The last year saw the passing of the only Korean War veteran to serve from Minnesota in the U.S. House; former Gopher State delegation members include two surviving World War II veterans.
Aside from a handful of war heroes, presidential candidates who have never previously held political office have a very thin record of success.
Three in 10 defense secretaries never served in the uniformed military including five of the last 13.
It has been more than 10 years since a veteran was elected to serve in the U.S. House from the Badger State – the longest period in state history
Minnesota has elected at least one candidate with military service to the U.S. House since 1910.
The longtime friend of Abraham Lincoln died at the Battle of Balls Bluff with the rank of major general in 1861 while also serving in the U.S. Senate from Oregon.
Although it is 43 years its junior, the Naval Academy has hosted 50 percent more commencement addresses by sitting U.S. Presidents than West Point.
Ronald Reagan talked about bayonets more than twice as frequently as any other president; most presidential rhetoric casts the weapon as a symbol for tyranny and unjust force.
U.S. troop fatalities in Iraq are on pace for a 16 percent increase from 2010; American deaths in Afghanistan over the last three months are up 7 percent from the same period in 2010.
Nearly three in 10 defense secretaries never served in the nation’s Armed Forces