This Week in History: Rags the war dog, the Constitution ratified, and the Battle of Monmouth

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, MeWe, a Facebook Group, and Tumblr, too. Enjoy and have a great week!

Monday, June 24

Medal of Honor Monday! At about this time in 1945, a Seventh-Day Adventist engages in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Desmond Doss would also become the only conscientious objector to receive a Medal of Honor for his service during World War II. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Tuesday, June 25

On this day in 1788, Virginia ratifies the United States Constitution. At the time, many thought that Virginia had provided the critical 9th vote to put the Constitution into effect. They were wrong. New Hampshire provided that vote on June 21. Virginia’s ratifying convention was a battle of heavyweights. There may have been just a few strong opinions in the room. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook

Wednesday, June 26

On or around this day in 1916, a mixed-breed terrier is born. The little dog would go on to become an American war hero—and the U.S. 1st Infantry Division’s mascot during World War I. “Rags” might never have been found but for Private Jimmy Donovan. The young soldier had been asked to march in Paris’s 1918 Bastille Day parade. At the time, Rags was just a nameless and homeless little dog, roaming the streets of Paris. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Thursday, June 27

On this day in 1923, two biplanes conduct the first successful midair refueling. Well, sort of. They made the first midair transfer using a hose. Would you believe that another aviator had previously refueled a plane by walking on its wings while it was in flight?! FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Friday, June 28

On this day in 1778, George Washington saves his army from certain defeat at the Battle of Monmouth. That conflict had nearly ended in disgrace and a retreat when one of Washington’s officers made a critical mistake. Fortunately, General Washington arrived on the scene, just in time. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

Saturday, June 29

On this day in 1944, the city of Cherbourg, France, falls to Allied forces. It had been mere weeks since the D-Day landings—but Allied leaders were bound and determined to seize Cherbourg. They really needed that port! They especially needed it after the events of June 19. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram

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Sunday, June 30

During this week in 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg begins. Our nation should have been celebrating its 87th birthday that week! Instead, we were engaged in a brutal, 3-day battle that would end with as many as 51,000 dead or wounded. FULL STORY: Permalink; Facebook; Instagram