His one-man attack stuns the enemy, enabling his fellow soldiers to counterattack and retake the position. "The Big J" earned 19 battle stars and numerous other commendations during her 48 years of service, which covered actions in the Pacific Theater of World War II as Adm. William "Bull" Halsey's flagship, Korea, Lebanon, the Persian Gulf, and the only battleship to provide Naval artillery support during the Vietnam War. Following Japan's surrender, the new country was split at the 38th Parallel with the Russians administering the north and the Americans, the south. Ford, who served as a Naval Reserve officer aboard an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Theater during World War II, states "Only in America can we build this machine; there's nothing else like it in the world.". His sailors are issued gag orders – threatened by their own government that if they talk of the incident, they will be thrown in prison, never to be heard from again. Lorenzo D. Immell of the 2d U.S. 1916: During Gen. John J. Pershing's "Punitive Expedition" into Mexico to capture or kill Pancho Villa, Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment clash with - and defeat - a Mexican Army force at Carrizal. While Lee abandons his invasion of Maryland and turns south, McClellan allows the significantly outnumbered Confederates to withdraw to Virginia without pursuit. In start contrast to Pres. 1945: As Japanese forces surrender across Asia, American aircraft drop several teams of French colonial administrators into French Indochina (present-day Vietnam). MacArthur will retire after serving the country for 52 years. The Columbus, Ga. native's father came to America from the Caribbean island of Martinique and his mother was a Creek indian. 1804: Marine Corps 1st Lt. Presley O'Bannon, William Eaton, Navy Midshipman George Mann, and seven Marines land at Alexandria, Egypt with the intention of overthrowing the ruler of Tripoli. 1942: Elements of the 133rd Infantry Regiment land at Belfast Harbor in Northern Ireland - the first American troops to arrive in Europe. Gen. Anthony Wayne's Continental Army forces encamped near the Paoli Tavern near modern-day Malvern, Pa.. Grey orders his troops to only use bayonets, and has his men remove the flints from their rifles. Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain's 20th Maine Volunteers occupy "Little Round Top" at the extreme left flank of the Union forces. 12 other soldiers are wounded in the attack. The Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo, will say that American Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott's brilliant campaign against Santa Anna's forces during the Mexican-American War is "unsurpassed in military annals," and names Scott the "greatest living general.". Douglas Aircraft will stamp out 10,000 of the versatile "Gooney Birds" which will serve the U.S. Armed Forces for three decades: towing gliders and delivering paratroopers at Normandy, dropping supplies during the Berlin Airlift, and providing close air support over Vietnam. In April, the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) strikes - and is nearly sunk by - a mine laid by the Iran Ajr, prompting the U.S. to retaliate against the Iranian fleet. 1972: Air Force Capt. Gen. John A. Lejeune assumes command of the 2d U.S. Army Division in France - becoming the second Marine to command an Army Division (Brig. 1945: A squadron of five Navy Avenger torpedo bombers departs Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for a flight over the so-called "Bermuda Triangle" in the Atlantic Ocean. ISBN. Although enemy fire knocks Christensen's rifle from his hands, he continues his mission, locating five machinegun nests and wiping one out with his grenades. As Bleak treats the wounded, he is shot himself, but still manages to carry a casualty to safety. For his actions in the Brécourt Manor Assault, Gen. Omar Bradley awards Winters with the Distinguished Service Cross - the Army's second-highest award for valor. That evening, a large column of Iraqi Army vehicles heading north along Highway 80 are targeted by Marine A-6 "Intruder" aircraft. While the cold-blooded murderer and terrorist remains an icon to many Americans, many of his fans wouldn't exist had the Soviets left their ballistic missiles on Cuba: "If the nuclear missiles had remained," Che said, "we would have used them against the very heart of America, including New York City […] We will march the path of victory even if it costs millions of atomic victims […] We must keep our hatred alive and fan it to paroxysm.". 