America Learns Hard Lessons in the Great War

In 1914, Europe and much of the world were engaged in a horrific struggle that at the time was known as the Great War and that history would ultimately call World War I.  The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria set off a chain of events that resulted in world powers going to war against each other.  Germany, Austria-Hungry, and the Ottoman Empire were allies that collectively became known as the Central Powers.  France, Great Britain, and Russia were the major nations opposing them and became known as the…

Reconnecting with the Past: Life Stories from a WWII Veteran

For Americans, World War II is fast becoming a distant memory from the textbooks of school classrooms. Very few people are left with first-hand remembrance of the patriotism that mobilized thousands to do whatever they could to fight for freedom. Leonard Zerlin doesn’t need a textbook because he lived through those pages of history. In fact, he has photo albums of archival pictures that he personally took during his time in the military…images of everything from daily life to the horrible realities of war’s devastation that capture a time of…

Veteran’s Corner: Hypoxia in a Huey

Sunny Shin

By Sunny Shin Most in-air emergencies grab your attention immediately. When your engine quits, you have no doubt what is happening, but when your brain starts to shut down, you may not even notice. Such is the danger of hypoxia. Hypoxia is a condition in which the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply at the tissue level. Typically hypoxic conditions occur at cabin pressure altitudes of 12,500 feet or higher for 30 minutes or more. Flights above fifteen thousand feet require supplemental oxygen for each occupant of the aircraft.…