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    I've seen "The Longest Day" more than several times and was disappointed that it was not on the local over-the-air channels.

    But PBS had a show which interviewed actual survivors from the actual soldiers arriving on the landing craft with bullets bouncing around inside what they described as "ricochet chambers" when the ramps dropped.

    The horrors some of them described were unbelievable and far more effective than "just a movie." Many of them broke down and cried over their memories.
    "Gun control is not about public safety, crime reduction, or 'the children.' Gun control is about power. The people have it, and the government would rather they didn't." (An internet poster, not myself.)

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    June 14,1777. The Flag Resolution is passed. Here is the history of Flag Day:

    http://www.usflag.org/flag.day.html

    Fly it proudly today.



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    Texan William Travis Prepares For War With Mexico.

    June 29,1835. This led to a lot of good things. Texas Independence for 9 years (1836-1845) ,then becoming the 28th State in 1845.

    Don't mess with Texas!

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    Determined to win independence for the Mexican State of Texas, William Travis raises a volunteer army of 25 soldiers and prepares to liberate the city of Anahuac.

    Born in South Carolina and raised in Alabama, William Travis moved to Mexican-controlled Texas in 1831 at the age of 22.

    He established a legal practice in Anahuac, a small frontier town about 40 miles east of Houston. From the start, Travis disliked Mexicans personally and resented Mexican rule of Texas politically. In 1832, he clashed with local Mexican officials and was jailed for a month.

    When he was released, the growing Texan independence movement hailed him as a hero, strengthening his resolve to break away from Mexico by whatever means necessary.


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    July 1,1862. The Battle of Malvern Hill takes place. The last battle of the 7 Days Campaign.

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    The Battle of Malvern Hill, also known as the Battle of Poindexter's Farm, took place on July 1, 1862, in Henrico County, Virginia, on the seventh and last day of the Seven Days Battles (Peninsula Campaign) of the American Civil War.

    Gen. Robert E. Lee launched a series of disjointed assaults on the nearly impregnable Union position on Malvern Hill. The Confederates suffered more than 5,300 casualties without gaining an inch of ground.

    Despite his victory, Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan withdrew to entrench at Harrison's Landing on the James River, where his army was protected by gunboats, ending the Peninsula Campaign.


    Cannons at Malvern Hill.
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    First Day on the Somme

    July 1,1916. The beginning of the end of the British Empire.
    19,700 British troops killed and over 37,000 wounded in that one horrific day.

    They have never recovered. 98 years today.

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    The first day on the Somme, 1 July 1916, was the opening day of the Battle of Albert (1–13 July 1916). Nine corps of the French Sixth Army, as well as the British Fourth and Third armies, attacked the German Second Army of General Fritz von Below, from Foucaucourt on the south bank to Serre, north of the Ancre and at Gommecourt 2 miles (3.2 km) beyond.

    The objective of the attack was to capture the German first and second positions from Serre south to the Albert–Bapaume road and the first position from the road south to Foucaucourt.
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    Battle of Gettysburg: The Second Day

    July 2,1863. The most pivotal day in our history since April 19,1775.

    It was 'a near run thing' as the British like to say. A few twists and turns and the South and Robert E.Lee are victorious.

    It all came down to the control of the Round Tops.

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    During the Second Day of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 2, 1863) Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee attempted to capitalize on his first day's success. He launched the Army of Northern Virginia in multiple attacks on the flanks of the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by Maj. Gen. George G. Meade.

    After a short delay to assemble his forces and avoid detection in his approach march, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet attacked with his First Corps against the Union left flank. His division under Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood attacked Little Round Top and Devil's Den. To Hood's left, Maj. Gen. Lafayette McLaws attacked the Wheatfield and the Peach Orchard.

    Although neither prevailed, the Union III Corps was effectively destroyed as a combat organization as it attempted to defend a salient over too wide a front. Gen. Meade rushed as many as 20,000 reinforcements from elsewhere in his line to resist these fierce assaults.

    The attacks in this sector concluded with an unsuccessful assault by the Third Corps division of Maj. Gen. Richard H. Anderson against the Union center on Cemetery Ridge.
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    Battle of Gettysburg Ends

    July 3,1863. With Pickett's ill fated charge, and Robert E.Lee's glaring errors, the high water mark of the Confederacy is reached.

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    On the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate General Robert E. Lee's last attempt at breaking the Union line ends in disastrous failure, bringing the most decisive battle of the American Civil War to an end.

    In June 1863, following his masterful victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville, General Lee launched his second invasion of the Union in less than a year. He led his 75,000-man Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac River, through Maryland, and into Pennsylvania, seeking to win a major battle on Northern soil that would further dispirit the Union war effort and induce Britain or France to intervene on the Confederacy's behalf.

