Category: Yesteryear

The 50-Year Battle to Clear Charles McVay III In the Sinking of the USS Indianapolis (CA-35)

USS Indianapolis (CA-35) at sea + Military portrait of Charles McVay III

The USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was a Portland-class heavy cruiser commissioned by the US Navy in 1932. She was the flagship of Scouting Force 1 prior to the…

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…

The Degtyaryov Light Machine Gun’s Pan Magazine Made It Immediately Recognizable On the Battlefield

Degtyaryov DP-27 light machine gun on display

The Degtyaryov became the standard Soviet infantry light machine gun shortly after being introduced to the Red Army during the interwar period. While it had…

Michael Alexander: The British Commando Who Escaped Death By Faking His Family Tree

Two British Commandos ducking in tall grass with their weapons

Not all those who were captured in combat were taken as prisoners of war (POWs) during the Second World War. Some were shot on-site, particularly…

The Devastating Fire That Caused $700 Million In Damages to the USS Miami (SSN-755) and Forced Her Decommissioning

Sailors standing atop the USS Miami (SSN-755) while at port + Flames

The submarine USS Miami (SSN-755) was decommissioned as a result of a planned fire that caused significant damage. Although there appeared to be no malicious…

US Military Video Shows Russian Su-27 Fighter Jet Colliding with Reaper Drone

Clare Fitzgerald
Sukhoi Su-27 in flight

US European Command (EUCOM) has declassified footage of a recent encounter between a Russian Sukhoi Su-27 and an MQ-9 Reaper operated by the United States.…

Mysterious US Navy Vessel Washes Ashore In North Carolina, Disappears Overnight

Clare Fitzgerald
Aircraft carriers docked as Naval Station Norfolk

It’s not uncommon for strange things to wash ashore along North Carolina’s Outer Banks, but rarely are the objects related to the military. That’s exactly…

Woman Who Faked Being Cancer-Stricken Ex-Marine Sentenced to 70 Months In Federal Prison

Gavel on a desk

UPDATE – 03/16/2023: Sarah Cavanaugh, who faked being a cancer-stricken ex-US Marine, has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison, followed by three years…

Puckle Gun: The Early Machine Gun That Fired Both Round and Square Bullets

Puckle Gun replica on display

Many consider the Maxim to be the world’s first machine gun – and they’re technically not wrong. Developed in 1884, it was the first automatic…

A B-2 Spirit Was the Victim of the Most Expensive Crash in US Air Force History – $1.4 Billion!

Charred remains of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit 'Spirit of Kansas'

Undoubtedly, the United States has put a large amount of money into its Air Force between improving aerial technology, funding production and, of course, dealing…

The Tank Museum Exhibiting Rare Mark I Tank Model Painted By Percyval Tudor-Hart

Clare Fitzgerald
Female Mark I tank model placed in the grass

The Tank Museum in Bovington, United Kingdom has announced one of the star attractions for its Tanks for the Memories: The Tank in Popular Culture…

Tom Cruise Keeping Connection to US Navy Alive with New ‘Mission: Impossible’ Film

Clare Fitzgerald
Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout'

Throughout the course of 2022, Tom Cruise couldn’t escape the hype of Top Gun: Maverick, the highly-anticipated sequel to the 1986 original film. The 60-year-old…