Christmas Word Histories

Sugarplum ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house / Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; / The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, / In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; / The children were nestled all snug in their beds; / While visions of sugarplums danced in their… Continue reading Christmas Word Histories

WWII Sullivan Brothers

The five brothers on board the light cruiser Juneau (left), Joseph, Francis, Albert, Madison and George Sullivan were five siblings who all died during the same attack in World War II during the Battle of Guadalcanal, November 1942. In the late evening and early morning of Nov. 12-13, 1942, the United States and Japan engaged… Continue reading WWII Sullivan Brothers

Medical Murderers, The Mystery of the Clarksburg VA Hospital

Nurse Charles Cullen worked at nine hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, killing dozens of patients by spiking saline IV bags with deadly doses of drugs physicians did not order and patients did not need. Donald Harvey, who worked as an orderly among other hospital jobs, roamed units at three hospitals in Cincinnati and Kentucky… Continue reading Medical Murderers, The Mystery of the Clarksburg VA Hospital

WWI Battles Champagne (2nd) & Artois (3rd)

In June 1915 every Allied nation had met in a conference to plan an offensive on all fronts. Represented were Britain, France, Belgium, Russia, Italy and Serbia. A Franco-British attack was decided in Champagne and Artois, an Italian attack on the Austro-Hungarians at the Isonzo River and a Russian offensive into Hungary. Though due to… Continue reading WWI Battles Champagne (2nd) & Artois (3rd)

Sinking of Junyo Maru

During World War II, 70,000 or more Allied prisoners of war and conscripted Asian laborers were moved in Japanese merchant ships across the vast expanse of the occupied East. These vessels were called ‘hell ships, and with good reason. POWs and slave laborers were crammed into stinking holds, filthy with coal dust, congealed sugar syrup… Continue reading Sinking of Junyo Maru

Army 1889 Payroll Robbery

In April 1889, Special Order 37 directed all paymasters in the District of Arizona to pay troops mustered as of April 30. Major Joseph Washington Wham, a U.S. Army paymaster, was assigned Fort Bowie, Fort Grant, Fort Thomas, Fort Apache and Camp San Carlos. Wham and his clerk, William T. Gibbon, met a train carrying… Continue reading Army 1889 Payroll Robbery