Biographies

Elmer E. Ellsworth

Written By: Emily George “The beginnings of great periods have often been marked and made memorable by striking events.  Out of the cloud that hangs around the vague inceptions of revolutions, a startling incident will sometimes flash like lightning, to show that the warring elements have begun their work.”  Published in July 1861, this excerpt …

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From a Teenager in China to an Army Lawyer in America: The Remarkable Career of Judge Advocate General John L. Fugh

Written By: Fred L. Borch While many soldiers can claim to have “remarkable” careers, few match the achievements in uniform of John Liu Fugh.  Born in Beijing, China, in 1934, Fugh came to the United States as a teenager in 1949.  After graduating from law school, he joined the Army in 1960.  For the next …

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Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood: Premier Cavalry Soldier of the American West

 Written By: Lieutenant Colonel Paul Fardink, USA-Ret. History affords the unique perspective of offering clarity through retrospection. Even though Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood, using mutual respect and negotiation—not bullets and bravado—potentially saved the lives of countless cavalrymen, settlers, Native Americans, and Mexicans by ensuring Geronimo’s surrender in 1886 after years of contentious and bloody Indian …

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Sergeant George F. Noland and the Battle of Attu Island, 1943

By Ephriam D. Dickson III Deputy Chief, Field Museums Branch, U.S. Army Center of Military History Six months after their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese military expanded its control into the north Pacific. In June 1942, they launched an air raid against the U.S. naval base at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and then landed …

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Major Walter Reed and the Eradication of Yellow Fever

By Patrick Feng U.S. Army surgeon Major Walter Reed and his discovery of the causes of yellow fever is one of the most important contributions in the field of medicine and human history. During the Spanish-American war, more American soldiers died from yellow fever, malaria, and other diseases than from combat. After the war, the …

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Mario Tonelli

Notre Dame Stadium was packed with fans for the 1937 season finale against the Fighting Irish’s arch rival, the University of Southern California.  With the score tied as the game approached the final minutes of the fourth quarter, the Irish and Trojans laboriously attempted to break the deadlock.  Suddenly, the long-awaited breakthrough came for the Irish when fullback …

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