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  • Today in US military history: Boy Scouts go to war - and the moon, Cpl. Huff's Medal of Honor

    02/08/2019 7:38:32 AM PST · by fugazi · 3 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Feb. 8, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Cpl. Nathan B. Carse, who was killed by an improvised explosive device on this day in 2011 in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. The 32-year-old native of Harrod, Ohio was the son of a Green Beret and was assigned to 2d Engineer Battalion, 176th Engineer Brigade. [...] 1910: William D. Boyce incorporates the Boy Scouts of America. Countless boys will cut their teeth as young adventurers in Boyce's scouting program before joining the military. When sub commander Eugene Fluckey - one of nine Medal of Honor recipients to earn the Boy Scouts' top distinction of Eagle...
  • Today in U.S. military history: the first soldier in space

    02/07/2019 7:48:00 AM PST · by fugazi · 5 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Feb. 7, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Spc. Allen D. Kokesh Jr. who was died on this day in 2006 from wounds sustained by an improvised explosive device attack on his vehicle in Baghdad. The 21-year-old from Yankton, S.D. was assigned to the South Dakota Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 147th Field Artillery. 1943: The submarine USS Growler (SS-215) spots the supply ship Hayasaki and begins a nighttime battle. The Japanese ship turns to ram the sub and rakes Growler‘s bridge with machine gun fire, wounding the skipper, Commander Howard W. Gilmore. Unable to get off the bridge, Gilmore orders the...
  • Today in U.S. military history: a legendary Pararescue jumper earns the Air Force Cross

    02/06/2019 12:21:26 PM PST · by fugazi · 5 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Feb. 6, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Capt. Lucius L. Heiskell, who was lost in a helicopter crash on this day in 1967 in North Vietnam. The 27-year-old Naval Academy graduate (Class of 1962) from Memphis, Tenn. was a forward air control pilot with the Air Force’s 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron. Also listed as missing were Maj. Patrick H. Wood, Capt. Richard A. Kibbey, and Staff Sgt. Donald J. Hall of the 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron’s Detachment 5. Wood’s and Hall’s remains were identified in 2017 and Kibbey’s in 2018. The story of Heiskell’s attempted rescue follows. 1787:...
  • Today in U.S. military history: 'Broken Arrow' -- B-47 drops nuclear weapon after mid-air collision

    02/05/2019 9:18:18 AM PST · by fugazi · 11 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Feb. 5, 2019 | Chris Carter
    1914: Austrian doctors examine a young Adolf Hitler, determining him unfit for service in the Austro-Hungarian military. Hitler will volunteer for the German army when war breaks out in August, serving as a runner for a reserve infantry regiment. 1918: U.S. Army Lt. Stephen W. Thompson, a member of the American 1st Aero Squadron, is invited by French aviators to fly in a French "Breguet" biplane bomber as a gunner on one of their missions. Thompson shoots down a German Albatross fighter over Saarbrucken, Germany, making him the first American in uniform to shoot down an enemy airplane. Today, the...
  • Today in Military History: US sub loads 20 tons of gold, fights way out of Philippines

    02/04/2019 12:01:44 PM PST · by fugazi · 6 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Feb. 4, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Sgt. Daniel Torres, who was killed by an improvised explosive device on this day in 2005 in Bayji, Iraq. The 23-year-old native of Fort Worth, Texas was assigned to 2d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. 1779: Continental Navy Capt. John Paul Jones takes command of the former French frigate Duc de Duras, renaming her Bonhomme Richard (after Benjamin Franklin’s pen name). It will be aboard the Richard -- badly damaged and sinking during the famous battle in the North Sea with the Royal Navy frigate HMS Serapis on 23 September -- that...
  • Today in US military history: The United States strikes back against Japan

    02/01/2019 7:25:48 AM PST · by fugazi · 2 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Feb. 1, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Staff Sgt. Roger C. Turner Jr., who was killed during an enemy mortar attack on this day in 2004 at Camp Anaconda, Iraq. The 37-year-old from Parkersburg, W. Va. was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. 1800: The frigate USS Constellation (the first of four so-named American warships) under the command of Capt. Thomas Truxtun defeats the French frigate La Vengeance under Capt. F.M. Pitot in a night battle lasting several hours. The engagement, fought during America’s Quasi War with France, is – according to Truxtun...
  • Today in U.S. military history: Apollo 14, and human shields in Iraq

