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#BlackHistoryMonth: Staff Sergeant Stevon A. Booker

1/1 "My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind—accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my Soldiers."-The Army Non-Commissioned Officer's Creed
2/9 Stevon A. Booker, born in Michigan but raised in Pennsylvania, enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Tanker in 1988. Serving during the 1991 Gulf War, Booker stayed in the Army to make a career out of it.
3/9 By 2003, Staff Sergeant Booker was now a M1A1 Abrams tank commander in 1st Platoon, A Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) as it advanced north from Kuwait to Baghdad in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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While we celebrate #RepublicDay today, it is also the anniversary of a particularly painful event in Indian History, the Battle of Tallikota on this date in 1565, that led to the defeat of Vijaynagara, and the devastation of Hampi by the Bahmani Sultans. #LestWeForget
This thread on Tallikota, is going to be quite a painful and depressing read,in fact I was not even sure about sharing it, on #RepublicDay, but going ahead. If you really are not in the mood for it, feel free to skip it.
The decline of Vijayanagara had actually begun after Sri Krishna Deva Raya's death with constant power struggles for the throne, and Rama Raya’s tactics of playing off one Bahmani Sultan against another.
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#TodayInHistory Homi Jehangir Bhabha, the father of India’s nuclear program, founder of TIFR and Atomic Energy Establishment at Trombay, one of the most brilliant minds ever, dies in a rather mysterious plane crash in 1966.
He was born into a well to do family in Mumbai on October 30,1909 to Jehangir Hormusji Bhabha, a prominent Parsi lawyer, and Meheren. He was related to prominent Parsi businessmen like Dinshaw Petit and Dorabji Tata.
He attended Royal Institute of Science in 1927, and his uncle Dorabji wanted him to do engineering so that he could join Tata Group. However his main interest was physics, and he had no desired for Engineering. #homijehangirbhabha
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How many are aware of this parade?
#Lestweforget, supremacists are sill around us, although not dressed as clowns. Some may have horns! #NoPardonForTrump #nopasaran mashable.com/2015/12/24/kkk…
A brief history of marches that are not taught in schools. Trump encouraged supremacists. #NoPardonForTrump
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The so-called paradox of freedom is the argument that freedom in the sense of absence of any constraining control must lead to very great restraint, since it makes the bully free to enslave the meek.
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“I am just an ordinary man and not a very bright man.”
#LalBahadurShastri passed away rather "mysteriously" in Tashkent after signing the peace treaty with Pakistan in 1966. A great soul who never really got his due. #LestWeForget
Shastri took over as PM,when India was facing one of it's worst crisis ever. Nehru had passed away due to a heart attack in 1964, the country had faced one of it's worst military defeats to China, 2 years before.
At first glance he never seemed like a likely leader, with his unassuming build and soft spoken nature, nor did he ever aspire for power. He considered himself quite an ordinary man, and was content being in the background. #LalBahadurShastri
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#TodayInHistory Ram Prasad Bismil,Ashfaqullah Khan and Roshan Singh are hanged in 1927, as they give up their life for the cause of freedom and inspire many a revolutionary. #LestWeForget
Shahjahanpur was a hub of revolution during the freedom struggle. Most of the revolutioaries in the North, were from this town. And among them, the most famous were two friends, whom destiny would bring together- Ram Prasad Bismil and Ashfaqullah Khan.
Ashfaqullah Khan was born at the turn of the 20th century on October 22, while Bismil was born 3 years earlier on June 11, in the same town. Both of them were excellent writers in Urdu and Hindi.
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The #freedoms we enjoy came at an enormous cost. The contribution to #WWI and #WWII required mobilizing our people and our #NaturalResources.

#Wood was vital to every soldier – for living quarters, food and ammunition crates, trenches, and yes, coffins.
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Serving mainly in #Scotland and the #BritishIsles during both World Wars, the #Canadian Forestry Corps (CFC) provided lumber for the Allies. Assembled in November 1916, the CFC was composed of dozens of forestry companies. Loggers also occasionally served as infantry.
Known as “the Sawdust Fusiliers,” the men continued their military training on Saturdays after their week’s work in the woods. Rifle range practice, training with bayonets, and tactical exercises helped prepare the CFC to protect residents and neighbouring airfields.
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I’m deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Master Warrant Officer (Retd) George Chow, who bravely served Canada during the Second World War.
He was a part of the first Canadian gun crew to shoot down a German plane. He fought on the beaches of Normandy. He did not shy away from being at the ready to serve. Upon returning to Canada, he continued to serve as a Gunnery Instructor. He was honourably discharged in 1963.
His service & legacy has been recognized through numerous war medals, Canadian Forces Decoration & The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. These awards and accolades cannot measure the lasting impact George’s service will have on generations of young Canadians.
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Today, Canadians proudly mark Indigenous Veterans’ Day. We recognize the contributions and remember the sacrifices made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis in uniform. canada.ca/en/veterans-af…

