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  • 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...
  • Today in US military history: Washington's victory at Trenton, and breakout in Bastogne

    12/26/2018 6:48:55 AM PST · by fugazi · 3 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Dec. 26, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Lance Cpl. Kenneth A. Corzine, who on this day in 2010 died of wounds sustained in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. The 23-year-old from Bethalto, Ill. was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. 1815: Delegates from the United States and Great Britain sign the Treaty of Ghent in modern-day Belgium, bringing an end to the War of 1812. News travels slowly, however, and two weeks after the signing, Maj. Gen. (and future president) Andrew Jackson defeats a British invasion force in the Battle New Orleans. 1943: 670 B-17s...
  • Today in military history: the Battle of the Bulge, and USSR steps into Bear Trap in Afghanistan

    12/24/2018 6:51:19 AM PST · by fugazi · 13 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Dec. 24, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Lance Cpl. Kenneth A. Corzine, who on this day in 2010 died of wounds sustained in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. The 23-year-old from Bethalto, Ill. was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. 1812: Delegates from the United States and Great Britain sign the Treaty of Ghent in modern-day Belgium, bringing an end to the War of 1812. News travels slowly, however, and two weeks after the signing, Maj. Gen. (and future president) Andrew Jackson defeats a British invasion force in the Battle New Orleans. 1943: 670 B-17s...
  • Dec. 12 in U.S. military history: George Washington, John Adams, and Chuck Yeager

    12/12/2018 6:23:16 AM PST · by fugazi · 10 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | Dec. 12, 2018 | Chris Carter
    Today’s post is in honor of Sgt. Jarrod W. Black, who was killed by an improvised explosive device on this day in 2003 in Ramadi, Iraq. Black, 26, of Peru, Ind. was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment. 1753: 21-year-old Virginia adjutant George Washington delivers an ultimatum for French forces to abandon Fort Le Boeuf (present-day Waterford, Penn.) as they were trespassing on British territory. Lt. Christopher Gist, Washington’s guide, would save the future president’s life twice during their trip through the Ohio Country. 1770: Six British soldiers charged with murder for their role in the Boston Massacre...
  • 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 · 15 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...