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Aloysius Schmitt: The US Navy Chaplain Awarded the Silver Star for Saving 12 Sailors at Pearl Harbor

Rescue crews standing atop the capsized USS Oklahoma (BB-37) + Military portrait of Aloysius Schmitt

Regardless of religious practices, chaplains are critical to military operations. They support troops, ensure religious needs are met and negotiate peace with local religious leaders.…

The CIA Stole a Soviet Satellite During the Space Race

AI rendering of three CIA agents standing around a stolen Soviet satellite in a wooden crate

The Space Race was an amazing display of technological excellence, but it also doubled as a direct metric for the United States and Soviet Union’s…

Whisky War: The Most Polite Conflict In the History of War

Aerial view of Hans Island + Bottle of Canadian Classic whisky + Danish officers raising the Danish flag

Hans Island is a barren, uninhabited swath of land in the middle of the Kennedy Channel, in the Nares Strait, between Greenland and Ellesmere Island.…

Marcus Luttrell’s Dog Was Shot, so the US Navy SEAL Went ‘John Wick’ on the Culprits

Marcus Luttrell standing among a crowd + DASY sitting on Marcus Luttrell's lap

In a move reminiscent of the John Wick films, retired US Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell took extreme measures to corner the men who’d murdered his…

8 Times the US Was Attacked on Home Soil During World War II

Fu-Go floating over land

Many Americans assume that, prior to 9/11, the US hadn’t suffered an attack on its own soil since Pearl Harbor in World War II. However,…

These Unusual US Military Experiments Prove Nothing is Too Far-Fetched to Try

Military personnel standing in an ice tunnel + Camel + Pigeon flying

Some of the most interesting moments in military history are the experiments that happen behind the scenes and never see the light of day –…

The US Department of Defense Has Its Own 26-Page Brownie Recipe

Three brownies stacked atop of each other

The US military is famous for its ability to have a plan for every single scenario imaginable; whether that be nuclear deterrents; a war on…

Before He Was a Jazz Legend, Tony Bennett Stormed Europe and Liberated a Concentration Camp

Portrait of Tony Bennett + Tony Bennett leaning against a cement wall, with a young boy looking at him

Tony Bennett was a jazz legend, with a career spanning over half a century. His music transcended generations and made him a household name across…

Gremlins Were A Pilot’s Worst Enemy During World War II

Hawker Hurricane in flight + Illustration of a gremlin aiming a slingshot

A good portion of the fighting that occurred between the Axis and Allied powers during World War II took place in the sky, and pilots…

4,000 Sea Mines Were Set Off By the Sun During the Vietnam War

Illustration of solar flares on the surface of the Sun

In August 1972, American magnetic sea mines in the oceans surrounding northern Vietnam began simultaneously exploding. They had been strategically placed to detonate close to…

Iron Dome: Israel’s Defense System That’s Up to 90 Percent Effective at Destroying Incoming Targets

Tamir interceptor missile being fired from a mobile launcher

Since 2011, Israel has operated one of the world’s most powerful and effective air defense systems. Designed to protect against rocket and artillery attacks, it’s…

The United States Unknowingly Predicted the Attack on Pearl Harbor Years Before It Happened

USS Maryland (BB-46) afloat beside a capsized USS Oklahoma (BB-37)

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was one of the most pivotal moments of the 20th century, possibly in human history. The assault brought the…