An Overview of the Non-Aligned Movement

Introduction The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is a forum of 120 countries that are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. After the United Nations, it is the largest grouping of states worldwide. The movement originated in the aftermath of the Korean War, as an effort by some countries to counterbalance the rapid… Read More


What was the National Service Act 1948 (UK)?

Introduction The National Service Act 1948 was an Act of Parliament which extended the British conscription of the Second World War long after the war-time need for it had expired, in the form of “National Service”. After a bill with the same purpose had been approved in 1947, expected to be implemented 01 January 1949,… Read More

What was the Mutual Defence Assistance Act (1949)?

Introduction The Mutual Defence Assistance Act (MDAA) was a United States Act of Congress signed by President Harry S. Truman on 06 October 1949. For US Foreign policy, it was the first US military foreign aid legislation of the Cold War era, and initially to Europe. The Act followed Truman’s signing of the Economic Cooperation… Read More

Who was David B. Bleak?

Introduction David Bruce Bleak (27 February 1932 to 23 March 2006) was a soldier of the United States Army during the Korean War. Bleak rose to the rank of staff sergeant and was awarded the Medal of Honour, the highest military decoration of the United States, for his actions near Minari-gol, South Korea, on 14… Read More

Who was William R. Charette?

Introduction William Richard Charette (29 March 1932 to 18 March 2012) was a United States Navy master chief hospital corpsman who received the nation’s highest military decoration for valour, the Medal of Honour. He was awarded the medal for heroic actions “above and beyond the call of duty” on 27 March 1953, while assigned to… Read More

Who was Ola Lee Mize?

Introduction Ola Lee Mize (28 August 1931 to 12 March 2014) was a United States Army officer and a recipient of the Medal of Honour for his actions in the Korean War. Biography Mize was born in Albertville, Alabama, the son of a sharecropper. He left school after 9th grade to help support his family.… Read More

Who was Bud Day?

Introduction George Everette “Bud” Day (24 February 1925 to 27 July 2013) was a United States Air Force officer, aviator, and veteran of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. He was also a prisoner of war, and recipient of the Medal of Honour and Air Force Cross. As of 2016, he is the… Read More