By Dr. Edward J. Hagerty
Associate Professor, Military History at American Military University
It is a well-known axiom that our nation’s military forces reflect the society from which they are drawn. Hollywood films about the military over the last few decades have likewise reflected that society, rather than the military itself. War films are rarely just about war. They are instead statements that mirror society’s concerns about war.
Dr. Jeffrey M. Leatherwood
Associate Professor of History for American Public University
Every first week in May, the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School (NAVSCOLEOD) holds a wreath-laying ceremony at the National EOD Monument. Usually, this ceremony held at Eglin AFB, Florida involves the addition of names of men and women recently killed in the line of duty. However, with the passing of the World War II and Korea generation, historical researchers are bringing to light new names from old conflicts.
By Dr. Richard Hines
Program Director, History and Military History at American Military University
This coming Saturday, May 16, 2015, is Armed Forces Day. It's a time to honor our fallen heroes and those still serving here and abroad. These men and women hold a special place in the heart of those of us here at AMU. We will be forever grateful for what you do for all of us. May we, as a nation, never take that service for granted.
By Susanne M. Schafer
The Associated Press
Four months ago, only six World War II veterans had signed on to fly to Washington, D.C., in May for a special tour to see the memorials built in their honor. But ever since the publication in February of an Associated Press story that said the Honor Flight organization was seeking additional veterans to travel on May 13, they have been signing up from all around the state, Dukes said. Now, about 70 World War II veterans are scheduled to go on the trip, along with more than 117 Korean War veterans, guides and staff.
By Robert “Smitty” Smith
Faculty Member, Military Studies at American Military University
Military history is replete with dazzling victories and inglorious defeats. The ones that interest us the most are those where nations or generals have their backs to the wall. What do you do when events force you down to one last desperate throw of the dice? Continue Reading