A post in praise of nurses during National Nurses Week, which runs from May 6 through May 12 * here in the United States, has become a tradition here on the Margins. Like many of the best traditions, it happened almost without my noticing it. In the months after Heroines of Mercy Street was published,…

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If you’re a serious aviation buff, or perhaps a WWI buff, you may already know all this, but it was new to me. The “Hat in the Ring” Squadron was the nickname for the 94th Aero Squadron of the United States Army Air Service (USAAS) during World War I. Formed at Kelly Field in Texas,…

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As far as I’m concerned one of the joys of poking about in the historical record is stumbling across tidbits that don’t make it into big picture accounts of historical events. Sometimes they don’t even make it into the smaller-scale stories that I am working on. This is one of those tidbits. It caught my…

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