Posts in category "Military History"

Second Chances - The French Commando School

Second Chances - The French Commando School
After serving four years on active duty in the United States Army from 1986 to 1990, I volunteered to serve in the Illinois National Guard as a Staff Sergeant in Company C of the 131st Illinois Infantry.  We were lucky enough to be able to travel to the French Martinique and actively compete in the... Read more »

Remembering the Chicago that Escaped Pearl Harbor

Remembering the Chicago that Escaped Pearl Harbor
As many Americans know, December 7, 1941 is the day that submarines and airplanes of the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In 1994 Congress declared this day as a National Day of Remembrance of the 2,403 military and civilian lives that were lost. Since I have lived in... Read more »

General Balbo Flies Again at Festa Italiana in Little Italy

General Balbo Flies Again at Festa Italiana in Little Italy
This past Friday I had the distinct honor to be present at the University Village Association at 1453 W. Talylor Street for three distinct events. First of all this weekend is Festa Italiana and runs through Sunday.  The Fest is free with a $5 suggested donation and features everything Italian from food to music to... Read more »
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D-Day Tribute to my Grandfather - Finding James W. Case

D-Day Tribute to my Grandfather - Finding James W. Case
I knew my grandfather, James Wesley Case, was in the Army during WWII. I knew this because I spent time with him and my grandmother, Pauline, in their home in Fountain, MI. I was only about four or five years old and I remember seeing this picture of him and a few of the men... Read more »

Honor Guard Pranks - Memorial Day Tribute to the Humans Behind the Uniforms part III

Honor Guard Pranks - Memorial Day Tribute to the Humans Behind the Uniforms part III
This is the last in my series of “The Humans Behind the Uniforms” Memorial Day tribute series and I would be remiss if I didn’t dedicate it to the sheer genius that can come out of young soldiers with too much time on their hands. While the “Old Guard”,and other military units for that matter,... Read more »

Old Guard Bloopers - A Memorial Day Tribute to the Humans Behind The Uniform - Part II

Old Guard Bloopers - A Memorial Day Tribute to the Humans Behind The Uniform - Part II
So yesterday I started my three part Memorial Day series honoring the very real humans behind the spotless uniforms of “The Old Guard”.  If you read yesterday’s post I mentioned that both of these particular Old Guard bloopers revolved around members of the animal kingdom.  Yesterday we talked about the harrowing cicadas that attended military... Read more »
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Old Guard Bloopers - A Memorial Day Tribute to the Humans Behind The Uniform

Old Guard Bloopers - A Memorial Day Tribute to the Humans Behind The Uniform
As we approach Memorial Day I was inspired by a recent suggestion to write a personal story relating to an upcoming event and I am hoping that this becomes one of three articles that I intend to write before the end of this week. Many people who even know me fairly well may not know... Read more »

Ring in the New Year at Navy Pier with a Bell from The White City

Ring in the New Year at Navy Pier with a Bell from The White City
Wow! How’s that for a thoroughly confusing article title!  No kidding though! There will be hundreds if not thousands of people flocking to Navy Pier in Chicago for New Year’s festivities and never know how close they are to a historic relic from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition!  At the eastern most end of the... Read more »

Camp Douglas P.O.W. baptisms by Chicago's St. James Church

Camp Douglas P.O.W. baptisms by Chicago's St. James Church
Many times writers need inspiration for stories and yesterday I received some from David Keller who is the managing director of the Camp Douglas Restoration Foundation.  I have had the honor of meeting many from the Hyde Park Historical Society and also from the Jackson Park Advisory Council in my research exploits concerning the 1893... Read more »
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The Krupp Gun Pavilion at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition: The largest gun, a huge scandal, historic mystery and the cooling of the White City

The Krupp Gun Pavilion at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition: The largest gun, a huge scandal, historic mystery and the cooling of the White City
Again history can sometimes be stranger than fiction and again as I look closer at the history of the World’s Columbian Exposition I am never disappointed by what is uncovered.  Friedrich Alfred Krupp (1854 – 1902) was known as the richest man in Germany at the time of the World’s Columbian Exposition and his estimated... Read more »