Category Archives: History

An Khe Airfield

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Luke Short

Luke L. Short (January 22, 1854 – September 8, 1893) was an American Old West gunfighter, cowboy, U.S. Army scout, dispatch rider, gambler, boxing promoter and saloon owner. He survived numerous gunfights, the most famous of which were against Charlie … Continue reading

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Justice to Pancho Hamer Parts I & II


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189th AHC Ghostriders First Tour 1970

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Gambling in the Old West

Whether on a riverboat atop the Mighty Mississippi, or in the smoky dimness of a mining camp saloon, a lucky draw could turn a broken man into a winner. In the days of the frontier west, poker was king with … Continue reading

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George Kelly Barnes

George Kelly Barnes, better known as “Machine Gun” Kelly was a notorious Prohibition-era criminal, whose crimes included bootlegging, armed robbery, and, most prominently, kidnapping. He spent some time in Alcatraz Prison in California before dying of a heart attack at … Continue reading

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Australian nurse was ordered to keep war crimes secret

It is a secret that Australian army nurses from World War Two took to their graves. One was told by the Australian government to make no mention of violation by the Japanese in her statement before the war crimes tribunal. … Continue reading

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Seeing Hitler Escape Germany

–Doc I never have believed that Hitler died in that bunker. Think about it – had the Russians discovered his body, they would’ve paraded it through the streets of Berlin or at least photographed it extensively for propaganda purposes. I … Continue reading

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Remembering When Americans Picnicked in Cemeteries

WITHIN THE IRON-WROUGHT WALLS OF American cemeteries—beneath the shade of oak trees and tombs’ stoic penumbras—you could say many people “rest in peace.” However, not so long ago, people of the still-breathing sort gathered in graveyards to rest, and dine, … Continue reading

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Newspapers as wallpaper

Early American cabins in the hills of Appalachia and beyond were simple, often built of materials within a mile or two of the homestead and containing little more than a couple of rooms. Finding rest in these mountain homes was … Continue reading

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The shoes of/from Big Nose George

THE CARBON COUNTY MUSEUM IN RAWLINS, WYOMING, is home to a number of terrific exhibits that recall the area’s roots in the American West. They include a look back at the Union Pacific Railroad’s impact on the region, as well … Continue reading

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The Grave of Johnny Ringo

On July 14, 1882, a local laborer from Turkey Creek, Arizona, came across the body of a dead man sitting against a tree. A bullet wound pierced the man’s temple and a revolver with one bullet missing was found dangling … Continue reading

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Pussy Galore, the infamous F-105

One of the most famous, or infamous, depending on your point of view, F-105D was known as Pussy Galore. This aircraft was flown by Captain Victor “Vic” Vizcarra. According to an interesting post appeared on Reddit, the original Pussy Galore … Continue reading

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Sergeant Stubby

The bravest dog of World War I started his military career as a stray who wandered onto Yale Field, and became the mascot of the 102 Infantry 26th Yankee Division. Yet unlike most mascots, Stubby, a pit bull mix named … Continue reading

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Mannen Clements

Emmanuel “Mannen” Clements, Sr. (18??-1887) – A rancher, outlaw, and gunfighter, Mannen Clements headed up the violent and ruthless Clements family in McCulloch County, Texas. Mannen and his brothers, John Gibson “Gip,” James and Joseph were brought up on a … Continue reading

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The aftermath of the Bonnie and Clyde shooting

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Milan Kundera Warned Us About Historical Amnesia. Now It’s Happening Again.

Milan Kundera is 90-years old on April 1, 2019 and his central subject—The Power of Forgetting, or historical amnesia—could not be more relevant. Kundera’s great theme emerged from his experience of the annexation of his former homeland Czechoslovakia by the … Continue reading

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Damn, talk about playing dirty…

A female spy with a wooden leg dubbed ‘the most dangerous of all’ by the Gestapo, helped win World War II by getting prostitutes to infect Nazis with syphilis and gonorrhea. Virginia Hall, worked for Winston Churchill’s Special Operations Executive, … Continue reading

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A 1000 year old copper arrowhead

A rare copper arrowhead was discovered in the melting Yukon ice. Archeologists claim that it was pure luck that led them to find one of the earliest examples of copper metallurgy ever discovered in the Yukon. The point and attached … Continue reading

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