History Is Lunch: “The Military Careers of Four Mississippians”

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Join the Mississippi Department of Archives & History on Wednesday, July 29, for another streaming-only #HistoryIsLunch when Jim Pitts will present “Turks, Indians, Spaniards, and a Flight around the World: The Lives and Military Careers of Four Mississippians.” In the course of his work with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Pitts became intrigued by the distinguished military service of Captain Henry Metcalfe, Major James Watson, Lieutenant Reuben Turman, and Lieutenant Henry Ogden. Between them they had been awarded three Silver Stars for heroic actions in the Spanish American War, one Distinguished Service Medal for a 1924 “Around the World Flight,” and the Turkish Order of Osmani for service to the Turkish Army by a foreign national. “Their stories are as diverse as the four soldiers,” said Pitts. Join in to learn more about the impacts they made on the U.S. Army.