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This Week in History | 6/07/2020 – 6/11/2020

7 June 1942 – The Forgotten Battle. Just as the Imperial Japanese Navy faced defeat during the Battle of Midway, they invaded the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska. Days earlier Japanese aircraft had bombed Dutch Harbor, damaging some infrastructure. Upon landing at the islands of Attu and Kiska, the Japanese would kill 25 American…

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This Week in History | 5/31/2020 – 6/06/2020

31 May 1944 – The USS England, a Buckley-class destroyer escort, sinks a record 6th Japanese submarine. The USS England accomplishes this amazing antisubmarine feat in just 12 days.  1 June 1953 – In MiG Alley over Korea the USAF would have their best month of the war. For several reasons, weather and inexperienced enemy pilots among them, the…

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This Week in History | 5/17/2020 – 5/23/2020

17 May 1733 –Under the Molasses Act, England places high tariffs on rum and molasses imported into the American colonies. This act only increased tensions between the colonies and British rule. Partly because, where’s the rum? Molasses is a key ingredient to rum, a popular and widespread spirit in the American colonies.  18 May 1917 – The…

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This Week in History | 5/10/2020 – 5/14/2020

10 May 1797 – The 1st American Navy ship built under the Naval Act of 1794 was launched.  The USS United States was a wood hulled, three masted heavy frigate that was built along with five other similar frigates. She would protect American merchant ships until the Civil War when the Confederacy would capture and later…

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This Week in History | 5/3/2020 – 5/9/2020

Sky Soldier in Vietnam 03 May 1965- Lead elements of the 173rd Airborne Brigade depart for Vietnam. They would be the first ground combat unit committed to the war. They Sky Soldiers would finally be withdrawn from combat in August 1971 after 1,606 were killed and 8,435 were wounded. 12 paratroopers would earn the Medal…

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This Week in History | 4/26/2020 – 5/2/2020

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26 April 1805- The US takes part in its first land battle overseas since the Revolutionary War. During the First Barbary War forces from the US Marines, Army and mercenaries marched over 600 miles to reach Derna in Ottoman Tripolitania (modern day Libya). The Battle of Derna would be a US victory and lead to the legends…

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This Week in History | 4/12/2020 – 4/18/2020

Abraham Lincoln 12 April 1861- Beginning of the Civil War. Ft Sumter comes under bombardment after South Carolina succeeded from the Union. The fort was a source of tension to the newly born Confederacy due to it being a Union fort in Confederate land. After negotiations for the fort to surrender failed, it would come…

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This Week in History | 3/29/2020 – 4/4/2020

This Week in History | 3/29/2020 - 4/4/2020

23 March 1775- During the Second Virginia Convention Patrick Henry responds to increasingly oppressive British rule. In his speech he would famously exclaim “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”. After the signing of the Declaration of Independence he would be appointed the…

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This Week in History | 2/23/2020 – 2/29/2020

23 February 1778- Baron Von Steuben joins the American Revolutionary Army at Valley Forge. He is remembered as one of the fathers of the Continental Army and his work, Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States, which would serve as the United Staes drill manual until the War of 1812.  …

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