Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America's past. These stories are about Americans - people just like you - who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you. Kate Kelly

World War II

The Government Asked For Pets for Defense in the 1940s

What if the U.S. government wanted your dog to enlist in the military? That's exactly the request that went out in 1942 shortly after Pearl... continue »

Chips, First Dog Sent Overseas in World War II

Chips was a mutt--a mix of German Shepherd, Collie, and Siberian Husky--living happily with the Edward Wren family in Pleasantville, New York when World War... continue »

American Dogs in the Military

The news that a dog had been an important member of the team that brought down Osama Bin Laden in the spring of 2011 highlighted... continue »

Postage Stamp Honors Late Cartoonist Bill Mauldin

If you have ever stopped by the post office to buy a special type of stamp for a wedding invitation or a holiday card, then... continue »

Summer Care Packages Have Honorable Heritage

With sleep-away camps in full swing this month, package delivery services are also a little busier than usual as parents send "care packages" filled with... continue »