Jeff Carnes: Veteran in the Spotlight

As a military linguist, Jeff Carnes provided a critical link between American troops, foreign forces, and the local population, establishing trust in treacherous times. Fluent in Arabic, Carnes connected intimately with the local people during his tour in Iraq in 2003. He recalls a conversation with an Iraqi civilian named

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The Life and Letters of World War I Aerial Observer Lt. Mortimer M. Lawrence – November 1917

Address: Detachment Aerial Observers Signal Corps Concentration Camp, Garden City, L.I. Nov. 20th, 1917 Dear Folks:- Talk about hard luck.  This morning I had it all fixed up to get a 48 hr. leave and then went down for the fifth time to try and phone Uncle Al and finally

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William Stark and the Church Pennant

While serving aboard a landing craft (USS LCI (L)-23) in the Solomon Islands during World War II, William Stark of Waukesha was saved by what he must have believed was partly “divine intervention.” In 1943, when his landing craft beached to unload, Motor Machinist’s Mate Second Class William Stark was

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USS Cole Bombing: The Road to 9/11

On the morning of October 12, 2000, the USS Cole was attacked in Yemen’s Aden harbor by two suicide bombers piloting a small boat loaded with an estimated 700 pounds of explosives. The subsequent blast tore a 40-by-60-foot gash in the side of the guided-missile destroyer, claimed the lives of

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The Life and Letters of World War I Aerial Observer Lt. Mortimer M. Lawrence – October 1917

Sunday Oct 28th   Dear Folks:- The box containing the sweater and the candy came this morning.  Thank you for sending the sweater.  Thank Will for the candy, it sure tastes fine and I appreciate his thinking of me. There hasn’t been anything particularly new here this week.  We have

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Wisconsin Veterans and September 11, 2001

  It has been sixteen years since the events of September 11, 2001. That fateful day prompted the nation into action, and within two years the United States was involved in two conflicts in the Middle East, participating in what has been termed “the Global War on Terrorism.” With the

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The Life and Letters of World War I Aerial Observer Lt. Mortimer M. Lawrence – September 1917

Fort Sill, Sept. 23rd Dear Folks:- Well the suit case arrived yesterday noon and everything was O.K.  Thank you for all the trouble you took in packing it, also for the chocolate papers, etc. The cookies also came and were very welcome.  We all enjoyed them.  Thank you and come

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A War by Invention by Kevin Hampton

Commonly referred to at the time as the “War to End All Wars,” World War I was in fact not a “last” but a “first.” Innovations in technology, tactics, and equipment ushered in a new era of warfare that defined how wars were fought for the next one hundred years.

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The Life and Letters of World War I Aerial Observer Lt. Mortimer M. Lawrence – August 1917

Co. C. 41st Infantry, Fort Snelling, Minn., Aug. 2, 1917. Dear Folks:- Received your letters and yesterday afternoon received by parcel post a bundle of Saturday Evening Posts from April 7th to July 28th inclusive. They were all labeled B.K. Mills and had a Western Malleables tag so I judged

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The Life and Letters of World War I Aerial Observer Lt. Mortimer M. Lawrence – July 1917

July 3, 1917.   Dear Folks:- Well tomorrow is a holiday and I think we will all appreciate it.  Some of the men are going to march in the parade at Highland Park but I didn’t volunteer so I am not going. If this letter gets home before my laundry

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