"The greater the danger, the greater the coolness required."
--Adm Francis William Kennedy, R.N.
- For heroism at Tientsin, China, July 13, 1900, Marine 1st Lt Smedly Butler was nominated for both the Medal of Honor and the Victoria Cross, both of which were disapproved, though he did later earn two awards of the Medal of Honor, for heroism at Vera Cruz in 1914 and in Haiti in 1915.
- During World War II the typical U.S. battleship, with some 2,000 crewmen, had a weekly ration allotment that included 1,200 pounds of lemons.
- John Trumbull, a son of the governor of Connecticut, by profession a teacher and by preference an artist of considerable talent, who later earned the sobriquet "Painter of the Revolution," for works such as The Signing of the Declaration of Independence, spent the Revolutionary War as a military engineer on the staff at West Point.
- During WW I the French 151st Infantry Regiment suffered over 12,000 casualties, while earning a collective award of the Croix de Guerre, four citations in army orders and the right to wear the Fourragere in the colors of the Medaille Militaire.
- The nickname of Queen Elizabeth's Irish Guards is "The Micks".
- On September 14, 1872, former Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, Adjutant General of Louisiana, took his largely black troops out to disperse a segregationist “militia” that was attempting to seize power in New Orleans, with the result that, in the ensuing battle – during which the insurgents employed artillery and here were 27 died – Longstreet’s militiamen were soundly beaten by the White Leaguers, and the general himself wounded and captured.
- Although many of the warships on both sides during the Spanish-American War were equipped with torpedo tubes, there is no record of any ship actually using one in combat.
- The very first submarine war patrols were undertaken without success in 1905, by several small boats that had been transported in sections by rail to Vladivostok during the Russo-Japanese War.