Friday, October 21, 2016

How the diary works

If you have any information about the 897th or 3562nd, please contact me!
The diary entry on the 897th main page is coded into an XML file and parsed according to the current date. There is a four year cycle beginning in late 1942, with the 1944-45 period repeated (because there simply aren’t four full years of diary entries). The cycle’s beginning is timed to match a current leap year with 1944, so that February 29 doesn’t have to be fudged. Not all days have unique diary entries. The cycle started fresh in 2006.
If you'd like to publish diary entries on your own web site, let me know.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Palm Desert publication features 897th info

The Historical Society of Palm Desert along with Arcadia Publishing recently issued "Images of America: Palm Desert". Search the Arcadia site for titles with "Palm Desert". The new book includes WWII training era photos from Julian Gocek, the father of the author of this blog and the 897th tribute site.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Favorite 897th photo

My fave 897th photo. See hundreds of photos from veterans' families at the tribute page.
Julian Gocek and William Heilman, Stavelot, Belgium, December, 1944.

The new 897th blog

I plan to manage my blogging at rather than directly on as I have been doing for many years. Mainly, the issue is managing comments to blog posts. I don't get many comments, but I have been getting a lot of spam lately and a blogging platform like blogger will help me manage that. So, here's my first post for the blog related to my father's WWII company, the 897th Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company.