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A Splendid Little War

So termed by John Hay, the Spanish-American War saw the United States become an imperial power by acquiring the Philippines as well as other islands in the Pacific and Caribbean.

The Spanish-American War
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World War II: USS South Dakota (BB-57)

USS South Dakota (BB-57) was the lead ship of its class of battleships. Commissioned in 1942, USS South Dakota saw extensive service in the Pacific during World War II. Thought sunk by the Japanese several times, USS South Dakota earned the nickname Battleship X.

World War I: Air Marshal William "Billy" Bishop

WIlliam "Billy" Bishop was a Canadian fighter pilot during World War I. In the course of the fighting, Billy Bishop downed 72 enemy aircraft making him Canada and the British Commonwealth's leading ace of the war. Billy Bishop later served as Air Marshal of Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II.

American Civil War: Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk

Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk was a graduate of West Point who entered the ministry shortly after graduation. Returning to the military at the beginning of the Civil War, Leonidas Polk used his connections to President Jefferson Davis to secure a major general's commission. Serving in the west, Leonidas Polk commanded troops until his death in combat in June 1864.

Vietnam War: North American F-100 Super Sabre

The North American F-100 Super Sabre was fighter developed for the US Air Force. Entering service in 1954, the F-100 Super Sabre was later adapted as a fighter-bomber. The F-100 Super Sabre later saw service during the Vietnam War.

World War II: USS Washington (BB-56)

USS Washington (BB-56) was a North Carolina-class battleship that entered service in May 1941. After playing a key role in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal in November 1942, USS Washington continued to operate in the Pacific for the remainder of World War II.

US Navy: South Dakota-class (BB-49 to BB-54)

The South Dakota-class of battleship (BB-49 to BB-54) was a type of battleship designed for the US Navy. Commencing construction in 1920 and 1921, the ships of the South Dakota-class were cancelled following the ratification of the Washington Naval Treaty.

World War I: USS Delaware (BB-28)

USS Delaware (BB-28) was an American battleship that entered service in 1910 and was the lead ship of its class. Mounting ten 12-inch guns, USS Delaware saw service with the British Grand Fleet during World War I. USS Delaware remained in use until being sold for scrap in 1924.

American Civil War: Battle of North Anna

The Battle of North Anna was fought May 23-26, 1864, during the American Civil War. Advancing from the fighting at Spotsylvania, Union forces encountered the enemy at the Battle of North Anna. Entrenched behind the North Anna River, Confederate forces held at the Battle of North Anna before Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant broke off the engagement and moved around the Confederate right flank.

World War II: Bristol Beaufighter

The Bristol Beaufighter was a heavy fighter used by the Royal Air Force during World War II. A development of the Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber, the Beaufighter saw widespread service in all theaters. During the conflict, the Bristol Beaufighter filled many roles including night fighter, fighter-bomber, and torpedo bomber.

World War I: Major James McCudden

Major James McCudden was a British fighter ace during World War I. In the course of the fighting James McCudden downed 57 enemy aircraft. James McCudden died following a flying accident in July 1918.

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