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Transportation units in Vietnam

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Frank Stilwell

Frank C. Stilwell (1856 – March 20, 1882) was an outlaw Cowboy who killed at least two men in Cochise County during 1877–82. Both killings were considered to have been self-defense. For four months he was a deputy sheriff in … Continue reading

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The Invention That Won WWII

housands of flat-bottomed boats plowed through rough seas under cold gray skies. The smell of diesel fumes and vomit was overwhelming as the small vessels lurched toward the beaches. Waves slapped hard against the plywood hulls while bullets pinged off … Continue reading

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Meet the Night Witches

They flew under the cover of darkness in bare-bones plywood biplanes. They braved bullets and frostbite in the air, while battling skepticism and sexual harassment on the ground. They were feared and hated so much by the Nazis that any … Continue reading

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Nurses in Vietnam

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Procopio

Procopio (c. 1841 – 1882 to early 1890’s), also known as Red-Handed Dick and Red Dick was one of the best-known bandits in California history. His nickname was reportedly given due either to his red hair, or his violent nature … Continue reading

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D-Day, The 6th of June

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in northern France. Their goal: to liberate Western Europe from Nazi tyranny. From a distance, it might seem that victory was pre-ordained, but no one felt that way at … Continue reading

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D-Day picture gallery

“As one officer said,” war correspondent Ernie Pyle wrote shortly after the invasion, “the only way to take a beach is to face it and keep going. It is costly at first but it’s the only way.” On June 6, … Continue reading

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The find of a lifetime

ON THE LAST DAY OF an archaeological project near Valley Forge National Park in southeastern Pennsylvania, Dan Sivilich told his team not to expect to find a whole lot. Sivilich’s group, the Battlefield Restoration & Archaeological Volunteer Organization (BRAVO), had … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Jeff Davis

Jefferson Finis Davis (June 3, 1808 – December 6, 1889) was an American politician who served as the only President of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865. As a member of the Democratic Party, he represented Mississippi in the … Continue reading

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Billy the Kid’s Letters

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1st Signal Brigade, Vietnam

The first six and a half minutes are introductions. At the 13:45 mark, there’s a shot of an AB-216/U tower, the kind that I built in Germany in the late 1970s/early 1980s.

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101st Airborne Division, 69th Signal Battalion

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The Twelve Anchors

In January 1942, 11 Naval nurses and one Filipino nurse were taken prisoner by the Japanese. They spent nearly three years as POW’s in concentration camps where they continued to nurse the sick and injured. They were never formally recognized … Continue reading

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Revolutionary War Shot Still Has Traces of Human Blood on It

AT MONMOUTH BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK, in Freehold, New Jersey, a group of volunteers has discovered a rare Revolutionary War artifact—a piece of canister shot with traces of human blood on it. Last spring, on an otherwise routine dig, the Battlefield … Continue reading

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Rube Burrow

Reuben Houston Burrow (December 11, 1855 – October 9, 1890), better known as Rube Burrow, was a nationally infamous train-robber and outlaw in the Southern and Southwestern United States. During the final years of the American frontier, he became one … Continue reading

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A visual chronicle of the shotgun shack

In cities, housing needs are the biggest driver of architectural innovation (see California for its bungalows, the Northeast for its row houses). Local climate and available materials are often as important in determining regional residential solutions as space and population, … Continue reading

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Combat Engineers in Vietnam

Part One Part Two Battleground – Vietnam, The Combat Engineer

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Old Mountain Practice of “Tooth Jump’n”

The colonial men and women who first settled the Appalachian Mountains did so purposefully, knowing full well of the many risks they were taking: They were inhabiting a wilderness land void of cities, modern resources and one that saw medical … Continue reading

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How to fight Tigers

-Rurik

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