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US Army Mascot: Mules, Machine Guns and Mischief

Rosemary Giles
US Military Academy West Point mule mascot standing among a crowd of cadets

Nothing screams team pride quite like a mascot. Even outside of athletics, many organizations usually adopt one as a symbol of good luck. The US…

The Fouled Anchor Is the Symbol of Chief Petty Officers, the Backbone of the US Navy

Samantha Franco
CPO. Kalaw standing with his arms crossed + Fouled anchor emblem

The fouled anchor is a symbol most associated with the US Navy. The term “foul” generally refers to something that’s wrong or difficult. However, its…

The Most Historically Accurate War Movies Ever Released

Rosemary Giles
Promotional poster for 'Saving Private Ryan' + Promotional poster for 'Platoon'

There’s nothing quite like a good war film, with over-the-top explosions and lifelike special effects. While a popular genre, there are some releases that stand…

Army Ranger vs Green Beret: What’s the Difference Between These Special Ops Forces?

Samantha Franco
Aldo Ray as Sgt. Muldoon in 'The Green Berets' + Josh Hartnett as Staff Sgt. Matt Eversmann in 'Black Hawk Down'

When comparing a US Army Ranger vs a Green Beret, there’s not usually an intention to suggest one is better than the other. Both are…

Retired Navy Adm. Jamie Foggo Rates Warship Battle Scenes from Popular Movies

Samantha Franco
Still from 'Battleship' + Still from 'Dunkirk'

American warships are often portrayed in film, due to their epic size and effectiveness in battle. In an interview with Insider, retired US Navy Adm.…

Iraq War Timeline: Looking Back At the Conflict 20 Years Later

Rosemary Giles
Six soldiers walking at sunset

For many, it might feel like the Iraq War happened just yesterday, with the nightly news reporting updates on American troops overthrowing Saddam Hussein’s government…

Battlefield Cross: A Powerful Symbol to Memorialize the Sacrifices of Fallen Soldiers

Samantha Franco
Battlefield Cross in a room + Battlefield Cross in the middle of a debris-strewn field

The Battlefield Cross has gone from having a functional purpose to providing symbolic meaning for those mourning the loss of their comrades. Its imagery is…

Cast of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ – Where Are They Now?

Still from 'Saving Private Ryan'

Saving Private Ryan (1998) is arguably one of the best war films ever released. The film follows a group of US Army soldiers as they…

Matthew Modine Turned Down ‘Top Gun’ for ‘Full Metal Jacket’

Matthew Modine's head superimposed on the body of Tom Cruise

Top Gun (1986) was among the most popular films of the 1980s, and it’s just one of the few box office hits Matthew Modine didn’t…

Jason Everman: The Nirvana and Soundgarden Member Who Became a US Army Ranger and Green Beret

Rosemary Giles
Jason Everman standing atop a snowy ridge while holding a weapon

Jason Everman, with his long curly hair and piercings, looked the epitome of a rockstar – because he was. As a young man, he played…

Frank Fiegel: The Real-Life Inspiration for Popeye the Sailor Man Didn’t Serve In the Navy

Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall as Popeye the Sailor Man and Olive Oyl in 'Popeye'

When E.C. Segar began his career as a cartoonist, he took inspiration from those around him. His most popular character, Popeye the Sailor Man, was…

‘Full Metal Jacket’ Facts Every Movie Fan Should Know

Still from 'Full Metal Jacket'

A number of Vietnam-era films were released in the decade or so after the conflict’s conclusion, and among the most popular was Full Metal Jacket…