When then-Lt. Edward Uhl was testing an experimental rocket launcher in the early 1940s, he launched the weapon's warhead into the idle waters of the Potomac. He and and a colleague, Leslie Skinner, were tasked with devising an anti-tank weapon capable of penetrating German armor. Their invention was a shoulder...
In 1939, Angus M. Thuermer was an eager young journalist working for the Associated Press in Berlin. Every once in a while, he'd take a roundabout route on his morning commute in order to pass by the Third Reich's offices just to see what was going on--usually nothing. Then one...
T. Rees Shapiro
May 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET |
Categories: Local Lives , Military , World War II | Tags: Adolf Hitler, Associated Press, Berlin, Germany, History, Newseum, Schutzstaffel, Third Reich
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In writng obituaries, we don't often have the chance to go out and do on-site reporting, but the Sunday Local Life feature about Peter Cleland, I managed to get out of the office. I met Mr. Cleland's son and grandson, and I took a trip to Washington National Cathedral to...
May 2, 2010; 10:42 AM ET |
Categories: Local Lives , Matt Schudel | Tags: peter billy cleland died, peter billy cleland obituary, peter billy cleland stonemason national cathedral
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At the Jan. 20 inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 44th president, a special section was set aside for a distinguished group of veterans called the Tuskegee Airmen. Now aging and disappearing fast, they were members of an elite group of black aviators who were not allowed to serve...
John Guilsher was a quiet, modest man who spent 50 years as an officer and consultant for the CIA. For most obituaries of CIA officers, that's about all the information we get. But the story of John Ivan Guilsher is something special. For Sunday's Local Life, I was able to...
Anyone who lived in the American West in the spring and summer of 1993 remembers the unexplained string of deaths of (mostly) rural residents. I have a vivid memory of camping in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and thinking about the ways that virus can be transmitted -- while...