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The Four-Star Women of the U.S. Military
History, Veterans News

The Four-Star Women of the U.S. Military

When the U.S. Navy’s Admiral Michelle Howard received her fourth star – making her the Navy’s second-highest ranking official and the highest-ranking African-American woman ever in any branch of the military – she noted that she had to special-order her four-star shoulder boards since they’d never been made for the Navy before. With her promotion,…

5 Weird Weapons of War
History

5 Weird Weapons of War

History has shown that war and its unique challenges can not only spark the creativity of the world’s inventors, but also open up a government’s willingness to give even the weirdest weapons a try. Below are five little-known weapons that were conceptualized, tested, and, in some cases, even deployed to try to sway the direction…

The Grand Army of the Republic: 4 Things You Didn’t Know
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The Grand Army of the Republic: 4 Things You Didn’t Know

Founded in 1866, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was created for Civil War veterans to come together to support, share, and befriend one another. Acting initially as a fraternal order, the GAR steadily grew, with membership peaking over 400,000 in the late 1800’s. The organization had a wide influence on policies, politics, and…

The History of Victory over Japan Day
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The History of Victory over Japan Day

Many may not be able to accurately pin-point the date we claimed victory over Japan, but many will recognize the famous picture immortalizing the day forever. The famous image “V-J Day in Times Square” has become one of the most recognized and iconic post-war images to-date. It is right up there with the raising of…

Top 4 U.S. Fighter Jets
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Top 4 U.S. Fighter Jets

There’s no question that, since its inception, the use of aircraft has been an important part of warfare, stretching as far back as pre- and early-World War I, when tethered observation balloons – and later, German Zeppelins – were used for reconnaissance and artillery spotting. As the war picked up steam, the young airplane was…

Sky Soldiers: Aug. 16 is National Airborne Day
History, Veteran Holidays

Sky Soldiers: Aug. 16 is National Airborne Day

  “Airborne.” “All the way.” It’s a unique greeting and response between Army paratroopers, the “soldiers of the sky.” They are considered three-time volunteers, first volunteering for military service, then volunteering to jump from a plane, and finally volunteering for combat on a recurring basis, often with little advanced notice. The first official Army jump…

August 15 is National Code Talkers Day
History, Veteran Holidays

August 15 is National Code Talkers Day

“We have an important job for you. It could save the lives of hundreds of soldiers. It will be dangerous. And you can’t tell anyone what you’re doing.” It sounds like something out of a Hollywood spy movie but in reality, it was the story of the World War II Navajo Code Talkers, whose service…

The Military’s Influence on Fashion
Entertainment, History

The Military’s Influence on Fashion

It’s hard to imagine two more opposite ends of the spectrum: fashion and the military. However, many pieces of today’s apparel are pulled directly from the battlefields. The military has had a powerful impact on the fashion industry since as early as the 15th and 16th centuries and it continues to inspire new trends even…

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