Blair County, PA.

The county was named after Hon. John Blair, one of its most prominent residents, who was born at Blair's Gap, now in Allegheny township,
Blair County has within its bounds some of the loftiest mountains, the most beautifully picturesque scenery and the greatest natural curiosities in the State. It has considerable mineral wealth and many fertile and well watered valleys.
In it are the head waters of the Blue Juniata river, and passing through, from east to west, is the main line of the richest railroad in the United States, perhaps the richest in the world, the P. R. R. Here has been the birthplace or early home of some of the most noted people of the State, some whose name and fame are world wide, not as leaders of great armies but as financial giants, originators of great enterprises, directors and managers of colossal industries; eminently successful business men.

Blair County Genealogical Society

The Society was organized in 1979 exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. Its purpose is to compile, study and exchange information of a genealogical and historical nature and to preserve, perpetuate and publish the genealogical and historical heritage of the Blair County area for the benefit of its members, schools, and the general public.
In their index of publications two of my three published books are listed: "The Cove - Institutions, Customs and Traditions" and "Cove Giants of the 20th Century".

Blair County Historical Society

The mission of the Blair County Historical Society is to preserve, promote, and interpret the history of Blair County, Pennsylvania.
The members of the Blair County Historical Society, in cooperation with other local and state organizations, are working hard to achieve the goal of interpreting the county's story -- your story -- to visitors and residents.
In addition to maintaining historic properties and its collection, the Society sponsors many programs and events each year and responds to hundreds of research inquiries.
I was presented with the Society's 2005 "Excellence in Preservation of County History & Heritage" Award for my books on Morrisons Cove history and my articles "Morrisons Cove - Then and Now" published in the Morrisons Cove Herald.

Bedford County, PA.

The County of Bedford was formed in 1771. Bedford County is rich with history. At the county seat, visitors will find the oldest Pennsylvania County Courthouse still in use. The fourteen covered bridges that dot the county's landscape are another sign of the area's history.
Located in SouthCentral Pennsylvania, as part of the Allegheny Mountains, Bedford County's rolling hills, livestock and wildlife, and stone farmhouses all contribute to the county's rural character and small town charm. Its safe schools, low crime rate, and dependable workforce make the area attractive to businesses and a popular retirement destination.
A rich history blended with a pictureque countryside, all work together to make Bedford County a wonderful area in which to live, work, and raise a family.

Hollidaysburg, PA.

The town of Hollidaysburg was first laid out in 1796; by 1814 it consisted of several houses and a tavern. Hollidaysburg became the main transfer point between the Pennsylvania Canal and the Portage Railroad, a gateway to western Pennsylvania. The canal and Portage Railroad spurred industrial and commercial development in Hollidaysburg in the 1830's. In 1836, Hollidaysburg was established as a borough.
When Blair County was organized in 1846, the Borough of Hollidaysburg was designated the county seat. This designation allowed the Borough to prosper when politicians and attorneys became attracted to the Borough.
In 1903, the Pennsylvania Railroad constructed a large switching yard and US Route 22 was directed through the Borough.

Morrisons Cove, PA.

Located in Blair and Bedford Counties - the rural niche of Morrisons Cove sits within the Allegheny Mountains.It's a beautiful valley in western Pennsylvania west of the Tussey Mountains and north of the town of Bedford.
This valley is about 35 miles long north and south, and about 14 miles wide east and west. It extends from the Tussey Mountains on the east, westward to the Dunning, Loop, and Lock Mountains. The valley is bounded on the northwest by the Bald Eagle Mountains. Entirely surrounded by mountains, the only openings are at Loysburg Gap in the south, McKee Gap in the west, and Williamsburg to the north.
The towns of The Cove are Roaring Spring, Martinsburg, Wiliamsburg, and Woodbury. Although on the other side of the mountain, Claysburg is included in this list because of the shared culture and customs of the area.

Penn State University

From agricultural college to world-class learning community -- the story of The Pennsylvania State University is one of an expanding mission of teaching, research, and public service.

University of Wisconsin - Madison

"Whatever may be the limitations which trammel inquiry elsewhere, we believe that the great state university of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found." (Taken from a report of the Board of Regents in 1894.)

London School of Economics

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a world class centre for its concentration of teaching and research across the full range of the social, political and economic sciences. Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, LSE has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence.

