The US Naval Academy Was Founded Because of a Mutiny

The US Naval Academy Was Founded Because of a Mutiny

And it wasn’t the Caine. I went to the Military Academy, founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1802. Although Jefferson tended to be anti-military, he accepted the need for a standing army. And if the nation was going to have one, he felt it should be officered by a...
Flight 19 Disappears on 5 Dec 1945

Flight 19 Disappears on 5 Dec 1945

It began as nothing more than a routine training flight. At 2:10 p.m. on December 5, 1945, five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers took off from a Naval Air Station in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The planes—collectively known as “Flight 19”—were scheduled to tackle a three-hour...
The Mistakes on Both Sides that led to Pearl Harbor

The Mistakes on Both Sides that led to Pearl Harbor

Abridged from Stuff Doesn’t Just Happen: The Gift of Failure. I go through the seven Cascade Events that led to Pearl Harbor in detail in the book, but here they are listed: Political misunderstanding and maneuvers that backfired. Both sides misunderstood the...