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March 29, 1988 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
On May 30, 1944--in the midst of World War II--U.S. Army Pvt. Alex F. Miranda stood before an American firing squad in England and spoke his last words. "Pray for me," the 20-year-old soldier from Santa Ana beseeched a chaplain. "And may God have a place for you in heaven." Then Pvt. Miranda, who had fatally shot his sleeping sergeant almost three months earlier, was felled by a volley from 10 rifle-bearing soldiers.
April 19, 2011 | By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
You cannot buy your way into the U.S. military, Army officials reminded the public Monday, trying to clear up confusion in the Chinese American community after an El Monte man was arrested last week in connection with charging immigrants to join what authorities said was a phony military force. "No legitimate U.S. Army recruiter will ever ask an applicant for money in order to serve in the military," said Capt. Patrick Caukin, commander of a U.S. Army recruiting office based in West Covina.
April 2, 1994 | From Reuters
A U.S. Army sergeant who decapitated his wife's lover and brought the head to her hospital bedside was found guilty of premeditated murder by a military court Friday. A jury of four officers and three non-commissioned officers deliberated less than two hours before reaching the guilty verdict on Sgt. Stephen Schap, 26, of Baltimore. Schap, who faces a mandatory life sentence under U.S. military justice, sat ramrod straight and showed little emotion as the court martial's verdict was read.
May 27, 2009 | Associated Press
The Pentagon is prepared to leave fighting forces in Iraq for as long as a decade despite an agreement between the United States and Iraq that would bring all American troops home by 2012, the top U.S. Army officer said Tuesday. Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff, said the world remains dangerous, and the Pentagon must plan for extended U.S. combat and stability operations in two wars. "Global trends are pushing in the wrong direction," Casey said.
Most people thinking of stealth aircraft probably think about the B-2 Stealth bomber: invisible to radar, fast, sleek, with an estimated price tag of $500 million or more. Not Carter Ward. When his thoughts turn to stealth aircraft, Ward thinks about something stubby, with a top speed of 28 m.p.h. and costing only about $195,000. The stealth blimp.
Brushing aside deteriorating weather conditions and flood waters nearing a 100-year high, U.S. Army engineers Friday ended days of frustration and began spanning the fast-moving Sava River with a temporary bridge. The span, more than three football fields in length, is expected to be completed today. If it is, the first U.S. Army truck and troop convoys will begin rolling over the river into Bosnia almost immediately.
May 6, 1987 | Associated Press
A judge ruled Tuesday that the government negligently caused and then covered up its role in the death of a mental patient who was given hallucinogenic drugs in secret Army experiments during the 1950s. She awarded the man's estate more than $700,000 in damages. In a sharply worded, 106-page opinion, U.S.
March 4, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, Time Television Critic
When humans are incinerated, only their shadows remain. It's something to contemplate while watching "Day One," a terrifically good, finely acted, strikingly detailed and inevitably horrifying account of the race to develop the atomic bomb. The three-hour Aaron Spelling production airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS (Channels 2 and 8). And arriving at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
September 22, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The Army's 101st Airborne Division, dubbed the Screaming Eagles, is already famous for its daring air assaults during World War II, Vietnam and most recently in Iraq. But Dr. Mike Mitrosky, a retired dentist who served as an artillery officer with the 101st in Vietnam, thought there should be an everyday reminder for California residents of the bravery and sacrifices made by the division's soldiers.
The Army on Thursday demoted by one rank a retired general who had affairs with the wives of four subordinates, a punishment that officials said would reduce his $75,000-a-year pension by about $9,000. Maj. Gen. David Hale was demoted to brigadier general six months after a court-martial fined him $22,000 for eight violations of military law.
December 26, 2008 | Ann Scott Tyson, Tyson writes for the Washington Post.
The Army needs to add at least 30,000 active-duty soldiers to its ranks to fulfill its responsibilities around the world without becoming stretched dangerously thin, senior Army officials warn. "You can't do what we've been tasked to do with the number of people we have," Undersecretary of the Army Nelson Ford said in an interview last week. "You can see a point where it's going to be very difficult to cope."
April 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Under pressure to meet combat needs, the Army and Marine Corps brought in significantly more recruits with felony convictions last year than in 2006, including some with manslaughter and sex-crime convictions. Data released by a congressional committee shows the number of soldiers admitted to the Army with felony records jumped from 249 in 2006 to 511 in 2007. And the number of Marines with felonies rose from 208 to 350.
February 9, 2008 | Ned Parker, Times Staff Writer
The leader of an Army sniper team, testifying Friday as one of his soldiers went on trial for murder, said he ordered the sergeant to kill an Iraqi civilian to prevent their clandestine unit from being discovered. Testimony by Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley appeared to boost the defense of Sgt. Evan Vela, the last of three snipers to face a court-martial for actions last year southwest of Baghdad. Hensley and Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval Jr.
December 16, 2007 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
Insurgents took aim at volunteer security forces working alongside U.S. and Iraqi troops Saturday, killing at least three and injuring 13 others in a string of gunfire and bomb attacks. Also Saturday, U.S. forces reported the death of an American soldier, and Iraqi officials said they had arrested four suspects in connection with a bomb blast in southern Iraq last week that killed 28 people. South of Baghdad, the U.S.
November 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Soldiers strained by six years at war are deserting their posts at the highest rate since 1980, with the number of Army deserters this year showing an 80% increase since the United States invaded Iraq in 2003. While the totals are still far lower than they were during the Vietnam War, when the draft was in effect, they show a steady increase over the last four years and a 42% jump since last year.
November 11, 2007 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
Five U.S. Army soldiers and a U.S. Marine were killed in an ambush in eastern Afghanistan, military officials said Saturday, raising the American death toll in the country to 108 in a year that has become the deadliest since the war began six years ago.
In January 1997, a company of 125 California National Guard soldiers went to Germany as part of the United States peacekeeping effort in Bosnia. In September, 124 returned. Spec. Mason Jacques Karl O'Neal of Sunnyvale was not among them. His strange disappearance has triggered an odd and bitter war of words between two powerful governmental entities, the Army and the National Guard.
When the U.S. Army wanted to capture Adolf Hitler late in World War II, Aaron Bank organized a mission to accomplish the task. It was aborted only at the last minute when intelligence reports indicated that the German leader had committed suicide in Berlin. Before the Allied invasion of Europe, Bank fought with the French resistance in Southern France. Later, he ran missions into Indochina.
November 9, 2007 | Ned Parker, Times Staff Writer
A U.S. Army sniper was cleared of murder charges Thursday in a case that drew attention to allegations of a classified military program in which American sharpshooters targeted people who tried to pick up weapons materials planted by the troops. The court-martial panel cleared Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley of three counts of murder and also of charges that he made false statements to investigators.
October 21, 2007 | Aamer Madhani, Chicago Tribune
With the Army entrenched in two protracted wars while trying to increase its overall troop levels, commanders are finding they have to sweeten the pot to attract a few good men and women and keep the ones they already have. Next month, the Army is launching the Army Advantage Fund, a pilot program that offers recruits $45,000 toward buying a house or new business upon completion of their military stint.
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