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23 March: This Day in U.S. Military History

1775: In a speech before the House of Burgesses, future Virginia governor (and colonel of the 1st Virginia Regiment) Patrick Henry exclaims, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

1776: As a force-multiplier for the fledgling Continental Navy, the Continental Congress authorizes the employment of privateers (privately owned and armed merchant ships) against “enemies of these United Colonies,” specifically Great Britain, her commercial shipping, privately owned vessels, and ships of the Royal Navy.

1815: Though the War of 1812 has officially ended – communications being what they are in the early 19th century – the Royal Navy sloop-of-war HMS Penguin under the command of Capt. James Dickenson engages the sloop USS Hornet (the third of eight so-named American Navy ships) under Capt. James Biddle off the South Atlantic archipelago Tristan da Cunha. The fighting is quick and hot: Both captains are wounded; Dickenson mortally. HMS Penguin surrenders in less than one-half hour. Continue reading “23 March: This Day in U.S. Military History”

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20 March: This Day in U.S. Military History

1863: Confederate cavalry under the command of the famous — some might argue, infamous — Kentucky raider, Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan, strikes a sizeable Union reconnaissance force under Col. Albert S. Hall at Vaught’s Hill, Tennessee. Though outnumbered and surrounded, Hall’s hilltop position enables the colonel to beat back a series of attacks until Morgan — learning that Hall is to be reinforced with additional U.S. troops from Murfreesboro — is forced to disengage.

Though Vaught’s Hill was a defeat for Morgan, he was far from whipped.

1922: America’s first aircraft carrier, USS Langley (CV-1), is commissioned at Norfolk, Virginia. Converted from the coaling ship USS Jupiter that supplied ships during World War I, the “Covered Wagon” will again see action as a seaplane tender during World War II. But she will be so badly damaged in an action off Java in 1942, her escorts will be forced to scuttle her. Continue reading “20 March: This Day in U.S. Military History”

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19 March: Today in U.S. Military History

1945: The aircraft carrier USS Franklin sails to within 50 miles of the Japanese mainland – closer than any U.S. carrier during World War II. A lone Japanese bomber slips through the flattop’s defenses and hits Franklin with two armor-piercing bombs. The bombs detonate below the flight deck, igniting fires and devastating the ship. Around 800 sailors are killed and another 400 wounded – the highest casualties for a surviving ship during the war.

“Big Ben’s” death toll would have been far higher were it not for men like Lt. (j.g.) Donald A. Gary, who earned the Medal of Honor when he located a blacked-out mess compartment holding 300 trapped sailors. Gary made repeated trips through the ship, guiding the men to (relative) safety.

1989: The jointly developed Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey makes its maiden flight. The U.S. military’s first tiltrotor aircraft will not enter service until 2007.

1992: Two F-15 Eagles intercept a pair of Russian Tu-95 “Bear” bombers near the Alaskan coast – the first such confrontation since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Continue reading “19 March: Today in U.S. Military History”

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Lewis and Clark virtual ride photo of the day: Culbertson

The Missouri River is a LOT smaller than it used to be at this point of the trip — just under 700 feet wide here. Looking west from the Montana Highway 16 bridge, just south of Culbertson, Montana. Also, I am just 60 miles from the Canadian border.
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Mullikin earns leadership honor

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Environmental attorney and global expedition leader Thomas S. Mullikin has been named among the 2020 South Carolina LEADERSHIP IN LAW HONOREES and will be recognized among this year’s class of honorees hosted by S.C. Lawyers Weekly in partnership with the Charleston School of Law, next month.

The Leadership in Law awards project recognizes accomplished attorneys “from across the Palmetto State who have achieved success in their law practice, made contributions to society and had an impact on the legal profession,” according to S.C. Lawyers Weekly. Of the 28 Leadership in Law honorees, one will be selected Lawyer of the Year.

Mullikin, who in addition to serving as founding partner of the Camden-based Mullikin Law Firm, is a recently retired commander (major general) of the S.C. State Guard. Today he serves as professor at Coastal Carolina University, a professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador (the school’s Galápagos Islands campus), and as chairman of the gubernatorially established South Carolina Floodwater Commission. Continue reading “Mullikin earns leadership honor”