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Military Dad Surprises Family In Front of 85,000 at College Football Game

When Tammy Faile and her two children were chosen as the military family of the game for South Carolina's match up Saturday against the University of Georgia, they probably expected some sort of message from their husband and father Sgt. First Class Scott Faile, who is stationed in South Korea.

And that's what they got at halftime, a video message on the University of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice stadium's Jumbotron.

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source: U.S. Navy Historical Center
source: U.S. Navy Historical Center
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Scientists Explore Civil War Wreck off Galveston

The Houston Chronicle reports the Union Navy's USS Hatteras was sent to the bottom on January 11, 1863, about 20 miles from Galveston. The Hatteras went down while the rest of the Union fleet bombarded the Confederate Garrison on Galveston Island.

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source: Black Confederate Soldiers
source: Black Confederate Soldiers
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Researcher: Blacks Fought for Confederacy

Despite heated denials from many historians, a Palestine historian says he has solid evidence that thousands of black slaves served on the side of the Confederacy in the Civil War.

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desnousa, flickr
desnousa, flickr
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Do Military Veterans Have More Health Problems Than Civilians?

A new report from the CDC finds that men who’ve served in the military carry a heavier health burden than civilians — in fact, veterans are significantly more likely to have two or more chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

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source: USS Texas BB35
source: USS Texas BB35
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Battleship Texas Dry Berth Plans On Hold

Because of the ever increasing costs of repairing the old dreadnought, plans to build a dry berth around the ancient Battleship Texas have been moved to the back burner - for now.  The old ship's future -- if it even has one -- is now in serious doubt.

The ship's managers are spending all the money they're getting from the state just to fix all the leaks and keep her afloat in her mooring at the San Jacinto Battleground State Park.

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via Facebook/Lackland JBSA
via Facebook/Lackland JBSA
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Air Force Fires Basic Training Commander

The Air Force has removed the commander of a Lackland AFB basic training squadron in which training instructors have been accused of sexual contact with recruits.

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via Flickr/Al Pavangkanan
via Flickr/Al Pavangkanan
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B’Ship Texas Leaking — Is She Doomed?

The historic 100 year old Battleship Texas at San Jacinto State Park is fighting a new enemy, and she may not win this battle.  She's so rusty her hull is leaking. Worse, fixing this latest leak is like trying to save a dying man with a band-aid. It's sad to contemplate, but this most historic of all 20th century battleships appears to be doomed.

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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Military Members, Beware of Scam

The IRS is warning of a new scam that targets the military.

Perhaps we’ve all been perturbed by a scam at some point in our lives…one that comes in the form of a telemarketing phone call or an email that phishes for personal and financial information. But why bother our military heroes with that type of nonsense?! The criminals behind this scam may really tick off a lot of people. We’re supposed to support the troops, not con them.

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