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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

War Stories

Memorial Day: Remembering All Who Have Served, Including Military Dogs

Memorial Day, initially known as Decoration Day, began shortly after the Civil War in the... continue »

Martha Gellhorn (1908-1998), Writer and Highly Respected War Correspondent

Covered Spanish Civil War, World War II, and Vietnam War as well as wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua and the U.S. invasion of Panama... continue »

Frances Wills and Harriet Ida Pickens, First African-American Women to become WAVES Officers (1944)

With so many men going overseas during World War II, the government needed ways to get additional help. In the Navy their solution was to... continue »

The Other Lincoln Movie: Saving Lincoln

Just as Steven Spielberg filmed a little-known story of Lincoln and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, two other filmmakers, screenwriting duo Nina and Salvador... continue »

Living Legacy Project Gives Thanks to Civil War Veterans by Planting New Trees–620,000 of Them

In commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) partnership has launched an initiative of national significance called... continue »

Gettysburg and Its Important Place in Our American Story

Last week I visited Gettysburg and learned what it means when we hear, "the acts of men shaped the fate of a nation..." Being there... continue »

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), Growing Up to be President

Served as president from 1953-1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower came to national prominence and was elected to the presidency in 1953 because of his esteemed military... continue »

Honoring the Veterans and Those Who Tell Their Stories

Today we have both video and audio reports from war zones, and whenever there is breaking news we can access as much information about a... continue »

Trainer Willy Necker and His Dogs

Willy Necker was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1909. His father was a building contractor who raised dogs as a hobby so Willy grew up... continue »

National Park Week Celebration Continues: The Movies 100 Years Ago

Most of us love going to the movies. Whether we are there to be entertained, enlightened, or to be exposed to other worlds, we love... continue »

Virginia Hall (1906-1982), World War II Spy for the Allies

Virginia Hall worked as a spy for the Allies during World War II. She served overseas, and when the war ended, she was awarded the... continue »

Dorie Miller (1919-1943), Hero of World War II

Serving in a noncombat role in the Navy, Dorie Miller responded heroically when the battleship West Virginia was attacked at Pearl Harbor Because the Navy... continue »