Todd Neikirk

Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics, entertainment and history writer. His work has been featured in,, and He enjoys sports, politics, comic books, and anything that has to do with history.

When he is not sitting in front of a laptop, Todd enjoys soaking up everything the Jersey Shore has to offer with his wife, two sons and American Foxhound, Wally.

Articles by Todd Neikirk:

The USS Maryland (BB-46) Survived Two Kamikaze Hits During WWII And Stayed In The Fight

Things are busy on the USS Maryland in 1945

The USS Maryland (BB-46) was commissioned in 1921 and saw heavy use in World War II. She was right at the forefront of many important…

Here’s What Happened to the U.S. Marines Who Lifted the Flag at Iwo Jima

The United States Marine Corps Memorial by Felix De Weldon

The Battle of Iwo Jima is one of the most renowned in United States history. The five-week battle, fought by the Navy and Marines, captured…

The Exploits of Fritz Joubert: South African Turned German War Spy

Fritz Duqesne being interrogated

Fritz Joubert Duquesne was a man originally born in South Africa who spied for the Germans in two World Wars. In between the battles, he…

These Unsettling Facts About WWII Aren’t Taught In School

WWII-era German aircraft flying over a destroyed city

Volumes have been written about the Second World War. Generations of students have learned about the conflict and, depending on the extent of their education,…

Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller Became the First Black American to be Awarded the Navy Cross

Dorie Miller wearing his Navy Cross

Many African Americans fought for their freedom during the Civil War. The Buffalo Soldiers earned fame during the Indian and Spanish-American Wars. Plenty more African-American…

Karl Plagge Saved Jewish Lives Ahead of a Camp Liquidation – and Lived

Military portrait of Karl Plagge

The Second World War saw numerous atrocities committed against a large portion of Europe’s Jewish population. Upon being drafted into the German Army, engineer Karl…

5 Special Ops That Occurred in Real Life and on FX Series ‘Archer’

Sterling Archer in the Jungle

Archer, on the FX channel, has been delighting viewers since 2009. The Primetime Emmy and Annie award-winning show follows the antics of Sterling Archer and…

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…