“Poznan, Poland,” Military History 35:5 (January 2019): 76-77.
One Polish city remembers its horrific role in the Second World War.
“Homegrown War Games,” World War II 33:3 (October 2018): 28-30.
On the eve of American entry into WWII, the US Army held its largest ever field maneuvers in Central Louisiana. I tracked down the remnants of this once vital but forgotten training ground.
“Over Here,” American Legion Magazine 184:6 (June 2018): 24-32.
My take on places in the United States to visit during the WWI Centennial, for the magazine of the nation’s largest veterans’ organization.
“White Plains, New York,” Military History 34:6 (March 2018): 76-77.
Venturing outside my usual twentieth century interests, this piece explores a forgotten battlefield of the American Revolution in the New York City suburbs.
“Khe Sanh, Vietnam,” Military History 34:3 (September 2017): 76-77.
My visit to the site of the largest conventional battle US troops experienced during the Vietnam War.
“How Milwaukee’s German-Americans Faced Down Fascism Eighty Years Ago,” Milwaukee Independent, March 17, 2017.
This Milwaukee news website asked me to reprise my work on the German-American Bund in Wisconsin. I was happy to oblige.
“Idyllic Fjord’s Wartime Heritage,” Naval History 31:1 (February 2017):62.
My exploration of Hvalfjordur, Iceland – site of an important Allied naval base during World War II.
“Ike’s England,” America in WWII 12:4 (December 2016 – January 2017): 12-13.
I followed in Eisenhower’s footsteps across London and southeastern England as he planned D-Day.
“Where GI Joe Got His Gun,” America in WWII 11:1 (June 2015): 8-9.
My visit to the Springfield Armory National Historic Site in Springfield, Massachusetts, where the M1 rifle was developed and manufactured.
“A Monument to America’s Ace of Aces,” America in WWII 10:5 (February 2015):6-7.
My visit to the Richard I. Bong Veterans Heritage Center in Superior, Wisconsin. Bong shot down 40 Japanese planes during WWII.
“Columbus, New Mexico,” Military History 31:4 (November 2014): 76-77.
A walk through this sleepy New Mexico border town, and the reminders there of the 1916 raid by Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.
“The Big State’s Big Battleship,” America in WWII 10:3 (October 2014): 11-12.
My visit to the Battleship Texas State Historic Site in La Porte, Texas.
“In The Footsteps of the Red Arrow Division,” The Bugle: The Newsletter of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Fall 2014
A brief article that follows the path of Wisconsin troops in WWI. My piece is the “centerfold.”
“New York’s Aviation Island,” America in WWII 10:1 (June 2014): 10-11.
My visit to Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden, City, New York.
“The Best Birds in Oshkosh,” America in WWII 9:4 (December 2013): 12-13.
My visit to the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
“Isle of Islay: Cliffs Prove Deadly in WWI Shipwrecks,” Stars & Stripes European Edition, June 13, 2013.
My visit to this enchanting Scottish island famous for whiskey, but also the site of WWI maritime tragedies.
“Secret World War II Bunkers,” Naval History, 27:3 (June 2013): 70-71.
My visit to the Western Approaches Museum in Liverpool, England.
“Victory’s Schoolhouse,” America in WWII 8:6 (April 2013): 12-13.
My visit to the Museum of the Surrender, Reims, France.
“Wisconsin Doughboy Not Forgotten,” The Bugle: The Newsletter of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Fall 2012.
An article I wrote for the Wisconsin Veterans Museum about my travels to Winchester, England to research my WWI travel guide, and my visit to the grave of a Wisconsin soldier still buried in a local cemetery. My article is on page 8.
“FDR’s Other White House,” America in WWII 8:1 (June 2012): 22-23.
My visit to Warm Springs, Georgia, where President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in 1945.
“A Dutch Thank-You to America,” America in WWII 7:4 (December 2011): 20-21.
My visit to Liberty Park in Overloon, Netherlands.
“The Souvenir-Hunters,” America in WWII 7:2 (August 2011): 50-57.
An article about the kinds of souvenirs US soldiers picked up while serving abroad during WWII.
“How to Be A Civilian Again,” America in WWII 6:3 (October 2010): 52-56.
The story of the numerous advice books for veterans after WWII.
Contributor, “100 Ways WWII Changed America and the World,” America in WWII 6:3 (October 2010): 22-45.
This popular magazine asked several historians to explore the myriad ways WWII has shaped our world. I was honored to contribute.
“Home of the ‘Ultra Americans,’” America in WWII 5:3 (October 2009): 12-13.
My visit to Bletchely Park, England, and the US role in the code breaking operations that took place there during WWII.
“A Vibrant City Confronts a Cruel Past,” World War II 24:3 (September 2009): 22-24.
A walk through Nanjing, China, site of a brutal massacre during WWII.
“Big, Haze Gray, and Beautiful,” America in WWII 4:6 (April 2009): 18-19.
My visit to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New YorkCity soon after its renovation and reopening.
“Wisconsin’s Sub Base,” America in WWII 4:4 (December 2008): 24-25.
My visit to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
“The Big J,” America in WWII 4:2 (August 2008): 20-21.
My visit to the Battleship New Jersey in Camden, New Jersey.
“Harry Truman’s Hometown” America in WWII 3:5 (February 2008): 12-13.
A walk through Independence, Missouri, the hometown of President Harry S. Truman and his presidential museum and library.
“Americans for Hitler,” America in WWII 3:2 (August 2007): 44-49.
This article charts the rise of a small but vocal German-American Bund, a pro-Nazi group active in the United States during the 1930s.
“Korean War Vets Missing from Popular Culture,” VFW Magazine 90:11 (August 2003): 38-39.
Hollywood has largely ignored the “Forgotten War,” but this article explores the few times it has come up in film and television.
“The Rough Road to Readjustment,” VFW Magazine 90:4 (December 2002): 16-18.
Part 4 of my series of essays for the Veterans of Foreign Wars about the readjustment of WWII to civilian life.
“WWII Vets: Public Perceptions and Portrayals,” VFW Magazine 90:3 (November 2002): 20-22.
Part 3 of my series of essays for the Veterans of Foreign Wars about the readjustment of WWII to civilian life.
“Coping with the Emotional Numbing of Combat,” VFW Magazine 90:2 (October 2002): 18-20.
Part 2 of my series of essays for the Veterans of Foreign Wars about the readjustment of WWII to civilian life.
“Stigmatized by Wounds of War,” VFW Magazine 89:11 (August 2002): 14-16.
Part 1 of my series of essays for the Veterans of Foreign Wars about the readjustment of WWII to civilian life.