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The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to have its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.

-- Sir William Francis Butler

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This Day in History
1775: Esek Hopkins takes command of the Continental Navy, a total of seven ships.

1864: Union General William T. Sherman presents the city of Savannah, Georgia, to President Lincoln. Sherman captured Georgia's largest city after his famous "March to the Sea" from Atlanta. Savannah had been one of the last major ports that remained open to the Confederates.

1929: Soviet troops leave Manchuria after a truce is reached with the Chinese over the Eastern Railway dispute.

1941: Japanese troops make an amphibious landing on the coast of Lingayen Gulf on Luzon, the Philippines.

1942: The Soviets drive German troops back 15 miles at the Don River.

1944: During the Battle of the Bulge, General Anthony McAuliffe responds to a German surrender request with a one word answer: "Nuts!"

1950: In the biggest air battle of the Korean War, U.S. Air Force F-86 Sabres shot down six communist MiG-15s over North Korea with the loss of a single F-86.

1950: 400 ships from the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, France, the Netherlands and Thailand were participating in the U.N. blockade of North Korea.

1950: The communist Chinese rejected a U.N. cease-fire proposal.

1965: The EF-105F Wild Weasel makes its first kill over Vietnam.