2 Samuel

February 22, 2024

February 22, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero meets his A&P platoon

Ross Calvert, Phil’s good friend from Officer Candidate School two years before, walked him into the building, where Phil’s men rose to attention. “At ease!” Ross […]
February 21, 2024

February 21, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero arrives at his new battalion on Anzio

In the middle of February, the weather turned rainy, and the wind was sharp and ice-cold. Phil and the other men were a miserable bunch, and […]
February 20, 2024

February 20, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero arrives at his new unit on Anzio

Phil was one of 182 men (17 officers and 165 enlisted men, including men returning from the hospital) who received slips indicating they would be replacements […]
February 19, 2024

February 19, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero ships out to Anzio

On February 19, 1944, Phil received his orders to report to the 30th Infantry Regiment on the Anzio Beachhead. Late that afternoon, he hopped aboard a truck […]
February 18, 2024

February 18, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero rides a master dressage stallion — Magellan

Phil returned the next day and began instruction with the master and one of his apprentices, Antonio, who was bilingual. “He wants you to mount one […]
February 17, 2024

February 17, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero meets a dressage master

After arriving on the docks at Naples, the ever-present Army 6×6 trucks were waiting to take Phil and the other second lieutenants to the Replacement Depot, […]
February 16, 2024

February 16, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero’s future units pinned down on Anzio

On February 16, 1944, the Germans had completely surrounded the Allies that were pinned down on the Anzio Beachhead — which the men quickly named ‘The […]
February 15, 2024

February 15, 1944 – A teenage WWII hero ships out to Naples

In Oran, Phil was among 200 infantry lieutenants who boarded the Highland Queen, a small British steamer bound for Naples, Italy. He was part of a […]
September 20, 2019

If we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive us

Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you […]
October 2, 2019

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble

The Lord … cares for those who trust in him.
October 12, 2019

Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him?

Who is the Lord, that I should obey him? … For the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. … He provided […]
October 30, 2019

With God there is forgiveness

Manasseh led Judah and the people of Jerusalem astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed. … In his distress […]
October 31, 2019

The Lord will show you mercy

Who is a God like you? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. … The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
November 6, 2019

The woman conceived and sent word saying “I am pregnant”

Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home. (He) made love to his wife, and the […]