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The Rootinest, Tootinest Cowboy Singer

#The Rootinest, Tootinest Cowboy Singer Picture the colorfully costumed members of the Western quartet Riders in the Sky, and you may catch yourself humming the melody of “Woody’s Roundup,” from the 1999 Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 2. But there’s far more…

Postponed Pawnee Honors

#Postponed Pawnee Honors Adding insult to injury, a Pawnee scout for the U.S. Army shot in 1869 by a member of his own command was for decades denied a marker reflecting his Medal of Honor for the same action. What…

Do We need to Reconsider What Makes an Ace?

#Do We need to Reconsider What Makes an Ace? “I never imagined I was going to be doing this when we launched,” said Captain Earl Ehrhart of U.S. Marine attack squadron VMA-231 (“Ace of Spades”) aboard the Marine landing ship…

From MiG Killer to Moonwalker: Buzz Aldrin Went to Korea and Beyond

#From MiG Killer to Moonwalker: Buzz Aldrin Went to Korea and Beyond In its June 8, 1953, issue, Life magazine included a full-page spread with four blurry images of a North Korean Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 getting shot down over Korea. They were…

Gettysburg Had a Lasting Impact on Its Least Known Participants — Its Civilians

#Gettysburg Had a Lasting Impact on Its Least Known Participants — Its Civilians Although only minor National Park Service signage alerts you to the boundaries of the vast Gettysburg battlefield at its outer edges bleeding into neighboring counties, it’s almost…

Marine Corps’ DeadliestS, Charles ‘Chuck’ Mawhinney, Dies at 75

#Marine Corps’ DeadliestS, Charles ‘Chuck’ Mawhinney, Dies at 75 Ask any Marine about the service’s greatest snipers, and a flurry of references to the legendary Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock are sure to flood the conversation. Yet it was another sniper,…

World War I Exhibit Explores War’s Impact on Children

#World War I Exhibit Explores War’s Impact on Children The “Greatest Generation” is renowned for military heroism during World War II. But before this famed demographic signed up to fight for Uncle Sam, many were shaped by a childhood spent…

This English Farmer Built a Lancaster Simulator—James Holland Just Had to see It

#This English Farmer Built a Lancaster Simulator—James Holland Just Had to see It Not so long ago, I had an extraordinary experience. I sat in the pilot’s seat of an Avro Lancaster, a British four-engine heavy bomber from World War…

This Soldier Risked His Life to Rescue Civilians From a Battle in Vietnam

#This Soldier Risked His Life to Rescue Civilians From a Battle in Vietnam Distinguished Service Cross. On Jan. 30, 1968, all U.S. combat units in Vietnam went to alert status when the Viet Cong violated the Tet Cease-fire by attacking…

Why We Need The ‘Great Men’ Of History

#Why We Need The ‘Great Men’ Of History Those who study warfare will inevitably run into the so-called “great man theory” of history. Simply put, it denotes the study of individual leaders and their abilities. In earlier times, scholars adhered…