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“I have not yet begun to fight!”

Famed US naval officer John Paul Jones was born in Scotland in 1742. At age 13 he began his career at sea, as a ship’s boy on the Friendship sailing between Britain and Virginia and the West Indies. By 21 he was the captain of his own ship. Jones joined the Continental Navy during the […]

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Battling the Barbary Pirates

North African pirates were menacing folks at least as far back as the Crusades. We have tales of them sailing as far north as Iceland, not only capturing merchant ships but plundering ports and taking captives for the slave trade. It was the habit of European nations to pay tribute to the scoundrels, rather than […]

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Rattlesnake – the First Symbol of America

The symbol of America has not always been the American Bald Eagle. Long before we used the eagle to symbolize our strength and liberty, it was in fact the American rattlesnake that held the esteemed title as the first symbol of America – the symbol of Liberty. It was December 1775. Fighting between the American colonists […]

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Ready “at a minute’s warning” to Fight for Liberty

America’s early Minutemen were men who were ready for military duties “at a minute’s warning.” When these men rallied, they became a militia, citizens with limited military training who could grab their arms immediately and fight in an emergency to defend their local area. The first Minutemen were in Massachusetts, and they saw their first […]

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Sergeant Henry Johnson: One of the Bravest Americans of WWI

President Theodore Roosevelt called Sergeant Henry Johnson one of the “five bravest Americans” of World War I. Johnson and his buddy Needham Roberts were on sentry duty. Their regiment had been assigned to help reinforce the 4th French Army. It was 2 AM in their trench in the Argonne Forrest, when the two men suddenly […]

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Special Forces Texan Does the Impossible

Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez was born in Cuero, Texas. He grew up and joined the National Guard, then the US Army. And earned the Medal of Honor by doing the impossible, as you will see. After assignment to 82nd Airborne, Benavidez qualified for Special Forces, also known as Green Berets. He went to Vietnam in […]

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The First Shots for Freedom

The first shots of the American Revolution were fired in Lexington and Concord on April 19,  1775. Today we call this day Patriots Day. But did the American soldiers have a flag with them that day? Great question! British soldiers had marched from Boston to arrest Colonial leaders Sam Adams and John Hancock. But men […]

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Their Sacred Right

The 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote, was formally adopted into the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920. Women suffragists struggled for more than 70 years to obtain their goal. The Amendment read, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States […]

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“The People Shouted…”

Our forefathers had strong opinions about unjust taxation. In 1765, when Americans were still British subjects, Parliament passed the Stamp Act. It was an attempt to raise revenue by directly taxing paper. Every piece of printed paper was to be taxed, from newspapers, cards, and pamphlets, to almanacs, legal papers and playing cards.  Even dice […]

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“I shall never surrender or retreat.”

American schoolkids learn about the Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution, and men like James Bowie and David Crockett who defended it. When Santa Anna’s army arrived outside the walls, Lt. Col. William “Buck” Travis sent for reinforcements. He wrote: ”… our flag still waves proudly from the walls – I shall never […]

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