    01/31/2019 7:22:25 AM PST · by fugazi · 9 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Jan. 31, 2019 | Chris Carter
    1865: Robert E. Lee is promoted to General-in-Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States. Lee is the only man to hold the prestigious rank during the Confederacy's brief existence. 1917: Kaiser Wilhelm orders the Imperial German Navy's fleet of 105 U-boats to resume their campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare, effectively causing the United States to enter World War I. No vessel - civilian or naval - is safe, and war's end, German subs will have sent 5,000 ships to the bottom. 1945: U.S. Army Private Eddie Slovik is executed by firing squad near Sainte Marie-aux-Mines, France for abandoning his...
  • Today in U.S. military history: The Great Raid

    01/30/2019 7:50:23 AM PST · by fugazi · 2 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Jan. 30, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Sgt. Alejandro Carrillo, who was killed during combat operations on this day in 2007 in Iraq’s Anbar province. The 22-year-old from Los Angeles was on his second deployment to Iraq and was assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 7, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force. 1862: The U.S. Navy’s first ironclad ship, USS Monitor, is launched at Greenpoint, N.Y. Designed by Swedish engineer John Ericsson, the turreted gunship will make history in March when she trades shots with the Confederate ironclad Virginia (a vessel built from the previously scuttled...
  • Today in U.S. military history: The Battle of Khafji

    01/29/2019 7:23:20 AM PST · by fugazi · 2 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | 29 Jan., 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Pfc. Scott A. Schroeder, who was one of several Marines killed on this day in 1991 during the Battle of Khafji (see below.) The 19-year-old from Wauwatosa, Wisc. was assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Infantry Battalion. 1863: Following a series of clashes between white settlers and the Shoshone Indians, Col. Patrick E. Connor’s 3rd California Volunteer Infantry Regiment attacks a Shoshone encampment in Washington Territory (present day Utah-Idaho border). Hundreds of Shoshone and 21 Union soldiers are killed in the Battle (or massacre) of Bear River. 1943: As Task Force 18 brings American...
  • Today in U.S. military history: Space Shuttle Challenger lifts off for last time

    01/28/2019 8:13:38 AM PST · by fugazi · 12 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Jan. 28, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Seaman Apprentice William Flores, who was one of 23 Coast Guardsmen that perished on this day in 1980 when USCGC Blackthorn collides with another vessel. Flores, 18, of Carlsbad, N.M., was posthumously awarded the Coast Guard Medal -- the service's highest non-combat award for heroism -- for tossing life jackets to guardsmen that had jumped overboard, then remained aboard the sinking vessel to assist injured and disoriented crew, sacrificing his life to save his shipmates. 1945: The Eighth Air Force celebrates its third birthday by sending 1,006 B-24 and B-17 bombers and 249 P-51...
  • Today in US military history: 1995 - the closest we ever came to nuclear war

    01/25/2019 7:26:41 AM PST · by fugazi · 23 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Jan. 25, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Staff Sgt. Christopher Bunda, who died on this day in 2004 when his boat capsized during a patrol on the Tigris River in Iraq. Bunda, 29, of Bremer, Wash. was assigned to 2d Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Regiment and was one of four U.S. soldiers joining the Iraqi police during a river patrol. During the search for Bunda and the Iraqi policemen -- the other three Americans made it to shore safely -- an OH-58D Kiowa helicopter hit a power line and crashed into the river, killing 1st Lt. Adam G. Mooney and...
  • Today in U.S. military history: a secret Space Shuttle mission

    01/24/2019 8:29:03 AM PST · by fugazi · 15 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Jan. 24, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of the crew of FROSH 10, a B-52C that crashed into a mountain in Maine during a training mission on this day in 1963. The airmen were testing terrain-following radar and flying at near-treetop levels when they encountered severe turbulence from the mountains, completely shearing off their rear stabilizer. While the pilot and navigator survived, Maj. Robert J. Morrison, Lt. Col Joe R. Simpson, Jr., Maj. William W. Gabriel, Maj. Robert J. Hill, Jr., Capt. Herbert L. Hansen, Capt. Charles G. Leuchter and Tech. Sgt. Michael F. O’Keefe of the 99th Bombardment Wing, Heavy perished....
  • Today in U.S. military history: North Koreans capture USS Pueblo

    01/23/2019 7:20:33 AM PST · by fugazi · 9 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Jan. 23, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Fireman Duane Hodges, who on this day in 1968, was killed by enemy fire while serving aboard USS Pueblo in the Sea of Japan. The 21-year-old sailor from Creswell, Ore. was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. 1870: Following the murder of a Montana rancher and his son, Col. Eugene Baker forms a band of infantry and cavalry, leaving Fort Ellis (near modern-day Bozeman) in search of the Blackfoot indians responsible for the attack. Coming across a Blackfoot encampment, Baker orders his men to attack the camp, not caring if it was the correct group...
  • Today in U.S. military history: VI Corps lands at Anzio

