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  • Today in US military history: Indian Joe's Medal of Honor and an amazing Coast Guard rescue at sea

    10/16/2018 9:23:27 AM PDT · by fugazi · 7 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 16, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Lt. Col. Kim S. Orlando, who gave his life for our country on this day in 2003. The 43-year-old Tennessee native was attempting to negotiate with armed men congregating after curfew near a Karbala, Iraq mosque when the men opened fire, killing Orlando, Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Bellavia, Cpl. Sean R. Grilley, and wounding seven other soldiers. Orlando commanded the 101st Airborne Division's 716th Military Police Battalion and was a veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War. 1821: The schooner USS Enterprise (the third of 12 so-named Continental and U.S. Naval vessels) intercepts a...
  • Today in US military history: Wild Bill's Medal of Honor

    10/15/2018 7:29:38 AM PDT · by fugazi · 8 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 15, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Hines, who gave his life for our country on this day in 2006. The 26-year-old native of Olney, Ill. perished during combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq. Hines was serving with the 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve. 1917: When a German submarine launches a torpedo at USS Cassin (DD-43) during an escort patrol, Gunner’s Mate First Class Osmond Kelly Ingram realizes the torpedo will impact the destroyer’s store of depth charges. Instead of remaining in a position of safety, he charges across the deck to the...
  • NBC Issues Correction Two Days After Falsely Claiming Trump Called Gen. Robert E. Lee ‘Incredible’

    10/14/2018 3:41:20 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 83 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 14 Oct 2018 | Caleb Howe
    NBC Issues Correction Two Days After Falsely Claiming Trump Called Gen. Robert E. Lee ‘Incredible’ On Friday, NBC News reported, and tweeted, that President Donald Trump praised Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee as “incredible”. But on Sunday, NBC had to correct that tweet since, as it turns out, Trump was actually praising Union General (and future U.S. President) Ulysses S. Grant in the clip. “An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as ‘incredible’ at a rally in Ohio,” they tweeted. “It was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, not Gen. Robert E. Lee.” That’s a pretty big difference. That was...
  • Today in US military history: Chuck Yeager becomes an "ace in a day"

    10/12/2018 6:28:11 AM PDT · by fugazi · 14 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 12, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Capt. Dennis L. Pintor, who gave his life for our country on this day in 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq. The 30-year-old native of Lima, Ohio was killed when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. Pintor was assigned to the 20th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. Also killed in the attack were Spc. Jaime Moreno and Spc. Michael S. Weger.1862: Confederate cavalry commander Gen. James Ewell Brown "J.E.B." Stuart completes his "second ride" around Union Gen. George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac. 1870: Five years after surrendering his Army of Northern...
  • Today in US military history: Goodnight, Chesty Puller - wherever you are!

    10/11/2018 8:08:17 AM PDT · by fugazi · 18 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 11, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Sgt. Frank R. Zaehringer III, who gave his life for our country on this day in 2010. The 23-year-old native of Reno, Nev. was killed while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province. Zaerhringer had previously served in Iraq and was assigned to 2d Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. 1910: Wright Brothers pilot Archibald Hoxsey crosses paths with President Theodore Roosevelt while at St. Louis during a cross-country flying exhibition and invites him for a ride. Roosevelt initially refuses, but his adventuresome spirit gets the best of him...
  • Oct. 10 in US military history: Bong's MoH, troops deploy to Iraq (1994) & Achille Mauro

    10/10/2018 7:14:38 AM PDT · by fugazi · 2 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 10, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Staff Sgt. Nathan L. Wyrick, who gave his life for our country on this day in 2011 in Ahmad Khan, Afghanistan. The 34-year-old native of Enumclaw, Wa. was assigned to 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. He had previously deployed to Iraq twice and was on his first Afghan deployment. 1845: Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft founds the Naval School in Annapolis, Md. - later renamed the U.S. Naval Academy. The nation's second-oldest service academy (the U.S. Military Academy was established by Thomas Jefferson in 1802) is...
  • Today in military history: Che Guevara executed

