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War Stories

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 »

Susie King Taylor (1848-1912), Educator, Author, Activist

First woman to openly teach former slaves at a school in Georgia. Only African-American woman to publish a memoir of her work during the Civil... continue »

Mae West Life Preserver: Countless Owe Lives to It

Most of the time, it’s the little things that count. Anyone in the military knows that the mode of transport and the types of firepower... continue »

Rin-Tin-Tin: The True Story

Like most Hollywood legends, the story of Rin-Tin-Tin has many versions. One California professor has gone to great lengths to document the truth. From the... continue »

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 »

Sergeant Stubby, World War I Mascot

Though the United States did not yet have an official program for using dogs in the military until World War II, one dog--a pit bull--earned... 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 »

Loretta Walsh: First Woman to Enlist in Navy

Loretta Perfectus Walsh was the first woman to enlist in the U.S. Navy (March 17, 1917) and the first woman to reach the rank of... continue »

Martin Luther King and the Civil War’s Sesquicentennial

Today, on the threshold of the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, we are fulfilling one... continue »

George Washington’s Teeth: A President in Pain

Throughout his life George Washington (1732-1799) suffered from dental problems. He lost many of his teeth while still young. The story of his teeth reveals... continue »

Embalming Invented During Civil War

HOW THE CIVIL WAR CHANGED FUNERAL... continue »