    01/22/2019 8:04:55 AM PST · by fugazi · 5 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Jan. 22, 2019 | Chris Carter
    [...] 1944: Allied forces, including the U.S. VI Corps under the command of Maj. Gen. John P. Lucas (of Lt. Gen. Mark Clark’s Fifth Army), begin a series of landings along a stretch of western Italian coastline in the Anzio-Nettuno area. The Allies achieve complete surprise against – and encounter little initial resistance from – the Germans, but the landings, codenamed Operation SHINGLE, kick off what will become one of the most grueling campaigns of World War II. To distract from the Anzio landings, Gen. Clark's forces attack key positions along the Rapido River. Company F of the 143rd Infantry...
  • Today in U.S. military history: the siege of Khe Sanh

    01/21/2019 7:36:42 AM PST · by fugazi · 4 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Jan. 21, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Cpl. Christopher G. Singer, who was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province on this day in 2012. The 23-year-old from Temecula, Calif. was assigned to the 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. [...] 1954: (Featured image) First Lady Mamie Eisenhower christens USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world's first-ever nuclear submarine, at General Dynamics' Electric Boat Division in Groton, Conn. Nautilus then launches into the Thames River, and in just under a year will cast her lines and ship out under nuclear power. Her Submarine Thermal Reactor obliterated anti-submarine...
  • Today in U.S. military history: Day Two of Operation DESERT STORM

    01/18/2019 7:31:21 AM PST · by fugazi · 7 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Jan. 18, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Lt. William T. Costen and Lt. Charles Turner, whose A-6 Intruder was shot down on this date in 1991 during Operation DESERT STORM. Costen (27, from St. Louis, Mo.) and Turner (29, of Richfield, Minn.) had just finished their mission of mining the naval base at Um Qasr and were returning to their aircraft carrier when their plane was hit. They were assigned to Attack Squadron 155 (VA-155), on board USS USS Ranger. 1911: During the San Francisco Air Meet, exhibition pilot Eugene B. Ely lands his Curtiss Pusher Model “D” aircraft on the...
  • Today in US military history: The first air strikes of Desert Storm, and US nukes fall on Spain

    01/17/2019 6:20:35 AM PST · by fugazi · 6 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Jan. 17, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher, a Naval F/A-18 aviator who was shot down by an Iraqi MiG on this day in 1991, becoming the first American casualty of Operation DESERT STORM. For years the fate of the 33-year-old from Kansas City, Mo. was unknown until Marines managed to track down his remains in 2009, which had been buried by Bedouins after being shot down 100 miles west of Baghdad. Speicher served with Strike Fighter Squadron 81 (VFA-18), the “Sunliners,” flying out of USS Saratoga (CV-60). 1781: Continental Army forces — including infantry, cavalry, dragoons...
  • Today in U.S. military history: Decatur battles Royal Navy weeks after War of 1812 ends

    01/15/2019 7:47:55 AM PST · by fugazi · 10 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Jan. 15, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Sgt. Jayton D. Patterson, who was killed by enemy action on this day in 2005 in Iraq's Babil province. The 26-year-old from Sedley, Va. was assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. 1815: Like Andrew Jackson's victory at New Orleans earlier in the month, the Americans and British clash again before word that the War of 1812 is over can cross the ocean. The frigate USS President, under the command of Commodore Stephen Decatur, breaks out of the British blockade at New York Harbor, but is soon...
  • Today in U.S. military history: The Doolittle Raid is born

    01/10/2019 6:43:08 AM PST · by fugazi · 30 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Jan. 10, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Sgt. Michael J. McMullen, who on this day in 2006 died of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device in Ramadi, Iraq. The 25-year-old from Salisbury, Md. served as a firefighter-paramedic on the Salisbury Fire Department and was assigned to the Maryland National Guard’s 243rd Engineer Company. McMullen was posthumously awarded the Silver Star (for saving the life of a fellow soldier during the attack), the Purple Heart, and promoted to Staff Sergeant. 1942: After just a month of war in the Pacific, the United States Navy meets to determine the best way to...
  • Today in U.S. military history: UFOs and Pirates of the Caribbean

    01/07/2019 7:04:11 AM PST · by fugazi · 3 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Jan. 7, 2019 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Lance Cpl. Joseph R. Giese, who was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan's Helmand province on this day in 2011. The 24-year-old native of Winder, Ga. was assigned to 2d Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force. 1822: The sailors of the West Indies Squadron made this a pretty rough day for the pirates of the Caribbean: the schooner USS Porpoise (the first of five so-named Naval vessels) captures six pirate ships off the Cuban coast and destroys their base. Meanwhile, the heavily-armed brig USS Spark recaptures a Dutch sloop...