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Legendary Golfer Arnold Palmer Got His Start In The Coast Guard
Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer died Sunday, Sept. 25 from complications with a heart condition at age 87.
Palmer became the best-known golfer in the 1960s and his “everyman” persona made him famous enough to earn the nickname “the King.” But he had a humble start in the U.S. military after attending college at Wake Forest for three years, according to his Coast Guard biography.
Palmer enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1950 as a yeoman and continued to serve until 1953. Having played golf since age three, he participated in as many matches as the Coast Guard allowed him during his years of service.
When he was discharged, he returned to Wake Forest, and in 1954 he won the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Throughout his time as a professional golfer, he won four Master’s Championships: 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, the 1960 U.S. Open, and the 1961 and 1962 British Opens. He continued to golf into the 1980s, winning the Senior Opens in 1981 and 82.
In 1974 was one of the 13 original inductees into the Professional Golfers’ Association’s World Golf Hall of Fame, and he was given the PGA’s Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.
Palmer is also the first golfer to earn over one million dollars in prize tournament money.
In addition, he garnered fame for drinking lemonade mixed with iced tea enough that Arizona Beverage Company began canning the drink and named it after him.
The Air Force's top general says one of the designers of the ride-sharing app Uber is helping the branch build a new data-sharing network that the Air Force hopes will help service branches work together to detect and destroy targets.
The network, which the Air Force is calling the advanced battle management system (ABMS), would function a bit like the artificial intelligence construct Cortana from Halo, who identifies enemy ships and the nearest assets to destroy them at machine speed, so all the fleshy humans need to do is give a nod of approval before resuming their pipe-smoking.
An F-15 is rocking a WWII paint job to honor a B-17 pilot who gave his life to save a wounded crewman
An F-15C Eagle is sporting a badass World War II-era paint job in honor of a fallen bomber pilot who gave everything to ensure his men survived a deadly battle.
A U.S. E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft crashed on Monday on Afghanistan, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has confirmed.
Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Two days earlier, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore was killed during a vehicle rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations in Syria.
Which one more deserves your grief and mourning? According to Maj. Gen. John R. Evans, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, you only have enough energy for one.
After 70 years, service members are finally filing medical malpractice claims against the US military
Jessica Purcell, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, was pregnant with her first child when she noticed a swollen lymph node in her left underarm.
Health-care providers at a MacDill Air Force Base clinic told her it was likely an infection or something related to pregnancy hormones. The following year they determined the issue had resolved itself.
It hadn't. A doctor off base found a large mass in her underarm and gave her a shocking diagnosis: stage 2 breast cancer.
Purcell was pregnant again. Her daughter had just turned 1. She was 35. And she had no right to sue for malpractice.
A 1950 Supreme Court ruling known as the Feres doctrine prohibits military members like Purcell from filing a lawsuit against the federal government for any injuries suffered while on active duty. That includes injury in combat, but also rape and medical malpractice, such as missing a cancer diagnosis.
Thanks in part to Tampa lawyer Natalie Khawam, a provision in this year's national defense budget allows those in active duty to file medical malpractice claims against the government for the first time since the Feres case.
With the Department of Defense overseeing the new claims process, the question now is how fairly and timely complaints will be judged. And whether, in the long run, this new move will help growing efforts to overturn the ruling and allow active duty members to sue like everyone else.