Boom Town: Fort Bragg During WWII

Germany’s invasion of Western Europe on May 10, 1940 led directly to a massive buildup of training bases across America, including Fort Bragg. The Nazi Blitzkrieg was a clear warning that America had to be …

Celebrating Army Chaplain Corps Anniversary: The Story of Chaplain Charles Watters

Chaplain (Major) Charles J. Watters, like other Army Chaplains during the Vietnam War, provided spiritual guidance to men in combat and improved morale. Watters, a Catholic priest, spent 16 months …

Airborne Operations in Sicily: Operation Husky

With the Germans defeated in Africa, Allied leaders decided to invade Sicily to gain more complete control of the Mediterranean Sea and knock Italy out of the war. Airborne assaults …

Korean War Spotlight: The Story of Corporal Rudy Hernandez

Corporal Rodolfo Pérez “Rudy” Hernández (April 14, 1931 – December 21, 2013) was a United States Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor, America’s highest military decoration, for his actions on …

The U.S. Army’s First Parachute Combat Assault

The first Allied Airborne assault of World War II was planned as a part of Operation TORCH, the invasion of North Africa on November 8, 1942. The invasion force- 107,000 …

Operation Iceberg: The Battle of Okinawa

On April 1st, 1945, the final amphibious landing of the war occurred when the U.S. Tenth Army invaded Okinawa.  Consisting of four U.S. Army divisions, and three U.S. Marine divisions, the …

Los Banos Internment Camp: The Patty Kelly Stevens Story

On February 23, 1945, the U.S. Army Airborne and Filipino guerrilla task force combined their efforts to liberate 2,147 Allied civilian and military internees from Los Banos Internment Camp, a …

The History of the Monuments Men

The Nazis War on Culture: “Degenerate Art” The fate of the 11 million victims of the Holocaust was shaped by Nazi propaganda and the “weaponization” of art during the mid-1920s …

The Angels in Red Hats: MACV Team 162

The story of the Vietnamese Airborne Advisory Detachment is in many ways a study of America’s best efforts to support the democratic state of South Vietnam. The detachment, later known …

Pathfinders: First on French Soil

Shortly after midnight on 6 June 1944, a group of low-flying C-47 aircraft crossed over the French coast. Eight minutes later, Captain Frank L. Lillyman, leader of the 101st Airborne …