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Tag: 1930s

Grosse Ile Naval Air Station

The Grosse Ile Naval Air Station was, at the time of its operation, located on the southern tip of the island of Grosse Ile in the Detroit River.  Although this air station is relatively unknown it played a major part…

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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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CG Search for SS Milwaukee

  The SS Milwaukee set out on October 22,1929 from Milwaukee with 52 men and cargo headed to Grand Haven on its routine voyage across Lake Michigan. Later that day the ship would sustain damage and sink prompting a large…

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The Production of the M18 Hellcat and its Vitality to the War

Introduction Around the advent of World War 2 the United States was claimed a manufacturing superpower. This young nation was ready to prove the claims as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor drew it into the war. The country would…

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The Burning of the USS Essex

  The USS Essex III, was sloop-of-war serving the US Navy from 1876-1931. Its service varied during this period, from its operations in active duty to its time in various reserve and militia units on the Great Lakes.  Unfortunately, the…

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US Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba

On the frigid morning of Friday, December 9, 1932, citizens of Grand Haven, Michigan gathered on the Government Basin pier. Cheers rose as the United States Coast Guard’s newest cutter, Escanaba, steamed up the channel, saluted the welcoming party, and docked…

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General Dynamics Land Systems

When wars, national disaster, and other conflicts arise across the globe, who says a person are destined to become a soldier when they could instead become an engineer. Wartime production is equally, if not more important to supporting the U.S.…

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