“When that pack of demons swept forward…”

Sergeant Major Edward Baker was born in a frontier wagon in 1865, while his parents were on the Oregon Trail. At age 17, he joined one of the toughest, battle-hardened units in the U.S. Army: the 10th Cavalry. The men of the 10th were known as Buffalo Soldiers, African-Americans up through the NCO ranks. Baker […]

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Blow the Bridge or Die!

On Easter Sunday morning 1972, Marine Corps Captain John Ripley was in a South Vietnamese village. He was there to help train 600 South Vietnamese Marines. But no one was thinking about that now. An enemy armored division had appeared on the other side of the river. Two hundred tanks and 20,000 men were assembling […]

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“He was fearless”

Omaha Beach was a bloodbath of WWII. Surrounded by steep cliffs, it was heavily defended. Aerial bombardment did little damage to the defensive fortifications. Rough surf was hard on the landing craft, and only two of 29 tanks managed to reach shore. John Spalding was in command of a 32-man platoon at the spearhead. He […]

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Washington Calls to Arms “…a standing miracle”

Born a British citizen and a former Redcoat, George Washington had, by the 1770s, joined the growing ranks of colonists who were dismayed by Britain’s exploitative policies in North America. In 1774, Washington joined the Continental Congress as a delegate from Virginia. State representatives of the Continental Congress did not really want a national army, […]

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How A Sub Sank A Train

USS Barb has been called a “Pacific killer sub par excellence.” Here’s some of the story. The USS Barb was on its last war patrol. She and her crew had served six patrols in the European Theater, and had been in the Pacific for 19 months. The Barb racked up one of the most outstanding […]

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“Pied Piper of Saipan” Takes 1500 Prisoners

The battle for the island of Saipan in 1944 was brutal, but the ingenuity and courage of one Marine saved a lot of lives on both sides. Guy Gabaldon grew up in poverty on the streets of East Los Angeles. Knowing how to live by his wits, he shined shoes at age 10 to help […]

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“The Rag-Tag Circus”

World War II: The 83rd “Thunderbolt” Division of the U. S. Army Infantry crossed the English Channel to Normandy in June 1944. It fought through the Hedgerows, across France and into Germany, including the Battle of the Bulge. In March 1945, the 83rd received orders to turn east and race toward Berlin. The 83rd had […]

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Police Story: 3 AM on the Harbor Freeway

This is a favorite police story I have to share. It takes place on the Harbor Freeway in the Los Angeles area. Here’s how the officer tells it:   I stopped a guy for driving erratically on the Harbor freeway at 3:30 in the morning. The conversation went like this: He: “Do you know who […]

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Brave Texas Cook Is Pearl Harbor Hero

Doris Miller, known as “Dorie” to shipmates and friends, was born in Waco, Texas  in October 1919. He helped his parents and three brothers around the house by cooking meals and doing laundry, as well as working on the family farm. Miller was a good student and a fullback on the football team at Waco’s […]

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“Our Arrows Will Block Out The Sun”

The ancient Spartans have given us some of the greatest lines in military history. Persian King Xerxes was trying to fight his way into Greece 2500 years ago during the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC), one of the most famous battles in history . Spartan King Leonidas, along with a few thousand guys, was doing […]

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