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  • May 11 in military history: JEB Stuart mortally wounded, and the Pacific War's Audie Murphy

    05/11/2018 6:38:27 AM PDT · by fugazi · 21 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 11, 2018 | Chris Carter
    [...] 1863: During the Battle of Yellow Tavern, Confederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart is shot by a dismounted Union cavalry trooper north of Richmond, Va. "The greatest cavalry officer ever foaled in America" is mortally wounded and will die the next day. [...] 1927: A young air mail pilot named Capt. Charles A. Lindbergh touches down at St. Louis' Lambert Field after a 14-hour flight from San Diego to pick up the custom-built Ryan NYP that will hopefully carry the U.S. Air Service Reserve Corps aviator across the Atlantic Ocean. The race to perform the first nonstop Transatlantic flight has...
  • May 10 in military history: Hamburger Hill, Stonewall Jackson, and the aces in Vietnam

    05/10/2018 7:24:57 AM PDT · by fugazi · 32 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 10, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1775: The famous Vermont guerrilla force the "Green Mountain Boys", commanded by Col. Ethan Allen, and state militiamen led by Col. Benedict Arnold catch the British troops at Fort Ticonderoga (present-day Ticonderoga, N.Y.) by surprise. The Americans charge into the fort, chasing off the lone sentry and begin disarming the sleeping defenders. When the British commander demands to know under what authority are the men entering, Allen replies, "The Great Jehovah and the Continental Congress!" The strategic fort is captured without a shot fired. The cannon and armaments are sent to Boston where they will be used to break the...
  • Today in military history: Allies capture German Enigma machine, Wizard of the Saddle surrenders

    05/09/2018 6:49:58 AM PDT · by fugazi · 9 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 9, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1865: After learning that General Robert E. Lee had surrendered the previous month, Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest surrenders his men at Gainesville, Ala.. Forrest orders his men to “submit to the powers to be, and to aid in restoring peace and establishing law and order throughout the land.” The infamous cavalry officer, whom Union general William Tecumseh Sherman would refer to as “that devil Forrest,” is considered one of the most brilliant tacticians of the Civil War; a remarkable feat considering he enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private with no prior military experience. 1926: Naval aviators...
  • Today in Military History: V-E Day, and five Medal of Honor actions

    05/08/2018 7:52:10 AM PDT · by fugazi · 1 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 8, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1864: Union Army forces under the command of Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate forces under Gen. Robert E. Lee clash in the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. The outcome at Spotsylvania Courthouse will be inconclusive and the casualties terribly heavy. In less than two weeks, Grant will again break contact and continue his advance toward Richmond. [...] 1945: V-E Day: The unconditional surrender of German forces signed by Gen. Alfred Jodl at the “little red schoolhouse” (supreme allied headquarters in Reims, France) the previous day becomes official. Although clashes between the Wehrmacht and the Red Army will continue for...
  • Today in Military History: Sinking of the Lusitania, Navy fires a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile

    05/07/2018 8:24:06 AM PDT · by fugazi · 13 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 7, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1873: Marines from the USS Pensacola and USS Tuscarora land at the Bay of Columbia to protect American citizens and interests as local groups fight for control of the Panamanian government. 1915: Just off the coast of southern Ireland, the submarine U-20 spots the massive ocean liner RMS Lusitania, steaming from New York and hoping to sneak through Germany's blockade of the British Isles . The U-boat fires a single torpedo at the ship and Lusitania sinks in just 18 minutes, taking 1,198 people - including 128 Americans - with her to the bottom. While the British government maintained for...
  • Why No American Should Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

    05/05/2018 9:41:47 AM PDT · by pboyington · 72 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | May 5, 2018 | Ray Starmann
    Yes, it’s time again for Cinco de Mayo, the leftist, diversity driven holiday, commemorating the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Say again? Yes, that’s the Mexican Army in 1862, 36 years after their fathers slaughtered the Texans at the Alamo. And, the French, of Maginot Line and Fall of France fame. As an American, in 2018, I’m supposed to be excited about all this and spend the day eating Mexican food, drinking Margaritas and watching that foreign, boring and God-awful game, soccer, to celebrate what again – the Mexican...
  • What Ken Burns Omits From The Vietnam War

    05/05/2018 8:52:15 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 62 replies
    providencemag ^ | May 2, 2018 | Mark Moyar
    Jim Webb, the decorated Vietnam combat veteran, writer, and former US senator, wrote “Heroes of the Vietnam Generation,”which pairs well with an earlier essay, “Peace? Defeat? What Did the Vietnam War Protesters Want?,” published by the American Enterprise Institute, in 1997. Both are very useful, especially for those who didn’t live through the Vietnam era, for understanding some of that generation’s dynamics. Webb discusses how it was really the first time in US history when a lot of people argued not going into the military was actually a good thing, and this sentiment has guided how a lot of people...
  • May 4 in military history: Kent State riots and Germany surrenders troops to Montgomery

