Frank Buckles, the last living World War I Doughboy, died early Sunday morning at the age of 110. Born on February 1, 1901 in Bethany, Missouri, Buckles’ life spanned one of the most turbulent, exciting, and eventful times in history. A resident of Charles Town, West Virginia where American Public University System (APUS) is headquartered, Buckles was well-known within the local community as well as nationally.
I was pleased and proud to have been on hand last weekend in Chantilly, VA during our 2009 commencement ceremonies to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of more than 2,800 APUS graduates. (To see a compilation video from the ceremonies, click here.) American Public University System (APUS) granted 1,252 Graduate degrees, 1,318 Bachelor degrees, and 235 Associate degrees during the past year.
Every now and then, I run across a good book that has been out for a while and which escaped my attention. Such was the case with David Maraniss‘ They Marched into Sunlight which was published in 2003.
Maraniss, an editor at the Washington Post, crafted an excellent non-fiction book which is actually two stories with the crescendo event of both occurring in the October 17-18, 1967 two-day period.
In 1907, the U.S. Army Signal Corps was created to assume responsibility over all matters pertaining to military aviation, and in its earliest days was a fledgling force of only eight aviation balloons, a dozen officers, and only slightly more enlisted men. From that small yet effective force came the modern United States Air Force, established as a separate branch of the military services on September 18, 1947.