The Downside of Being Catholic
defending asshats still leaves you feeling dirty
By streiff Posted in 2008 | Obamafiles — Comments (16) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Obama's family history, real or imagined, has been the subject of some discussion.
"My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, fought in Patton's army. He saw the dead and dying across the fields of Europe; he heard the stories of fellow troops who first entered Auschwitz and Treblinka. He fought in the name of a larger freedom, part of that arsenal of democracy that triumphed over evil, and he did not fight in vain."
Here is the WWII Kansas Veterans Index. His grandfather, Stanley A. Dunham, enlisted in the Army on June 18 1942, six months after Pearl Harbor.
Now I'm placed in the awkward position of coming to the defense of Barack Obama. TalkLeft, relying on a transcribed World War II veterans index gets it wrong.
According to World War II Army enlistment records, available free at Ancestry.com (no I don't own stock), Obama's grandfather, Stanley A Dunham, enlisted on 18 January 1942, not 18 June. So while he might not have enlisted the "day after" Pearl Harbor, he did enlist "after the holidays." I can't say that I blame him, either.
On the other hand, the same record set shows that no Charles W Payne, or permutation thereof, entered the Army from Kansas up until 1946.
And, of course, another problem is that Stanley Dunham does not appear on the roster of 89th Infantry Division.