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Not Worth a Continental

US Military History Throughout The Years.

Short bit of history you know, and some you may not!

  • 1812’s First Casualty: Tuesday, June 23, 1812 – US Marine Corps Lieutenant John Heath becomes the first American casualty during the War of 1812. Over the course of the 2 year war around 15,000 Americans would die, with around 8,600 British forces dying as well.
  • The ROE Changes: Saturday, June 26, 1965 – General Westmoreland, the senior commander of US forces in Vietnam, is given authority to commit US troops to battle. This authority is decided upon times when it is deemed necessary to strengthen Government of Vietnam forces, the allied South Vietnamese. This allowed Gen Westmoreland to put America finally on the offensive, before this American troops were limited to defensive actions around their airbases and other areas held by the US.
  • Crossing The 38th Parallel: Sunday, June 25, 1950 – The Korean War begins. On this morning North Korean forces would cross the 38th Parallel, separating North & South Korea, under supporting artillery fire. Their combined arms force would rout the South Korean defenders in the area and they would quickly over run the length of the 38th Parallel. On 27 June the UN would approve a resolution put forth by the US calling for a armed intervention to repel the communist invasion. President Truman ordered air and naval forces to the peninsula to aid South Korea that day.
  • Shots Fired: Monday, June 22, 1942 – The Imperial Japanese submarine I-25 fired 17 rounds from their 14 cm deck gun at Ft. Stevens, on the west coast of the US mainland. The Civil War era fort sat along the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon. The short shelling caused little damage to the surrounding area, with no rounds damaging the fort. The submarine would evade responding American aircraft after the attack. After escaping the I-25 would resume operations across the Pacific Ocean, finally being sank in September 1943. This attack along with others would only increase American support for the Internment of Japanese people living in America.
  • Not Worth a Continental: Thursday, June 22, 1775 – Just as Colonial Leaders began to lead troops into battle during the Revolutionary War they encountered a problem, they had no money to fund a war. Several European countries supported the Patriots early on with loans, but debt was quickly growing. As a result the Continental Congress authorized the printing of some $2-3 million bills of credit. With no legitimate backing for value the bills worth quickly skyrocketed with inflation. The phrase “not worth a Continental” quickly came about and America would resist changing back to paper currency till the Civil War. A recent study estimated that the war cost the newly born US around the equivalent of $2.4 billion in todays dollars.

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