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" I was told in 1965 when Jim joined the Navy, that if they wanted sailors to have wives, they would have issued them..."
Carol Wallace, Navy wife of 35 years


January:
1--Paul Revere birth anniversary (1735)
1--Betsy Ross birth anniversary (1752)
8 --Battle of New Orleans (1815)
9—US Landing on Luzon (1945)
14—Ratification Day-Treaty of Paris 1784
15—Pentagon Completed (1943)
16—Persian Gulf War begins (1991)
17--Nautilus--1st Nuclear-powered submarine voyage (1955)
18-Lewis and Clark Expedition commissioned (1803)
22-Allied Landing at Anzio (1944)
23—USS Pueblo seized by North Korea (1968)
27—Vietnam Peace Agreement (1973)
27--Liberation of Auschwitz (1945)
28-US-Vietnam Cease Fire

February:
2-- Elizabeth Blackwell birthday- (1821)                                                                                                                    She recruited and trained nurses for service in the Civil War.
2-- Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848)
3-- Four Chaplains Memorial Day (1943)
4-- USO Founded (1941)
10-- Treaty of Paris (1763)
12-- Abraham Lincoln birth anniversary (1809)
15-Sinking of the U.S.S. Maine (1898)
19-- Operation Odyssey Dawn—Libya (2011)
22-- George Washington birth anniversary (1732)
23-- Iwo Jima Day anniversary (1945)
23-- Desert Storm Ground War Begins (1991)
26-- Kuwait Liberation Day (1991)
 27  Battle of the Java Sea (1942)
29-- US Landing on the Admiralty Islands (1944)

March:
1 --Glenn Miller birth anniversary (1904)-leader of the US Army Air Force band
1 --Raid on Richmond (1864)
2-- Melissa Burton Coray birth anniversary (1828)  a Military wife who accompanied her Mormon Battalion soldier husband on a 3,500+ mile military march. 
3-- National Anthem Day (1931)
7-- Army Distinguished Service Medal authorized (1918)
9-- Tokyo Blanket Bombing (1945)
15-- VA Cabinet Status (1989)
19-- Operation Iraqi Freedom begins (2003)
19-- Edith Nourse Rogers birth anniversary (1881) She was a  YMCA and Red Cross volunteer during WWI and helped  create the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1942.
22-- Tuskegee Airmen activated (1941)
24-- Dorothy Constance Stratton birth anniversary (1898) During WWII she was instrumental in forming SPARS, a women’s  branch of the Coast Guard and training 10,000 women for non-combat roles.

April 
Month of the Military Child
1-- Battle of Okinawa begins (1945)
6-- US enters WWI (1917)
9-- National former POW Recognition Day
9-- Civil War Ends (1865)
10-- Bataan Death March Anniversary (1942)
14-- Paralyzed Veterans of America established (1946)
17-- Bay of Pigs Invasion launch (1961)
19-- Battle of Lexington & Concord (1775)
30-- Fall of Saigon (1975)
30-- Cambodia invaded by US (1970)

May
National Military Appreciation Month
7-- Official end of the Vietnam War (1975)
8-- V-E Day (1945)
14-- Women’s Auxiliary Corps established (1942)
(Third Saturday in May)-- Armed Forces Day
(Friday before Mother’s Day) Military Spouse Day
(Last Monday in May) Memorial Day



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June:
4-7--Battle of Midway (1942)
6-- D-Day Anniversary (1944)
14-- Flag Day
14-- Army Established (1775)
21-- Battle of Okinawa ends (1945)
22-- GI Bill signed into Law (1944)
25-- Korean War begins (1950)

July:
2 --Army Air Corps established (1926)
--Independence Day
6 --Air Force Cross created (1960)
21 --Veteran’s Administration created (1930)
26 --Armed Forces Unified (Department of Defense Created_
27 --Korean War Armistice (1953)
28 --World War I begins (1914)

August:
4 --Coast Guard Day
6-- Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima
7-- Purple Heart Day (1782)
7-- US War Department established (1789)
7-- Operation Desert Shield begins (1990)
8-- Second Battle of Amiens (1918)
9-- Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki (1945)
14-- Navajo Code Talkers Day

September:
1-- WWII begins (1939)
1 --Operation New Dawn--Iraq (2010)
2-- V-J Day (1945)
5-- First Continental Congress Assembly (1774)
11-- Patriot Day 
(Third Friday)POW/MIA Recognition Day
16-- American Legion charted by Congress (1919)
17-- VFW Ladies Auxiliary organized (1914)
18-- US Air Force established (1947)
25-- Disabled American Veterans Established
(Last Sunday) Gold Star Mother’s Day 
29-- Veterans of Foreign Wars Day (1899)

October:
13-- Navy established (1775)
13-- Mary Hays McCauley (Molly Pitcher) birth anniversary (1754) Army wife-she carried water to the troops on the battlefield and loaded and fired a canon after her husband was wounded.
16-Cuban Missile Crisis begins (1962)
23- U.S. invades Grenada (1983)

November:
Military Family Month
9 --Berlin Wall opened (1989)
10-- Marine Corps established (1775)
11-- Veterans Day
13-- Fall of Kabul, Afghanistan (2001)
21-- Cold War formally ended (1990)

December:
1-- Civil Air Patrol founded (1941)
7-- Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (1941)
8-- US enters WWII (1941)
10-- American Veterans of WWII founded (1944)
16-- Battle of the Bulge (1944)
20-- US Invasion of Panama (Operation Just Cause-1989)
28-- Pledge of Allegiance recognized (1945)



Sources used for this calendar were: Chase’s Calendar of Events (2004) published by Contemporary Books and Federal Public Affairs calendars
Calendar of significant and military events
"My husband was stationed near the East-West German border. We were there in October 1989 when the "Iron Curtain" fell. As we watched the Trabbies, Wartburgs and countless people on foot stream across the now unmanned checkpoint, we realized that we were seeing history unfold...and we were part of it."
  
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"...I remember when Army spouses were almost all women. I was invited to join the 'Waiting Wives' Club of Ft. Campbell in 1980, when I was the soldier gone to Germany and my husband was the 'waiting spouse'..."

Rebecca Allison, SFC (ret)