Texans: “blazing, fighting mad”

In 1833 Santa Anna became President of Mexico. An elitist, he feared and thought little of the common man. Ignoring Mexico’s constitution, he dissolved congress, ordered the civil militia disarmed, and established his own dictatorship.   The Americans who had legally settled in Texas, a Mexican state, were not happy about this, to say the […]

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Blueskin and Old Nelson

Thomas Jefferson once referred to George Washington as: “the best horseman of his age, and the most graceful figure that could be seen on horseback.” Washington’s friend, the Marquis de Chastellux, a French national, also observed that Washington: “is a very excellent and bold horseman, leaping the highest fences, and going extremely quick, without standing […]

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Hey Tories, Don’t Mess with Nancy Hart  

Here is the story of another brave woman of the American Revolution that deserves telling. Nancy Hart was a tough and resourceful figure, a power to be reckoned with when it came to protecting her family. She had a hot temper, a fearless spirit, and the ability to deliver revenge when she or her children […]

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“The Fightinest Marine I Ever Knew”

The United States Highest award for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” is the Congressional Medal of Honor. In over 150 years only 19 men have won it twice. One of the most legendary two time recipients is Marine Corps Sergeant Major Dan Daly. […]

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Red Cloud – A True Hero

North Korean troops crossed the 38th Parallel in June 1950. President Harry S Truman ordered the 24th Infantry Division to head to Korea. Among the soldiers of the 24th was Mitchell Red Cloud, a Native American Ho-Chunk (Winnebago Tribe). A Marine veteran of WW II, he was one of Carlson’s Raiders at Guadalcanal, and took […]

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The Patriot Marksman

British Colonel George Hanger fought the American Continental Army in the Revolutionary War. He later said he had never seen better rifles than those made in America, nor men who could shoot better. The British troops used the Brown Bess rifle, which could hit a man at 80 to 100 yards. It was unusual for […]

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Courage

Men need cool and aggressive leadership when under fire. Captain Roger Donlon displayed just that on July 5, 1964. At 2:26 AM a barrage of mortar shells rained on his Special Forces Detachment camp. He had just written to his wife, “All hell is going to break loose here before the night is over.” He […]

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“Brothers, I am a Warrior.”

George Washington wrote these words during the American Revolutionary War. As a young man he had served with the British militia and saw that the British lacked understanding of Colonial warfare. Most of all they were unwilling to listen to good advice.  But this knowledge would serve him very well decades later. General Washington was […]

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Dogfighter of the Pacific: “Buck” Dugan

The man on the 1945 magazine cover above is Fred “Buck” Dungan.  In June of 1944 “Buck” Dungan and his wingman “Scoop” came out of the clouds over Guam, the only American aircraft on the scene. He saw 40 enemy aircraft,  20 bombers and 20 torpedo planes – preparing to land at Japanese-held Orote Field. […]

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