Category Archive: History

Mar 02

DOUGLAS C-47 SKYTRAIN

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  The military career of the Douglas DC series began in 1936, when the U.S. Army Air Corps ordered a pair of DC-2 commercial transports under the designation C-32. A contract followed for 18 DC-2s in the C-33 freighter configuration and two more as C-34 staff transports. In 1937, the U.S. Army ordered a plane …

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Jan 15

History of the C-130

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The Birth of Hercules The creation of the C-130 Hercules came about largely as a result of America’s experience in the Korean War. The U.S. forces fighting along the 38th parallel dividing North and South Korea quickly discovered that their aerial transports were ill-equipped for the missions at hand. Some were too heavy. Some needed longer …

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Oct 27

History of the Challenge Coin

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  It’s nearly impossible to definitively know why and where the tradition of challenge coins began. One thing is certain: Coins and military service go back a lot farther than our modern age. One of the earliest known examples of an enlisted soldier being monetarily rewarded for valor took place in Ancient Rome. If a …

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Aug 11

History of Fort Bragg

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  HISTORY OF FORT BRAGG      In 1918, the Chief of Field Artillery, General William J. Snow, seeking an area having suitable terrain, adequate water, rail facilities and a climate for year-round training, decided that the area now known as Fort Bragg met all of the desired criteria. Camp Bragg came into existence on Sept. …

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Jul 02

History of the Parachute Badge

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     The first Parachute badge was designed during World War II by Captain (later Lieutenant General) William P. Yarborough of the 501st Parachute Battalion. A memorandum of record written by Captain Yarborough on April 22, 1941, tells the story of the birth of the parachute badge.      “On March 3, 1941, I was ordered to …

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