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Articles by Todd Neikirk:

Bootlegger David Marshall Williams Helped Invent the M1 Carbine

David Marshall Williams standing + A U.S. Marine holding an M1 Carbine

Great ideas can come from a variety of places. Take the M1 Carbine, for example. Prominently used in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, it…

Racial Tensions and the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943

American sailors and Marines armed with sticks during the Zoot Suit Riots

California is one of America’s largest states and also one of the most unique. During the 1940s, it had a culture all its own and…

Finland Loved This Unlikely Fighter Plane: The Brewster Buffalo

A US Navy version of the Brewster Buffalo takes flight

The Finnish Air Force is one of the oldest in the world, predating the British RAF and the Swedish Flygvapnet. And Finnish pilots have long…

Here’s How Charles Jackson French Became a Naval Hero During the Battle of Guadalcanal

Charles Jackson French, a hero of World War II

Dorie Miller is the most well-known African American hero of World War II. The United States Navy cook was on board the battleship West Virginia…

Facts About The Battle of San Juan Hill, from Major Blunders to Remarkable Bravery

Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders stand at the top of San Juan Hill

The Battle of San Juan Hill is most notable for the participation of the Rough Riders. This skirmish made a hero out of the founder…

Bob Hope and His Dangerous History of Entertaining Troops With the USO

Bob Hope at USO Show

Being away from home can be repetitive and monotonous for soldiers. In the early 1940s, the United States decided that their troops overseas should receive…

These Female Spies of the American Civil War Have Some Incredible Stories To Share

Female Spies of the Civil War

During the Civil War, most American males were involved in the battle in some way. But there were also several women who were very important…

These 5 Tank Battles Were Massive And The Outcome Was Unpredictable

There were several wide-scale wars that occurred during the 20th century. Of course, two of them were massive World Wars. And these World Wars featured…

These Marine Corp ‘Facts’ Are Actually Myths But They Make For Great Stories

Marine Corps members salute during the National Anthem

The United States Marine Corps is 223 years old. And the legendary leathernecks have a long and distinguished tradition. But any group that is as…

Captain America Was Created in Part to Encourage U.S. Involvement in WW2

Captain America

In the late 1930s, comic books had become incredibly popular. In April of 1938, D.C. Comics released Action Comics 1, the first appearance of Superman,…

Lucy Higgs Nichols Escaped Slavery During the Civil War By Working as a Nurse

Lucy Higgs Nichols, a legendary nurse and former slave from the Civil War

The Emancipation Proclamation was signed on September 1862, one year into the Civil War. However, whether the Executive Order would be enforced was highly in…

How The Hell’s Angels Came To Share A Name With The U.S. Military

An biker from an English chapter of the Hells Angels wears the Group's jacket

The Hell’s Angels have long been the most well-known motorcycle club in the world. While the biker gang is listed as a criminal syndicate in…