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Joseph Beyrle: Dual Soldier

Introduction 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 was a paratrooper who was captured and taken to…

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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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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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Naval Air Station Grosse Ile

  Although most people have probably not heard of, or know anything about, the Naval Air Station in Grosse Ile, Michigan, it was at one time a very important military base for the United States. Built in 1927, and lasting…

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Newport Naval Air Station

The Newport Naval Air Station has been used for a lot of different things over the years. First as the air station and prisoner of war camp then as the Newport Nike Missile Base, Airport Community Schools, and as a…

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CG-4A WACO Gliders, at the WWII Glider and Military Museum

WACO gliders were first introduced to the battle field of World War II in 1942. These gliders were the most widely used mode of transportation of troops and cargo during WWII. These gliders were made from a wood or metal frame…

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Wright Patterson Air Force Base and the Rise of US Air Power

In 1909, the United States Army Signal Corps contracted with the Wright Company, and purchased its first airplane. In a makeshift airfield just outside of Dayton, Ohio, the newly Army-owned Wright Military Flyer was sent on a successful test flight.…

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125th Infantry Regiment

  Introduction The 125th Infantry Regiment of the Michigan National Guard has adopted new methods of fighting and has evolved throughout its long history of warfare, from the Civil War to the war on terror in the Middle East. The…

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Naval Station Great Lakes

The Naval Station Great Lakes became the focal point for racial issues both in the military sphere and in the national public eye. The fort was not only the pioneer in the recruitment and training of African American troops for…

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Richard Simpson, WWII Marine

When the Japanese attacked on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Richard Simpson was only seventeen years old.  Just days after his eighteenth birthday in September of 1942, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, and after twelve weeks of basic…

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