"This Embattled Shore,
Portal of Freedom,
Is Forever Hallowed by
The Ideals, the Valor, and the Sacrifices
Of Our Fellow Countrymen."
American Military Cemetery,
- In 1840 some Indians in upstate New York offered themselves for service in the state militia as the “Mohican Rifle Corps,” only to be turned down because the 11th Regiment was already known as “The Mohican Rifles,” despite the fact that there was nary a Native American in the ranks, and it hailed from Brooklyn.
- During the 1982 Falklands War, British troops used perhaps 300 Milan ATGMs, not one of which was fired at an armored vehicle, the missiles proving eminently effective against rock-built defensive positions.
- About a third of the men who served as officers in the Imperial Russian Navy during World War I found employment post-war in the same capacity, with the new Soviet Navy.
- During World War II approximately 18,000 dogs were examined for service with the U.S. Armed Forces, about 40-percent of those “volunteered,” of whom about 11,500 were of whom accepted for service, of whom only 4,889 actually completed training.
- Although when it was “merged” into the West German Bundesheer on October 3, 1990, the East German Volksheer had about 32,000 officers, only about 10-percent of them were still on active duty five years later.
- By a regulation issued in 1857, the U.S. Navy abolished the honorary rank of “commodore” and replaced with that of “Flag Officer” – providing that newly minted flag officers with less than 20 years service as a captain could display the flag of a rear admiral, while those with more than 20 years could use that of a vice admiral.