WWII Medal of Honor still Living

The oldest living WW II Medal Of Honor Recipient, who was awarded the Medal Of Honor during WWII. Charles H. Coolidge.Charles Henry Coolidge (born August 4, 1921) is a former United States Army technical sergeant and a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration for valor—the Medal of Honor—for his heroism in France during […]

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The Man Behind the Stars and Stipes

Frances Hopkins: The Man Behind The Stars and Stripes Betsy Ross  made flags for 50 years, and we are all familiar with the famous circular 13-star design. Fewer know about Frances Hopkinson, signer of the Declaration of Independence and designer of our Stars and Stripes. Letters between Hopkinson and the Continental Congress tell the story, […]

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Herman Falk, Korea POW comes home to Arlington

Korean War POW to be buried in Robert E Lee’s Arlington Cemetery First Lt. Herman Falk, a 1950 graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, went missing with 156 other soldiers from Company B, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, on Feb. 12, 1951, during operations against the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces near Changboing-ni, […]

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“Turn back, turn back! We’re whipped.”

It was July 31st, 1861. Federal troops were just north of Manassas, Virginia. There were many who thought they would send the Rebels reeling, putting an end to the rebellion. The day was Sunday, and a throng of civilian sightseers had come down from the U.S. capitol, just 25 miles away. Lieutenant Tibdall commanded a […]

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A Military Coup Threatened

George Washington paused and said, “Gentlemen, you must pardon me.” But I get ahead of myself. It was 1782. Except for some skirmishes, hostilities in the Revolutionary War had ended with the surrender of British General Cornwallis at Yorktown. But a peace treaty had not not yet been negotiated and signed, and British garrisons were […]

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Corporal Tony Stein and “Stinger”

Tony saw plenty of combat in the Pacific. But he is most famed for his actions at the Battle of Iwo Jima. A son of immigrants, Tony Stein enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942, becoming a Paramarine. Paramarines were an experiment to test the idea of dropping Marines into battle. His regiment saw plenty […]

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They Told Him to Take His Flagpole Down

Retired Army Colonel Van T. Barfoot loved his country and had served it bravely in three wars, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. So, he proudly flew his American flag on a 21 foot pole in the front yard of his Virginia home. But in December 2009, his local homeowners’ association told the veteran, now 90 years […]

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Tough Enough to Survive

How tough do you have to be to survive a Nazi concentration camp, defend a hilltop against wave after wave of enemy troops – twice – then spend 2 ½ years in another hellish prison camp, and still live through it? Hard as nails tough, Corporal Rubin tough. That’s him in the photo. Hungarian-born Tibor […]

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“The Devil himself could not catch him.”

Francis Marion went to sea at 15. He once spent seven days on a lifeboat, drifting in the Caribbean after his ship was smashed apart by a whale.  In 1754 he joined a militia in South Carolina, where he learned about guerilla warfare. When America declared Independence in 1776, Marion and his men helped build […]

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“You have to go out. You don’t have to come back.”

In Vietnam, he was part of an operation to battle and stop the Viet Cong’s resupply line along the coast. Within a year the enemy had to go inland to move supplies, using the tortuous Ho Chi Minh Trail as it wound through Laos and Cambodia. Chief Warrant Officer Bernard Webber added that victory to […]

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