50 Fascinating Facts about US Military

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26Crime

The US military considers suicide to be a crime, and service members have been sent to prison for attempted suicide.


27. The US military had a backpack nuke (S.A.D.M.) that could be carried by a single person.


28. During World War 2, the US military developed a chocolate bar designed for difficult climates. The treat was Dubbed “Hitler’s secret weapon” by troops for its taste and difficulty digesting.


29. In 2003, the U.S. military planned to attach caged chickens to the top of their Hum-Vees as they entered Iraq, to act as an early warning system to any dangerous chemicals or nerve agents. The operation was dubbed Operation Kuwaiti Field Chicken (KFC).


30. Every branch of the US military has a "Hollywood Liason Office" to coordinate cooperation with film and TV shows to "to accurately depict military stories and make sure sensitive information isn’t disclosed."


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31Boise City

The US military accidentally bombed Boise City, Oklahoma in 1943 and the city erected a memorial 50 years later to mark the event.


32. The US military would play Enter Sandman for hours on end to aid in the interrogation and torture of prisoners. Asked about this, Metallica's James Hetfield responded "We've been punishing our parents, our wives, our loved ones with this music forever. Why should the Iraqis be any different?"


33. During World War 2, the US 4th Infantry Division used Comanche Code Talkers in Europe. In their code substitution, the word for the tank was “turtle,” for bomber “pregnant airplane,” for machine gun “sewing machine,” and for Adolf Hitler “crazy white man.”


34. Camp Century was a top-secret US military base built under the ice sheets of Greenland in 1960 to house missiles. Built under the cover of climate research, it housed 200 people and was powered by the world’s first portable nuclear reactor. Denmark didn’t uncover the base’s existence until 1995.


35. On February 24, 1942, the US Military ordered a total blackout of Los Angeles and fired 1,400 anti-air artillery and thousands of .50 caliber shots at a hovering object for 1 hour.


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36Dugway Proving Ground

In 1968, the US army accidentally killed 6,000 sheep on ranch land north of its biological and chemical weapons testing facility known as the Dugway Proving Ground. The Skull Valley Sheep Kill - as it came to be known, was caused by the open-air testing of a highly toxic nerve agent "VX".


37. In the 60s, the US military secretly sprayed (possibly radioactive) experimental chemicals, like zinc cadmium, on thousands of residents of poor neighborhoods in St. Louis, without their knowledge or consent, to see what would happen.


38. The US military in World War 2 painted special paint on jeeps. The paint’s purpose was to protect against chemical weapons attacks. It’s called “M5 liquid vesicant detector paint.”


39. In the 1950s, the US military secretly dropped millions of mosquitoes onto populated areas of Georgia and Florida while testing the feasibility of "Entomological Warfare."


40. The US Military used to play a creepy ghost recording, called the Wandering Soul, over loudspeakers in Vietnam to scare enemy soldiers.


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41PHASR rifle

The US Military designed a laser rifle called the PHASR rifle, which disorients and temporarily blinds the target. It also looks like the Storm Rifle in Halo 4.


42. The 45th Infantry Division of the United States Army used a swastika on a red background as a unit symbol until the 1930s. The division wore the patch while fighting against Germany in World War 1.


43. The US Military did not help Marvel with The Avengers (2012) because they could not understand the role of SHIELD in the chain of command.


44. The US military uses dolphins to find and identify underwater mines because they are better at it than humans.


45. The US military allows Norse Heathens to grow beards and the Hammer of Thor symbol is allowed on headstones.


46Sentinel

One of the highest honors in the US military is to serve as a Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknowns where fewer than 20 percent of all volunteers are accepted for training and of those only a fraction pass training to become full-fledged Tomb Guards.


47. The US military has a modified version of the M1 Abrams tank called the M1150 Assault Breacher Vehicle that can plow through minefields with ease and launch a rocket-propelled "explosive sausage" capable of destroying barricades in an area the size of a football field (the M58 MICLIC).


48. In 1971, the US military kicked out the inhabitants of Diego Garcia Atoll to build a military base. Some (not all) inhabitants received only $6000 of restitution 15 years later.


49. In the 1980s, the US military proposed putting nuclear missiles in concealed railcars (Peacekeeper Rail Garrison) throughout the country as a countermeasure against a possible Soviet attack


50. When the US military tried segregating the pubs in Bamber Bridge in 1943, the local Englishmen instead decided to hang up "Black soldiers only" signs on all pubs as a protest.

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