This Week in History: Uncle Sam, Declaration of Independence signed, & USS Indianapolis

Happy Sunday! Attached is a summary of my “morning history” posts from this past week. For those who are interested, links to these posts can now be found on Pinterest and MeWe, too. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, July 30

Medal of Honor Monday! During this month in 1944, a hero is born. William “Pits” Pitsenbarger once tried to quit high school to join the Army! Instead, he finished high school, then joined the Air Force. He would go on to serve in Vietnam, completing hundreds of rescues as a pararescue medic. “He wanted to go where the action was,” his father would say. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Tuesday, July 31

On this day in 1854, the man who was the probable inspiration for Uncle Sam passes away during a cholera epidemic. Did you know that there was likely a real person behind the Uncle Sam character that you are used to seeing? FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Wednesday, August 1

On this day in 1776, wise words from Samuel Adams: “Courage, then, my countrymen; our contest is not only whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth for civil and religious liberty.” MORE: Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Thursday, August 2

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence is signed. If you’re surprised to hear that it wasn’t signed on July 4, then you’re in good company! Even Thomas Jefferson and John Adams later became confused about when they signed. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Friday, August 3

On this day in 1945, the last survivors of the USS Indianapolis are pulled from the Pacific Ocean. They’d been there since a Japanese submarine had torpedoed and sunk Indianapolis on July 30. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

Saturday, August 4

On this day in 1777, American forces hold out against a British siege. They were trapped inside Fort Schuyler, but help was on the way! Or so they thought. Unfortunately, those anticipated reinforcements would be ambushed before they ever reached Fort Schuyler. The resulting Battle of Oriskany has been called one of the bloodiest battles of the Revolution. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram

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Sunday, August 5

During this week in 1945, Americans drop an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bombing came not too long after Japan had rejected a final opportunity to surrender. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Google+; Instagram