Things Tom Didn’t Know: Number 2,201

The Long March
Naval History and Heritage Command

Boy there is a lot I didn’t know.

--When crusty Lord Kames stepped down from Scotland’s Court of Justiciary in 1782,  he is said to have gleefully exclaimed to the other judges, “Fare ye weel, ye bitches!” OG, no?

--During the Civil War, Jefferson C. Davis, the oddly named Union general, shot and killed a unarmed superior officer over an insult, but was never charged or tried. It would have been fun to write a letter of reprimand: “Please don’t shoot other Federal generals, sir.”

--During World War II, the Navy operated a paddlewheel–driven aircraft carrier. It steamed around the Great Lakes, for use as a training ship for new naval aviators. (That’s it in the photo above.)

An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.

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Several hundred U.S. troops will remain in Syria after allied forces clear ISIS fighters out of their last stronghold in the country, officials said on Friday.

President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.

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Chris Osman (Photo: _chris_osman_designs/Instagram)

The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.

"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."

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Former Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis (DoD photo)

A Richland, Washington city councilman thinks native son Jim Mattis would make a terrific governor or even president.

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It's a photo for the ages: a Marine NCO, a Greek god in his dress blues, catches the eye of a lovely young woman as her boyfriend urges her on in distress. It's the photographic ancestor of the much-loved "distracted boyfriend" stock photo meme, made even sweeter by the fact that this is clearly a sailor about to lose his girl to a Devil Dog.

Well, this photo and the Marine in it, which hopscotched around Marine Corps Facebook and Instagram pages before skyrocketing to the front page of Reddit on Thursday, are very real.

The photo shows then-Staff Sgt. Louis A. Capozzoli — and he is absolutely not on his way to steal your girl.

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