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  • Dec. 11 in US military history: Wake defenders repel Japanese invasion and the Chosin breakout

    12/11/2018 5:55:09 AM PST · by fugazi · 12 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Dec. 11, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Spc. Marshall L. Edgerton, who was killed when suicide bombers attacked his camp in Ramadi, Iraq on this day in 2003. The 27-year-old native of Rocky Face, Ga. was assigned to Company A, 82d Signal Battalion, 82d Airborne Division.1941: The small American garrison on Wake - consisting of a few hundred Marines, sailors, and civilian contractors - repels a Japanese invasion force seeking to capture the island. The 5-inch coastal defense guns (taken from the former battleship USS Texas) hammer the incoming warships, sinking one destroyer and damaging several others, the island's four remaining...
  • How Japan’s victory at Pearl Harbor lost a war

    12/07/2018 12:53:47 PM PST · by fugazi · 141 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Dec. 7, 2018 | Chris Carter
    As Japanese pilots returned to their carriers on 7 December 1941 following their attack on Pearl Harbor, they left behind a destroyed American fleet. American sailors, soldiers, and Marines enjoying a weekend in paradise were startled out of their bunks by the sounds of enemy planes overhead dropping bombs on a nation that – when they went to sleep the night before – had been at peace. In the space of a few hours on Sunday morning, dozens of ships and hundreds of planes were destroyed, seemingly wiping out our ability to strike back. But what the Japanese war planners...
  • Today in military history: 12-year-old earns Purple Heart, Bronze Star in Guadalcanal

    11/15/2018 12:59:47 PM PST · by fugazi · 42 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Nov. 15, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1942: Off Guadalcanal, the U.S. and Japanese fleets engage in one of only two battleship-on-battleship engagements of the Pacific War. While Kirishima hammers USS South Dakota (BB-57) in the early morning hours, USS Washington (BB-56) slips away undetected and maneuvers to near point-blank range, raking the Japanese battleship with devastating salvos. Japanese naval guns and torpedoes send three U.S. destroyers (Walke, Preston, and Benham) to the bottom of Ironbottom Sound, while U.S. warplanes destroy four troop transport ships carrying soldiers and badly needed supplies. The Allies have inflicted such heavy losses on the Japanese that they abandon the mission to...
  • Today in US military history: a US cavalry charge in Afghanistan

    11/09/2018 7:56:40 AM PST · by fugazi · 10 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Nov. 9, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Capt. James D. Nehl, who was killed by enemy small-arms fire on this day in 2012 during a patrol in Afghanistan's Ghazni province. Nehl was a company commander in 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division and had served as an enlisted soldier in the 75th Ranger Regiment before earning his commission. 1822: During an anti-piracy cruise in the Caribbean, the brig USS Alligator - the third of four so-named U.S. warships - intercepts a flotilla of American ships captured by pirates near Cuba. Lt. William H. Allen, Alligator's...
  • Today in US military history: Tippecanoe and a Reaper Too

    11/07/2018 7:09:52 AM PST · by fugazi · 2 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Nov. 7, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Spc. Dale J. Kridlo, who was one of two U.S. soldiers killed by small-arms fire on an observation post in Afghanistan's Kunar province. Kridlo, 33, of Hughestown, Pa., was assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion, 20th Engineer Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps. 1811: At the confluence of the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers, William Henry Harrison's 1,000-man force of militia and regular infantry soldiers clash with American Indian warriors led by Tenskwatawa (known as "The Prophet"). Although outnumbered by the Americans, the Indians charge multiple times into Harrison's lines, inflicting serious casualties on the defenders. The...
  • Today in US Military History: Chuck Yeager shoots down Me-262 jet over Germany

    11/06/2018 7:05:05 AM PST · by fugazi · 41 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Nov. 6, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Sgt. 1st Class William R. Brown, who was killed by an improvised explosive device in Sperwan Gar, Afghanistan on this date in 2006. Brown, 30, of Fort Worth, Texas, was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group. 1941: While searching for blockade runners in the Caribbean, the cruiser USS Omaha and destroyer USS Somers spot a cargo ship flying U.S. colors but behaving oddly and whose sailors looked "uniquely un-American." When Omaha attempts to make contact, the ship's crew attempt to sabotage the vessel and a boarding crew is sent over. The captured...
  • Today in US military history: Jihad at Fort Hood and 2 Roosevelts lead attack in 'No Man's Land'

