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The Story of the Four Chaplains

Through the night of February 2, 1943, the S.S. Dorchester was traveling from New York to Great Britain.  Once a luxury coastal liner, the 5,649-ton vessel had been converted into an Army transport ship, and was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 servicemen, merchant seamen, and civilian workers. That evening, the …

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The Kennedy Assassination: 58 Years Later

Among the Virginia War Memorial’s collections are hundreds of letters donated either to the war memorial itself or that historians on our staff have collected themselves over the years. Most of the time, these letters are discussions between service members and their loved ones about the more mundane aspects of …

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A Naval Milestone

Twenty-five years after President Harry S. Truman ordered the desegregation of armed forces, Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. became the first Black rear admiral. This story is reprinted from Channel 13 News Now in Norfolk, VA. Author: Mike Gooding Published: June 1, 2021 NORFOLK, Va. — A true trailblazer in United …

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