“Battle tests men better than years of peace.”
- Samuel P. Carter (1819-1891) has the unique distinction of having been the only man to have been both a major general in the U.S. Army and a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, the former as a volunteer officers during the Civil War and the latter after the war, when he returned to service with the fleet.
- A raid on Marcus Island on March 4, 1942 by the USS Enterprise sparked a full-scale defense alert in Japan, for fear that the next Home Islands might be next.
- The infamous mutiny in HMS Bounty in 1789 was the only such incident in the Royal Navy between the Seven Years’ War and the French Revolution.
- In 394 B.C. a Roman embassy en route to consult the oracle at Delphi, was captured by a squadron from the Lipari Islands which mistook them for Etruscan pirates.
- During the 1982 Falklands War, British Harrier aircraft brought down 24 Argentine aircraft using 27 air-to-air missiles, and eight others using cannon, all with no loss to the selves by enemy action
- In 1632 the Virginia Assembly declared that every able man was to take a gun to church every Sunday, so that they could drill after services.
- Of an estimated 4.5 million American troops who sailed to Europe or North Africa during World War II, 3,594 were lost when their troop ships were sunk.
- General of the Armies John J. Pershing’s service number was O1, as he was chief-of-staff at the time that such were instituted.