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Navy Chief Petty Officer Graham Jackson had played the accordion often for Franklin D. Roosevelt during the polio-stricken president's frequent visits to the spa at Warm Springs, Ga. He was scheduled to play for him again on April 12, 1945, the day Roosevelt died at the LIttle White House in Warm Springs. Instead, the officer found himself leading the funeral procession the next day, tears streaming down his face. By Ed Clark.

The Golden Thirteen were the thirteen African American enlisted men who became the first African American commissioned and warrant officers in the United States Navy. Throughout US history untill the end of WorldWar I, the Navy had enlisted African American for general service,they were barred from joining from 1919-1932. In June 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the executive order (8802) that prohibited racial discrimination by any government agency.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945)/biography

FDR at the little white house in Warm Springs, Ga....I was able to visit there and it also happened to be on the anniversary of his passing on April 12th....What an experience for me !

At President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s funeral - Jacqueline Kennedy with her keen eye to history and Abraham Lincoln’s funeral insisted on the riderless horse, a Morgan/Quarter Horse cross named “Black Jack.” The boots are reversed in the stirrups to represent a fallen leader looking back on his troops for the last time.

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40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken the picture of john-john saluting his father's casket never fails to bring tears to my eyes.

Confederate Generals. Left to right - Hood, Semmes, Davis, Stuart, Jackson, Lee, Forrest, Johnston, Beauregard.

The last photograph of President Franklin Roosevelt, taken at Warm Springs, GA. FDR died the following day. April 11, 1945. He looks older then his 63 years and was very ill here. (The strain of almost serving 3 terms of office and then WWII probably finished him off)

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt probably didn't have polio after all

VOICE: Franklin D. Roosevelt Remembered for his fireside chats during his presidency, FDR used his speaking ability and friendly voice to gain confidence and trust from citizens. His voice is trustworthy and convincing. This is why he is a voice for our ideal being.

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Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession in New York City, April 24th, 1865. The house on the left, on the corner of 14th St. and Broadway, is that of Cornelius Roosevelt, and the 2 young boys looking out of the window are Teddy Roosevelt and his brother Elliott,

JFK Is Laid to Rest (1963) Sen. Edward Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy (age 6), Jackie Kennedy, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy Jr. (age 3) attend the slain president's funeral in 1963.

One of the few photographs of Lincoln inside the White House was taken in this room by Matthew Brady in 1864. It was not until after the renovation of the White House undertaken during the Truman administration that this room became so exclusively associated with Lincoln.

“An eighteen year old boy is carried into the shock ward, and he looks up at my trustingly asking, “How am I doing, nurse?” I just kiss his forehead and say, “You are doing just fine soldier.” He smiles sweetly and says, “I was just checking,” Then he dies. We all cry in private. But not in front of the boys. Never in front of the boys.” - June Wandrey, WWII in HD

Jesse Owens and his wife Ruth arrive home from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The son of a sharecropper and grandson of slaves, Owens won a record 4 gold medals in the very presence of Adolph Hitler. Owens said, “When I came back to my native country... I couldn’t ride in the front of the bus. I had to go to the back door. I couldn’t live where I wanted. I wasn’t invited to shake hands with Hitler, but I wasn’t invited to the White House to shake hands with the President, either.”

When he lost his wife Nettie in childbirth and their infant son also died, Thomas Andrew Dorsey wrote “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” which his protégé Mahalia Jackson sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. Dorsey helped develop and shape modern day gospel music through the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, which he founded. He is considered the father of modern gospel music.

Lt. Annie G. Fox was the first woman to receive the Purple Heart for combat. She served as the chief nurse in the Army Nurse Corps at Hickam Field during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941.

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Nixon Presidential Library recreates White House gala for 200 Vietnam POWs to mark the 40th anniversary of their release

John McCain, recently released after 5 years in Hanoi Hilton, meets Pres. Nixon in 1973. On May 24 of that year, Nixon had a huge White House gala to celebrate the homecoming of the POWs.