History

Take a walk through historical events, get introduced to people who changed lives, and other important things to learn through the generations past…

4 Naval suicides, same carrier, too many!

Across the nation, this month is all about Suicide Prevention. Most of the people reading these articles know the military rates of suicide are extremely high. Too high. Over the weekend, posts started circulating about two suicides surrounding a Naval Aircraft Carrier.  After reviewing headlines, it has been confirmed by the Navy that four suicides …

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September 11th, 2001

September 11th, 2001. Sometimes, it’s difficult to convey through the written medium, without the body language or inflection, just how much one day can set your life upon its fated course. One day that you remember vividly, forever, that would shape and mold your life from that day on. For some, this day holds extreme …

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The Guns of Athens

Edward Hull “Boss” Crump was an American politician from Memphis, Tennessee. As a politician in first half of the 1900’s, he enjoyed a large amount of success, being in control of what is now called a “political machine.” (Remember William “Boss” Tweed, from Gangs of New York? Same situation, different state.) You see. E.H. Crump …

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Purple Heart Day

War creates wounds of many types. For some they are unseen. For some, their wounds are an ever-present physical reminder of their life in combat. A reminder that there was a time when the facade of adolescent invulnerability was shattered and mortality realized. This day we recognize and remember those wounded while in selfless service …

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Stranger Than Fiction

Castle Itter was a 19th-century castle located in northern Austria, being used by the Germans as a prison to hold valuable prisoners including French generals, Communists, soldiers, former government leaders, and oddly enough, a French tennis player. On May 3rd, a prisoner successfully made contact with a German SS officer, Josef Gangl, who was sympathetic …

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The First D-Day – American Expeditionary Force

The Battle of St. Mihiel occured between the 12th and 15th of September, 1918. This was the only offensive to be carried out solely by the American Expeditionary Force, following a plan devised by General Pershing. The idea was for the American troops to break through the German line, and capture the fortified city of …

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The Rebel Banker

In August of 1781, the Continental Army under George Washington had finally trapped the British forces under General Charles Cornwallis in the Virginia coastal city of Yorktown. General Washington devised a plan to encircle and defeat the British forces. The Revolution had proven to be a costly war thus far – both in the terms …

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Battle of Carentan – A Reminder

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Carentan, fought as part of the larger Battle of Normandy. This was the second time that American paratroopers would meet their German counterpart – the 2nd Fallschirmjäger Division – in combat. German Fallschirmjäger units were assigned to the Luftwaffe, unlike American paratrooper units, which were assigned …

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