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There are many individuals associated with the U.S. military, both famous and virtually unknown, from the Great Lakes region.  Here is what we are writing about lately.

  • John M. Pachmayer and the 82nd Airborne Glider Uni… Kalle MarkkanenJohn M. Pachmayer and the 82nd Airborne Glider Units:1942 to the Fall of Berlin The Second World War was perhaps the most expansive conflict that the world has ever seen. The impact of the upheaval caused by the clash of the Allied forces against ...
  • 107th Engineers Battalion zechampi107th Engineers Battalion 107th Engineers Battalion Insignia (Image from Wikipedia) The 107th Engineers find their routes right here in the Upper Peninsula, having first been known as the Calumet Light Guard. They hold a ...
  • The 24th Michigan Infantry Unit at Gettysburg jetalagaThe 24th Michigan Infantry Unit at Gettysburg Introduction (The 24th Michigan Infantry Unit) The 24th Michigan Infantry Unit was an integral part of the Union victory at Gettysburg. Along with other Iron Brigade units the 24th helped stopped an ...
  • SSG Travis Mills clcreelSSG Travis Mills In 2012, Staff Sergeant Travis ‘Big’ Mills became one of only five soldiers from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to survive injuries as a quadruple amputee. Since then, Travis ...
  • War of 1812, Battle of Beaver Dams bachosa The Battle of Beaver Dams is one that tends to go unmentioned in the in the topics of battles in the War of 1812 , getting overshadowed by larger conflicts ...
  • Alexander Ramsey Lewis EkolaAlexander Ramsey Alexander Ramsey(From Wikipedia.org) Alexander Ramsey was the first territorial governor of Minnesota and the second governor after it gained its statehood. Ramsey was very involved with the US military during his ...
  • First Lieutenant Aleda E. Lutz Karen HelppiFirst Lieutenant Aleda E. Lutz Aleda E Lutz (Wikipedia) Aleda E. Lutz, nicknamed ‘Lutzy’ was the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross award in military history. She was also the first woman killed in ...
  • Kelly Johnson, Aerospace Engineer jomjohns Kelly Johnson1910 – 1990 Kelly Johnson was one of the most influential aerospace engineers of the 20th century and is considered to be the father of Lockheed Martin’s Skunks Works program ...
  • Major Charles W. Whittlesey stmiatecMajor Charles W. Whittlesey For five days in October of 1918, near the end of World War I, the 308th Infantry Battalion were cut off from the rest of their 77th Division during an ...
  • 21st Michigan Volunteer Infantry Zachary Peitz21st Michigan Volunteer Infantry 21st Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment(from wikipedia.org) 21st Michigan Volunteer Memorial, Fort Olgethorpe, Georgia(from Charles Eugene Belknap’s book on Michigan units, published 1899) There were thousands of units that served in the Civil ...
  • General George H. Custer Biography kmwaineo This is a biography on General George Armstrong Custer, a union general who was known for his bravery and valor in battle but who ...
  • Buck Sergeant Dennis E. Tilley zmbohrerBuck Sergeant Dennis E. Tilley I don’t want you to worry but I am in the hospital with fragments but its not that bad (I didn’t even want to go). Lieutenant Dave said it would ...
  • Battle of Beaver Dams 1813 ajtutakBattle of Beaver Dams 1813 The Battle of Beaver Dams memorial in Thorold, Canada (from wikipedia.com) The Battle of Beaver Dams was a battle in ...
  • Francis Pegahmagabow wjglaserFrancis Pegahmagabow Featured Image Source Francis Pegahmagabow is a native Canadian who was born in 1889 on the Shawanaga First Nation reserve, north of Parry Sound. Being that he was a native, he ...
  • Joseph Beyrle: Dual Soldier Kevin AnthonyJoseph Beyrle: Dual SoldierIntroduction Joseph Beyrle is the only American soldier ever to fight for the United States Army and the Russian Red Army. Joe completed this feat in World War 2 where he ...