My Archive: Mount St. Helens 35th Anniversary

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My Archives: Mount St. Helens 35th Anniversary

Thirty-five years ago Mt. St. Helens erupted and sent ash clear across the state to my hometown of Spokane, WA. I was only 9 months old when she erupted. The people of Spokane didn’t think they would be impacted from the volcano’s wrath on the other side of the state. Each year I count my blessings that my dad kept a weeks worth of local and regional newspapers covering the event and aftermath. He also scooped up 2 large coffee cans worth of the ash from outside our home.

On Monday I shared information about the anniversary with my girls and here I share it with you. We carefully looked over the yellow 35 year-old newspapers which featured President Jimmy Carter and time-lapse photos of the volcano’s eruption. My girls examined the ash and we discussed its composition. I’ve since moved the ash into new containers because, after 35 years, the lids of the can had deteriorated just enough to let air and moisture in to cause some rust inside the cans. :/

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Mount Vernon Virtual Tour

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Can’t make it to Mount Vernon, VA? No problem!

Mount Vernon Virtual Tour

My daughter’s 3rd grade class has been studying George Washington and I remembered that the Mount Vernon website had some great resources available and shared the site with her teacher. They have expanded their online virtual tour of George and Martha Washington’s home which is a wonderful tool if you’re unable to get to Mount Vernon, Virginia. The virtual tour includes the mansion, outbuildings, gardens and landscapes, distillery and gristmill, and the library. Enjoy!

Mount Vernon Virtual Tour

Passenger Pigeon History | Fold the Flock

Project Passenger Pigeon from @SmithsonianMag

My Project Passenger Pigeon from @SmithsonianMag

Passenger Pigeon History | Fold the Flock

“2014 marks the centennial anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon. To help remember the Passenger Pigeon, we are folding origami pigeons to recreate the great flocks of 100 years ago.” (http://foldtheflock.org/)

Learn more about the Passenger Pigeon to include how/when it went extinct.

The face of courage: President Obama awards 24 Medals of Honor

The face of courage: President Obama awards 24 Medals of Honor

Staff Sgt. Felix Conde-Falcon (l.) was a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division; Spec. Ardie Copas was a machinegunner in the 25th Infantry Division and Spec. Jesus Duran a machinegunner in the 1st Cavalry Division. All served in the Vietnam War.

Staff Sgt. Felix Conde-Falcon (l.) was a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division; Spec. Ardie Copas was a machinegunner in the 25th Infantry Division and Spec. Jesus Duran a machinegunner in the 1st Cavalry Division. All served in the Vietnam War.

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Master Sgt. Mike Pena (l.) served in the 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean War; Master Sgt. Juan Negron (c.) in the infantry in Korea and Pfc. Leonard Kravitz (r.) was an assistant machinegunner in the 24th Infantry Division in Korea.

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Sgt. William Leonard (l.) was a Squad Leader in the 3d Infantry Division, serving in France Nov. 7, 1944. Staff Sg Manuel Mendoza (c.), a platoon sergeant in the 88th Infantry Division, fought in Italy on Oct. 4, 1944. 1st Lt. Donald Schwab was a company commander in the 3d Infantry Division in France on Sept. 17, 1944.

Pvt. Pedro Cano, (l.), will be honored for heroism while serving with the 4th Infantry Division in Schevenhutte, Germany, Dec. 3, 1944. Pvt. Joe Gandara (c.) fought with the 17th Airborne Division in France on June 9, 1944. Pfc. Salvador Lara served as Squad Leader of a infantry rifle squad in Italy on May 27 and 28, 1944.

Pvt. Pedro Cano, (l.), will be honored for heroism while serving with the 4th Infantry Division in Schevenhutte, Germany, Dec. 3, 1944. Pvt. Joe Gandara (c.) fought with the 17th Airborne Division in France on June 9, 1944. Pfc. Salvador Lara served as Squad Leader of a infantry rifle squad in Italy on May 27 and 28, 1944.

nly three of the Medal of Honor winners being awarded today, all veterans of the Vietnam War, are alive. From left: Spc. Santiago Erevia, Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris and Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela. ((All photos courtesy U.S. Army)

Only three of the Medal of Honor winners being awarded today, all veterans of the Vietnam War, are alive. From left: Spc. Santiago Erevia, Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris and Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela. ((All photos courtesy U.S. Army)

The 150th Anniversary of the H.L. Hunley

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The 150th Anniversary of the H.L. Hunley

This past Monday, February 17th, marked the 150th anniversary that the Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley, successfully attacked the USS Housatonic off the coast of South Carolina.

The Post and Courier’s columnist Brian Hicks puts readers right along the South Carolina coastline on the night of February 17, 1864 in his story, How the H.L. Hunley became the first submarine to sink an enemy ship.

The Hunley: Zeroing in on what caused Civil War submarine’s sinking from CNN.

LINKS:

Previous Hungry for History posts related to the H.L. Hunley

8th of November 1965

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I wanted to share this story on November 8th but tracking down the back-story about the event delayed my posting until now.

I’ll admit that if it wasn’t for local radio DJ, Bear O’Brian at Kissin 99.3, I wouldn’t have known about the day myself. He took just enough time to educate listeners about what happened on that day for members of the 173rd Airborne and share the story behind country music duo Big & Rich’s song, 8th of November. I knew then that I wanted to learn more so I could share with you.

On November 8th, 1965, the 173rd Airborne Brigade on Operation Hump, War Zone D in Vietnam were ambushed by over 1200 V.C. Forty-eight American soldiers lost their lives that day. Severely wounded and risking his own life, Lawrence Joll, a medic, was the first living black man since the Spanish-American War to receive the United States Medal of Honor for saving so many lives in the midst of battle that day. Our friend, Nialls Harris, retired 25 years, United States Army (the guy who gave Big Kenny his top hat) was one of the wounded who lived. This song is his story. Caught in the action of ‘kill or be killed’ – ‘greater love hath no man to lay down his life for a friend.’

Big & Rich – 8th of November Documentary: A True Story of Pain & Honor (50:18) (PG)

Big & Rich – 8th Of November [OFFICIAL VIDEO] (6:03)

Visit my page History in a Song for the lyrics to 8th of November.

173rd Airborne Brigade Association – Sky Soldiers