    11/05/2018 8:20:07 AM PST · by fugazi · 11 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Nov. 5, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Jose A. Rivera, who was killed in action on this day in 2003 in Mumuhdyah, Iraq. The 34-year-old native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. 1862: Realizing an army led by Gen. George McClellan would never defeat the Confederates, Pres. Abraham Lincoln removes the cautious Army of the Potomac commander, choosing Gen. Ambrose Burnside as his replacement. Two years and three days later, Lincoln would defeat McClellan - a Democrat - in the 1864 presidential election. 1915: Lt. Commander Henry...
  • Today in US military history: soldier who fought in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam earns Medal of Honor

    11/02/2018 7:14:37 AM PDT · by fugazi · 14 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Nov. 2, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Johnny C. Walls, who died of wounds sustained from small-arms fire in Uruzgan, Afghanistan on this date in 2007. Walls, 41, of Bremerton, Wash., was assigned to 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division and had previously deployed to Iraq in 2003. 1783: Gen. George Washington​ delivers his “Farewell Address to the Army” near Princeton, N.J., in which he refers to the Continental Army as “one patriotic band of brothers." 1861: Pres. Abraham Lincoln removes Union Gen. John C. Fremont as commander of the Western Department, following Fremont's unilateral decision to declare martial...
  • Today in US military history: 'IVY MIKE' literally wipes an island off the face of the earth

    11/01/2018 7:10:24 AM PDT · by fugazi · 13 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Nov. 1, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Navy Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor (22, of Gillette, N.J.), who was killed in action during a firefight in Zabul, Afghanistan on this day in 2012. Kantor was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V, and his citation can be found at the bottom of this page. 1904: The brand-new U.S. Army War College opens its doors to three majors and six captains, among them Capt. (future General of the Armies) John J. “Black Jack” Pershing. 1942: On Guadalcanal, a machine gun section led by Marine Cpl. Anthony Casamento...
  • Today in US military history: "The Mighty Thor," and LBJ ends ROLLING THUNDER

    10/31/2018 7:11:24 AM PDT · by fugazi · 8 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 31, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of 1st Lt. Todd J. Bryant, who was killed by an improvised explosive device during a patrol in Fallujah, Iraq on this day in 2003. The 23-year-old native of Riverside, Calif. was assigned to 1st Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division and is one of nine graduates of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2002 who gave their lives in Iraq or Afghanistan. 1941: Although the United States has not yet entered the war, U.S. Naval vessels are serving as convoy escorts. When a German U-boat wolfpack attacks an Allied convoy near Iceland, the...
  • Today in US military history: the biggest man-made explosion in human history

    10/30/2018 6:53:51 AM PDT · by fugazi · 18 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 30, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Cpl. Brett W. Land, who died of wounds from an improvised explosive devise in Afghanistan’s Zhari district. The 24-year-old native of Wasco, Calif. was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). 1918: Famous World War I flying ace Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker shoots down his 26th – and final – enemy aircraft over Rémonville, France. 1940: The Royal Air Force’s First Eagle Squadron, consisting of volunteer pilots from the United States, becomes operational. Thousands of Americans would apply, but only 244 were chosen for service during...
  • Today in US military history: Three Medals of Honor and John Glenn returns to space

    10/29/2018 7:29:53 AM PDT · by fugazi · 7 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 29, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Maj. Jeffrey R. Calero, who died of wounds sustained during a dismounted patrol in Kajaki, Afghanistan on this day in 2007. Calero, 34, was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Queens Village, N.Y.. He was a member of Company C's Operational Detachment Alpha 2132, 1st Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and was serving on his second Afghan deployment. 1814: The wooden floating battery Demologos, the United States' first steam-powered warship, is launched at New York City. 1942: Decimated by combat losses, malnutrition, and tropical diseases, the first soldiers of the Japanese garrison...
  • Thirty-Fifth Anniversary of the Marine Barracks Bombing

    10/28/2018 9:37:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 28, 2018 | Adm James A. Lyons
    With all the media focus on the caravan, the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi murder, and later the pipe bombs, there was scant coverage of the tragic Beirut US Marine Barracks bombing October 23, 1983. We had proof positive intelligence the orders for that bombing came direct from Tehran, but we never responded. It is well to review the events surrounding this tragedy and why we never responded. On that day, 241 of our finest military personnel were killed, with scores more seriously injured. Almost simultaneously, a similar attack was carried out at the French military headquarters, killing 58 French paratroopers....
  • Today in US Military History: Mitchell Paige earns Medal of Honor