    05/04/2018 7:54:18 AM PDT · by fugazi · 1 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 4, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1864: Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all Union forces, moves the Army of the Potomac out of their winter encampments and 100,000 Union soldiers cross the Rapidan River in Virginia, kicking off the campaign that will set the stage for the defeat of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Union losses in the Overland Campaign – the bloodiest in American history – are heavy, but Grant’s troops are replaceable. Lee’s are not. 1916: To avoid a diplomatic break with the United States, Germany announces it will abandon its policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. Rather than continuing...
  • May 3 in military history: Sky Soldiers deploy to Vietnam and top US commander shot down during WW2

    05/03/2018 8:46:38 AM PDT · by fugazi · 12 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 3, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1898: Following the Battle of Manila Bay, Marines from the cruisers USS Baltimore (C-3) and USS Raleigh (C-8) raise the Stars and Stripes for the first time in the Philippines over Cavite, the historical capital. 1923: 26 hours and 50 minutes after taking off in New York, Army Air Corps first lieutenants Oakley Kelly and John Macready touch down at Rockwell Field, San Diego, becoming the first aviators to fly non-stop across the United States. The specially modified Fokker T-2 passenger plane averaged a blistering 92 mph. 1942: Off the Florida coast, two German U-boats each sink a cargo ship,...
  • Today in baseball history: Gehrig ends his ironman streak, career

    05/02/2018 1:30:13 PM PDT · by fugazi · 23 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 2, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1939: New York Yankee ironman Lou Gehrig tells manager Joe McCarthy that he is taking himself out of the starting lineup. Gehrig will never play again. His record of 2,130 straight games played will stand until Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken tops the streak in 1995. 1949: Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe gets his first career start, shutting out the Cincinnati Reds 3-0. He goes on to lead the Dodgers’ pitching rotation with 17 wins on their way to a National League pennant. Newcombe will lose two seasons to the Army during the Korean War. 1954: The St. Louis Cardinals’ Stan...
  • Today in military history: Stonewall Jackson shot, Marines land at Alcatraz, and the Bin Laden raid

    05/02/2018 9:26:43 AM PDT · by fugazi · 9 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 2, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1863: During day two of the Battle of Chancellorsville, Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson is shot by a Confederate sentry while performing a leaders-reconnaissance mission. Following the amputation of Jackson’s shattered arm, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee will lament, “He has lost his left arm, but I have lost my right arm.” The revered Jackson will die in eight days of pneumonia. 1945: Soldiers with the 82d Airborne and the 8th Infantry Division liberate the Wöbbelin concentration camp in northern Germany. The Nazis allowed many of the 5,000 inmates to starve, and U.S. soldiers found 1,000 dead upon arrival. The...
  • In the evening twilight on this date

    05/02/2018 5:21:28 AM PDT · by Bull Snipe · 25 replies
    Confederate General Thomas J. Jackson, (aka Stonewall) is wounded twice in the shoulder and once in the hand when fired on by pickets of the 18th NC Infantry. General Jackson would die eight days later from pneumonia.
  • Today in Military History: Mission Accomplished speech, and Francis Gary Powers shot down

    05/01/2018 9:10:04 AM PDT · by fugazi · 6 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 1, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1898: U.S. Navy Commodore George Dewey’s Asiatic Squadron steams single file into Manila Bay and destroys the out-armored and out-gunned Spanish fleet in the Philippines. Despite the support of shore batteries, the Spanish lose all seven of their vessels and only six American sailors are wounded. The Spanish-American War will effectively end in August, and Spain will cede control of the islands to the United States. 1943: When his B-17 bomber is hit by German flak and Sgt. Maynard H. “Snuffy” Smith loses power in his ball turret gun, he climbs out to assist the other airmen. With a fire...
  • May 1 in baseball history: Mantle's first home run and Ryan's last no-hitter

    05/01/2018 8:42:39 AM PDT · by fugazi · 15 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 1, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Noteworthy events in baseball history by players that served in the military On this day in 1912, University of Michigan freshman picher George Sisler strikes out an incredible 20 batters in seven innings. Sisler will go on to serve in a chemical weapons unit commanded by Branch Rickey during World War I before an outstanding 15-year Hall of Fame career. 1951: Minnie Minoso – the first black White Sox player – hits a home run off the New York Yankee’s Vic Raschi in his first major league at bat. Raschi, who served as a physical trainer for the Army Air...
  • April 27 in military history: "to the shores of Tripoli", and VN bridge destroyed after 872 missions

