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What West Point Can Teach Hollywood

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Henry Ossian Flipper was the first African-American West Point graduate—not in 1970, or 1950, or even in 1930, but in the Class of 1877.    Henry was born a slave in Georgia in 1856. After the Civil [...]
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Josephine Baker–Dancer, Singer, Mother, Booty Spy

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes We often expect our military heroes to come equipped with great athletic prowess and years of grueling training. A few ultramodern, nearly-magic gadgets and good looks don’t hurt either. Josephine Baker [...]
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Farmers & Shopkeepers Raise H*** in a Cow Pen

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On the morning of January 16, 1781, an independent minded New Jersey fellow named Daniel Morgan led a force of continental soldiers and militia in an orderly retreat up a muddy South Carolina wagon road, escaping [...]
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The Man Who Stole Tea from China

By K.B. Owen   With stories in the news about Chinese hackers breaking into U.S. corporate computers and stealing proprietary software and information (for example, this 60 Minutes’ feature: The Great Brain Robbery), here’s [...]
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Virginia Hall — 7th Annual Spook Appreciation Day Honoree

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes In 2010, Bayard & Holmes declared Halloween to be Spook Appreciation Day. It is the day when we honor the remarkable unsung heroes of the Intelligence Community, without whom we could not hope to enjoy [...]
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Pfc. Desmond Doss — A Conscientious Objector Who Received A Medal of Honor

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes During WWII, dozens of the bloody campaigns raged around the globe, involving millions of US military personnel. Four hundred sixty-four of those Americans received the Medal of Honor — two hundred sixty-six [...]
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French Cowardly? Not at the Battle of Verdun!

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes France has the reputation for being highly uncooperative in the Western community, which has led to the American and European habit of describing the French as being cowardly—a “nation of whores and waiters.” [...]
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ANTHROPOID — Espionage Legend on the Big Screen

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes ANTHROPOID brings one of history’s legendary espionage events to the big screen – the WWII assassination of SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich by two Czech paratroopers and a few Czech [...]
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Washington’s Fears for America Fulfilled

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard Many Civil War historians will tell you that partisanship in America is more heated than it has been since 1860. We are regularly smacked in the face by evidence that both major political parties put their [...]
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Seppuku: Ritual Suicide in Samurai Japan

by Susan Spann Seppuku (sometimes also referred to as hara-kiri) is a form of Japanese ritual suicide. Many Westerners recognize this Japanese form of suicide, in which a person (often, but not always, male) slits his own stomach with a sword, [...]