US Army Air Forces Branch Insignia
It was 20 JUNE 1941 that the US Army Air Corps becomes the US ARMY Air Forces. Yet it would take until after WW II for the US Air Force to emerge as a separate military service from what the US Army Signal Corps began in 1908 when the Wright brothers responded to the US Army’s request for a heavier than air flying machine.
That first military flight occurred on Fort Myer Virginia during September 1908. It would be in July 1909 that upon the Wright Brothers return to Fort Myer that the Signal Corps of the US Army would accept the Wright Flyer as the approved response to their request. After an appropriate location was selected while using a gas balloon, the Wright Brothers begin flight training of US Army pilots at what now is College Park, Maryland. It is where the oldest continuous operating airport in the world, still exists along with a museum to the history of aviation. Pilots trained at College Park included Frank Lahm and Henry A. Arnold.
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The morning of December 7, 1941 - seventy years ago today December 7, 2011 - The Japanese sprung a surprise attack on the US Navy at Pearl Harbor Hawaii . Included in the attack were many of the ships docked in the harbor and Hickham Airfield.
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Friday, 25 MARCH 2011 came and went with little fanfare, it seems the country was focused on basketball, events around the world or didn’t really know that a day was set aside to raise the awareness of the true heroes, most of whom gave the ultimate sacrifice and never saw the medal they were awarded… Continue Reading…
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USS Shaw exploding
At dawn on Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in an attempt to cripple the fleet and hinder U.S. intervention in other Japanese actions in the South Pacific. The attack mobilized the United States and signaled its entry into World War II
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Harry S Truman
Born in Missouri on 08 MAY 1884, Harry S. Truman – 33rd President of the United States who ended WW II in the Pacific by ordering the dropping the first atomic bomb – a B29 bomber, the Enola Gay dropped “Little Boy” on Hiroshima, Japan and days later the B29 bomber Bockscar dropped the second “Fat Man” on Nagasaki, Japan
We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It may be the fire destruction prophesied in the Euphrates Valley Era, after Noah and his fabulous Ark.
—Harry Truman, writing about the atomic bomb in his diary
On 26 July 1948, President Truman used an executive order to begin desegregation of the US military.
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During World War II, over three million women worked in war plants across the United States. Working women were vital to the war effort, as the loss of men to military service left a workforce shortage in many areas. The U.S. Government launched a major public relations campaign to encourage women to work. The use of an invented character —”Rosie the Riveter”—on a brightly colored poster was a powerful propaganda piece.
WOWS were Women Ordnance Workers… the artillery, the munitions, the weapons – all at the hands of those American women who left their homes and joined in the fight to defeat the enemy in World War II -
Thank you for your service!
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Or for those who cannot read Russian Cyrillic -
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12 December 2009 – It was “Wreaths Across America day on Saturday and 15,000 wreaths were placed on several sections of Arlington National Cemetery. I spent a few hours at Arlington National Cemetery after all the crowds were gone from the morning’s event.
And as I reflected walking among those tribute bedecked stones of the contribution of these who have served, I thought of something that was recently sent to me by one of my Special Forces friends… I thought I’d share it with you.
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07 DEC 1941 – “… A Day that will live in infamy… ” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt
His reaction to the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii – “Why we fight…”
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Today 11 NOV is Veterans’ Day – I thank all who have given of themselves for their service.
There are nearly 125,000 Americans who are buried on foreign soil among 24 cemeteries in places such as Tunisia in North Africa, Flanders Field in Belgium… Continue Reading…
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