Secret to the self-discipline of journaling daily

The (short) history of the journals of John J. Pershing

The secret to the self-discipline of journaling daily

Personal, first-hand accounts of history’s biggest moments provide a texture to history that humanizes it. A perspective of a leader often helps us understand why decisions were made. It brings context and reveals exquisite details about what was going on in that person’s life as history unfolded. The notes also provide lessons for us in how we may lead our own lives. The self-discipline of John J. Pershing provides a terrific example of a journaling habit.


Why humility is a strength

The story of General Grant and humility

Humility is strength

In the context of warfare, humility may elicit images of weakness, submissiveness, and fear. I suggest that this is a false idea of humility. Real humility is a sign of strength, authentic confidence, and courage. It is the mark of a virtuous person. Benjamin Franklin pursued the goal of living a virtuous life and he sought to attain it through living 13 virtues. One of these virtues is humility- having the quiet confidence to allow your actions to speak for themselves.

General Grant at Cold Harbor, Virginia June 11, 1864


The U.S. Army’s all Mexican-American Infantry Unit – Little-Known Heroes of the Italian Campaign of WWII

War History Online
Mar 18, 2017

This storyline has particular meaning for my family. A relative of my step-father served during the Italian Campaign of WWII. While not a member of 141st Infantry, he was killed during the amphibious assault during Battle of Anzio, Operation Shingle.

Dunkirk: the man who won the Second World War.

August 4, 2017

British Admiral Bertram Ramsay was the mastermind of behind Dunkirk. “Dunkirk kept Britain in the war, enabling all that followed, culminating in the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944. Without Dunkirk, 400,000 British soldiers — five times as many as our entire regular army today — would have been killed or in prison camps in Germany.” Full article here.

Spanish American War: why valor is colorless

Valor in the Spanish American War

The essence of patriotism for one’s country is valiantly displayed throughout the ages. A long-forgotten story about citizens who fought for freedom is the combined effort with the United States and Cuban soldiers in the Spanish American War. The battle occurred near the mouth of the Tallabacoa River, Cuba on June 30, 1898. The battle is known in the annals of American history as the Battle of Tayacoba (a mispronunciation by the Americans). The events that took place highlights the personal courage, self-determination and duty of men resulting in the award of our Nation’s highest medal, the Medal of Honor.


Why Eisenhower’s strength of character is supreme

The story of General Eisenhower and character

Strength of character is supreme

General Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander of the European Theater of Operations during World War II and responsible for the success or failure of the D-Day operation on June 6, 1944. The operation brought together the land, air and sea forces of the allied armies in what became known as the largest invasion force in human history. General Eisenhower did not come by this responsibility easily. Some may even say that he was an unlikely candidate to fill this role. It was the General’s steadfast character over a lifetime that led him to the fate of the D-Day operation that launched the beginning of the end of the war.


Why I’m writing this blog: Inspirational stories of virtue

Inspirational stories of virtue tested in battle

Why I’m writing this blog: Inspirational stories of virtue

Inspirational stories of virtue tested in battle:

  1. Educate readers on little known or forgotten stories from military history.
  2. Entertain readers who share the love for military history.
  3. Elevate readers by sharing stories of virtue to inspire us to be better people.
To understand where I’m going with this, perhaps it may be help to start with what inspired me early in life and what brought me to writing stories about military history.