    04/27/2018 1:37:33 PM PDT · by fugazi
    Unto the Breach ^ | April 27, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1805: Following an extremely difficult march across a 500-to-700-mile stretch of North African desert, a force of eight U.S. Marines, two Navy midshipmen, and band of Arab and Greek mercenaries commanded by U.S. Army officer William Eaton have reached the fortress at Derna (modern-day Libya) during the First Barbary War. Supported by three warships (USS Nautilus, USS Hornet, and USS Argus), Eaton personally leads the two-and-a-half-hour assault on the fortress. One Marine is killed in action and another mortally wounded in the first U.S. land battle on foreign soil. The Battle of Derna also marks the first time the U.S....
  • April 25 in military history: Gallipoli landing, and the first shots of Mexican-American War

    04/25/2018 7:48:00 AM PDT · by fugazi · 8 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | April 25, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1846: When Maj. Gen. (and future president) Zachary Taylor receives reports that Mexican forces - seeking to reclaim Texas - have crossed the Rio Grande, he dispatches two companies of dragoons (mounted infantry) to investigate. The American soldiers are ambushed by some 1,600 Mexican soldiers and those not killed are taken prisoner. The Mexican-American War has begun. 1914: Navy lieutenant (future vice admiral) Patrick N.L. Bellinger flies the first Naval combat mission when his AB-3 flying boat conducts reconnaissance of Veracruz and searches the Mexican harbor for mines. Bellinger also becomes the first American aviator to be fired upon by...
  • April 23 in military history: first homing missile and America's first ace

    04/23/2018 7:57:39 AM PDT · by fugazi · 6 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | April 23, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1778: Capt. John Paul Jones, commanding the Continental sloop-of-war Ranger, leads a daring ship-to-shore raid on the British fortress at Whitehaven, England. Jones’ sailors and Marines spike the enemy’s guns, burn a few buildings, and set fire to a ship before withdrawing. The raid is the first on British soil by an American force. Lt. Paul Baer, who scored the first victory for the U.S. Air Service and also becomes the outfit’s first ace. 1918: Near Saint-Gobain, France 1st Lt. Paul Baer of the 103rd Aero Squadron shoots down his fifth enemy aircraft, becoming the U.S. Army Air Service’s first...
  • Moe Berg: catcher, lawyer, spy

    04/22/2018 8:39:04 AM PDT · by fugazi · 6 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | April 22, 2018 | Chris Carter
    On this day in 1934, Washington Senator's backup catcher Morris "Moe" Berg's streak of 117 games in a row without committing an error comes to an end, setting an American League record. Berg wasn't your typical athlete: before signing with the Brooklyn Robins (they wouldn't become the Dodgers until 1932), he graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. magna cum laude in modern languages. Ted Lyons, Berg's teammate with the White Sox, would say that "he can speak seven languages but can't hit in any of them." Berg didn't have a great bat, but when every one of manager Ray...
  • On this day: Ted Williams’ debut, and the first baseball player KIA in World War II

    04/20/2018 9:11:38 AM PDT · by fugazi · 16 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | April 20, 2018 | Chris Carter
    On this day in 1939 in Yankee Stadium, a young rookie named Ted Williams makes his big league debut. He faces New York ace Red Ruffing, striking out twice but slapping a double as Ruffing shuts out the visiting Boston Red Sox 2-0. Williams will spend three baseball seasons serving his country during World War II, earning his Naval aviators wings and then as an instructor pilot at Pensacola Naval Air Station (Fla.) for the Grumman F4U Corsair fighter plane. While he awaited assignment for combat duty, the war in the Pacific ended before Williams had to fight. When war...
  • April 20 in Military History: the Red Baron's last kill, and the Russians have landed in California

    04/20/2018 8:10:04 AM PDT · by fugazi · 14 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | April 20, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1861: Col. Robert E. Lee, considered for a top command by Gen. Winfield Scott (whom Lee served as a chief aide during the Mexican-American War), and having just rejected an offer of command in the Confederate Army, reluctantly resigns his commission in the U.S. Army following the secession of his home state of Virginia. However, in three days Lee will take command of Virginia state forces – one of the first five generals appointed to the Confederate Army. Meanwhile, Norfolk Navy Yard is abandoned and burned by Union forces to prevent the facility from falling into enemy hands after Virginia’s...