This year, as we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, we remember Veterans like Willard Bolduc of the Ojibwa Nation. He earned the Flying Cross for his brave actions as an air gunner during bombing raids over occupied Europe. veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembranc… Image
And Mary Greyeyes, a Veteran who served in the Women’s Army Corp during the #SecondWorldWar. She is the 1st Indigenous woman to join the @CanadianForces. She was from the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. #IndigenousVeteransDay #LestWeForget
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CWGC - Südfriedhof - Cologne NRW Germany. Tram from Cologne Hauptbahnhof to Barbarossaplatz, then cross the road and pick up the 12 tram to the terminus at Südfriedhof.
#RemembranceDay #LestWeForget
From the red dot on the map (tram terminus) to the Englischer Ehrenfriedhof is a bit of a walk for those with mobility issues.
Main gates and entrance:
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Good Morning Alamein!
Alamein station opened in 1948. Originally on the outer circle line (no station) the section of the former outer circle railway from Riversdale to Ashburton was extended to Alamein in 1948.

Alamein line 1950
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The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.) Fri 28 May 1948 Page 5
ALAMEIN IN VICTORIA
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The station served a new Housing Commission estate that had been constructed for people who were displaced after World War II. Named after the WW II battlefield in North Africa.
EL ALAMEIN RAILWAY STATION (Egypt).
THIS STATION HAS BEEN SUBJECTED TO MUCH AERIAL AND ARTILLERY STRAFING IN RECENT WEEKS. NOTE EFFECT OF SHRAPNEL ON THE WALL ON EXTREME LEFT.
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Alamein station in Egypt 1942.
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#ObituaryOfTheDay
Naik Subash Thapa, 3/5 Gorkha Rifles.
This 25 year old Bir Gorkhali soldier, hailing from Bagdogra, was martyred on the LoC this day last year in Naushera.
Today is his first martyrdom anniversary.
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The local community came together and ensured that their young martyr is immortalized, forever inspiring the next generation, many of whom too will join the Indian Army like Subash and countless others before him.
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Balwan Jat, earned a Kirti Chakra for himself at only 24 yrs of age, making the supreme sacrifice in the process. Image
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These two 'Grinders' were eaten up by the accursed 'Jannat' 18 years ago Image
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Nk Sovaran Singh, 5 RR (Jat)
Yet another name amongst the 1000s that have made the supreme sacrifice fighting Pakistan sponsored terror Image
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Martyrs of CRPF - 24 Sep
Includes six boys of the 137th Battalion that fell together in Manipur this day in 1997
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Casteron railway was a NW branch from the Portland line at Branxholme. Opened 1884 and closed in 1977. Prior to WW2 there was a daily train to Hamilton. The line was 32 miles in length.
Casteron station and yard. Looking east, towards Hamilton.
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Not dated, probably c. 1930s
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100 years ago #OnThisDay (3 Sept), a gallant last stand took place at a place called Samawa in Iraq. 30 Dogras of C squadron of 10th Hodson’s Horse were surrounded by overwhelming odds.

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They had become stranded during a retreat from a railway station inside a carriage of an armoured train. They continuously engaged the attacking force (about 4000 strong) in the hope that the main camp would hear the firing and send a relief force.

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This was not to be and their officer, Capt Oswald Russell encouraged the men to fight to the last bullet. Attempts were made to burn the carriage. They held off the attackers for several hours and by 4pm, Russell who was by then wounded, told the survivors to try and escape.

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#LestWeForget
#KashmiriHinduMartyrs

