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LSD

The CIA once hired prostitutes to test LSD on unsuspecting Johns

Project MKUltra was born from the desire to “develop a capability in the covert use of biological and chemical materials.” The project was an extensive testing program which administered citizens from all walks of life with LSD. Even the researchers were dosed. At least two people died and one of the researchers became schizophrenic after his …

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combat camera

Shoot, Move, Communicate: An Inside Look at Combat Camera

If you’ve watched the news in the last ten years, seen a picture of the flag raising at Iwo Jima, or seen a documentary of any battle on the History channel, you’ve seen our work.  We are the Combat Camera operators.  The men and women who embed in infantry units during wartime are the eyes …

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9 reasons mortarmen are so deadly

Mortars used to be considered artillery weapons because they lob hot metal shells, sometimes filled with explosives, down on the enemy’s heads. But the mortar migrated to the infantry branch, and the frontline soldiers who crew the weapon maneuver into close ranges with the enemy and then rain hell down upon them. Here’s what makes …

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That time a Marine mechanic took a joyride in a stolen A4M Skyhawk

How much could a Marine Corps fighter cost? That was probably one of the questions running through 21-year-old Lance Cpl. Howard Foote’s mind as the enlisted flight mechanic climbed into an unarmed A4M Skyhawk in the middle of a July night. In case you were wondering, the cost is roughly $18 million. Rather, that was the …

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8 ways to kill time during ‘hurry up and wait’

Most of a service member’s time is filled with “Hurry up and wait,” the long-standing tradition of making everyone come in six hours before any training event, travel or other military activities. But there are ways to fill the hours between the time troops have to show up and the time the training activities start. …

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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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This Marine pilot took 22 Japanese fighters head on – then led an infantry charge

The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor must have been a strange time for the U.S. military. But many didn’t get the chance to ponder the new world order they lived in. As Hawaii came under attack, other American military forces were under the gun from Japan at the same time. While the Imperial Navy left the …

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RPG

From shoot to BOOM! This is the deadly science behind the RPG

What started as a way for Soviet ground troops to take out German tanks in World War II has since turned into a global weapons phenomenon: The rocket-propelled grenade. While the original anti-tank technology was meant to have a one-off use, the modern RPG is a reloadable weapon, with a shaped-charge explosive used by militias and …

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This Holocaust survivor joined the Army and earned a Medal of Honor

Army Cpl. Tibor Rubin was not the average soldier in the Korean War. The Hungarian Jew was a survivor of the Third Reich’s concentration camps who pledged to join the Army if he ever made it to America. He made it to the U.S., joined the infantry, fought to his last round against a massive Chinese attack, …

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