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Peter Francisco: “The Hercules of the American Revolution”

Gather around fellow patriots, and listen to the tale of Peter Francisco. It’s hard to distinguish exactly what was fact, and what is legend. However, either end of the spectrum points to this being one of the most hardcore warriors of the revolutionary war. Peter Francisco was found abandoned as a baby. They didn’t know …

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Iwo Jima: Old Breed vs the New breed

This past week marked the 75th anniversary of the battle of Iwo Jima. I attended the commemoration events held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The keynote speaker was Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams. Woody was awarded the Medal of Honor for slaying enemy soldiers in the face with a …

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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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Forget Baseball – Check Out These World War II Era Trading Cards

Small pieces of history can often be the biggest insight into the minds of people who lived in that time period. Reddit user dmanbiker was shown these trading cards that were kept by his grandfather, who lived through World War II. These small cards, which were just prizes in packs of gum back in the day, offer …

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Escape from Saigon – A Look at Vietnam 40 Years Later

History paints an impressionist picture of the Vietnam War; up close, each decision feels increasingly muddled, chaotic, and messy. However, as time moves us beyond the conflict and pandemonium, Vietnam’s impact on strategic warfare, journalism, and civilian life become clearer. Michael Morris and Dick Pirozzolo reveal their personal memories as veterans and, through extensive research, illustrate …

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That Time a Canadian Made Us All Proud to be Americans

Gordon Sinclair’s name wasn’t known to many people in America until his 1973 editorial came out. The Canadian journalist released “The Americans – A Canadian’s Opinion” after learning that the Red Cross had completely run out of funds from all the global disasters that had happened that year so far and that the American dollar was …

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How the US went from a bunch of colonies to super power in under 10 minutes

  For those Americans interested in U.S. history and how the rise of American power affected global politics, have we found a gem for you. A big hint: it involved purchasing land. Also, there were some invasions. American foreign policy has come a long way, evolving from the country from the foundation of the American experiment in …

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That time an F-16 pilot saved ground troops with a sonic boom

America’s F-16 multi-role fighters are some of the most advanced aircraft on the planet, carrying precision weapons and using them to kill bad guys around the world. But in March 2003, two F-16 pilots were called to assist 52 British special operators surrounded by 500 Iraqi troops — meaning the friendlies were outnumbered almost 10 …

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