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Almanac: The Badge of Military Merit / Purple Heart Established (August 7, 1782) - Image of Purple Heart

Almanac: The Badge of Military Merit / Purple Heart Established (August 7, 1782)

Almanac: The Badge of Military Merit / Purple Heart Established (August 7, 1782) - Image of Purple Heart
American Independence

Almanac: The Badge of Military Merit / Purple Heart Established (August 7, 1782)

The origins of the Purple Heart can be traced back to the Revolutionary War, when General George Washington established the Badge of Military Merit.

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Almanac: U.S. Air Force Established (September 18, 1947) - Image of vintage Air Force aircraft
Aviation

Almanac: U.S. Air Force Established (September 18, 1947)

The establishment of the U.S. Air Force as a separate branch of the U.S. military has a history that spans several decades.

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Almanac: The Second Battle of Fallujah Begins (November 7-8, 2004) - Image of soldier in Fallujah
GWOT/War on Terror

Almanac: The Second Battle of Fallujah Begins (November 7-8, 2004)

The incursion into the city of Fallujah in November 2004 was one of the deadliest battles of the Iraq War.

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Almanac: The Battle of Missionary Ridge (November 25, 1863)
Civil War

Almanac: The Battle of Missionary Ridge (November 25, 1863)

The Union victory at Missionary Ridge during the Civil War was a turning point in the Chattanooga Campaign in Tennessee.

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Marines at War: Stories from Afghanistan & Iraq (Free PDF Book)
GWOT/War on Terror

Marines at War: Stories from Afghanistan & Iraq (Free PDF Book)

This book brings together the short stories of 10 Marines and a sailor who served in either Afghanistan or Iraq, some in both.

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A Grave Misfortune: The USS Indianapolis Tragedy (Free PDF Book)
Historical Books & Documents (Free)

A Grave Misfortune: The USS Indianapolis Tragedy (Free PDF Book)

Indianapolis was a decorated World War II warship that is primarily remembered for her worst 15 minutes.

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Ringed by Fire: U.S. Marines and the Siege of Khe Sanh - 21 January to 9 July 1968 - Image
Historical Books & Documents (Free)

Ringed by Fire: U.S. Marines and the Siege of Khe Sanh - 21 January to 9 July 1968 (Free PDF Booklet)

In early 1968, roughly 6,000 Marines defending the Khe Sanh Combat Base in Vietnam were encircled and besieged by three North Vietnamese Army regiments of about 20,000 troops.  

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Death in the Imperial City: U.S. Marines in the Battle for Hue - 31 January to 2 March 1968 (Free PDF Booklet)
Historical Books & Documents (Free)

Death in the Imperial City: U.S. Marines in the Battle for Hue - 31 January to 2 March 1968 (Free PDF Booklet)

The battle for Hue City stands as an example of urban warfare and how the U.S. military was able to secure victory in the face of severe odds. 

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Among Heroes: A Marine Corps Rifle Company on Peleliu (Free PDF Book) - Image of Marines Landing
Historical Books & Documents (Free)

Among Heroes: A Marine Corps Rifle Company on Peleliu (Free PDF Book)

Few Americans know of the battle of Peleliu during WWII. It became the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history given the number of casualties compared to the number of troops involved.

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The Path to War: U.S. Marine Corps Operations in Southeast Asia, 1961 to 1965 (Free PDF Book) - Image of Marine Choppers Over Vietnam
Historical Books & Documents (Free)

The Path to War: U.S. Marine Corps Operations in Southeast Asia, 1961 to 1965 (Free PDF Book)

This narrative chronicles the activities of the U.S. Marine Corps in the build up of the Vietnam War.

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Bomber: The Formation and Early Years of Strategic Air Command - Image
Aviation

Bomber: The Formation and Early Years of Strategic Air Command (Free PDF Book)

This book places Strategic Air Command (SAC) in the context of what was then a new global dynamic, later dubbed the Cold War, showing how it faced the continually evolving challenges of its time.

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Pathbreakers: U.S. Marine African American Officers in Their Own Words - Image
Historical Books & Documents (Free)

Pathbreakers: U.S. Marine African American Officers in Their Own Words (Free PDF Book)

This oral history anthology presents the personal stories of 21 Marines over a span of 60 years (1942-2012).

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The Very Few, The Proud: Women in the Marine Corps 1977-2001 - Image
Historical Books & Documents (Free)

The Very Few, The Proud: Women in the Marine Corps 1977-2001 (Free PDF Book)

Many women seek the special challenge offered by the Marine Corps.

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Armed Forces Decorations & Awards (Free PDF Booklet)
Historical Books & Documents (Free)

Armed Forces Decorations & Awards (Free PDF Booklet)

This booklet provides a brief overview of the history of military awards and decorations, complete with photo images and descriptions of each.

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Buffalo Soldiers: 9th & 10th U.S. Cavalry - Rendition
Historical Books & Documents (Free)

Buffalo Soldiers: 9th & 10th U.S. Cavalry (Free PDF Info Sheet)

This info sheet provides a brief history of the Buffalo Soldiers, including their legacy, honors, lineage and campaigns.

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Principles of Football - Vintage Football Players Image
Historical Books & Documents (Free)

Principles of Football (Free PDF Book)

Famed Coach John Heisman's classic sports book on football.

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At The Front (Painting)
Art & Photography

At The Front (Painting)

Painted in 1866 by George Cochran Lambdin, At the Front depicts a Union soldier in camp near the Rapidan. 

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General Ulysses Simpson Grant (Painting)
Art & Photography

General Ulysses Simpson Grant (Painting)

Civil War Union General and 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, is depicted in uniform. 

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Emblems of the Civil War (Painting)
Art & Photography

Emblems of the Civil War (Painting)

This memorial still life arranges the military mementos of Maj. Gen. Tibbits of the Union Army’s Second New York Cavalry. Items include a Confederate bullet on a string & a key to Libby Prison.

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The 2nd Minnesota Regiment at Missionary Ridge (Painting)
Art & Photography

The 2nd Minnesota Regiment at Missionary Ridge (Painting)

On November 25, 1863, still stinging from defeat in the Battle of Chickamauga two months earlier and under siege with dwindling supplies, Union forces charged Confederate-held Missionary Ridge.

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The Battle of Nashville (Painting)
Art & Photography

The Battle of Nashville (Painting)

The Second Brigade makes the final charge - across a muddy cornfield to the east of Shy Hill - that broke the Confederate lines on December 16, 1864, during The Battle of Nashville.

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The Peacemakers (Painting)
Art & Photography

The Peacemakers (Painting)

Depicts the historic March 27, 1865, strategy session by the Union high command during the final days of the Civil War.

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Fate of the Rebel Flag (Painting)
Art & Photography

Fate of the Rebel Flag (Painting)

William Bauly's 1861 patriotic painting depicts a Civil War ship burning in a calm sea, with the flames of the fire forming the red, white, and blue flag of the Confederacy.

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A Bit of War History: The Contraband (Painting)
Art & Photography

A Bit of War History: The Contraband (Painting)

During the Civil War, a self-emancipated man appears in a U.S. Army Provost Marshall General office, eager to enlist.

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A Bit of War History: The Recruit (Painting)
Art & Photography

A Bit of War History: The Recruit (Painting)

One of a three-part narrative artwork, The Recruit depicts a man dressed in his Union uniform, proudly ready for military service during the Civil War.

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