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The Monroe Doctrine

US Military History Throughout The Years

Short bits of history you know and some you may not!

  • Rainbow Division: Friday, November 30, 1917 – Activated in 1917 in response to the need to quickly build up the US Army, the 42nd Division arrives in France during WW1. Nicknamed the “Rainbow” Division the division was comprised of National Guard units from 26 states and had members from nearly all US States. The shoulder patch adopted for wear took on the nickname and was originally a near complete rainbow. The division saw service in WW1, WW2 and the Global War on Terror and currently is comprised of multiple units from New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Maryland and New Hampshire as a National Guard division.
  • Enterprise: Saturday, December 1, 2012 – Commissioned in 1961, the USS Enterprise would be deactivated after 51 years of active service in 2012. She was the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier and the eighth vessel in the US Navy to bear her name. The only ship of her class, five more were planned and canceled, she would see 55 years in total service by time of full decommissioning. USS Enterprise would respond to the Cuban Missile Crisis, deploy to the Vietnam War, respond to tensions in Korea, complete an around the world deployment and provide air support during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. At the time of her inactivation she was the third oldest ship in the US Navy with the USS Constitution and USS Pueblo out aging her.
  • Monroe Doctrine: Tuesday, December 2, 1823 – During his seventh annual State of the Union Address, President Monroe would outline what would become known as the Monroe Doctrine. This doctrine asserted the the Old and New World would remain separate, with any intervention in politics in the Americas by foreign powers to be deemed potentially hostile to the USA. In short the doctrine opposed continued European colonization of the Americas and the neutrality of the US in European affairs. Most of Europe ignored the doctrine and the US was not able to actively enforce it due to the small US Navy at the time. Great Britain however supported it and would help keep European powers out of the Americas. The doctrine would shape international policy for years to come, with the USA taking it upon itself to ensure that the Americas remained democratic and free of foreign intervention.

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