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.
- Chicks in Tow July 22, 2018
- The Day Time Stopped – We drop the Hook July 9, 2018
- Three Independence Days July 1, 2018
- Party suits, Patches, and Jewelry — the well dressed Fighter Jock June 26, 2018
- Who’s your Daddy? June 17, 2018
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Category Archives: Vietnam War
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