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Susan Edwards

6th District Historian

16263 Miles Circle | Brainerd MN 56401

 206-459-7070  |  madcowmama@charter.net

Commander Karen delivered an award to the commander of Long Prairie post.

September in military history is, of course, remembering the attacks on September 11.  It was a heinous attack on innocent people by radical Islamic terrorists. It took away our sense of safety and made all of us feel violated in our homes.  It sparked off 20 years of warfare and made heroes of our service members and gave the Legion a whole new group of veterans to fight for. 

September 1, 1945 - Japan formally surrenders to the Allies, bringing an end to World War II. This is the day VJ day is celebrated or Victory in Japan day.

September 3, 1939 - Great Britain and France declared war on Nazi Germany after its invasion of Poland two days earlier.

September 7, 1994 - The U.S. Army closed its headquarters in Berlin, ending the American military presence in the once-divided city after nearly half a century.

September 10, 1919 - Following the defeat of Germany in World War I, the victorious Allies signed the Treaty of Saint-Germain ceding parts of pre-war German-Austria to Italy and Czechoslovakia. Austria was also forbidden to unite with Germany.

September 11, 2001 - The worst terrorist attack in U.S. history occurred as four large passenger jets were hijacked then crashed, killing nearly 3,000 persons. Four separate teams of Mideast terrorists, operating from inside the U.S., boarded the morning flights posing as passengers, then forcibly commandeered the aircraft. Two fully-fueled jumbo jets, American Airlines Flight 11 carrying 92 people and United Airlines Flight 175 carrying 65 people, had departed Boston for Los Angeles. Both jets were diverted by the hijackers to New York City where they were piloted into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. The impact and subsequent fire caused both 110-story towers to collapse, killing 2,752 persons including hundreds of rescue workers and people employed in the towers. In addition, United Airlines Flight 93, which had departed Newark for San Francisco, and American Airlines Flight 77, which had departed Dulles (Virginia) for Los Angeles, were hijacked. Flight 77 with 64 people on board was diverted to Washington, D.C., then piloted into the Pentagon building, killing everyone on board and 125 military personnel inside the building. Flight 93 with 44 people on board was also diverted toward Washington but crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers attempted to overpower the terrorists on board.

September 13, 1990 – The 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment embarked and arrived in Saudi Arabia in support of Desert Shield.

September 18, 1947 - The U.S. Air Force was established as a separate military service.

September 19, 1994 - U.S. troops invaded Haiti, with the stated goal of restoring democracy.

September 20, 1951 – In Operation Summit, the first combat helicopter landing in history, U.S. Marines were landed in Korea.

September 26, 1918 - The last major battle of World War I, the Battle of the Argonne, began as a combined force of French and Americans attacked the Germans along a 40-mile front.

September 30, 1949 - The Berlin Airlift concluded after 277,264 flights carrying over 2 million tons of supplies to the people of West Berlin, who were blockaded by the Soviets.