This Week in U.S. Military History, April 5-11

Compiled by Charles O’Leary

April 5, 1937: Gerneral Colin Powell, commander in chief of Persian Gulf War forces, is born in New York City.

April 6, 1917 [World War I]: The United States declares war on Germany.

April 7, 1942 [World War II]: The U.S Navy begins accepting African Americans for general service.

April 7, 1945 [World War II]: 503rd Regimental Combat Team, part of 173rd Airborne Brigade, involved in amphibious assault of Negros Island in the Pacific against the Japanese.

April 8, 1946: The League of Nations meets for the last time.

April 9, 1942 [World War II]: The Japanese Army overwhelms American and Filipino forces in the Battle of Bataan.

April 10, 1934: David Halberstam, a chronicler of the Korean and Vietnamese wars, is born in New York City

April 11, 1951 [Korean War]: President Harry S. Truman dismisses General Douglas Mac Arthur from command of US/UN forces in Korea.

April 11, 1991 [Persian Gulf War]: Official Cease Fire, Persian Gulf War.

[From “Forever a Soldier”, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project]

Submitted to the PJ-C by Post 198 of the American Legion, Pawhuska.