ the line they broke;” [T]

Midwayg          Midwayisland

In May 1942, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto sought to draw the US Pacific Fleet into a battle where he could overwhelm and destroy it. To accomplish this, he planned an invasion of Midway Island which would provide a base for attacking Hawaii. Using decrypted Japanese radio intercepts, Admiral Chester Nimitz was able to counter this offensive. On June 4, 1942, US aircraft flying from USS Enterprise, USS Hornet, and USS Yorktown attacked and sunk four Japanese carriers, forcing Yamamoto to withdraw. {W]

“The Japanese came at us with a tremendous force of aircraft carriers, and we sunk them all! It set the Japanese war effort back because they did not have the facilities to replace their ships readily like we did.”  [Y]

Victory Gardens

victory garden

Stalingrad, Russia Battle of Stalingrad, late summer of 1942. Hitler had attempted and failed to invade and occupy England. He the made “Napolean’s mistake and inside Russia hoping to Occupy Moscow.[W]

“Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Someone had blunder’d:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death…”[T]

Stalingrad                             stalingra

The Nazis moved in Russia, and the Russians stopped them at Stalingrad and fought until the Nazi’s lost. Then the Nazi’s ended up losing their entire “Center” army due to the lunacy of Hitler. [Y]

Scrap Metal Collection

scrap metal

El Alamein: The Second Battle of El Alamein from 23 October to 5 November 1942. This battle was a huge turning point in the fortunes of the Nazis in North Africa. This fight was where the British started pushing the Nazis back.  [Y]

“Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Death
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,” [T]

el alamein                     El Alamei

El Alamein (or Al ‘Alameen) (Arabic: العلمين‎, IPA: [elʕælæˈmeːn], literally “the two flags”) is a town in the northern Matrouh Governorate of Egypt. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, it lies 106 kilometers (66 mi) west of Alexandria and 240 kilometers (149 mi) northwest of Cairo.    [W]

Shoe Rationing

shoe rationing

Book Review: War and Remembrance, Herman Wouk [W&R]

As in the previous book, Wouk masterfully illustrates how the war unfolded and how it looked to the Allies, with the much-pounded British grasping the full urgency of the situation while America was only beginning to get into gear. His overview of the politics and fighting takes into account the bumbling mistakes made by both sides, and the many opportunities the Axis powers had to achieve some devastating victories, on top of those they’d already had over the dithering Allies. .


We can see the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union on the horizon. There’s more from the fictional German general, Armin von Ruhn, whose cerebral apologist for fascism becomes ever more disquieting, considering that his views don’t seem all that far off from those held by present-day right-wing groups though his analysis of the war remains compelling. And there’s a subplot that exposes the horrors of the Holocaust, through both the eyes of a Jewish character interned in Auschwitz and the chillingly mechanical viewpoint of the camp’s commandant.

Both this novel and the Winds of War should be thought of as one long work. When I at last reached the final page, while biking along a lake in Massachusetts, I felt that I’d completed a real journey across eight profoundly world-changing years of history. Through the sheer scale, vision, energy, investment in storytelling, and deeper truth-seeking of his drama, Wouk has left a work for the ages.

Unlike the first book, big things are happening at the speed of life. This book is a surprisingly realistic portrayal of the war in all its horrors. This book is important for everyone because It gives such an amazingly thorough picture of the war.

Charles Clanton Rogers, AB, MD, FACR, Emeritus Professor, GWU

I would appreciate your leaving your footprint blog handle, with your city and country in the comments section. Thank you, I will read your blogs. c

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[S] Sun Tzu, Born 544 BC,Died 496 BC
Occupation Military general and tactician
Ethnicity Chinese, Subject Military strategy,
Notable works The Art of War

[T] “The Charge of the Light Brigade” is an 1854 narrative poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson about the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. He was the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom at the time of the writing of the poem.

[W&R] War and Remembrance is a novel by Herman Wouk, Barnes and Noble, published in October 1978, …

[W] Wikipedia, Lieutenant-General Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, OM GCMG GCVO KCB, also known as B-P or Lord Baden-Powell, was a lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder of the Scout Movement and first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association.

[PH] The Year 1942 From The People History

[H] The Holocaust Museum  Timeline of Events

[Y] Yahoo

12 thoughts on “I am a Time Traveler from the Twentieth Century: Nineteen Forty-two

  1. bbnewsab says:

    Absolutely one of your best blog posts so far. Kind of outstanding. Very interesting! Please continue to share your memories, KK!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. clanton1934 says:

      I especially tried add a bunch personal “icing-on-the-cake” stuff. Is that the “sauce” you were looking for? K

      Liked by 1 person

  2. bbnewsab says:

    Yes! And that “sauce” is very appetizing. And has a delicious flavor. I want more of the same.

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  3. This blog is amazing and the writing of the highest quality. Would you consider a different them? When I go to your blog the zebra shows up but the right side is empty.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. clanton1934 says:

      Thank you so much for your encouragement! # 1. I have a consultant working on enhancing my “theme”; improvements are on the way. # 2. I cherish feed backs and comments; few who like, say anything. # 3. I did not understand your statement about “learning from the comment section. Thank you so much for these vey helpful ideas. ‘Til later. ccr

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      1. Sometime when you read the comment section (when possible) You learn on the real stories intent or a hidden tidbit like a comment.
        Well you post and comments are wonderful!

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      2. clanton1934 says:

        Thank you; my friend, bbnewsab will love to hear that. Please continue to leave your footprints, no matter how brief! Very, very helpful and they provide needed encouragement. Thanks! ccr

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    2. clanton1934 says:

      I changed the theme! My consultant said WP Bloggy; We will be editing the site for the next week.


  4. Wished I had time to comment further, Charles, but wanted to say that this was superb.

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