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(Photo: Dale Earnhardt with Bud Moore on the right.) Storming the beach at Normandy 70 years ago, little did a 19-year old farm boy Spartanburg, South Carolina, know the incredible times that were in store for him. Fighting for his country at war, Bud Moore earned five Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, captured with his […]

Hazel Johnson-Brown made military history when she became the first African American woman general in 1979. She entered the U.S. Army in 1955, shortly after President Harry Truman banned segregation in the armed services. When she retired from the military in 1983, the list of credentials Johnson-Brown had accumulated was impressive. Some of the positions […]

General Robert B. Neller is the 37th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Commander, Marine Forces Command from July 2014 to September 2015 and Commander, Marine Forces Central Command from September 2012 to June 2014. A native of East Lansing, Michigan, General Neller graduated from […]

James Madison, Founding Father, architect of the Constitution, and fourth President of the United States is one of the most revered thinkers in American history. History often focuses on his mild demeanor and small stature, however he is arguably one of the most important figures of the Founding Era. James Madison lived all his life […]

She was born Amy Elizabeth (Betty) Thorpe on November 22, 1910, in Minneapolis. Family and friends called her Betty. William Stephenson, who ran Great Britain’s World War II intelligence activities in the Western Hemisphere, would one day give her a code name–‘Cynthia.’ She reputedly was one of the most successful spies in history. Amy Thorpe’s […]

On The Field Dale Murphy was chosen by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 1974 Major League Draft. Over the next few years, he worked his way through the Braves minor league system and made his major league debut in 1976. Although he began his career as a catcher, he spent a […]

Lieutenant Pat O’Brien was one of the first Americans to fight in World War I and the first American-born pilot to escape as a prisoner of war during that conflict. As a young man, both fascinated with flight and determined that America was not entering the war soon enough, O’Brien travelled to Canada in 1916 […]

Daniel Boone was born near Reading, Pennsylvania, on November 2, 1734, the sixth of eleven children born to Squire Boone, a farmer and land speculator, and Sarah Morgan. His formal education was limited; he was more interested in the outdoors. He and his family moved to North Carolina in 1751. After working for his father, […]

OEF Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Goshen, IN Staff Sgt. Travis K. Hunsberger, 24, was killed in action on June 27, while conducting a combat reconnaissance patrol in Lamay, Afghanistan. At the time of his death, he was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He deployed […]

Clarence Saunders, the innovative founder of the Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain, never really explained the inspiration for his chain’s name. When asked why he chose it, he answered, “So people will ask that very question.” These days, the company with the silly name is known mostly for its role in Southern popular life and […]