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  • 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....
  • Today in military history: 'the people that knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon'

    09/14/2018 7:24:13 AM PDT · by fugazi · 12 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 14, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of U.S. Army Sgt. Trevor A. Blumberg, who gave his life for our country on this date in 2003. The 22-year-old Canton, Mich. native was killed by an improvised explosive device while riding in a vehicle through Fallujah, Iraq. [...] 1862: Maj. Gen. George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac gets the better of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, which was divided amongst three passes through Maryland’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The 23rd Ohio Regiment, commanded by Lt. Col. (and future president) Rutherford B. Hayes is the first to make contact with Lee’s army....
  • Today in U.S. military history: Star-Spangled Banner, and an Eagle kills a satellite

    09/13/2018 9:38:07 AM PDT · by fugazi · 12 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 13, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Master Sgt. Danial R. Adams, a Green Beret that gave his life for our country on this day in 2011. The 35-year-old native of Portland, Ore. was killed during an intense firefight in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province. He was serving in the 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). 1814: Unable to break the strong American defensive lines around Baltimore after a series of attacks, British troops return to their ships. Meanwhile, Vice Adm. Alexander Cochrane’s fleet begins a 25-hour bombardment of Fort McHenry, which guards the entrance to Baltimore harbor. The ships fire their...
  • Today in military history: Marines earn their "blood stripes" at Chapultepec

    09/12/2018 9:34:13 AM PDT · by fugazi · 14 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 12, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of 2nd Lt. Emily J.T. Perez, who gave her life for our country on this date in 2006. Lt. Perez had volunteered to lead a convoy in Al Kifl, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near her vehicle, killing the former Cadet Command Sergeant Major at the U.S. Military Academy. Born in Heidelberg, West Germany, the 23-year-old medical service officer was serving with the 204th Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. 1847: "From the halls of Montezuma..." Gen. Winfield Scott's army of Marines and soldiers begin their attack on the castle Chapultepec, sitting...
  • Sept. 11 in military history

    09/11/2018 9:44:05 AM PDT · by fugazi · 9 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 11, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of the nearly 3,000 Americans that were killed by terrorists on this date in 2001 and the four Americans that also lost their lives 11 years later in Benghazi, Libya. John D. Yamnicky Sr. graduated the U.S. Naval Academy in 1952, then flew attack planes during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The 71-year-old native of Waldorf, Md. had retired as a captain in 1979, and was on a business trip for a defense contractor when American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon, killing all 64 aboard. Lt. Cmdr. Otis V. Tolbert Jr. was the...
  • Sept. 10 in Military History

    09/10/2018 8:36:16 AM PDT · by fugazi · 2 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 10, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joseph E. Robsky Jr. who gave his life for our country on this day in 2003. The 31-year-old native of Elizaville, N.Y. was killed in Baghdad, Iraq, when an enemy explosive device he was attempting to defuse detonated. He had served in the Marine Corps for four years before joining the 759th Ordinance Company. 1813: Along the shores of Lake Erie, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's squadron engages the Royal Navy in the Battle of Put-in-Bay. Perry's ship is so damaged that he boards an open lifeboat and transfers his flag...
  • Sept. 7: Today in military history

    09/07/2018 8:09:29 AM PDT · by fugazi · 6 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 7, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Cpl. Philip G. E. Charte, who gave his life for our country on this day in 2010. The 22-year-old native of Goffstown, N.H. was serving in the 2d Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force when he was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.1776: Sgt. Ezra Lee silently makes his way down the Hudson River in an 8-ft. long submersible named Turtle towards British Adm. Richard Howe’s flagship, HMS Eagle, anchored just south of Manhattan. Turning two hand cranks for propulsion, Lee reaches the ship but is unable...
  • Today in military history: Mahmoud Abbas-financed terrorists take Israeli olympians hostage

    09/06/2018 9:11:34 AM PDT · by fugazi · 11 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 6, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of U.S. Army Corporal Jeremy R. Shank, who gave his life for his country on this date in 2006. The 18-year-old native of Jackson, Mo. was serving with the 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division when he sustained mortal wounds from small-arms fire during a dismounted security patrol in Hawijah, Iraq. [...] 1950: When their listening post near Satae-ri, Korea is targeted by enemy artillery and about to be overrun, the commanding officer orders his soldiers to withdraw from their post to safety. Machinegunner Cpl. Benito Martinez and Pvt. 1st Class...
  • Sept. 5 in military history

    09/05/2018 9:18:04 AM PDT · by fugazi · 7 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 5, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Todd J. “TJ” Lobraico Jr. who was killed on this day in 2013 by enemy small-arms fire during a patrol outside Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The 22-yer-old native of New Fairfield, Conn. was serving with the New York Air National Guard’s 105th Security Forces Squadron at the time and had previously been deployed to Iraq. 1781: The Royal Navy fleet commanded by Rear Admiral Sir Thomas Grave’s Royal fleet clashes with Comte de Grasse’s French armada at the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. The navies fight each other...
  • Today in military history: Democrat governor deploys troops to keep blacks out of Ark. school

