The Epiphany of Edwin M. Stanton

Originally posted on Presidential History Blog:
Edwin M. Stanton was a complicated and very prickly fellow. ?Stanton: The Basics Edwin McMasters Stanton (1814-69), was Ohio born and raised, the son of a middle class physician and his wife. His father died when Edwin was only thirteen, leaving the family nearly destitute. Plagued by severe asthma,…

Make way for Yorktown!

Originally posted on laststandonzombieisland:
80 years ago today: The brand-new Essex-class fleet carrier USS Yorktown (CV 10), was launched at Newport News Shipbuilding, Virginia, on 21 January 1943. U.S. Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. 80-G-33869 The second vessel in the class, the warship had been laid down on 1 December…

the last Mustangs in the US Army

Originally posted on wwiiafterwwii:
The P-51 Mustang was one of WWII’s greatest fighters and one of the best era-adjusted fighter planes of all time. Within the American consciousness it is almost synonymous with WWII. Decades after WWII and after the P-51 had left service as a fighter, the Mustang briefly “came back from the grave”…