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A Soldier's Story: Private James Mallahan Cain

Private James Mallahan Cain was born on July 1, 1892, in Annapolis, Maryland.

In 1910 he graduated from Washington College (at age 18) and began working on his Master's degree at Washington while also teaching at the college.

He began his career in journalism in 1914,  first working for the Baltimore American and then the Baltimore Sun before enlisting in the U.S. Army during the final year of WWI.

Private Cain was assigned to the 79th Division and edited the weekly divisional newspaper, "The Lorraine Cross" leaving the service at the end of the war and returning to his career in journalism, writing for the New York World and American Mercury, as well as the New Yorker.

In 1934, at the age of 42, he released his first novel, "The Postman Always Rings Twice", launching what has become a well-known career as a noir author, writing more than 20 novels and short story collections and several original screenplays.

Private Cain's novels have also been adapted in…

A Soldier's Story: Lieutenant Colonel Stanley Rogers Resor

Lieutenant Colonel Stanley Rogers Resor was born on December 5, 1917, in New York, New York.

He attended the Groton School before graduating from Yale in 1939. While he immediately began law school following graduation, when WWII erupted, he left school to join the U.S. Army and deploy to France, where he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and the Seige of Bastogne.  He completed Yale Law school in 1946.

Lieutenant Colonel Resor devoted much of his career to financial and international law, making partner at Debevoise and Plimpton before being appointed by to the post of Secretary of the Army by President Lyndon B Johnson in 1965.  He was responsible for initiating the internal investigation into the My Lai massacre.

After resigning in 1971, Lieutenant Colonel serves as the ambassador to the Mutal and Balanced Force Talks (MBFR) in Vienna, and as an undersecretary in the Department of Defence before leaving government service altogether in 1979 and returning to the law.

He also …

A Marine's Story: First Lieutenant Robert Alan Aurthur

First Lieutenant Robert Alan Aurthur was born on June 10, 1922, in New York, New York.

While studying pre-med at the University of Pennsylvania WWII erupted.

Leaving college to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps, First Lieutenant Aurthur was assigned to work in communications as a combat correspondent.

After his wartime service, First Lieutenant Aurthur became a screenwriter and created teleplays for the early days of television, including writing for Campbell Playhouse, Goodyear Television Playhouse, and The Philco Television Playhouse, where he earned an Emmy nomination for "A Man is Ten Feet Tall".  First Lieutenant Aurthur also wrote from Playhouse 90, where his teleplay "A Sound of Different Drummers" closely resembles Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451".  He was also served as the Vice President of Television production for United Artists.

Dipping into screenplays in the late 1950s, he wrote several well-known works, including "Spring Reunion&quo…

An Airman's Story: Sergeant John Francis Bartek

Sergeant John Francis Bartek was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, on August 30, 1920.

After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Services (U.S. Air Force) at the age of 18 and he was assigned to the Pacific.

In October 1942, Sergeant Bartek and seven others, including Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, crashed into the Pacific Ocean and spent the next 21 days adrift at sea before being rescued. He wrote about his experiences in "My Raft Episode, 21 Days at Sea" and, after the war, lectured about his experiences.

Following his military service, Sergeant Bartek attended photography school and went on to become a photographer for the New Jersey State Police, retiring in 1985.

He was known to be a fan of dancing, big band music, and flower photography.

Sergeant John Francis Bartek died on September 9, 2013, and rests in the  Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton New Jersey.

A Marine's Story: Major General John A. Lejeune

Major General John A. Lejeune was born on January 10, 1867, in Pointe Coupee Louisiana.

He graduated from Louisiana State University prior to entering into the U.S. Military Academy at Annapolis, graduating in 1888 and completing his two-year cruise in July 1890.

Major General Lejeune was first assigned to the barracks at Norfolk and New York before assuming command of the USS Cincinnati in 1897, which he commanded through the Spanish American War.

In 1899, he assumed command of the Marine Guard aboard the USS Massachusetts until July 1900, when he briefly worked recruiting duty, before reporting to the barracks of Penisola FL. Major General Lejeune was then assigned to the Norfolk Barracks, recruiting duty,  D.C. Headquarters, the USS Panther, and finally, the USS Dixie before his assignment in Panama, commanding the marine battalion there.

In 1907 he was transferred to the Philippines, assuming command of the barracks, prison, and yard until 1909, when he returned to D.C.

In 1912, …