    The 90,000-strong Army of the Potomac pursued the Confederates into Maryland, but its commander, General Joseph Hooker, was still stinging from his defeat at Chancellorsville and seemed reluctant to chase Lee further. Meanwhile, the Confederates divided their forces and investigated various targets, such as Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania capital.
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    July 4,1776

    The Unanimous Declaration of the
    Thirteen United States of America
    In Congress, July 4, 1776

    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

    He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and, when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

    He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them, and formidable to tyrants only.

    He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

    He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing, with manly firmness, his invasions on the rights of the people.

    He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining, in the mean time, exposed to all the dangers of invasions from without and convulsions within.

    He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

    He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

    He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

    He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies, without the consent of our legislatures.

    He has affected to render the military independent of, and superior to, the civil power.

    He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution and unacknowledged by our laws, giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

    For quartering large bodies of armed troops
    among us;

    For protecting them, by a mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states;

    For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world;

    For imposing taxes on us without our consent;

    For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury;

    For transporting us beyond seas, to be tried for pretended offenses;

    For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries, so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these colonies;

    For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments;

    For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

    He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

    He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

    He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation, and tyranny already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

    He has constrained our fellow-citizens, taken captive on the high seas, to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

    He has excited domestic insurrection among us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions.

    In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms; our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

    Nor have we been wanting in our attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them, from time to time, of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity; and we have conjured them, by the ties of our common kindred, to disavow these usurpations which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too, have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our separation, and hold them as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

    WE, THEREFORE, the REPRESENTATIVES of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name and by the authority of the good people of these colonies solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; and that, as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.



    [Signed by] JOHN HANCOCK [President]

    New Hampshire
    JOSIAH BARTLETT,
    WM. WHIPPLE,
    MATTHEW THORNTON.

    Massachusetts Bay
    SAML. ADAMS,
    JOHN ADAMS,
    ROBT. TREAT PAINE,
    ELBRIDGE GERRY

    Rhode Island
    STEP. HOPKINS,
    WILLIAM ELLERY.

    Connecticut
    ROGER SHERMAN,
    SAM’EL HUNTINGTON,
    WM. WILLIAMS,
    OLIVER WOLCOTT.

    New York
    WM. FLOYD,
    PHIL. LIVINGSTON,
    FRANS. LEWIS,
    LEWIS MORRIS.

    New Jersey
    RICHD. STOCKTON,
    JNO. WITHERSPOON,
    FRAS. HOPKINSON,
    JOHN HART,
    ABRA. CLARK.

    Pennsylvania
    ROBT. MORRIS
    BENJAMIN RUSH,
    BENJA. FRANKLIN,
    JOHN MORTON,
    GEO. CLYMER,
    JAS. SMITH,
    GEO. TAYLOR,
    JAMES WILSON,
    GEO. ROSS.

    Delaware
    CAESAR RODNEY,
    GEO. READ,
    THO. M’KEAN.

    Maryland
    SAMUEL CHASE,
    WM. PACA,
    THOS. STONE,
    CHARLES CARROLL
    of Carrollton.

    Virginia
    GEORGE WYTHE,
    RICHARD HENRY LEE,
    TH. JEFFERSON,
    BENJA. HARRISON,
    THS. NELSON, JR.,
    FRANCIS LIGHTFOOT LEE,
    CARTER BRAXTON.

    North Carolina
    WM. HOOPER,
    JOSEPH HEWES,
    JOHN PENN.

    South Carolina
    EDWARD RUTLEDGE,
    THOS. HAYWARD, JUNR.,
    THOMAS LYNCH, JUNR.,
    ARTHUR MIDDLETON.

    Georgia
    BUTTON GWINNETT,
    LYMAN HALL,
    GEO. WALTON.
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    Thank you for the compliment! And welcome to GRM, rcammo.
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    December 11,1941

    Germany declares war on the United States, 4 days after Pearl Harbor, and history changes.

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    On December 11, 1941, Germany declared war upon the United States, in response to what was claimed to be a series of provocations by the United States government when the US was formally neutral during World War II. Later that day, the United States declared war on Germany.
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    December 14,1799. George Washington dies at Mount Vernon at age 67. Our most famous American since 1756 to this day , he leaves a legacy that can never be duplicated.

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    George Washington, the American revolutionary leader and first president of the United States, dies of acute laryngitis at his estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia. He was 67 years old.

    George Washington was born in 1732 to a farm family in Westmoreland County, Virginia. His first direct military experience came as a lieutenant colonel in the Virginia colonial militia in 1754, when he led a small expedition against the French in the Ohio River valley on behalf of the governor of Virginia. Two years later, Washington took command of the defenses of the western Virginian frontier during the French and Indian War. After the war's fighting moved elsewhere, he resigned from his military post, returned to a planter's life, and took a seat in Virginia's House of Burgesses.
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    The Bill of Rights Becomes Law

    December 15,1791. Certainly one of our most important days. Virginia makes it official. We've been battling about it ever since.

