Tag Archives: Washington

Lincoln on my Mind

April 14, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. As a military historian I have over the years come to respect Lincoln’s leadership during the Civil War.  As an American historian I admire his astitute political … Continue reading

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A Norvell Family Christmas Vacation – or the holidays from h…

Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: “Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together.” In 1989 my mother came to visit with us for 6 weeks (that’s 42 … Continue reading

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Wild in the Streets — Washington DC 1968-1971

From 1968-1971, before I entered flying training, I was assigned to a staff position in a command post in Washington, D.C. This was a time of great upheaval in America. In April 1968, two months after I arrived at Bolling … Continue reading

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A Family Torn Asunder

Emily Walker Norvell,  the daughter of Major Edwin Forrest Norvell and Margaretta Smith Norvell,  was born March 8, 1871 in Michigan. On May 15, 1899, she married Dr. Edward Oliver Belt, a noted professor of ophthalmology and otology at Howard University, … Continue reading

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Washington in 1968

In 1968, I was a newly minted Air Force second lieutenant stationed in Washington DC. My initial duty was at Bolling Air Force Base in the South east part of the city on the Potomac. There I reported on February … Continue reading

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Fleeing Washington

In August 1814 John Norvell and his brother in law Spencer Houghton Cone found themselves as part of the American forces defending the City of Washington from the British invasion at the Battle of Bladensburg.   At the time, Norvell was married … Continue reading

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The Last Flight of the Vietnam War

August 15, 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of  the end of air combat missions during the Vietnam War. While, the January 1973 Paris Peace Accords ostensibly ended  military operations in North and South Vietnam, in Cambodia there was no peace … Continue reading

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