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Members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the first all-African-American, all-female unit to serve overseas in World War II, take part in a parade ceremony in honor of Joan d'Arc at the marketplace where she was burned at the stake. Rouen, France. May 27, 1945.

(US National Archives)

29 Days of February - 29 Photos of African Americans throughout Naval History. ‪#‎BlackHistoryMonth‬

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US Navy African-American Navy Cross-awarded gun crew: Jonell Copeland, Que Gant, Harold Clark Jr., James Eddie Dockery, Alonzo Alexander Swann, Eli Benjamin; circa 1945. (National Archives Photo # 80-G-334029)

In July of 1776, Timothy Matlack was the scribe charged with writing out the Declaration of Independence. He would have dipped his quill pen into iron gall ink.

Watch now as Rachel Bartgis, a conservation technician for Preservation Programs at the National Archives, shows us the unusual ingredients commonly used to make iron gall ink at the time the Declaration was written.

Learn more about the creation and preservation of the Declaration of Independence:

Amelia Earhart Survived!!!

I know that this shouldn’t bother me but this really does.  I’ve been seeing lots of stuff lately about so called proof that Amelia Earhart survived her plane crash, was captured by the Japanese and held prisoner, and died two years later in captivity.  The whole evidence behind this stems from the one photo found in US National Archives. 

Now the History Channel (which once aired a TV show that made the claim that bigfoot is an alien shapeshifter) is getting on the bandwagon. They have some FBI expert who actually quoted that this is evidence “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Amelia Earhart survived her plane crash. “Experts” claim it supposedly shows Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan.

Now I’m not saying the theory isn’t plausible.  Maybe it could be true.  But this is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt? Really??? I mean look at it!!!! Can you really tell beyond a reasonable doubt that those pictured are Earhart and Noonan?

Humbuggery I Say!!!

This aerial photograph of Pearl Harbor was taken three days after the attack. The black streaks are oil leaking out of the sunken ships. The USS Arizona is on the bottom right.

(Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives)

Vietnam War: “The Tactical Guide For the Korean Soldiers: Kill Them All, Burn Them All, Destroy Them All.”

Mad Minutes ->

A Korean film crew visits the site of a civilian massacre that occurred thirty years ago, during the time when Korean soldiers were fighting the Vietnam War in support of the U.S. army. As they recall the war, tension created by the camera and undying anger resonates in the testimonies of survivors and bereaved families of those killed. The crew also listens to ex-Korean soldiers, now peace activists, and together they confront their country’s past as perpetrator of violence towards the Vietnamese people. While reflecting on those absent from the screen, and silently protesting against ever-present wars in the world, the film explores the path towards peace and coexistence for the future.
Also known as Michin Sigan.

Korean War: “… US commanders repeatedly, and without ambiguity, ordered forces under their control to target and kill Korean refugees caught on the battlefield.”

BBC History: Kill ‘Em All: American War Crimes in Korea ->

Declassified military documents recently found in the US National Archives show clearly how US commanders repeatedly, and without ambiguity, ordered forces under their control to target and kill Korean refugees caught on the battlefield. More disturbing still have been the published testimonies of Korean survivors who recall such killings, and the frank accounts of those American veterans brave enough to admit involvement.

World War I Draft Registration Card for Louis Armstrong, 09/12/1918.

Item From: Records of the Selective Service System ( World War I). (1917-07/15/1919).

This draft card for an 18 year old Louis Armstrong shows his occupation as a musician. It also shows that he was born on July 4rth 1900, and mentions his mother May Armstrong .


Some precariously perched WAVES aircraft mechanics working on the port outboard Pratt & Whitney R-2000 engine of a R5D Skymaster aircraft, Naval Air Station, Oakland, California, United States, mid-1945 

US National Archives

The Archivist of the United States posted this today after people freaked out that Michelle Obama reminded everyone that the White House was built by slaves. They then had the audacity to try downplay just how bad slavery was as a whole. 

Here you go. Primary source documentation. 


In case you wanted more, here is a receipt for the purchase of a slave who worked on the White House.

The Diego Velazquez Painting “ Philip IV King of Spain” Being Examined by General Mark W. Clark and Others.

Item From: Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947- 02/28/1964).

The Diego Velazquez painting of “Philip IV King of Spain"and  the other paintings surrounding it were part of a 12/19/1948 ceremony where stolen  treasures that had been recovered by the U.S. Army were returned to their rightful owners. General Mark W. Clark, CG USFA, was the host to the other allied leaders and the Austrian people present at the event. The other notable persons are France’s Lt. Gen. Emile Marie Berthourart, Britain’s Lt. Gen. R.L. McCreery of Britain, Austria’s Chancellor Figl, and Russia’s Col. Gen. Alexis Zheltov.


something very stressful to me abt war is the potential destruction of historic places, libraries, buildings, art, museums, etc.

An ugly SOC-3A Seagull floatplane of US Navy Scouting Squadron 201 (VS-201) parked on the deck of escort carrier Long Island, 16 Dec 1941

US National Archives

Did you know that Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day? Shortly after the Civil War, a group of Union veterans called for a day to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers on May 30. The date was perhaps selected because flowers were in bloom all across the U.S. by late May.

In 1888, Congress declared Decoration Day a federal holiday in the District of Columbia so that veterans in federal employ could honor their fallen comrades and not lose a day’s pay. Decoration Day gradually became known as Memorial Day as the holiday expanded to commemorate veterans of all wars.

In 1968, Congress passed a law that named and moved several federal holidays. Included in H.R. 15951 was the official declaration of Memorial Day as a national holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday of May.

H.R. 15851, 05/10/1968, Records of the U.S. Senate

Tired member of US Navy VF-17 squadron paused under the squadron scoreboard at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Feb 1944 

US National Archives