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Operation Rolling Thunder & Grants Promotion

29 FEB 1944 – The Office of Price Administration announces that in 1943 the black market made over 1 billion dollars due to war time rationing. Goods and food such as meat, sugar and car tires were all rationed and at times unavailable on the civilian market during the war. As a result, many citizens turned to…

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The Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fury

08 FEB 1918 – The unofficial newspaper, Stars and Stripes, of the US Armed Forces begins publication for the second time near the end of WW1. The paper began in 1861 during the Civil War as Union troops occupying Bloomfield, Missouri found all the newspaper shops in the town empty. The paper went out of print during…

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Go For Broke & Yankee Racehorse

1 FEB 1800 – During the Quasi-War with France the USS Constellation engaged the French Navy’s La Vengeance. The La Vengeance was a slightly lighter ship but was more heavily armed on its broadsides. During a tense 5 hour battle the two ships would twice come close enough that boarding parties would be called forward, with each time…

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The Noble Train of Artillery & SOG

24 JAN 1964 – The Studies and Observation Group, known also as MACV-SOG is officially created. The group was a highly secretive and classified group of special operations forces from across the US Military and CIA that conducted covert unconventional warfare operations during and prior to the Vietnam War. The group had a shaky start as US special operations forces were…

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