    10/26/2018 6:36:47 AM PDT · by fugazi · 4 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 26, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Sgt. John A. Lyons, who died of wounds received from enemy small-arms fire in Afghanistan's Ghazni province on this day in 2011. Lyons, 26, of Seaside Park, N.J., was assigned to the 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade. 1909: U.S. Army Lt. (future brig. gen.) Frederick Erastus Humphreys​ becomes the first Army aviator to solo in a heavier-than-air craft – the Wright Flyer​ – following three hours of instruction by Wilbur Wright​. 1922: (Featured image) Off Cape Henry, Va., Lt. Commander Godfrey Chevalier becomes the first aviator to land on a moving ship when...
  • Khrushchev Puts a ‘Hedgehog Down Uncle Sam’s Pants’

    10/25/2018 2:47:31 PM PDT · by fugazi · 11 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 25, 2018 | Chris Carter
    56 years ago this week, the United States and Soviet Union were on the verge of all-out nuclear war. Suddenly, American families learned that they were in the crosshairs of Soviet nuclear-tipped missiles stationed 90 miles away from Florida, and virtually the entire continental U.S. was now moments away from annihilation. We know how the Cuban Missile Crisis ended, but how did it come about in the first place? During the early days of the Cold War, the Soviet Union had a big problem: mutually assured destruction only works when both sides can assure destruction. The United States could target...
  • Today in US military history: Operation URGENT FURY - the invasion of Grenada

    10/25/2018 7:34:46 AM PDT · by fugazi · 15 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 25, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Capt. Jeb F. Seagle, who was killed in action during Operation URGENT FURY on this day in 1983. The 30-year-old attack helicopter pilot from Lincolnton, N.C. was serving in Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261), 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions. 1812: The frigate USS United States under the command of Capt. (future commodore) Stephen Decatur – hero of Tripoli and said to be the U.S. Navy’s own Lord Nelson​ – captures the Royal Navy frigate HMS Macedonian under the command of Capt. John Carden in...
  • Today in US military history: US submarine sinks itself

    10/24/2018 6:55:48 AM PDT · by fugazi · 6 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 24, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Spc. Jose L. Mesa, who was killed by an enemy mortar attack in Samaria, Iraq on this day in 2003. Mesa, 26, of Bell Gardens, Calif., was assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. 1742: After disease and poor management leads to the deaths of all but 600 of the 3,500-man 61st Regiment of Foot, the American expeditionary force is disbanded and returns to the colonies. “Gooch’s Regiment”, named after regimental commander – also the Governor of Virginia – Lt. Col. William Gooch, had been part of the ill-fated...
  • Today in US military history: 1983 Beirut Barracks Bombing kills 241

    10/23/2018 8:05:00 AM PDT · by fugazi · 21 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 23, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Lance Cpl. Stephen E. Spencer, 23, or Portsmouth, R.I., who was one of 241 Marines, sailors, and soldiers killed in the Beirut Barracks Bombing (see below). A majority of the casualties from the terrorist attack were members of 1st Battalion, 8th Marines. 1864: In Westport, Mo. (present-day Kansas City), Maj. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis' 22,000-man Army of the Border defeats a heavily outnumbered Confederate force commanded by Maj. Gen. Sterling Price in the largest battle fought west of the Mississippi River. The Union brings an end to Price's Missouri Expedition with his defeat in...
  • Today in US military history: first US casualties in Vietnam (1957)

    10/22/2018 7:52:41 AM PDT · by fugazi · 25 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 22, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler who was killed in action on this day in 2015. Wheeler, 39, of Roland, Olka., was conducting a joint U.S.-Kurdish operation to liberate prisoners from an Islamic State detention facility at the time of his death and was the first servicemember killed in action in Iraq since 2011. During his 20-year career, he had well over a dozen combat deployments, for which he was awarded the Silver Star, 11 Bronze Stars - several with the combat "V" device. 1951: Operation BUSTER-JANGLE, a series of low-yield...
  • Today in US military history: the world's first legitimate cruise missile

    10/19/2018 6:35:10 AM PDT · by fugazi · 6 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 19, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Pvt. Edwardo J. Lopez, who was killed in action in Asad, Iraq on this day in 2006. The 21-year-old native of Aurora, Ill. was assigned to the 2d Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. 1781: British Gen. Charles Cornwallis formally surrenders 7,087 officers and men, 900 seamen, 144 cannons, 15 galleys, a frigate, and 30 transport ships to an American and French force at Yorktown, Va., effectively ending the American Revolution. 1944: Two Interstate TDR assault drones are launched against Japanese gun emplacements on Ballale Island - one drone...