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  • Military History Magazine

    The ‘Go for Broke’ 442nd

    442nd Regimental Combat Team U.S. Army Multiple awards Europe 1943–45 Camp Darby is a tiny U.S. Army post just outside Livorno on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Its central square is dedicated to Private Masato “Curly” Nakae, who earned...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Father of Dustoff

    Major Charles L. Kelly U.S. Army Distinguished Service Cross Vietnam, July 1, 1964 Dustoff. The very term conjures images of unarmed helicopter ambulances swooping down  into hotly contested landing zones (LZs) under intense enemy...

  • Military History Magazine

    Savior at Omaha Beach

    Private Carlton W. Barrett U.S. Army Medal of Honor Normandy, June 6, 1944 At 5 feet 4 inches and 125 pounds, Private Carlton W. Barrett was perhaps the smallest man in the 18th Infantry Regiment, if not the entire 1st Division. And on the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Five Months, Four Awards

    Captain Maurice Britt U.S. Army Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal Italy September 1943–January 1944 World War II ended abruptly for Captain Maurice L. Britt Jr., at the Anzio beachhead on Jan....

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Glory at Battery Wagner

    William H. Carney Became the First Black Soldier to Earn the Medal of Honor. On the evening of July 18, 1863, Sergeant William H. Carney of the 54th Massachusetts Colored Volunteer Infantry made a decision that would alter his life. As his...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    General James F. Hollingsworth

    A brash tank commander for Patton in WWII who never let up in Vietnam. When Lieutenant General James F. Hollingsworth died at 91 on March 2, 2010, America lost a legendary figure of near epic proportions who left a lasting impression on...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: Sea Service Medals

    Sea Service Medals: Military Awards and Decorations of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard by Fred L. Borch and Charles P. McDowell, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Md., 2009, $34.95. The topic of military decorations and awards can...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Last Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War

    In 1984 the nation officially laid to rest the remains of an unknown serviceman from the Vietnam War. By 1998 he was unknown no more. After more than a decade of uncertainty, the nation was finally honoring the Unknown of the Vietnam War...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Honored by One’s Enemy

    Lt. Cmdr. Gerard Roope British Royal Navy Victoria Cross Norwegian Sea April 8, 1940 One of World War II’s most unusual—and gallant—stories unfolded early in the war off the Norway coast. That the action prompted the award of the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Broadway’s Fighting Priest

    Lt. Col. Francis P. Duffy U.S. Army DSC, DSM, Légion d’honneur, Croix de guerre France, 1918 Only two men are honored with life-sized statues in New York’s Times Square, epicenter of the American theater industry. The statue on the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: The Navy’s First POW Hero

    Edouard Izac U.S. Navy Medal of Honor North Atlantic and Germany June–October 1918 Edouard Izac was born in Iowa in 1891, but grew up speaking German at home. (His father hailed from the German-speaking area of Alsace, France, while his...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Professor of Gettysburg

    Colonel Joshua Chamberlain 20th Maine Regiment, U.S. Army Medal of Honor Gettysburg, Pa. July 2, 1863 Following is a firsthand account of the July 1863 Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, a prewar university professor from...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Down with His Submarine

    Captain John Cromwell U.S. Navy Medal of Honor Caroline Islands Nov. 19, 1943 In November 1943, U.S. Navy Captain John Philip Cromwell fought a deadly game with the Japanese and lost. But with his noble sacrifice, he became the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: The Gentleman Marine

    Private Henry L. Hulbert U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor Samoa, 1899 By the time he died in a hail of German machine-gun fire on France’s Blanc Mont Ridge on Oct. 4, 1918, 1st Lt. Henry L. Hulbert was already a Marine Corps legend. And...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    The Making of a War Hero

    Before he gained fame in America as an airplane designer and air power advocate, Alexander de Seversky made a name for himself as Russia’s leading World War I naval ace. Alexander P. de Seversky is best remembered today for building the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: One-Man War on Arundel

    Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller Jr. U.S. Naval Reserve Navy Cross Solomon Islands July–August 1943 When former college football star Hugh Barr Miller Jr. joined the destroyer USS Strong in August 1942, he knew he’d see combat. What he...