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Posted on Nov 4, 2006 in Armchair Reading, Front Page Features

ACG WebOps (29 October – 4 November 2006)

Jim H. Moreno

Welcome to WebOps, Armchair General’s first website column! Here you’ll find an array of links relative to military history news, articles, websites, and more. This week: the F-117 Nighthawk is about to disappear into the night for good, to possibly be joined by the French Foreign Legion, and an update on the search for the Bonhomme Richard. Clicks away!


A Long, Storied History About to End –

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – After 25 years of storied service, the F-117 Nighthawk, the Air Force’s first stealth fighter, is about to retire.


Army recycling World War II buildings at Fort Lewis –

FORT LEWIS, Wash. — Materials from hundreds of dilapidated World War II-era buildings, scattered like shrapnel across this sprawling post, are headed for the salvage yard instead of the landfill in a campaign to cut the military’s massive output of solid waste and save some money.

Female war hero honored – Whittier Daily News

The Covina post office on Saturday was renamed for Lillian Keil, the most decorated female veteran in U.S. military history.

Call to put 1798 battle on Arc de Triomphe – Western People

At Monday’s meeting of the County Authority, Fine Gael Councillor Jarlath Munnelly called on the council to support a campaign calling on the French Government to record the victory of the Franco-Irish forces over the British army in Castlebar in 1798.

Fabled Foreign Legion Fading With Time –

These days a bigger issue faces the 175-year-old force that made its name fighting France’s overseas battles in jungle and desert. Its key role — to be a crack professional force available for rapid, no-questions-asked deployment in far-flung conflicts — has all but evaporated.

Marine Corps museum seeks to take visitors inside battle zone –

QUANTICO, Va. – Lance Cpl. Matthew Stephens, who just returned from Iraq, figures that for the new National Museum of the Marine Corps to truly convey his experience in Ramadi, the exhibit hall would have to be the pitch black of night.

Black Civil-War Soldier Gets Overdue Honors – NPR (audio)

All Things Considered, November 1, 2006 · For more than a century, Lt. Stephen Atkins Swails has lain in an unmarked grave in Charleston, S.C., his life story largely forgotten. But recently, local historians held a long overdue ceremony honoring the life of the extraordinary African-American soldier and statesman.

Search for John Paul Jones’ Ship –

GROTON, Conn. – In October, the shipwreck search team looking for the remains of John Paul Jones famous ship Bonhomme Richard returned from a month-long expedition off the coast of England.

California Parade Honors Vietnam Vets –

WASHINGTON – This Veterans Day, Antelope Valley, Calif., is making sure Vietnam veterans get the welcome home they never got with a Welcome Home parade, one of the event’s organizers said.

Time capsules: Howlett’s flag cases now showcase state’s history in the military –

Old battle flags no longer grace the state’s Hall of Flags, but a new exhibit in that space aims to attract military history buffs and other members of the public.

Veterans and Friends of Danang Emotional Return to Vietnam to Air on Emmy-Award-Winning WQED in High Definition – Yahoo! Finance

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ — The 16-year-long Vietnam War was the longest-running conflict in U.S. military history. Though it has been more than three decades since the end of one of the most divisive wars in human history, there is a group of Americans — mostly Pittsburghers — making regular pilgrimages to Vietnam with the hopes of healing at least some of the old wounds. They call themselves the Friends of Danang.

Sympathy for the Devils –

They say that an army travels on its stomach, and while that may well indeed be true, Sergeant Major Albert Boucher is here to tell you that sometimes it is more, and much more literally, all about the boots.

Campaign to put unsung hero of Second World War back on radar – Independent Online Edition

He was the man who helped win the Battle of Britain and whose invention went on to lay the foundations for a host of modern life-saving technologies. Yet more than 30 years after his death, Sir Robert Watson-Watt, the father of radar, is almost forgotten – one of the great unsung heroes of the Second World War.

Marine MIA From Vietnam War Identified –

He is Pfc. James E. Widener, U.S. Marine Corps, of Churchville, N.Y. He will be buried Nov. 10, at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

In Search Of Rochambeau –

Researching the travels of the French army through Connecticut during the American Revolution, historian Mary M. Donohue assumed that, in all likelihood, any physical evidence of the exact route was exceedingly scarce, if not lost to the ages.

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