“You move, you die.”

Before the Battle of the Bulge of WWII, American forces fought the Battle of Hurtgen Forest – the longest single battle in the history of the US Army. When the Germans were defeated in France in August 1944, GIs began to believe the war would be over by Christmas, but when the Americans reached German […]

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The Plot to Remove Washington

No one today can doubt how important George Washington’s leadership was in the battle for American freedom. But he had enemies who wanted to take him down. After a couple of battlefield defeats, some thought they saw their chance. One of them was Dr. Benjamin Rush, the Father of American Psychiatry. In January of 1778, […]

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The Filthy 13: Part 2

This is the second story about “The Filthy 13.” If you missed the first one, you can read it here. Known for their disregard of military discipline, they didn’t take a lot of baths, didn’t keep their barracks clean. Too busy going AWOL. They were members of the 101st Airborne, as you can see from […]

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The Filthy 13

Have you ever see the movie, The Dirty Dozen? The real life soldiers it was based on were known as “The Filthy 13.” And a crew of troublemakers they were! Jack Agnew recalled it like this: “We weren’t murderers or nothing. We just did a lot more than they asked us to do, and we […]

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Custer and the Civil War

We hear a lot about how George Armstrong Custer met his end. But did you know he fought in the Civil war from the first major battle all the way to Appomattox? (He managed to take possession of the table on which Grant wrote the Terms of Surrender.) Custer had decent success for two years, […]

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The Man Who Dispatched Paul Revere

Paul Revere’s famous ride: every schoolchild learns of it. But who sent Revere to warn the British were coming? This man was a member of the Sons of Liberty. He was a member of the Committee of Safety, and made sure gunpowder and firearms were stored in towns throughout Massachusetts. An outspoken Patriot, he wrote, […]

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“Old Ironsides” Made of Oak, but Tough as Iron

The USS Constitution is one of the most renowned warships in American history. The ship was among the first six frigates authorized to be built to form the new United States Navy. Launched for the first time in Boston on October 21, 1797 the USS Constitution holds the distinct honor of being the oldest commissioned […]

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“This is as far as the $#*&!s are going.”

The Battle of the Bulge was the biggest, bloodiest battle that Americans fought in WW 2. It lasted 41 days from December 1944 to January 1945, and spanned territory in three countries. On December 16, with the onset of winter, the German army launched a counteroffensive that was intended to cut through the Allied forces […]

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“Load the ammo belts and I’ll get back up”

If you have ever wondered how Chicago’s O’Hare Airport got its name, here is the American hero it’s named for.    Three months after Pearl Harbor, the US Navy’s aircraft carrier Lexington, known as the “Blue Ghost,” was carrying out the dangerous task of penetrating enemy waters. The carrier’s radar picked up enemy bombers inbound, […]

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Heroic Bird of War – Cher Ami to the Rescue

There are “birds of war” that aren’t the metal flying machines equipped with abilities to release weapons on targets, but the flesh and blood feathered kind – pigeons, equipped with another type of targeting ability. Pigeons have been used as message carriers for over 5,000 years. Their service of delivering vital messages to the right […]

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