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N U T S !

Four German soldiers approached American lines at Bastogne, Belgium in December 22, 1944. Major Wagner of the 47th Panzer Corps was coming to deliver a typed message demanding American surrender. The message, as you can imagine, was not too polite. Among other things, it pointed out that the Americans were surrounded, and included these words: […]

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Teenage Heroine: Emily Geiger

Even in the 1700’s women could be patriots and heroines. There are numerous accounts of brave women who nobly and courageously performed their patriotic duty during the American Revolution.  Here is the story of one such woman of South Carolina, Emily Geiger.  General Nathaniel Greene had retreated before Lord Rawdon had divided his forces. When […]

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“Don’t Tread on Me”

In 1751 Benjamin Franklin wrote a commentary in his Pennsylvania Gazette suggesting a way to thank the Brits for their policy of sending convicted felons to America – the colonists should send rattlesnakes to England!Three years later, Franklin created and published the first known political cartoon in an American newspaper. It was the image of […]

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“Goodnight Chesty Puller, Wherever You Are!”

In his thirty-seven years of service to the United States Marine Corps, Lewis Puller, nicknamed “Chesty,” would rise through the ranks from Private to General,  and become the most decorated Marine in American history. How does a guy get a nickname like “Chesty”? It is said that he had perfect posture and his torso resembled a […]

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“Our Arrows Will Block Out The Sun”

Where did some of the greatest lines in military history come from? From the sentiments of the toughest and boldest of warriors- of course 😉  The ancient Spartans have given us some of the greatest lines in military history.Persian King Xerxes was trying to fight his way into Greece 2500 years ago during the Battle […]

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Police Story: 3 AM on the Harbor Freeway

This is a favorite police story I have to share. It takes place on the Harbor Freeway in the Los Angeles area. Here’s how the officer tells it:   I stopped a guy for driving erratically on the Harbor freeway at 3:30 in the morning. The conversation went like this:He: “Do you know who I am?”Me: […]

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The Plot to Remove Washington: Part 2

Yesterday we began this story (see it here). You heard about Dr. Benjamin Rush, the Father of American Psychiatry, who was one of the most vocal critics of Washington’s handling of his troops. This was the same Benjamin Rush who, all evidence to the contrary, championed bloodletting as a miracle cure. I’m sure the leeches loved him. […]

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Herman Falk, Korea POW comes home to Arlington

Korean War POW to be buried in Robert E Lee’s Arlington Cemetery First Lt. Herman Falk, a 1950 graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, went missing with 156 other soldiers from Company B, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, on Feb. 12, 1951, during operations against the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces near Changboing-ni, […]

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“Turn back, turn back! We’re whipped.”

It was July 31st, 1861. Federal troops were just north of Manassas, Virginia. There were many who thought they would send the Rebels reeling, putting an end to the rebellion. The day was Sunday, and a throng of civilian sightseers had come down from the U.S. capitol, just 25 miles away. Lieutenant Tibdall commanded a […]

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A Military Coup Threatened

George Washington paused and said, “Gentlemen, you must pardon me.” But I get ahead of myself. It was 1782. Except for some skirmishes, hostilities in the Revolutionary War had ended with the surrender of British General Cornwallis at Yorktown. But a peace treaty had not not yet been negotiated and signed, and British garrisons were […]

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