    10/09/2018 7:52:48 AM PDT · by fugazi · 39 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 9, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Aaron J. Taylor, who gave his life for our country on this date in 2009. The 27-year-old explosive ordinance technician from Bovey, Minn. was clearing a bridge near Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, when he was killed by an improvised explosive device. He had previously served in Iraq and was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 372, Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force.1861: 1,000 Confederate soldiers land on Florida's Santa Rosa Island and assault Union-held Fort Pickens. The attackers withdraw after the federal guns inflict...
  • Today in US military history: Cuban MiG slips through air defenses, lands next to Air Force 1

    10/05/2018 9:40:15 AM PDT · by fugazi · 11 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 5, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Cpl. Rachel L. Hugo, who gave her life for our country on this date in 2007. The 24-year-old native of Madison, Wis. was killed when insurgents attacked her convoy with an improvised explosive device and small-arms fire. She was serving in the 303rd Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, U.S. Army Reserve. 1813: British troops and Native American warriors led by Maj. Gen. Henry Proctor and Shawnee chief Tecumseh are defeated by American Maj. Gen. Henry Harrison's men in the Battle of the Thames (Ontario, Canada). The outnumbered British...
  • Today in US military history: One man defeats a German counterattack

    10/04/2018 8:02:08 AM PDT · by fugazi · 12 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 4, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of the four 3rd Special Forces Group soldiers who were killed during a reconnaissance patrol in Niger one year ago today: Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 34 of Puyallup, Wa.; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39 of Springboro, Ohio; Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25 of Miami Gardens, Fla.; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29 of Lyons, Ga. 1777: A week after losing Philadelphia to the British, Gen. George Washington decides to surprise Gen. Sir William Howe’s force encamped at Germantown (Pa.). 11,000 Continental troops and militia have marched 16 miles through the night,...
  • Today in US military history: BLACK HAWK DOWN

    10/03/2018 4:49:18 AM PDT · by fugazi · 15 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 3, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of the 19 soldiers who gave their lives on this day in 1993 during Operation GOTHIC SERPENT: Sgt. Cornell L. Houston Sr. and Pfc. James H. Martin Jr. of the 10th Mountain Division; SSgt. William D. Cleveland Jr., SSgt. Thomas J. Field, and CW4 Raymond A. Frank of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment's SUPER 64; CW3 Clinton P. Wolcott and CW3 Donovan L. Briley of SUPER 61; Cpl. James E. Smith, Spc. James M. Cavaco, Sgt. James C. Joyce, Cpl. Richard W. Kowalewski Jr., Sgt. Dominick M. Pilla, and Sgt. Lorenzo M. Ruiz of...
  • Oct 2 in military history: First-ever jet flight and four Medal of Honor actions

    10/02/2018 7:02:11 AM PDT · by fugazi · 9 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Oct. 2, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Senior Airman Nathan C. Sartain, who gave his life for our country on this date in 2015. The 29-year-old native of Pensacola, Fla. was one of six Air Force personnel that died in a C-130 crash on Afghanistan’s Jalalabad Airfield. Five civilian contractors on board also perished as did a three-man Afghan security team on the ground. Sartain was serving in the 66th Security Forces Squadron.1942: (Featured image) Col. Laurence C. Craigie becomes the U.S. military’s first official jet pilot when he takes off from Muroc Dry Lake (present-day Edwards Air Force Base) in...
  • Sept. 27 in US military history

    09/27/2018 7:49:11 AM PDT · by fugazi · 1 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 27, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Joselito O. Villanueva, who gave his life for our country on this date in 2004. The 36-year-old native of Los Angeles was killed by enemy sniper fire while manning an observation post in Balad, Iraq. Villanueva spent 11 years in the Army and had been wounded in April when an improvised explosive device hit his vehicle. He was serving with the 9th Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division. 1860: During an insurrection on Panama, a landing party of Marines from the sloop-of-war USS St. Mary's land and take control of a railway...
  • Sept. 25 in US military history

    09/25/2018 10:09:08 AM PDT · by fugazi · 3 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 25, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Andres Zermeno, who gave his life for our country on this date in 2011. The 26-year-old native of San Antonio died of wounds received from a rocket-propelled grenade attack on his unit in Afghanistan's Wardak province. He was serving with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. 1775: A small force of American and Canadian militia led by Ethan Allen attempts to capture the British-held city of Montreal. British Gen. Guy Carleton quickly gathers a force of British regulars and Canadian militia, scattering Allen's...
  • HISTORY MATTERS: COURAGE 53 Shot Down in Somalia 25 Years Ago

