Retired Army Colonel Van Barfoot is one of only five native Americans to have been awarded the Medal of Honor, which he received for destroying three German machine gun positions, one tank and one artillery tube during the Anzio breakout. For that alone his name ought to have been famous, taught in history books, [...]
In our history, courtesy of Navy and USNI:
On March 3, 1814, Rear Admiral Sir George Cockburn of the Royal Navy arrived in the Chesapeake Bay aboard HMS Marlborough. Cockburn gained notoriety for his aggressive inland operations as his forces burned private homes, businesses, and mercantile establishments during Admiral Sir John Warren’s Chesapeake Bay [...]
A photographic comparison of Auschwitz-Birkenau, then and now.
Some buildings remain, some are gone, but what’s really missing is the people. All those people.
Update: Thank heavens that our Republic is immune to such hatreds.
Pax Americana has been pretty good for America, and the rest of the world as well. But battered and scarred by combat in inhospitable places, and with pocket book issues facing the electorate as we move ever closer to a crippingly expensive European-style welfare state realizing the progressive vision, public men are openly predicting [...]
New York City’s quarantine facility fallen down to ruin in around 60 years.
“Pacific Crucible,” by Ian Toll, who also happened to author the wonderful “Six Frigates” recommended to me a few months back. Covering the period just before the Pearl Harbor attack until just after the tide turned at Midway, “Crucible” covers familiar territory for the hobbyist naval historian, but does so in a compelling manner, [...]
The USS Constellation was commissioned in 1961, and was the first warship I ever made a full deployment on. She was also the last, we came home together on her last cruise – and mine – in 2003. She was a good ship, a hard fighter and well-served by her crew. She We called [...]