03 September 1783 – Independence Day?

Lots of Americans know the significance of 01 September (Germany invaded Poland) and 02 September (VJ Day), but rare is the individual who knows the significance of 03 September. In 1783, three American peace commissioners and one British commissioner Richard Oswald signed the Treaty of Paris . This treaty between Great Britain and United States [...]

A Hero's Hero: Part II

Here is the rest of Colonel Murray’s story…read here if you missed the first part… He knew that this bridge like the first would be mined. Lt. Murray considered using the rubber boats, but quickly discarded that idea as it would take too long and he didn’t have the time. The planks were a possible [...]

A Hero's Hero! Part I

Everyone has a hero, someone you admire and wish to become. Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle wrote, “Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of man you are, for it shows me what your ideal of manhood is and what kind of man you long to be.” As a young boy, [...]

Medal of Honor Society Convention in Charleston, 29 September – 03 October!

The South Carolina State Guard Foundation and The Citadel are hosting the 2010 Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. This will be a celebration honoring the 87 living recipients of our nation’s highest award for bravery in combat — The Medal of Honor. I will be posting Medal of Honor stories [...]

Volunteer Profile on Dr. Art Schmitt – Helicopter pilot extraordinaire!

One beautiful summer day a 15-year-old boy and future Eagle Scout looked up into the New Jersey sky and saw a Marine F4U Corsair fly over in a low pass, he said to himself, “That’s what I want to do one day!” Be careful what you wish for… Art Schmitt grew up in Brooklyn, New [...]

What is a knot? Part II

The use of the term knot goes back to the day of sailing ships. Sailors would toss over a “Dutch log” which had a line attached with knots tied into it at intervals. Through trial and error, seamen found that the 28-second sand glass would do the best job and you didn’t want more time, [...]

What is a knot? Part I

Coming back up the ladders from the 3rd deck (2 decks below the hangar deck, naval architecture is a topic for another post) a short while ago, I met two lost gentlemen who asked if there was a way to get off the Yorktown…they were afraid their tour was going to end like the voyage [...]

Naval aviators out West!

If you thought flying off an aircraft carrier at night was pretty hairy, check out this video below of a 15 year old girl in a steep mountain canyon in Washington State. She fell off a cliff into the Skokomish River. It happened on a hike with several other people in the Skokomish River Canyon [...]

Bureau of Naval Aeronautics founded 1921

Yesterday marked the 89th anniversary of the formation of the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics on 10 August 1921. Charlestonian Captain William Adger Moffett was nominated by President Harding to become the first Chief of the Bureau of Naval Aeronautics, a position he would hold until his death in the crash of the airship Akron in [...]

Korean War – 60 years ago

On 23 June 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea. This “surprise” war led to the United States rebuilding our military, which had been pared down rapidly at the end of the world war. Many reservists  were called back into active service, of whom, many had seen action in World War II. The U. S. Navy [...]