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Recently the Denver Post’s Perspective section published an essay by Raf Casert’s essay (“WWI’s Battle of Belleau Wood turning point for United States,” May 27) under an AP byline on the relevance of that battle fought in France a century ago this month.  The occasion for Mr. Casert’s article was the planting of an oak sapling (one of a...
WASHINGTON—Unless a traveler has a month with nothing else to do, it is difficult to see most military history sites in Washington, D.C.  There are scores of statutes, monuments, museums and military cemeteries that are too numerous to mention here. A good start is to see some of the “biggies.”  These include Arlington National Cemetery, the National World War II,...
Photo: Tammy Green NEWPORT, R.I.—If you are looking for an eclectic community steeped in history, it would be hard to beat this seaside resort town. Although it can be expensive to bed down in Newport, there are myriad activities and sites that can be done and seen in a day trip to the busy port city. If you go, (and...
BOSTON—No other city in America can offer a visitor so comprehensive a look back through our nation's history as Boston. From the site of the Boston Massacre, a seminal event in our quest for independence from England, to The Freedom Trail, a collection of historically significant sites viewed on a walking tour, Boston holds some of our nation's most...
(Photo courtesy of Marcus Qwertyus, Wikimedia) If you fly into either of Chicago’s main airports, there is military history associated with each. O’Hare International Airport is named for Lt. Cmdr. Edward “Butch” O’Hare, a Chicago-raised, Medal of Honor-winning fighter ace of World War II’s Pacific Theatre.  O’Hare was declared missing in action during a night mission in 1943. Chicago’s smaller and older...
SEOUL—Beyond the barbed wire, guard towers bristling with machine guns and hundreds of thousands of men ready to go to war, this Asian nation has risen economically and has its share of tourist sites. The War Memorial of Korea highlights more than 5,000 years of Korean history through thousands of exhibits.  The War Memorial is one of the best military...
Late in the forenoon watch on Sunday, June 4, 1944, a sonar man on USS Chatelain reported a suspicious contact 800 yards off the destroyer escort’s starboard bow.  He immediately confirmed the sonar “ping” as coming from a submarine and Chatelain’s skipper, Lt. Cdr. Dudley S. Knox, peacetime lawyer and reserve naval officer, commenced his attack.  Thus continued the...
By Jerry Bastarache When a cold winter chills your soul, get yourself down to Argentina as quick as you can.  Below the equator, it is summer.  And as far as North Americans are concerned, it is always a good time to visit  Buenos Aires, with non-stop flights from major U.S. airports,  no visa requirements, and a favorable exchange rate of...
Yorktown (CV-10, CVS-10) The aircraft carrier Yorktown, now moored in Charleston harbor, is the fourth US Navy ship to bear that name and the second aircraft carrier.  The third Yorktown (CV-5) fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea and was later sunk by the Japanese at the conclusion of the battle of Midway in June 1942.  The present Yorktown,...
CHARLESTON, S.C.--History and Charleston are inseparable.  Founded in 1670, immigrants first came here to escape religious oppression.  Later, many became wealthy through the rice, indigo and cotton industries. Visitors to Charleston have the opportunity to see important history sites, tour famous mansions, gardens and dine in some of the nation’s finest restaurants. The main area of Charleston, a city of nearly...
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