The year was 1920. The Summer Olympics were being held in Belgium in the city of Antwerp. At the end of the Olympic Games, the flag suddenly went missing.
Fast-forward to 1997 and 101 year old bronze medalist Hal Haig Prieste, who won his medal in 1920 for platform diving, was being interviewed at a U.S. Olympic Committee dinner. During the interview, the reporter happened to mention the missing flag to Prieste, who then shocked everyone by stating, “I can help you with that. It’s in my suitcase.”
Prieste went on to reveal that he had been dared by fellow diver Duke Kahanamoku to climb the flag pole and steal the flag, which he did. He then folded it and put it in the bottom of his suitcases, where it remained some 77 years until he decided to reveal he had it at the dinner. His reason for finally revealing he had it? “I thought I ain’t going to be around much longer – it’s no good in a suitcase… I won’t be able to hang it up in my room.”
Prieste returned the flag to the IOC three years later during the 2000 Olympics. It was in reasonably good shape, thanks to the fact that it had stayed protected all those years in the bottom of his suitcase. The only real damage to it was that the edge was a little tattered from when he tore it off the flag pole. The Olympic Committee went about restoring the flag and put it on display in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. They also gave Prieste a plaque thanking him for “donating” the flag that he had stolen from them all those years ago.
When the US Army landed in Normandy, among the equipment brought ashore was 3 complete Coca Cola bottling plants.
Coca-Cola CEO Robert Woodruff made a point of supporting US troops so metal cans were introduced to meet their needs. In 1941, when the United States entered the war, Woodruff decided that Coca Cola's place was near the front line.
The Class of 1944 of the U.S. Military at West Point graduated on 6 June, 1944. Among the graduates was John Eisenhower, son of Overlord's Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower (Class of 1915).
Later waves of infantry attacked the beaches of Normandy equipped with TOY WOODEN RIFLES. The Army had run out of real weapons and the soldiers were instructed to "find" weapons that were expected to be "Lying unused on the beach".
General George Patton commanded a fake Army, the First Army Group (FUSAG). It's mission was to deceive the Germans into thinking that Cherbough France was the target of the invasion. The plan worked. Even as the Overlord forces secured the beachhead and moved inland, Hitler kept divisions in reserve thinking that Normandy was a diversion and Cherbourg was the primary target.
One the day of the invasion, German General Erwin Rommel, Commander of was attending his wife's birthday party.
The Battleship U.S.S. Nevada (BB36)was torpedoed, bombed and run aground during the attack on Pearl Harbor. She was the only battleship that got underway that day under command of Lieutenant Commander Francis J. Thomas. On D day she supported Utah Beach with naval gun fire.