The Jih@d of Kashmir in early 90s killed 100s of kashmiri Hindus and BL Raina was one of thm,Read the story of terror
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Name: B. L. Raina ( 35 years)
Resident of: Dambeloo(Anantnag)
Profession: Govt.employee
Date of Killing: 26.6.1990
Raina was out of the valley but went back on hearing the news of the kidnapping of his father. For 25 days, they waited with the security forces guarding him, his family and other relatives who had come from Jammu after hearing the news of kidnapping of Mr. Saroop.
On 26th June, police told them that it was futile to wait as there was no chance of his recovery dead or alive. Accompanied by a posse of security men, the family was despatched in a vehicle to Jammu. Raina accompanied them up to Qazigund
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#TodayInHistory Direct Action Day begins in Kolkata in 1946, in response to the Muslim League's call for a separate homeland. More than 4000 were murdered and around 100,000 left homeless, in one of the worst ever anti Hindu pogroms. #LestWeForget ImageImageImageImage
"We do not want war. If you want war we accept your offer unhesitatingly. We will either have a divided India divided or a destroyed India."- Muhammad Ali Jinnah's speech on August 16, 1946 that led to #DirectActionDay #LestWeForget
The backdrop to #DirectActionDay was the Cabinet Mission's proposal for the composition of the new Dominion of India and it's Govt. Muslim League had demanded for autonomous and sovereign states in the East and North West, having Muslim majority.
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LOADING MILITARY TRUCKS ONTO RAILWAY WAGONS WORLD WAR 2 (GASOMETER IN BACKGROUND POSSIBLY WEST MELBOURNE.) - Public Record Office Victoria wiki.prov.vic.gov.au/index.php/VPRS… Image
PRODUCTS OF SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RAILWAYS WORKSHOPS AT ISLINGTON. 1941
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NORTH BORNEO. 1945-08-01
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#LestWeForget this brutality
Kashmir Hindu Martyrs early 90's
Jih@di Terror Killed them

Name:Navin Saproo (Age:30s)
Resident of: Habba Kadal,Srinagar
Profession: Central Govt Service
Date of Killing: 27.2.1990

He was returning from his office when, near Kanya Kadal, Conti👇
terrorists sprayed him with bullets in broad day-light and in full view of the passersby; he fell down but was still breathing. A Hindu woman, who happened to be there, frantically pleaded with the terrorists to spare the young man's life. She was pushed back.
Dancing around him in glee, they shot at him over and over again avoiding any vital organ just to prolong his agony bleeding profusely. For the terrorists, the sadism was yet to come. As the wailing relatives of the young man took away his body in a police van - yes in a police
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#TodayInHistory The Kakori train robbery takes place when revolutionaries led by Ram Prasad Bismil, loot the train at Kakori station on the night of August 9, 1925. An important event in our freedom struggle.
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Kakori is a small town located near Lucknow, famous for it’s kebabs, Dasheri mangoes and Zardozi work. It is also the seat of the Qadiriya Qalandari Sufi order, and since the 15th century, one of the main abodes of the Alavi, Abbasi branches of the Kakorvi Shaikh community.
Like most of the towns in Avadh, it has large palatial homes of landed Muslim gentry. Many famous Muslim writers like Mohsin Kakorvi, his son Noorul Hasan Nayyier who compiled Nurul Lughaat, a well known Urdu dictionary and satirist Ghulam Ahmed Alavi hail from here.
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#TodayInHistory Hiroshima is devastated by the atomic bomb Little Man in 1945. 140,000 killed, the plight of those who survived was even worse, many suffering from the radioactive fallout. This was a war crime in any way you see it. #LestWeForget #Hiroshima75 ImageImageImageImage
Seeing people defend #Hiroshima75 saying that Japanese deserved it for their war crimes. In that case most of the Western nations deserve even more for their very glorious "history" which still continues.
Allied war crimes during WWII were as bad as any one else. And let us not even get into what the Red Army did. But then being on the winning side, they just got away with it all. And yeah the fact that US gave safe passage to many Nazis post the War for it's own purpose.
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#TodayInHistory Udham Singh is hanged to death in 1940 at Peytonville Prison, London for the assasination of Gen O Dwyer, in revenge for the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. One of the great revolutionaries in our freedom strugle. Image
His real name was Sher Singh, born on Dec 26, 1899, to a poor peasant family in Punjab’s Sangrur district. His father, Tehl Singh, worked as a railway gate keeper at a level crossing in the Uppali village of Punjab
Having lost both his parents when he was small, he along with his brother Mukta Singh, grew up in the Central Khalsa Orphanage in Amritsar. Following the Sikh initiation rites, he got the name of Udham Singh. In 1919, he left the orphanage after passing the matriculation exam.
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Jemadar Chint Singh of the 2/12 Frontier Force Regiment was captured at Malaya along with thousands of other Indian soldiers in February 1942. The next three years would be hellish. He was one of the lucky few who survived being in Japanese captivity. He also left behind a memoir
'None of us had the slightest idea of the terrible time which lay ahead.' 3000 Indian POWs were landed at New Guinea in May 1943. 'The Japanese had two cargo boats and we were kept in a dreadful condition throughout the journey.'
He recounts how they were slapped, beaten, left for dead & often murdered in cold blood. The men had to steal rations because they were left to the point of starvation. Two men found with stolen rations were 'tied to a tree, severely beaten & later shot by the Japanese'.
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