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Articles by Todd Neikirk:

5 African-American Veterans Who Fought For Civil Rights

Civil rights and WWII veterans who fought for them at home

Racism ran rampant during World War II. Still, many African-Americans proudly served their country during the conflict. And when many of them returned, they became…

Medal of Honor Recipient Alexander Bonnyman Jr. Dropped Out Of Princeton To Join The Army

Soldiers who fought in World War II came from all walks of life. And because of their varying backgrounds, they brought their own unique skills…

The Japanese Set Up Internment Camps in the Philippines During WWII

Santo Tomas Internment Camp

During World War II, the United States forced 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps. The action represented one of the darker moments in American history.…

5 Embarrassing Battle Losses From Military History

Finnish soldiers man a Maxim gun during the Winter War

There are simple rules governing most battle victories in recorded history. And one of them is; if one army has a significant advantage in terms…

8 Baseball Hall of Famers Who Served During World War II

Joe DiMaggio + Ted Williams + Bob Feller

The December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor was unprecedented. In reaction, scores of young men almost immediately enlisted in the services, and they came from…

Erich Hartmann: The Most Successful Fighter Ace of All Time

Erich Hartmann smiling

Despite to horridness of their cause, the pilots of the German Army were among the most successful of the Second World War. The most storied…

The 5 Most Effective Infantry Weapons Still Being Used Today

Iraqi Soldiers fire AK-47's during training exercises

Thanks to the development and refinement of weapons, infantry warfare changed dramatically over the course of the 20th Century. Assault weapons that were once heavy…

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…

6 Unsettling Facts About WWII That Aren’t Taught In Most Schools

Elephants entertain the crowd at the Berlin Zoo

Volumes of books have been written about World War II. At this point, generations of students have learned about the conflict, but they learn a…

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…