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Swift, Silent and Deadly, these boats are the most lethal weapons in the Navy's inventory. Capable of a wide variety of missions, these boats are Forward Deployed, responsive and ready for action. When a crisis is brewing, the first question the President really asks is "Where are the Submarines?"
Latin for "always ready" was chosen as the US Coast Guard's motto. Captain Francis Saltus Van Boskerck wrote the words in 1922. He wrote the music five years later on a beat-up old piano in Unalaska, Alaska. Semper Paratus
Official Hymn of the United States Air Force. Music by Henry Baker (1854) Words by Mary C. D. Hamilton (1915). Lord, Guard and Guide the Men Who Fly
The USAF became a separate service from the Army in 1947. Over a million great Americans have worn the USAF Blue uniform during the Cold War and afterwards.
I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-term exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish - President John F. Kennedy, special message to Congress on urgent national needs, May 25, 1961
Written as a recruiting song in the late 1950's. Its popularity was such that soon after appearing, it became part of an effort to replace the official service song. The U.S. Air Force Blue
As Americans, we know that the freedom we cherish, and too often take for granted, was paid for with the lives of many soldiers. We choose to remember war in many ways, celebrating victories, solemn remembrance of those who gave their lives, and commeration of the past events.
[The] equipment ... among the most vital to our success in Africa and Europe were the bulldozer, the jeep, the 2 1/2 ton truck, and the C-47 airplane. Curiously enough, none of these is designed for combat. - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Patrick S. Gilmore's (Union Army bandmaster) tune became popular with northerners and southerners alike. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Congress authorized a base realignment and closure (BRAC) round in 2005. At a minimum, BRAC 2005 must eliminate excess physical capacity; the operation, sustainment, and recapitalization of which diverts scarce resources from defense capability. However, BRAC 2005 can make an even more profound contribution to transforming the Department by rationalizing our infrastructure with defense strategy. BRAC 2005 should be the means by which we reconfigure our current infrastructure into one in which operational capacity maximizes both warfighting capability and efficiency. - Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, November 15, 2002
Every non-commissioned officer and soldier, who shall inlist himself in the service of the United States, shall at the time of his so inlisting, or within six days afterwards, have the articles for the government of the forces of the United States read to him. - U.S. Articles of War (1776), Section III, Art. 1
War became a political anthem in 1970 and soared to number one during the long, hot summer. It sold more than three million copies and earned a Grammy Award nomination for best Male Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance.
On March 20, 1779, Captain William Jones, commander of the Marine detachment aboard the Providence, placed an ad in the Providence Gazette: "The Continental ship Providence, now lying at Boston, is bound on a short cruise, immediately; a few good men are wanted to make up her complement." The famous phrase proved an effective recruiting slogan. The Providence set sail in June and, sailing east, encountered a convoy of British ships from Jamaica. The Providence took 11 prizes. After this cruise, Jones and his detachment were taken off the Providence in Charleston, South Carolina, in December 1779 to help man artillery batteries against an anticipated British assault on the city. Jones was captured in May 1780 when Charleston surrendered to the British and later paroled. He spent the final years of the American Revolution working in his family's hardware store in Providence, Rhode Island, but his advertisement had given the Marines one of their most famous descriptions.
Dixie (Song of the South) became to the South what the "Marsellaise" is to France. I have always thought Dixie one of the best tunes I have ever heard. Our adversaries over the way attempted to appropriate it, but I insisted yesterday that we fairly captured it ... I now request the band to favor me with its performance. - Abraham Lincoln (April 10, 1865)
The hymn born during the American Civil War. The verse was written to the song "John Brown's Body" which had a strong marching beat. Battle Hymn of the Republic
Comrades In War: When you think of how strong your friendships were, it's hard not to look back with a certain pleasure on combat, but war is a dirty business, and good friends die. They die when they should go on living for many years of love and laughter with their children until the time comes for them to die peacefully with contentment in the good things they have done for people they have loved.
True heroism is ... not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. - Ron Dicinni
The soldiers of World War II have been called America's greatest generation. They set a standard of service and victory that every American soldier has followed since. When all is said and done it is the soldier on the ground that insures the victory and seals the peace. The liberation of Europe, Africa and the Middle East took years of hard fighting. The Pacific Campaign lasted from 1941 to 1945 before the Phillippines were liberated and Japan occupied.
The US Navy has led the defense of America for over 225 years. In World War II the Navy fought on 3 fronts: the American Theater, Pacific Theater and the Europe, Africa and Middle East Theater. They protected convoys, wiped out the Imperial Japanese Navy and moved and landed all Allied Forces in the Pacific, Africa, Italy and Europe. Truly the most awesome Victory at Sea the World has ever seen.
Based on the 1951 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Herman Wouk The Caine Mutiny . The film depicts a mutiny aboard a fictitious World War II U.S. Navy destroyer minesweeper, the USS Caine (DMS-18), and the subsequent court-martial of two officers. The film received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Recording, Best Film Editing, and Best Dramatic Score. It was the second highest-grossing film in the United States in 1954.
In Korea the Navy's rapid response kept South Korea from falling and the Inchon landing won back South Korea.
In Korea enduring brutal summer heat and freezing winter cold, hard fighting soldiers halted and smashed the North Korean invaders. The Chinese invasion was slammed to a stop and the 38th parallel restored.
500,000 Marines served in Vietnam from 1962 to 1975. From the DMZ and Khe Sanh to the battle of Hue and Dong Ha the largest field Marine Command ever employed stopped the VC and NVA cold.
For a man who killed tens of thousands of people and tortured his enemies, Saddam Hussein was taken into custody in a surprisingly peaceful manner. Photographed hundreds of times shooting off rifles and showing how tough he was, and in fact, he wasn't very tough, he was cowering in a hole in the ground, and had a pistol and didn't use it and certainly did not put up any fight at all. In the last analysis, he seemed not terribly brave. - Donald Rumsfeld 21st Secretary of Defense on Saddam's capture Dec 13, 2003 eight months after Baghdad fell
Show me the manner in which a nation or a community cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender sympathies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals. â€" Gladstone
Katharine Lee Bates wrote the original version in 1893. She wrote the 2nd version in 1904. Her final version was written in 1913. The United States Air Force Band presents America the Beautiful
The original version was written by Irving Berlin (1888-1989) during the summer of 1918. It has become America's Unofficial National Anthem. Kate Smith became linked with God Bless America
During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln heard someone say he hoped the Lord was on the Union's side. Lincoln replied, I am not at all concerned about that, for I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side.
Stripes is a 1981 American war-comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman, starring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P. J. Soles, and John Candy. It also featured several actors in their first significant film roles, including John Larroquette, Sean Young, John Diehl, and Judge Reinhold. It was one of John Candy's breakthrough film appearances.
The most recognizable patriotic song in the nation. There are few songs that speak as strongly to America's patriotic pride as Lee Greenwood's classic. God Bless The USA
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