Category: Historical Accounts

It’s because a lot of other men died

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Olin M. Gray, Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company Q, Fourth Marine Raider Battalion, in the early part of the engagement at Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 20…

“One War is Enough” –Edgar L. Jones, 1946

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Edgar L. Jones and was originally published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1946. During his forty months of war duty, Edgar L. Jones served for over a year with the British Eighth Army in North Africa. He also served as a merchant seaman, an Army historian, and for seven months as The Atlantic correspondent in the Far…

Why Study History?

At the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, I teach a first-year seminar on the history of American veterans coming home from war. I don’t teach this class so that my students can learn this history for its own sake. Rather, I teach it because studying history can provide my students with solutions to many of the problems we face today. When you…

A History of Veterans Day

  “Beginning in the early 1790s,” writes Sarah J. Purcell, “both Democratic-Republican and Federalist newspapers began to publish occasional pieces with the message that individual and humble soldiers ought to be accorded public respect for their service to the nation.” Much of the public respect that followed was informal and sporadic. It wasn’t until November 11th, 1919 that President Woodrow Wilson…

Running with Team RWB

One little known fact about the generation of men that fought “the Good War” is that many of them — like combat veterans before and since — found it incredibly difficult to readjust to life at home. “Peace,” Maureen Daly wrote in the Ladies’ Home Journal in May 1947, “It’s a problem.” Once the Second World War ended, most people were anxious to…

Marcus Brotherton on His New Book, “Feast for Thieves”

An elite paratrooper survives the Second World War. Used to solving problems with a rifle or his fists, he’s known as the most incorrigible soldier in his company. What sort of minister might such a man make? That’s the question Marcus Brotherton sets out to answer in his new book, Feast for Thieves. To answer it, Brotherton, who has written several…

Walking off the War

“I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. When body and mind are out of gear (and those twin parts of me live at such close quarters that the one always catches melancholy from the other) I know that I have only to call in my doctors and I shall be well again.” –George Macaulay Trevelyan, “Walking,” 1913 In…