For over 50 years, Navy fighter pilot never told anyone about secretly shooting down Russian aircraft
Retired Navy Capt. E. Royce Williams has been keeping a secret for more than 50 years. To his friends, family, and others he served with, Williams was known as a decorated fighter pilot, who led a successful career in the Navy, where he served for more than 30 years... Read more
Harold ‘Lucky’ Bourgoin, who served in three wars and was married for 73 years, dies of coronavirus
He never liked the name Harold, and “Lucky” just fit. And if Harold “Lucky” Bourgoin were alive, he undoubtedly would call himself lucky. He lived for more than eight decades with a bullet lodged in the back of his head, was married for 73 years, was a world-class marksman,... Read more
Searchers find wreck of USS Nevada, the WWII battleship that endured bombs, torpedoes and nukes
The sunken hulk of the USS Nevada has been found off the coast of Hawaii, where the battleship — dubbed “unsinkable” for its endurance through World War II — lay since 1948. Two private firms working together, Search Inc. and Ocean Infinity, discovered the Nevada almost three miles underwater... Read more
75th V-E Day anniversary going virtual as military and WWII veterans mark milestone
Photo: U.S. Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Milley, speaks at a honorary promotion ceremony in honor of Bob Dole at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 15, 2019. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dana Clarke) STUTTGART, Germany — Seventy-five years ago, throngs filled the... Read more
Six-Day Siege: The 40th anniversary of the SAS’ dashing assault of the Iranian Embassy
While it seems like only yesterday in the minds of many, forty years have passed since a defining moment took place in London- one that would cement the modern legacy of the British Special Air Service as a tier 1 counterterror unit. Sporting a gasmasked look that still remains... Read more
Project Pluto/SLAM/Skyfall- why nuclear-powered cruise missiles are a really bad idea
If the idea of a nuclear-tipped cruise missile that can endlessly fly through the sky looking for a target scares you, it should- and not for the reasons you’re probably thinking of. But such was the bizarre thinking of the militaries of the United States of America and the... Read more
One of most heroic Medal of Honor recipients from the Vietnam War dies of coronavirus
WASHINGTON — Medal of Honor recipient Bennie Adkins, who was given the nation’s highest military honor for heroically fighting off enemies and saving wounded soldiers in Vietnam, died April 17 from complications caused by the coronavirus. Adkins, who was 86, was hospitalized March 26 at the East Alabama Medical... Read more
The Army’s only air to air kill since WWII was done with a .50 cal in Vietnam
Ever since the formation of the US Air Force and the subsequent Key West Agreement, the Army has only been allowed fixed-wing aircraft for a limited scope of uses, namely reconnaissance, and medical evacuation purposes. While rotary aviation has filled many of the roles concerning transport, attack and Close... Read more
64 years ago, a drill instructor marched Marine recruits to their death at boot camp
While many argue that their basic training or boot camp was “treacherous” and harder than those of military personnel to follow, a general consensus is that these perceptions are often personal exaggerations that are as old as soldiery itself. However, one cannot deny the harshness of training when it... Read more
Coronavirus meme featuring “WWII donkey” is not what it claims to be
A social media post floating around to convince everyone to “stay home” during the coronavirus pandemic has reached the far corners of the internet- but is it actually all that accurate? The post, which is a block of text captioning a black and white photo of a Soldier carrying... Read more
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