May 22, 1993
TBS presents an extended installment of "National Geographic Explorer" this Sunday at 6 p.m. that follows Robert Ballard, discoverer of the sunken Titanic and the Bismarck, to the final resting place of "The Lost Fleet of Guadalcanal." Military historians and veterans help Ballard identify 14 of the 50 American, Australian and Japanese warships that were destroyed 50 years ago during the famous World War II battle in the southwestern Pacific.
February 25, 1988
Charles Banks, 73, a retired Marine Corps brigadier general who fought with Edson's Raiders at Guadalcanal in World War II and won the Navy Cross for heroism in the Korean War. Banks was awarded the Navy Cross for extreme bravery during the Marine breakout from the Chosin Reservoir in Korea. Banks, whose decorations also included the Silver Star, retired from the Marines in 1959 and entered business.
January 28, 1998
George Wendelken, 81, who played Freckles in the classic "Our Gang" comedy shorts of the 1920s. After his years as a child star ended, Wendelken became well-known during World War II. He was a Seabee, a member of the Navy Construction Corps, and was wounded during fighting on Guadalcanal. His experience won him appointment as the first Enlisted Man's Representative in Washington, D.C., for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
May 20, 1986 |
Cyclone Namu slammed into Guadalcanal and the rest of the Solomon Islands with winds up to 140 m.p.h., causing widespread destruction that left thousands of villagers homeless and as many as 50 missing, reports said today.
November 11, 1988 |
President Reagan signed legislation Thursday granting a World War II veteran injured at Guadalcanal the disability benefits he was denied by the Navy because he lied about his age when he enlisted at age 12. Reagan said Calvin L. Graham "is a veteran of Navy and Marine Corps service who has honorably served his country." The act provides that dental injuries Graham suffered at the Battle of Guadalcanal will be considered a permanent service-connected disability incurred in the line of duty.
October 4, 2012 |
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Doug Sterner drives from his cluttered apartment here to the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., carrying a portable photocopier and a belief in American heroes. Inside the Navy archives, he flips through thousands of typed index cards detailing bravery in battle. Sterner pulls out a card and starts reading. He's mesmerized by this story: Charles Valentine August, a Navy pilot who shot down two enemy planes in World War II, was later shot down himself and captured in North Africa.
August 3, 1986 |
Last April, the Japanese held a special national celebration of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Emperor Hirohito. A figure out of the history books, he is, at age 85 not only the world's longest reigning monarch but the most long-lived of all his 124 predecessors in an imperial line that Japanese tradition holds stretches back more than 26 centuries.
August 30, 2008 |
When the Army honorably discharged Jason Hubbard of Clovis, Calif., last year after his two younger brothers died in the Iraq war, he lost his health insurance and other veterans benefits because he left before the end of his contract. Now, the 65-year-old statutory loophole that allowed that to happen is closed. President Bush on Friday signed into law the Hubbard Act, which secures the benefits of "sole survivor" veterans who are honorably discharged after the death of a parent or sibling also serving in the military.
June 5, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- Big Brown, who has had success starting from the outside, will test the inside in Saturday's $1-million Belmont Stakes. Big Brown, attempting to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 30 years, got post position No. 1 in Wednesday's draw at Belmont Park and was installed as the 2-5 favorite. Big Brown won the Kentucky Derby from the 20th and outside post and the Florida Derby from the 11th and outside post. So the rail wasn't what trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. wanted.
August 7, 1987 |
The Navy has delayed further escorting of Kuwaiti tankers in the Persian Gulf until at least next week, when American minesweeping helicopters begin work in the war-torn waterway, defense officials said today. "The convoy is being delayed and probably will not be run until late next week at the earliest," one of the officials, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters. Officials said the U.S.