    09/25/2018 9:52:43 AM PDT · by fugazi · 2 replies
    OpsLens.com ^ | Sept. 25, 2018 | Chris Carter
    In the early morning hours of Sept. 25, 1993 – eight days before the famous Battle of Mogadishu that will claim the lives of 19 Americans – an enemy rocket-propelled grenade slams into an COURAGE 53, an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter conducting a night reconnaissance "Eyes Over Mogadishu" mission. The grenade blast ignites the aircraft’s fuel, killing three soldiers on board. Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Dale Shrader and copilot CWO Perry Alliman fight to keep the helicopter in the air long enough to reach friendly lines at the port, but the helicopter crashes into a building and slams into...
  • Lewis and Clark virtual bike ride across America: Boonslick Country to Mo.'s Grand Divide

    09/24/2018 8:49:33 AM PDT · by fugazi · 9 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 23, 2018 | Chris Carter
    [This is part five in a series of articles documenting my virtual bike ride across America, following the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition. For previous posts, click here.]In this post, I pick up the trail west of Jefferson City, Mo. and continue along the Missouri River until reaching the Chariton River. Along the way is the town of Boonville, Mo., which was the site of a tiny battle that had a huge impact on the Civil War. On May 10, 1861, just days after the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter (S.C.), several...
  • Today in US military history: The Big E, Operation ARKANSAS, and Arnold defects

    09/24/2018 8:11:40 AM PDT · by fugazi · 11 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 24, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Army Specialist Joseph V. White, who gave his life for our country on this date in 2009. The 21-year-old native of Bellevue, Wa. was one of three soldiers killed when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device. White was serving in the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division. 1780: Maj. Gen. Benedict Arnold learns that British spy Maj. John André has been captured, along with the evidence that would expose Arnold's secret plot to turn West Point over to the British. He flees to the...
  • Today in US military history: Old Ironsides, Yankee Division, and Commiskey's charge

    09/20/2018 7:30:59 AM PDT · by fugazi · 14 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 20, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Marine Sgt. Foster L. Harrington, who gave his life for our country on this day in 2003. Harrington, a 31-year-old native of Ft. Worth, Tex., was killed by enemy action in Iraq’s Anbar province. He was serving with the 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, 4th Marine Division, Marine Corps Reserve. 1777: British Maj. Gen. Charles Grey launches a daring nighttime attack on Brig. Gen. Anthony Wayne’s Continental Army forces encamped near the Paoli Tavern near modern-day Malvern, Pa.. Grey orders his troops to only use bayonets, and has his men remove the flints from their...
  • Sept. 19 in military history

    09/19/2018 8:09:27 AM PDT · by fugazi · 10 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 19, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Specialist Michael S. Cote Jr., who gave his life for our country on this date in 2009. Cote, a 20-year-old UH-60 Blackhawk crew chief from Denham Springs, La. was killed when his helicopter crashed in Balad, Iraq. He was serving in the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Task Force 49.1777: The Battle of Freeman's Farm — the first engagement in the Battle of Saratoga — opens between Continental forces under the command of Gen. Horatio Gates and British forces under Gen. John "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne. The Brits carry the day, but suffer heavy losses....
  • Sept. 18 in US military history

    09/18/2018 7:04:57 AM PDT · by fugazi · 2 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 18, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Pvt. 1st Class James W. Price, who gave his life for our country on this date in 2004. The 22-year-old native of Cleveland, Tenn. was killed when a vehicle he was riding was hit by an improvised explosive device in Baghdad. Price was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. 1862: A day after the bloody Battle of Antietam, Gen. George B. McClellan blows yet another opportunity to capture Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, perhaps ending the Civil War. While Lee abandons his invasion of...
  • Today in military history: Star Trek, the Red Baron, and bloody Antietam

    09/17/2018 8:17:30 AM PDT · by fugazi · 16 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 17, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Staff Sgt. Michael W. Hosey, who gave his life for our country on this day in 2011. While serving in his fourth deployment, Hosey, 27, of Birmingham, Ala. was killed when his unit was attacked by insurgent small-arms fire in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province. He was assigned to Headquarters Support Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) and serving on his fourth deployment. 1862: The Battle of Antietam (Maryland) – the bloodiest single-day battle in American history – opens between Confederate Army forces under Gen. Robert E. Lee and Union Army forces under Maj....