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    On this day in 1791, Virginia becomes the last state to ratify the Bill of Rights, making the first ten amendments to the Constitution law and completing the revolutionary reforms begun by the Declaration of Independence.

    Before the Massachusetts ratifying convention would accept the Constitution, which they finally did in February 1788, the document's Federalist supporters had to promise to create a Bill of Rights to be amended to the Constitution immediately upon the creation of a new government under the document.
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    Iwo Jima 70 Years Ago Today

    February 19,1945. The Battle of Iwo Jima begins. The bloodiest single day in American military history since September 9,1862 at Antietam, Maryland.

    Over 5,000 Americans died that day, the majority from the U.S. Marine Corps. Lest we forget. Semper Fi.

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    The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945), or Operation Detachment, was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Empire during World War II.

    The American invasion had the goal of capturing the entire island, along with its three airfields (including the South Field and the Central Field), to provide a staging area for attacks on the Japanese main islands.[2] This five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific of World War II.


    February 23,1945. Mt. Suribachi Flag Rising. Photo by Joe Rosenthal.
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    Hiroshima + 70 Years

    August 6,1945. "Little Boy" is dropped from the Enola Gay and the world changes forever.

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    On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world’s first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.
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    I realize now that I never asked my dad or any of my family what they remembered from that time in our history. Heck I didn't realize the man I called uncle was my great great uncle and a WWI vet.
    When and how did I become a senior member? Remember don't drink the Kool-aid!!

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    United States Marine Corps. Happy Birthday #240

    Our most fabled service. Founded November 10, 1775. My grateful appreciation to every Marine, active, retired and those who have left us . Semper Fidelis.

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    During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress passes a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces for the recently formed Continental Navy. The resolution, drafted by future U.S. president John Adams and adopted in Philadelphia, created the Continental Marines and is now observed as the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.
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    Abe Lincolns 207th Birthday Anniversary

    Love him or dread him, our 16th President is still vivid in memory today. The legends, the debates, the greatest war in our history,the assassination, the what might have beens, all add to the aura.

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    On this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln is born in Hodgenville, Kentucky.

    Lincoln, one of America’s most admired presidents, grew up a member of a poor family in Kentucky and Indiana. He attended school for only one year, but thereafter read on his own in a continual effort to improve his mind. As an adult, he lived in Illinois and performed a variety of jobs including stints as a postmaster, surveyor and shopkeeper, before entering politics. He served in the Illinois legislature from 1834 to 1836, and then became an attorney. In 1842, Lincoln married Mary Todd; together, the pair raised four sons.
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    Archduke Franz Ferdinand Assassinated

    June 28, 1914. The day that changed the world more than any other in the past two centuries.

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    On this day in 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie are shot to death by a Bosnian Serb nationalist during an official visit to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. The killings sparked a chain of events that led to the outbreak of World War I by early August. On 28 June 1919, five years to the day after Franz Ferdinand's death, Germany and the Allied Powers signed the Treaty of Versailles, officially marking the end of World War I.

    The archduke travelled to Sarajevo in June 1914 to inspect the imperial armed forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, annexed by Austria-Hungary in 1908. The annexation had angered Serbian nationalists, who believed the territories should be part of Serbia. A group of young nationalists hatched a plot to kill the archduke during his visit to Sarajevo, and after some missteps, 19-year-old Gavrilo Princip was able to shoot the royal couple at point-blank range, while they traveled in their official procession, killing both almost instantly.


    Minutes before the assassinations.
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    The Battle of the Somme.The First Day

    July 1,1916. Many historians have said that this day marked the beginning of the end of the British Empire. Even 5 generations and 100 years later, Britons still remember this day as the bloodiest moment in their long military history.

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    The Battle of the Somme (French: Bataille de la Somme, German: Schlacht an der Somme), also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire.

    It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of upper reaches of the River Somme in France. It was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front; more than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

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    nice post..

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    it's great buddy

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    75th Anniversary- On this day in History, Germany launches Operation Barbarossa—the invasion of Russia on Jun 22, 1941


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    good luck buddy

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    The Doolittle Raid April 18, 1942

    America starts the road back in the Pacific, 75 years ago today.

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    The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, on Saturday, April 18, 1942, was an air raid by the United States of America on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other places on the island of Honshu during World War II, the first air strike to strike the Japanese Home Islands.

    It demonstrated that Japan itself was vulnerable to American air attack, served as retaliation for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941, and provided an important boost to American morale. The raid was planned and led by Lieutenant Colonel James "Jimmy" Doolittle of the United States Army Air Forces.
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    I'll have to watch "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" and "Destination Tokyo" tonight.

    Good flicks!

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