American University in Cairo

The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and service in the Middle East. For its first 27 years the university was shaped by its founding president, Dr. Charles A. Watson who wanted to create an English-language university based on high standards of conduct and scholarship and to contribute to intellectual growth, discipline, and good character of the future leaders of Egypt and the region.

American College in London

The American College in London benefits from the united expertise and facilities of Regent's College and Webster University, offering you a unique international learning environment. The academic programs are grounded in the liberal arts tradition developed in the USA focusing on intellectual depth and cultural breadth. The College places great emphasis on quality teaching in a modern learning environment and equips students with the skills, knowledge and values they will need in a world characterized by globalization and rapid change.

U.S. Navy

On Friday, October 13, 1775, meeting in Philadelphia, the Continental Congress voted to fit out two sailing vessels, armed with ten carriage guns, as well as swivel guns, and manned by crews of eighty, and to send them out on a cruise of three months to intercept transports carrying munitions and stores to the British army in America. This was the original legislation out of which the Continental Navy grew and as such constitutes the birth certificate of the navy.

Tour of Duty in Vietnam

A narrative with photographs of my Navy Duty in Vietnam (1968-69)

U.S. Naval War College

On October 6, 1884, The Secretary of the Navy, William E. Chandler signed General Order 325, which began by simply stating: "A college is hereby established for an advanced course of professional study for naval officers, to be known as the Naval War College." The order went on to assign the principal building on Coaster's Harbor Island, Newport, R.I., the Newport Asylum for the Poor, built in 1820 to its use and Commodore Stephen B. Luce . . . to duty as president of the college. Such were the humble beginnings of what is now the oldest continuing institution of its kind in the world.

Defense Language Institute

Since 1954, the Defense Language Institute (DLI) has performed its mission to support the policies and objectives of the US Government and the US Department of Defense (DoD). In addition, the DLI curriculum meets the diverse needs of the adult military population with tailored courses that address the specific language requirements of our students’ career fields.

Theta Xi Fraternity

Theta Xi is one of North America's oldest social fraternities with a rich and proud history. Founded April 29, 1864, it is the only social fraternity founded during the Civil War.
Theta Xi was founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, by Peter Henry Fox, Ralph Gooding Packard, Christopher Champlin Waite, George Bradford Brainerd, Samuel Buel Jr., Henry Harrison Farnum, Thomas Cole Raymond, and Nathaniel Henry Starbuck. Minutes of the original meeting, Constitution and Ritual have been preserved by the Fraternity to this day. Their tradition is truly continuous.

The American Legion

The American Legion was founded in Paris at the first caucus by members of the American Expeditionary Force.
Today there is no accurate record of the total number of veterans' organizations, but among them all, none has grown so large or has exercised such wide influence as The American Legion. None is so intimately identified with the word "veteran".

Veterans of Foreign Wars

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service. Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves. In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

U.S. Navy Public Affairs Alumni Assoc.

The USNPAAA is an association of retired, active duty and civilian US Navy public affairs officers, journalists and photographers. It was formed in 1997 by founding member Captain Herbert Hetu. Its mission is fellowship and support of the US Navy and its public affairs community. It holds an annual reunion at which awards are presented to retired and active duty members who have distinguished themselves in support of the overall mission.

The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress was established by an act of Congress in 1800 when President John Adams signed a bill providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington. The legislation described a reference library for Congress only, containing "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress - and for putting up a suitable apartment for containing them therein...."

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 120 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 18 million books, 2.5 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.5 million maps, and 54 million manuscripts.

The Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations. The Office of the Librarian is tasked to set policy and to direct and support programs and activities to accomplish the Library's mission.

All of my books are listed for research and/or loan in the Library of Congress catalogue at:

Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project is an ongoing project of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. Its primary focus is on first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans from the 20th Century wars - from World War I to the present Iraq conflict. In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.

The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. The authorizing legislation (Public Law 106-380), sponsored by Representatives Ron Kind, Amo Houghton, and Steny Hoyer in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Max Cleland and Chuck Hagel in the U.S. Senate, received unanimous support and was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton on October 27, 2000.
The Veterans History Project is made possible by the generous support of the United States Congress.

I'm proud to have my Navy career memoirs on file with this unprecedented collection documenting both veterans and civilians and their experiences of war. James Wentz Collection #: AFC/2001/001/2062

United States Navy Memorial

Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services. The United States Navy Memorial's mission is to Honor, Recognize, and Celebrate the men and women of the Sea Services, past, present, and future; and to Inform the public about their service.

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