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With Memorial Day Weekend fast upon us, Balladeer’s Blog has been getting requests for readers’ favorite holiday-themed blog posts from the past. I want to post some new ones, too, so let me first post this item synopsizing items from the past complete with links if you want to read the entire article.

THE TOP FOUR FORGOTTEN CONFLICTS IN U.S. HISTORY – A brief look at 1781-1782, the neglected final year of fighting in the Revolutionary War, plus takes on the Mexican War (1846-1848), the Nicaragua Conflict (1926-1928) and the Philippine War (1899-1902). Click HERE.

AMERICA’S NAVAL WAR WITH FRANCE (1798-1801) – Often called a “Quasi-War” because of how few land battles there were and because no formal declaration of war was made, this conflict featured a lot of fascinating action on the high seas. The men who died fighting in it deserve to be remembered just as much as those who died in more high-profile wars. PART ONEPART TWO.

TWENTY COLD WAR ATTACKS ON AIRCRAFT – Throughout the Cold War, soldiers, sailors and pilots faced danger and even death in multiple clashes which were downplayed at the time to avoid an escalation of hostilities. Click HERE.

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Oneida Nation’s First Allies Unit

TOP FOUR FORGOTTEN UNITS IN AMERICAN MILITARY HISTORY – A look at Doniphan’s Thousand from the Mexican War, the Oneida Nation’s First Allies Unit from the Revolutionary War, the Yankee Samurai Unit from World War Two and the country’s very first racially integrated army unit, the First Rhode Island Regiment in the Revolutionary War. Click HERE.

THE TEXAS NAVY – A very neglected aspect of the Texas War of Independence from Mexico. Click HERE.

THE KOREAN EXPEDITION – Medal of Honor recipients for the 1871 Korean Expedition and its battles. Click HERE.

MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS FROM THE PHILIPPINE WAR (1899-1902) – Hiram Bearss, Frank L Anders, Charles G Bickham, Otto Boehler, Anthony Carson and George Biegler. Click HERE.

MORE MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS FROM THE PHILIPPINE WAR (1899-1902) – Arthur M Ferguson, Willis H Downs, Clarence M Condon and Charles Cawetzka. Click HERE.

EVEN MORE MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS FROM THE PHILIPPINE WAR (1899-1902) – Frank C High, George W Mathews, William R Grove and Charles E Kilbourne. Click HERE.

VERA CRUZ, MEXICO (1914) – Randolph C Berkeley, Medal of Honor recipient for action in Vera Cruz, Mexico during April of 1914. Click HERE.

MORO WAR – A look at Lieutenant Archie Miller, a Medal of Honor recipient for his 1909 actions during the Moro War. Click HERE.


Filed under Neglected History, opinion


  1. Someone

    As a Texan, I totally forgot about the Texas Navy.

    The Navy of the Republic of Texas, 1835-1845
    by Dienst, Alex, 1870-1938

    Publication date 1909

    Sadly, America has almost a 250 year history of being in some sort of conflict in just about every year of it’s existence.

    • Thanks for the book recommendation. Actually, with the amount of land covered by the U.S. and the fact that each state is almost as large as many countries I think it’s not that outrageous that our assembled states have seen as many wars as we have.

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