World War Speed: PBS documentary looks at cocaine use by German soldiers
Battlefield conditions are brutal- from austere environments to disease and the ever-present threat of being killed by another person, and the collective toll can be a lot for a soldier to bear. Unfortunately for soldiers, fatigue is often the biggest enemy of all in a high-stakes game that depends... Read more
House could posthumously rescind Medals of Honor awarded to Wounded Knee Massacre soldiers
Caitlin M. Kenney Stars and Stripes A bill introduced Tuesday would rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers who received them for actions during the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890, when hundreds of Native Americans were killed by U.S. cavalry soldiers. The Remove the Stain Act is sponsored... Read more
Newest Medal of Honor recipient eliminated 11 threats during ‘house of nightmares’ mission, saved his unit from massacre
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes Pinned down inside a pitch-black, insurgent-filled house in the early days of the second battle of Fallujah, Staff Sgt. David Bellavia grabbed a heavy M249 automatic machine gun from another soldier and charged forward into oncoming fire from enemy fighters hunkered down in a... Read more
The battleship that wouldn’t sink: How the USS Nevada became a symbol of the American fighter during WWII
Two attributes often come to mind when attempting to describe the American mindset: stubbornness and perseverance. If ever there was a physical embodiment of those qualities it would be the USS Nevada.  A battleship that rose from her watery grave after the attack on Pearl Harbor to exact vengeance... Read more
Editorial: The U.S. can protect tankers from Iran, with help from allies
  It was known as the “tanker war.” In 1987, Iran wreaked havoc on global energy supplies moving through the Strait of Hormuz, using mines to attack Kuwaiti oil tankers and eventually triggering direct conflict between U.S. naval forces and Iranian vessels. The U.S. estimated that Iran had attacked... Read more
Caring and respecting “Old Glory” on Flag Day
Lilly St Angelo Kokomo Tribune, Ind. The Continental Congress first established the design of the American flag 242 years ago today as a flag with thirteen alternating red and white stripes with thirteen white stars against a blue background. President Harry S. Truman proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day... Read more
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
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