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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.

  • Chief Black Hawk at the Battle of Wisconsin Height… Scott Janny    Throughout the whole Black Hawk war, chief Black Hawk and his men were mistreated and oppressed, the same way many other natives and their tribes had been when the state ...
  • Battle of Fallen Timbers Memorial Collin Lys  The Battle of Fallen Timbers Memorial was constructed to honor the American and Native soldier that died in the aforementioned battle. This battle had great significance, for it was the ...
  • Charles Emery Crashes in Pacific Joe RabautCharles R. Emery in the cockpit of a C-47 Cargo Plane.To fight the Japanese during World War II, the United States. needed logistical support to for its offensive in the Pacific.  The Army Air Force assigned pilots like Charles R. ...
  • General Billy Mitchell – Military Court Martial Emily MarciniakGeneral Billy Mitchell is most notably known for his push for US military airpower. His unrelenting commentary on the subject led to one of the most famous court martials for ...
  • Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy Luke Schulz  Fleet Admiral William Leahy was a major decision maker for the United States military during World War Two, serving as the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as ...
  • John Philip Sousa at the GLNS Theron KrapekJohn Philip Sousa was born in 1854 in Washington DC,  not far from the  barracks where his father was a musician in the marine band. He was born to Antonio ...
  • 1st infantry Division in the First World War Joe SzczapUnder the War Department, the First Division of the United States military also known as ‘The Big Red One’ was founded on May 24, 1917 .This division although new was ...
  • Gerald Ford on the USS Monterey Joe MayroseGerald Ford, like many presidents. served in the US military before his election to public office. He had attended the University of Michigan and Yale and majored in law. He was a ...
  • Army Lt. Thomas Selfridge Eric StefankoArmy Lt. Thomas Selfridge1916 marks the beginning of the establishment of what is now a National Guard air base in Harrison Township, Michigan named in honor of Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge. Selfridge was ...
  • Medal of Honor Recipient John C. Sjogren Travis TaylorStaff Sargent John C. Sjogren was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions against the Japanese in 1945 serving with the 40th Infantry division. Following the Second World War ...
  • Robert McDoall and Fort Mackinac Jordan Horan(c) Dumfries and Galloway Council (Stranraer); Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationBritish Control of Fort Mackinac during the War of 1812, led largely by Robert McDouall, was one of the biggest successes the British had during the War of 1812. Not ...
  • Eddie Albert in the battle of Tarawa Jacob DamianieddiealbertEddie Albert Heimberger was famous for his acting skills but few know of his heroism in WW2.  Eddie in the battle of Tarawa disobeyed his orders to collect reusable supplies ...
  • First Lieutenant John Sjogren Memorial Statue Sam BraymanFirst Lieutenant John C. Sjogren was a Medal of Honor recipient and soldier in the United States Army World War II. He fought in the closing battles of the war ...
  • The Mormon Pirate King, James Strang William Berner220px-James_Strang_daguerreotype_(1856)This page is a look into the life of King James Jesse Strang (1817-1856) shortly before and during his time on Beaver Island, MI in the late 1840s and early ...
  • Black Hawk Jarad WeeksBlack Hawk was the most noted Indian warrior in Illinois and Iowa during the early 1800’s (Boyce, Rufus). He was born in the Sauk  village (near present-day Rick Island, Illinois) in ...