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Wars can be prevented just as surely as they can be provoked, and we who fail to prevent them must share in the guilt for the dead.

-- General Omar Bradley

Primary Sources Archive: Gulf War

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    This Day in History
    1862: Minnesota’s 5th Infantry fought the Sioux Indians in Redwood, Minnesota.

    1942: The invasion of Guadalcanal continues as the remainder of the first wave of American troops come ashore.

    1942: Six German saboteurs who secretly entered the United States on a mission to attack its civil infrastructure are executed by the United States for spying.

    1943: The US 180th Regiment, of the 45th Division (OKARNG) land a small force east of Sant Agata in an amphibious operation supported by 1 cruiser and 3 destroyers. The Germans withdraw and US forces take Sant Agata and Cesaro.

    1943: On New Georgia fighting continues. US forces are attempting to prevent further Japanese evacuations to Kolombangara.

    1944: The German offensive toward Arromanches continues with heavy fighting around Mortain.

    1944: On Guam, American troops overrun Mount Santa Rosa. The remaining Japanese garrison is compelled to withdraw to the north end of the island.

    1945: The survivors of the USS Indianapolis are rescued. Only 316 of the 1196 men onboard the ship have survived.

    1950: As part of Task Force Kean in the first American counterattack of the war, the leading 35th Infantry Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division had advanced to its initial objective, the high ground just north of Munchon-ni. The regiment was then ordered to hold until the 5th Regimental Combat Team could come up on the left.

    1959: Announcement of Project Teepee, electronic system to monitor 95 percent of earth's atmosphere for missile launchings or nuclear explosions. System developed by William Thaler, Office of Naval Research physicist.