90,000 Blue Water Navy vets set to receive extra VA benefits after DOJ dropped its case
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes After months of uncertainty, the Department of Justice decided not to appeal a federal court ruling that extends eligibility for Department of Veterans Affairs benefits to Blue Water Navy veterans who served on ships offshore during the Vietnam War. With the court challenge apparently... Read more
President Trump highlights 75th anniversary of D-Day, declares WWII vets “greatest Americans who will ever live”
Eli Stokols Los Angeles Times President Trump marked the 75th anniversary of D-day Thursday at the American cemetery above Omaha Beach, praising the courage and sacrifice of those who fought here and lauding the alliance that turned the tide of World War II and defeated the Nazis in World... Read more
A forgotten North Carolina base was critical to the success of the D-Day invasion
Anna Pogarcic The Charlotte Observer It arrived overnight and disappeared just as fast. That’s how historians have described North Carolina’s Laurinburg-Maxton air base, a hub for military training during World War II. The vast majority of the United States’ glider pilots were trained there, including the forces who played... Read more
Kosovo campaign now in its 20th year, Army Secretary wants to better manage rotations
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The U.S. Army’s top civilian met with troops here Sunday to take the pulse of a peacekeeping campaign now in its 20th year, as allies continue with NATO’s longest-running mission in history. Army Secretary Mark Esper, who met with U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Philip... Read more
China is still trying to wipe the memory of the violent Tiananmen Square protests after 30 years
Thirty years ago, the Chinese Communist Party deployed military forces to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to violently suppress a pro-liberty movement made up largely of students. Today, they continue to try and pretend it never happened. As a young man, I spent several of my teenage years as an expatriate... Read more
A young George Washington once lost a battle on July 4th
Long before George Washington went down in history as an American founding father, highest-ranking military leader and the first President of the United States, he found himself forced to surrender for the first and only time in his life- and he was commended for it. In what would begin... Read more
Statue of Medal of Honor recipient Master Sgt. John Chapman unveiled at Pope army Airfield
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The life-sized statue of Master Sgt. John Chapman, the Air Force’s lone post-9/11 recipient of the Medal of Honor, will be the image that students and cadre see as they enter or leave the service’s school for future combat controllers. The statue of the... Read more
Hitler’s Last Soldier: How a German POW hid from the FBI and lived in the U.S. undetected for four decades
After the end of World War II, there were many individuals of the Axis powers who held out, from Japanese Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda -who didn’t come out of hiding until 1974- to the German SS officers who allegedly fled to South America. There is one curious case of a... Read more
Thank you for your service: How Memorial Day became a national holiday
For many, Memorial Day is a time of barbeques, three days of rest and a pretty decent time to buy a new vehicle. Some people take time to thank veterans for their sacrifices. However, if you’re thanking a veteran, you should only be thanking those interred in a graveyard.... Read more
USO set to close Rome Center, its first after WWII
Scott Wyland Stars and Stripes In the street outside the USO center near St. Peter’s Square, crowds celebrated Italian Liberation Day, but the mood inside was somber among staffers who recently learned the facility will close after more than 70 years of operation. The jubilant holiday fests in late... Read more
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