Marine Corps Body Bearers


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Lance Cpl. Bradley Young, a Marine Corps body bearer, finishes folding a funeral flag during a practice funeral Nov. 25. Body bearers carry the remains of fallen Marines to their final resting place in Arlington and surrounding cemeteries in the National Capital Region.

I found the above image today and was curious about what it signified, more so because this Marine is wearing white leather gloves to fold the flag–so I did an image search–below is what I found. This is another example of why “Semper Fi” is the Marine Corps motto.

By Cpl. Scott Schmidt

WASHINGTON – It’s an iconic scene: Six men stand together halfway around the world from home and raise a flag on top of Mount Suribachi. When the men returned home, their story of valor on Iwo Jima lifted a nation to its feet in the midst of the turning point of World War II. Read more

Spruce Goose flies: 1947


The Hughes Flying Boat—the largest aircraft ever built—is piloted by designer Howard Hughes on its first and only flight. Built with laminated birch and spruce, the massive wooden aircraft had a wingspan longer than a football field and was designed to carry more than 700 men to battle. Read more

41 Phrases Only People In The Military Will Understand


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Every region of the US has its own unique phrases, but they have nothing on the complex lexicon shared by people in the military.

Our service members already set themselves apart by speaking in acronyms like, “I was on the FOB when the IDF hit, so I radioed the TOC.” Aside from their acronyms, members of the military also have their own special phrases that caught our attention. Read more

The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism: Crash Course US History #8


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John Green teaches you about the United States Constitution. During and after the American Revolutionary War, the government of the new country operated under the Articles of Confederation. While these Articles got the young nation through its war with England, they weren’t of much use when it came to running a country. So, the founding fathers decided try their hand at nation-building, and they created the Constitution of the United States, which you may remember as the one that says We The People at the top. John will tell you how the convention came together, some of the compromises that had to be made to pass this thing, and why it’s very lucky that the framers installed a somewhat reasonable process for making changes to the thing. You’ll learn about Shays’ Rebellion, the Federalist Papers, the elite vs rabble dynamic of the houses of congress, and start to find out just what an anti-federalist is.

Image of the Day: 2 November 2014


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1945 – American troops heading back to New York Harbor.