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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 They Sky Soldiers would finally be withdrawn from combat in August 1971 after 1,606 were killed and 8,435 were wounded. 12 paratroopers would earn the Medal…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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    The Battle of Takur Ghar

    The Battle of Takur Ghar

    2 USMC Marine Raiders were killed this Tuesday in Iraq during clearing operations. Please keep their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers. The battle of Takur Ghar is commonly referred to as “Roberts Ridge”, after Navy Seal PO1 Neil C. Roberts, the first casualty of the battle.  Shortly after the beginning of Operation Anaconda, US Navy SEALS…

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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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    Christmas in 1776 for the Continental Army

    25 Dec 1776: Patriot General George Washington Crosses the Delaware River with 5,400 troops. The Patriot forces crossed the river to launch a surprise attack on Hessian (German mercenary) forces located in Trenton, New Jersey. 26 DEC 1776: After crossing the Delaware River Patriot forces fought the Battle of Trenton. The Hessian forces were caught off guard…

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    The Battle of the Bulge

    The Battle of the Bulge

    What would become the bloodiest battle for the US in WW2 would begin on 16 DEC 1944 in a surprise attack by German forces.  Who: Germany: In total 450,000 troops, along with 1,500 tanks and assault guns took part.  Losses: Estimated between 63,000 to 98,000 troops wounded, killed or captured.Allies: At the peak of the battle 610,000US Soldiers were involved.Losses: 89,000 Soliders…

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