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Today in Military History: V-E Day, and five Medal of Honor actions
Unto the Breach ^ | May 8, 2018 | Chris Carter

Posted on 05/08/2018 7:52:10 AM PDT by fugazi

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.

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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 another day, Nazi Germany has laid down their arms.

After nearly six years of fighting, claiming tens of millions of lives in the largest and bloodiest conflict the world had ever seen, the war in Europe is over.

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Medal of Honor: On this date in 1942, Lt. John J. Powers tells his fellow dive bombers as they prepare to climb into their planes to attack the Japanese aircraft carrier Shokaku during the Battle of the Coral Sea, “Remember, the folks back home are counting on us. I am going to get a hit if I have to lay it on their flight deck.” ...

(Excerpt) Read more at victoryinstitute.net ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: germany; italy; japan; militaryhistory; worldwareleven
Today also marks the anniversary of Operation LINEBACKER I, and the birth of Naval aviation
1 posted on 05/08/2018 7:52:10 AM PDT by fugazi
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To: fugazi

I like to think that we still build ‘em this way:

http://usnhistory.navylive.dodlive.mil/2017/05/05/battle-of-the-coral-sea-and-the-bomb-that-changed-the-course-of-the-war/


2 posted on 05/08/2018 10:10:01 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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