1941: When Japan signs a five-year neutrality deal with the Soviet Union, President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the Navy to scale back operations in the Atlantic, considering the possibility that resources would now be needed more in the Pacific. 1906: Theodore Roosevelt boards the battleship USS Louisiana (BB-19) and heads south to inspect construction on the Panama Canal - marking the first foreign trip by a sitting U.S. president. The Soviet Union now has pacts with both of America's future enemies, but neither will have a lasting effect as the Red Army will be soon fighting both Germany and Japan. 1918: Famous World War I flying ace Capt. Chief Gunner's Mate Thomas Eadie learns by tapping on the hull that six sailors remain alive. Pfc. 1901: Congress authorizes the establishment of the Army Nurse Corps under the Army Medical Department. One of the three survivors is executive officer Lt. Cmdr. Turner is awarded the Silver Star for saving his crew and his bomber now sits on display at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington. 1760: Rogers’ Rangers under the command of Massachusetts-born Maj. (future Lt. Col.) Robert Rogers capture Fort Detroit from the French. The Americans meet little resistance as they head inland, then move to cut off retreating North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong forces. 154 fires one shot at Negro Fort, detonating the powder magazine and killing 300 defenders, becoming the deadliest cannon shot in U.S. military history. ", Churchill adds, "This is undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war and will, I believe, be regarded as an ever-famous American victory.". Merli is surrounded, but covers the retreat of his fellow soldiers with his machinegun. Future president John Adams is their lawyer. Two American tanks are overrun, one is destroyed, and another retreats, leaving just one M-26 Pershing tank to hold off the enemy. 1902: Marines from the gunboat USS Ranger land at Panama City to protect American citizens. The Communists will recapture Pyongyang on Dec. 5, after China joins the war. 34 sailors are killed and 171 wounded. The bombs detonate below the flight deck, igniting fires and devastating the ship. The leathernecks provide protection for the U.S. Legation and Consulate, and occupy the nearby Fort San Geronimo. The Marines, which will be stationed at Da Nang Air Base, are the first U.S. troops sent to Vietnam in a non-advisory capacity. 1916: Near Guillemont, France, a German artillery shell scores a direct hit on 2nd Lt. Henry A. For his actions, Walsh is awarded the Medal of Honor. Weedon E. Osborne - a medical officer attached to the 6th Marines - is killed by an enemy shell while carrying the wounded to safety. 1975: President - and former Lt. Cmdr. 1951: When a Marine Corsair flown by Capt. In 1982 the Iowa-class battleship will put to sea once again after being modified to carry Tomahawk cruise missiles, and is decommissioned for the last time in 1991. Winfield S. Schley finds Lt. Adolphus W. Greely and six of his men from the ill-fated Lady Franklin Bay Expedition. Glenn has just become the first American to orbit the Earth - doing so three times during his historic spaceflight. After obtaining another weapon from the battlefield, he continues forward and silences a second position. The United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and numerous other governments also declare war on Japan. Sigler reaches the position first and neutralizes it with grenades. Today's post is in honor of Sgt. 1975: The American Apollo spacecraft - manned by former Air Force pilots Thomas P. Stafford, Donald "Deke" Slayton, and Naval aviator Vance D. Brand - docks with the Soviet Soyuz capsule on the first joint spaceflight of the two nations. 1999: On the fourth night of Operation ALLIED FORCE, Lt. Col. Dale Zelko's F-117A "Nighthawk" stealth fighter is hit by a Yugoslavian Army surface-to-air missile after completing a bombing run over Belgrade. The Battle of the Eastern Solomons is fought entirely by aircraft; the Japanese inflict serious damage on USS Enterprise (CV-6), while the Americans sink several vessels, including the light carrier Ryujo. 1918: 1st Aero Squadron pilots, equipped with the French Spad biplanes, perform the first American reconnaissance flight over enemy lines during World War I. 1947: Grumman's first jet fighter, the F9F "Panther" makes its first flight. Apt becomes the first pilot to fly past Mach 3 (2,098 mph), but sadly Apt's tenure as the "Fastest Man Alive" is short lived. The Confederates defeat the Army of the West, killing its commander, Brig. And Gen. 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