The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans' Day

On Veterans' Day, one often sees photos or images of military personnel in dress uniforms, in parades, etc.  I came across this photo from the Library of Congress American Memory collection:  Depression Era to World War II.  According to the caption, it depicts an operation on a wounded American soldier by Major George Marks. The soldier was wounded in the arms and shoulders by shrapnel from a Japanese mortar as he was storming a pillbox in New Guinea in 1944.  This picture reflects the realities of why we have Veterans' Day. 

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