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Category: History

Americanism versus Patriotism

According to the Collins English Dictionary, Americanism is:  1) a custom, linguistic usage or other feature peculiar to or characteristic of the United States, its people or their culture; 2) loyalty to the United States, its people, customs, etc.  Patriotism, on the other hand, is defined as love and loyal or zealous support of one’s…
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First Marine Corps Mascot

United States Marine Corps Mascot

Mascots have been used throughout history to represent the spirit and character of a group of people.  Not to be outdone, the United States Marine Corps adopted the bulldog as its mascot on June 27, 1927. Brigadier General Smedley Butler enlisted Jiggs into the Marine Corps as a Sergeant in 1922.  Sergeant Jiggs starred in…
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sosus network | cape hatteras lighthouse

First Soviet Nuclear Submarine Detected in 1962

On June 26, 1962, the first detection of a Soviet nuclear submarine occurred by signals processed at Naval Facility (NAVFAC) Cape Hatteras from the SOSUS network.  This momentous event started as a tasking to scientists and engineers to study anti-submarine warfare with a primary task to develop detection of Soviet submarines.  The extensive SOSUS (Sound…
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Bugler playing Taps

Origins of Taps

While many stories and legends say otherwise, the origin of ‘Taps’ begins in July 1862 at Harrison’s Landing in Virginia by Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield, Commander of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, during the American Civil War. Dissatisfied with the customary firing of three rifle volleys at the…
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