    09/04/2018 8:06:23 AM PDT · by fugazi · 22 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Sept. 4, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Sgt. Joel L. Murray, who gave his life for his country on this day in 2007. The 26-year-old infantryman from Kansas City, Kan. was on his second combat deployment, serving with 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team when the vehicle he was riding was hit by an improvised explosive device. 1812: In Indiana Territory (near modern-day Terre Haute), Capt. - and future president - Zachary Taylor and 50 soldiers defended Fort Harrison against an attack by 600 Native Americans. One Indian crawls up to the blockhouse and sets it on...
  • Today in military history: tankers' "miraculous stand" kills 250, earns Medal of Honor

    08/31/2018 7:37:04 AM PDT · by fugazi · 18 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Aug. 31, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's piece is in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Bowden, who died of injuries from a small-arms battle in Ghazni, Afghanistan. The 28-year-old native of Villa Rica, Ga. was on his second Afghan deployment and assigned to the 242d Ordnance Battalion (EOD), 71st Ordnance Group. 1864: Two armies under the command of Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman engage Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood's vastly outnumbered Army of Tennessee just south of Atlanta. Despite brilliant fighting and generalship in the Battle of Jonesborough, the Confederates destroy a trainload of military supplies to prevent its capture by the Union and withdraw...
  • Aug. 30: Today in military history

    08/30/2018 7:46:53 AM PDT · by fugazi · 3 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Aug. 30, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Army Staff Sgt. Aaron N. Holleyman. On this day in 2004, an improvised explosive device detonated near Holleyman’s vehicle as it drove through Khutayiah, Iraq, killing the 26-year-old native of Glasgow, Mont. Holleyman served in the 1st Battalion of the 5th Special Forces Group and had served in Iraq in 2003, earning the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was sent back to the States after being wounded and volunteered to go back to Iraq after his recovery. 1776: After a series of defeats by the British, Gen. George Washington’s Continental Army conducts a...
  • Today in military history: Soviets shoot down their first B-29 of the Cold War (1945)

    08/29/2018 1:14:15 PM PDT · by fugazi · 18 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Aug. 29, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today's post is in honor of Staff Sgt. James R. Ide V, who gave his life for our country on this day in 2010. The 32-year-old native of Festus, Mo. died of wounds from an engagement with insurgents in Hyderabad, Afghanistan. Ide was with the 230th Military Police Company, 95th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command and had previously served two tours in Iraq. 1940: At Lawson Army Airfield (modern-day Fort Benning, Ga.), 1st Lt. William T. Ryder and his Parachute Test Platoon conduct the first mass parachute jump in U.S. military history. Meanwhile, a...
  • Aug. 28 in military history: a drone attack during the Korean War

    08/28/2018 7:13:26 AM PDT · by fugazi · 9 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Aug. 28, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Sgt. Edgar E. Lopez of the 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force. On this day in 2004, the 27-year-old native of Los Angeles was killed by enemy action in Iraq’s Babil Province. 1862: One year after the Confederacy’s “glorious but dear-bought victory” over the Union in the First Battle of Bull Run, the two (significantly larger) armies meet again on the same battleground. 70,000 soldiers of Union Maj. Gen. John Pope’s Army of Virginia engage Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s 50,000-man Army of Northern Virginia, resulting in...
  • McCain and the Forrestal Fire...from 2008

    08/27/2018 1:11:54 PM PDT · by blu · 145 replies
    Truth Dig ^ | Oct. 7, 2008 | Mary Hershberger
    Ever since, McCain has added compelling details at key points in his political career. When his stories are placed beside documented evidence from other sources, significant contradictions often emerge. One such case involves McCain’s experience in the devastating fire and explosions that killed 134 sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal during the Vietnam War three months before he was shot down over North Vietnam. McCain has made claims about this accident that differ dramatically from parts of the official Navy report and accounts of reliable eyewitnesses.
  • Aug. 27 in military history: 100 year anniversary of border wall

    08/27/2018 10:44:25 AM PDT · by fugazi · 8 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Aug. 27, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1776: Five days after 15,000 British soldiers land on Long Island, Gen. William Howe's forces attack the Patriots garrisoned at Brooklyn Heights. Gen. George Washington's troops are flanked by the Redcoats during the first major battle of the Revolutionary War and suffer some 2,000 casualties before retreating to their redoubt at Brooklyn. Rather than press the attack and smash the rebellion, Howe ordered his troops to prepare for a siege. However, in two days, the entire 10,000-man army slips through the Royal Navy stationed along the East River and evacuates (with their arms and supplies) to Manhattan. Washington is the...
  • Aug. 24 in military history

    08/24/2018 6:56:27 AM PDT · by fugazi · 5 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Aug. 24, 2018 | Chris Carter
    1814: Just ten miles northeast of Washington, D.C., British soldiers and Royal Marines clash with an American force of militia and a detachment of Marines and sailors in the Battle of Bladensburg. The professional British troops easily scatter the militia, but run into a wall when they square off against the Marines. In their first volley, the leathernecks destroy an entire company of the King’s men then pursue their foe into a ravine. Capt. Samuel Bacon, Quartermaster of the Marine Corps, said “I will tell you something now about the battle of Bladensburg. … The Marines are a dead shot.”...