American History in Real LifeMovies in the past have often shown characters that were touched by historical events. Yet sometimes, the truth is often more fantastic than anything Hollywood can devise. These stories of real people show how the events of the past touched their lives. Some times the stories are dramatic, sometimes simple, but all in all they weave a tapesty of the richness of the American experience.
- Who’s your Daddy? June 17, 2018
- At RFK’s grave in Arlington with Jackie Kennedy – 50 years ago June 7, 2018
- Racing Back to Vietnam – A Good Read June 1, 2018
- On to SEA in ’73 May 5, 2018
- F4 Graduation Day April 12, 2018
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Category Archives: Combat
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