Tag Archives: WWI

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 […]

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 […]

Fireworks

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY TO CALVET’S HOME LOAN PROGRAM!

As birthdays go, this is a big one: the 100th of the California Department of Veterans Affairs’ Home Loan Program. On May 30, 1921, the California Veterans Farm and Home Loan program was signed into law by Governor William Stephens to assist and reward the state’s military veterans. Beginning with the first loan that closed […]

American troops line up on the streets of Nazarie. Saint

103 YEARS AGO TODAY, FIRST U.S. TROOPS LAND IN FRANCE AS AMERICANS ENTER WORLD WAR I

The French port of Saint Nazaire, in the Bay of Biscay, was supposed to be among the best-kept secrets of World War I. Why? Because that is where the first 14,000 American infantrymen were to land on June 26, 1917. German submarines had been wreaking havoc in the Atlantic Ocean, and loose lips could turn […]

Belgian WWI photo exhibit on display at CalVet Headquarters

If you’re a World War I buff, you may want to make time to view the photo exhibit on display at CalVet Headquarters through May 1. The exhibit includes photographs and descriptions of the epic and one-of-a-kind story of the Belgian Expeditionary Corps of Armored Cars, a military unit that received a hero’s welcome in […]