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WWII pilot returns home after 73 years

Drew Brooks The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. More than seven decades after Capt. Fulton Pershing Lanier disappeared over China, the Army pilot is coming home to Harnett County. Lanier was a 27-year-old first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Forces when he and his C-87 Liberator went missing during a World War II resupply mission. He will be buried at Harnett Memorial Park in Lillington on Sept. 28, the Army announced Tuesday. The service, which will include full military honors, is set for 3 p.m. Lanier wa ... More

5 things you may not know about the Korean War

By Tim Kirkpatrick We Are The Mighty Brutal cold, rough terrain, and intense firefights were just some of the dangers the allied troops dealt with on a daily basis while engaging enemy forces in the Korean War. In the summer of 1950, approximately 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army crossed the 38th parallel, making the invasion the first military act of the Cold War. It was a crazy time in American history. Check out History’s channel’s list of Korean War facts you p ... More

This is why the Navy wears bell bottoms, and it's not for fashion

By Tim Kirkpatrick We Are The Mighty The Navy dress uniform — also known as “cracker jacks” — is one of the most iconic symbols in the military today. You can spot a Navy sailor from a mile away after they don the familiar dressing. Every piece of the uniform from head-to-toe has some symbolic or practical use — and the famous bell bottoms are no different. During the ’60s and ’70s, bell bottoms were all the rage in fashion culture as men and women of all ages wa ... More

These are the 8 reincarnations of General George S. Patton

By Blake Stilwell We Are The Mighty One of World War II’s legendary figures, Gen. George S. Patton, loomed largely in the narrative of the war for many reasons. While no one would accuse the great general of being humble or unassuming, his ego and pride are well-deserved — to the betterment of mankind and the Allied cause. Patton, with his ivory-handled revolvers and propensity to quote the Hindu scripture of “The Bhagavad Gita,” was as eccentric in life as he was effective in combat ... More

10 major Army bases honor Confederate generals

By Vera Bergengruen McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — All around the country, officials are discussing whether to remove memorials and rename public spaces dedicated to Confederate leaders. But not at the Pentagon. Three of the largest military bases in the world — Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas and Fort Benning in Georgia — are named for Confederate generals. In all, 10 major U.S. Army bases and installations in the South pay tribute to military leaders of the sec ... More