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Wurtsmith AFB and its Contamination

INTRODUCTION The Wurtsmith Air Force Base, created in 1923, played a large role in WWII. The base is influential in Michigan, as well as the United States military history. It is one of the most famous bases located in our…

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Michigan’s Nearly Endured Nuclear Disaster

On January 7, 1971 at approximately 6:33 p.m. local time in the small town of Charlevoix, MI, residents of the community were startled by an explosion in the Little Traverse Bay.  A Strategic Air Command B-52C was on a routine…

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The abridged history of Fort Brady

Fort Brady During Fort Brady’s history, it has gone through many changes. From a humble beginning as a small fort on St. Mary’s River to Lake Superior State University’s campus. Fort Brady was an active fort since it’s founding in…

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Raco Army Air Field and the CIM-10 BOMARC

Introduction: August 6th and 9th of 1945 marked a turning in World War II, and while Japan’s official surrender would not be for nearly a month later the very nature of warfare had changed. Nearly four years after the bombings Hiroshima and…

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The Graveraet High School Watchtower and John Wasmuth from Marquette, Michigan

Many of our great citizens participated in World War 2 in several different ways. The most memorable of those were our great men and women who went overseas to fight evil and prevent those forces from reaching our homeland. It’s…

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Selfridge Air National Guard Base in the Interwar Period

Following the conclusion of World War I, Selfridge Air Field had a very uncertain future.  Originally, Selfridge Air Field was purchased by the Packard Motor Company in 1916 to begin developing aircraft engines for the fighter planes being used to…

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Nike Missile Defense System, Site D-06

The Utica Nike Missile Defense site D-06 was part of the most important defense network in America. That network of Nike Missile ranges was tasked with the protection of the Detroit area from Soviet planes carrying nuclear weapons. This article…

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110th Attack Wing

The Michigan Air National Guard is the 110th Attack Wing and located in Battle Creek, Michigan. As most groups have a rich history of military background from the different squadrons they eventually make up the current group with the multiple…

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Fort Drummond

Fort Drummond, a piece of British and American military history that lives on only in ruins. Located in Whitney bay on Drummond Island, the fort was the location of retreat by British soldiers after the American takeover of Fort Mackinac…

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Canadian Forces Base Borden – Preparing for War

The year was 1914. The First World War was ramping up across Europe. At the time, Canada and Britain had close ties to each other. The day Britain declared war on Germany, Canada was right behind them. Canada, like so…

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