Lieutenant Richard Keefe – Nuremberg, Germany

Lieutenant Richard Keefe

Lieutenant Richard Keefe

After the end of World War II my Dad was stationed in Germany until the fall of 1946 and eventually served as the Headquarters Company Commander, 1st Division, 3rd Battalion, 26th Infantry. A point of distinction was that this put him in command for a time of the motor pool for the International Military Tribunal at the Nuremberg Trials.

Here’s an excerpt from a letter home to his sister Pat from April 1946.

    I think I told you I am now commanding officer of the Court House Motor Pool.

    I have so much property it isn’t funny. I am signed for over 200 vehicles. Everything from 4 ton wreckers worth $20,000 to Packards, Buicks, Fords, Jeeps, 2 1/2 ton trucks, 100 civilian box’s making over 300 vehicles. I’m waiting for me to mess things up and then it will be a toss up to see if Goering or I get hung 1st.

    Sunday I went through the prison. All information about it is so secret so I will stop here. It was very interesting and after it is all over I’ll tell you about it. No press men or correspondents can get near the Place.

    We are very short of officers in the Battalion now and are kept very busy. I’ll close now as Johnson just came in from the Grand Hotel and is talking to me so I can’t concentrate.

    Love to All,


The folowing are picture found on the internet of Nurenburg circa 1946.
Note: Pictures are linked to their source when called for.

Grand Hotel - Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946.

Grand Hotel – Nuremberg, Germany, 1945-1946.

The Palace of Justice on Fürther Strasse - East wing.

The Palace of Justice on Fürther Strasse – East wing.

Prison cell block, Nuremberg, 1946

Prison cell block, Nuremberg, 1946

The Nuremberg Trials

The Nuremberg Trials

Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg Trials - 1946

Hermann Goering at the Nuremberg Trials – 1946

The Palace of Justice in Nuremberg on the day the judgement of the International Military Tribunal was handed down. Nuremberg, Germany, October 1, 1946.

The Palace of Justice in Nuremberg on the day the judgement of the International Military Tribunal was handed down. Nuremberg, Germany, October 1, 1946.

The following are videos that were taken about a year earlier than the timeframe my Dad served in the 1st Division. As Nuremberg was considered the ceremonial birthplace of the Nazi Party, hosting the Party’s annual propaganda rallies, it was considered a fitting place to hold the war trials and mark the Party’s symbolic demise.

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Schmölln, Germany – Then and Now

The following are pictures of Schmölln, Germany, a town my Dad’s Infantry Company occupied in the waning days of World War II. The pictures from July of 1945 are from the photo album of Donald Katz, the Captain of Company I-304-76. The pictures from 2010 are from my nephew Dave Keefe, a US Marine who visited the town to honor his grandfather’s service in the War.

Note: Click on pics to see larger.





The last two pics are of the mess hall. Here’s a close up shot with 1st Lieutenant Richard Keefe on the left (my Dad) and 2nd Lt. Jay Hamilton on the right.


The lettering on the window states “International Casino” because their cook was a chinese-american.

Back in 2002 I interviewed Frank Mucedola, the Tech Sergeant for Company I’s 3rd Platoon, and he had this to add.

    “I don’t know whether you can read what it says on the window or not but it says “Company I International Casino – Dine and Dance: $65.” The gimmick there was that regulations during that period of time were that the troops, meaning the American troops, could not fraternize with German women, or fraternize period, with any Germans – of course most of them were German women. Now, if you got caught fraternizing it cost you one month’s pay. Now the basic pay in those days for the private was 65 bucks. So my pay in those days was $114, so if I got caught I’d be fined $114. If you’re father got caught and his pay was $200, he got fined $200. So the private, his pay was $65, he got fined $65. So that was the gag “Dine and Dance $65”.

With Germany’s defeat, the German civilians in Schmölln considered themselves relatively fortunate to be in American hands, as towns west of Schmölln that were being overrun by the Russians were being devastated due to the a fierce hatred that existed between the two countries during those war years.

In 2003 the people of Schmölln installed a plaque in remembrance of the Americans who occupied their town that half century ago.


And here’s Dave’s video of the plaque from his visit in 2010.

Schmölln Memorial Plaque – 2010 from Jim Keefe on Vimeo.

To end, here’s a Then and Now pic of Richard Keefe (1945) and Dave Keefe (2007).



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Comic Book People – by Jackie Estrada

Here’s an unabashed plug for Comic Book People by Jackie Estrada – a book I got through KickStarter – now available through Exhibit A Press. You can also find it at finer comics shops and on Amazon.


Here’s Exhibit A Press’ book description…

    This high-quality hardcover coffee-table book offers a unique peek at the early days of comics conventions before they were big pop culture events, when the giants of the industry mingled casually with their peers and fans. It features some 600 candid photos of comics creators taken in the 1970s and 1980s by Jackie Estrada, along with Jackie’s commentary and anecdotes about each person. The candid photos depict not only Golden and Silver Age comic book greats and mainstream creators of the period, but also publishers and editors, underground and alternative cartoonists, big-name fans, comic strip cartoonists, animation directors and voice actors, science fiction and fantasy authors, and movie and TV celebrities.

The book is broken down into chapters (ie. writers, artists, indie/alternative and so forth) and also has an index in back if you’re looking for someone in particular.

Here’s a random sampling of pages…

Comic Book People

Comic Book People

Comic Book People

There’s a color section as well.

Comic Book People

I recommend this book highly. As endlessly fascinating as the pictures are, it also pulls back the curtain and puts a spotlight on the creative people in this industry at a time when fandom was just starting to kick into high gear.


For more info and pics just check out their Facebook page.

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Sally Forth – New Fall Season

The complete Francesco Marciuliano Sally Forth fall press kit.






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“Foreshadowing” or maybe “Chekhovian”

Sally Forth reader Kerry Abel writes:

    Could you blog-post the strip that you claim foreshadowed
    the adults (Sally and Ted) attacking with water cannons?

Well, yes – I most certainly can.
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Sally Forth - June 1, 2014

Sally Forth – June 1, 2014

Sally Forth - August 3, 2014

Sally Forth – August 3, 2014

Granted, it looks like the water cannons shrunk in length over the summer – a common problem if you store them in a hot and/or humid place – so let that be a lesson to you!

Hope that fits the bill, Kerry.
Thanks for the interest and thanks for writing!

All the best,

- Official Promo Poster -

– Official Promo Poster -

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Ice Bucket Challenge



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Happy Birthday Francesco Marciuliano!

Here’s wishing bestselling author and Sally Forth scribe
Francesco Marciuliano a


And as a special treat, here’s Hil, Faye and Nona singing the Beatles version of Happy Birthday in all its limited animated gif splendor!


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