May is National Nurses Month in the U.S., and with all due respect to astronauts, teachers, firefighters and the rest, it’s right and fitting that we single out this ancient profession and its practitioners for praise. Depending on what their patients require, nurses care, comfort, humor, cajole, gently (and sometimes maybe not so gently) badger and, in the end, they save lives. They’re on the front lines, literally and figuratively, of a ceaseless war against suffering. We owe them a lot.
Considered one of the most conversational generals in history… After serving with distinction in both World Wars, MacArthur was placed in command of U.S. and U.N. forces in the Korean War. On April 11, 1951, less than a year after the conflict began, he was relieved of command by President Truman after he openly disagreed with Truman’s policy for a limited war. (Photo Credit: Getty)
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General Dwight D Eisenhower, Supreme Allied commander, inspects art treasures looted by the Germans and stored away in the Merkers salt mine. Behind GEN Eisenhower are General Omar N. Bradley (left), CG of the 12th Army Group, and (right) LT Gen George S. Patton, Jr, CG, 3rd U.S. Army. 4/12/45. RG 111-SC-204516
Happy Birthday to Bess Myerson! Born July 16, 1924 Best Known for being the first Jewish woman to win a national pageant (Miss America 1945) shortly after World War II along with a first ever pageant scholarship award of $5,000.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, and General Omar N. Bradley, CG, 12th Army Group, examine a suitcase of silverware, part of German loot stored in a salt mine at Merkers. 4/12/45. RG 111-SC-204515
(Above Image) Just weeks after the surrender of Nazi Germany in World War II, Allied leaders met in Potsdam, Germany, to shape postwar Europe and warn Japan of “prompt and utter destruction” if it did not surrender. While President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin posed for a smiling handshake, tensions ran high amid suspicions about the Soviet Union’s intentions in Central and Eastern Europe. Potsdam proved to be the swansong of the three Allies. A day after the handshake, Churchill was out as prime minster following a landslide defeat in parliamentary elections. Less than a year later, he spoke of the “iron curtain” that had cleaved Europe.