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A ‘Most Honest Horse Thief’: James Byrnes’ Role In Japan’s Conditional Surrender

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By Paul Ham Upon his swearing in as President Harry Truman’s Secretary of State, on 3rd July 1945, James Francis ‘Jimmy’ Byrnes quietly assumed greater powers than his new position entailed. In coming weeks, Byrnes would act as Truman’s big

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The Man Who Burned Washington D.C.

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By Peter Snow The only time other than 9/11 that an outside force has attacked the United States capital (Washington D.C.) was on 24 August 1814. And one man more than any other was responsible for it: George Cockburn, a

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The Invasion of Okinawa

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By P. T. Deutermann The invasion of Okinawa (April 1, 1945, to June 22nd, 1945,) turned out to be the last big naval battle of World War II. Yes, naval battle. For the U.S. Navy, it was more costly than

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Video: The Terrible Choice Faced by Early Pilots

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Flying Marine One: A Q&A with Colonel Ray L’Heureux

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Colonel Ray “Frenchy” L’Heureux flew the last four presidents during his time piloting Marine One. He sat down with us to discuss his amazing career. History Reader: You are retired now, but at one point, you were flying possibly the

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