World War II
Soldier Remembers the USS Mount Hood Explosion


Paul Hackett was a Storekeeper 2nd class on the USS Mindanao when the ammunition ship USS Mount Hood exploded on November 10, 1944. All crew members aboard the USS Mount Hood that day were killed in the explosion. The Mindanao was only 350 yards away from Mount Hood at the … Continue reading

David Letterman
Admiral Grace Hopper Explains Nanoseconds


Admiral Grace Hopper joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 at the age of 37. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and wrote the first compiler for a computer programming language. When asked by Letterman how she knew so much about computers then, Hopper … Continue reading

USS Cole
Soldier Recalls Attack on USS Cole


On October 12, 2000, the USS Cole was attacked by suicide bombers in the port of Aden, Yemen, while refueling. Al Qaeda later claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed 17 sailors and injured another 39. Chief Petit Officer Sean Taitt remembers being injured in the bombing: “It took me … Continue reading

Attack on Pearl Harbor
An Eyewitness to Pearl Harbor

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World War II veteran Harold Ward, who served with the U.S. Navy, experienced the attack on Pearl Harbor firsthand. Ward recalls observing the entire attack from his battle station on the U.S.S San Francisco, describing it as both “scary” and “awesome.” Ward later goes on to explain what his assignment … Continue reading

Invasion of Normandy
[Text] ‘Some German Shells Started Whizzing By’

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“It was as though the curtain was about to go up on one of the biggest shows in history, and I was part of the cast! I knew it was going to be a small part, but the overriding sense of it all was that I was there!” Raymond L. … Continue reading