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Iconic photo of an Army guy with a tin cup waiting for coffee. There is a sign in the background that says "coffee."

NATIONAL COFFEE DAY: TIME FOR A GOOD STIFF … ‘CUPPA JOE’ 

Today is National Coffee Day, and no one appreciates a good cup of coffee more than members of the United States military. Why, you might ask?  Because they rarely get a really good cup of coffee. In galleys and mess halls, it’s brewed for the masses – thick, industrial and served from urns. No talls, ventis, grandes or trentas here, folks.  […]

A B-29 bomber flying over the central valley of California.

B-29 BOMBER’S MAIDEN FLIGHT 79 YEARS AGO, WITH HISTORY TO FOLLOW

On this day in 1942, the first B-29 Superfortress bomber made its maiden flight in Seattle. Built by Boeing and the brainchild of General Henry H. “Hap’ Arnold, this plane was a modern marvel. (Incidentally, Arnold learned to fly at the hands of the Wright brothers, but that’s another story.) It was the first U.S. […]

William McKinley was the 25th U.S. President

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: FUTURE PRESIDENT FED UNION TROOPS UNDER FIRE

On this day in 1862, Union commissary Sergeant William McKinley braved enemy fire to feed Union troops during the Battle of Antietam – the single bloodiest day on American soil – and earned the praise of Colonel Rutherford B. Hayes. McKinley, then just 19 years old and serving in the 23rd Ohio Volunteers, drove a […]

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Scott Jenkins interacts with Afghan children at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Aug. 30, 2021. The Defense Department through Northern Command and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening and general support for up to 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible.

CALIFORNIA’S VETERANS CAN HELP AFGHAN REFUGEES BEGIN LIVES ANEW

The 20-year war in Afghanistan is over. More than 2,400 American military personnel died fighting there. Four Californians were among the 13 servicemembers who perished in the evacuation operation’s final days. The war also claimed the lives of more than 3,600 civilian contractors and tens of thousands of Afghans since 2001. Many Americans who served […]

An illustration, pen on paper, of a bear sitting on a log near a campfire reading the headlines CA admitted into the union.

ADMIT IT: CALIFORNIA BECAME 31ST STATE 171 YEARS AGO TODAY

On September 9, 1850, California became the 31st state in the union, just two years removed from Mexican control and joining a nation in expansion mode. After Spain ruled Mexico and the West for 300 years, Mexico gained its independence in 1821 and with it, control of California among its realm. With the United States […]

A picture of the pilot and his plane from the Soviet Air Force who flew a MIG-25 to Hakodate, Japan, where he landed and requested asylum in the U.S.

REMINDERS OF THE LABORS ON LABOR DAYS PAST FOR U.S. MILITARY

As we celebrate Labor Day weekend, here’s a bit of background on the holiday, how it came to be, and some events that happened on Labor Days throughout history. In the spring of 1894 – and after several years of growing labor unrest across the nation – workers of the Pullman Palace Car Company in […]

Man in cockpit of WWII Bi-plane.

THANKING WW II VETERANS FROM THE OPEN COCKPIT OF A BI-PLANE

NAPA – Bob Bischoff climbed into the front seat of a 1943 Boeing Stearman bi-plane earlier this week for a joyride over the Napa Valley’s vineyards and neighborhoods. Referring to pilot Andrew Lohmar, Bischoff said “He would turn like this,” then turned his hands downward as if an airplane. The 95-year-old U.S. Army veteran continued, […]

Two photos of the purple heart heros, horse Sergeant Reckless and dog Sergeant Stubby

TWO PURPLE HEART RECIPIENTS WHO RISKED THEIR HIDES FOR FREEDOM

Some 1.8 million brave souls have received Purple Heart Medals in the 246-year history of the American military. On this National Purple Heart Day, count among them a pair of four-legged sergeants who earned two each. Yes, two animals have received Purple Hearts for their wartime wounds: A dog named Sergeant Stubby during World War […]

79 YEARS AGO TODAY, GENE AUTRY JOINED THE MILITARY WITH GREAT FANFARE AND WITH FANS LISTENING IN

79 YEARS AGO TODAY, GENE AUTRY JOINED THE MILITARY WITH GREAT FANFARE AND WITH FANS LISTENING IN In 1942, shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor drew the United States into World War II, celebrities from entertainers to athletes enlisted or were drafted into the military. Few, however, went in with the fanfare – and […]

Vintage postcard from the 4th of July, firecrackers.

HAPPY 245th BIRTHDAY TO ‘US’, AND OTHER STUFF THAT HAPPENED ON OTHER FOURTHS

The United States of America turns 245 years old today — with a healthy dose of Old Glory, bunting and barbecues, parades and picnics, fifes and fireworks. On July 4, 1776, 56 men including John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, and Secretary Charles Thomson signed those fighting words known as the Declaration of Independence. […]