JOE ARCHINO

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I firmly believe that our first duty as Americans and people of the world is to remember the sacrifices of others. Sports broadcasting gave me my voice. Now, I’m using that voice and all of the skills that I have learned to honor the heroes of history. By eternalizing the stories of these individuals, I hope that I can remind everyone why we should never take anything in this life for granted. As time goes on, this website will serve as a resource for all generations to understand why we must always honor the ultimate symbols of our freedom.   

 

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Gettysburg: Father William Corby

Featured above is the monument to Reverend Father William Corby on Hancock Avenue near the George Weickert Farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Father Corby was the chaplain to the 88th New York Infantry of the famed Irish Brigade. On July 2, 1863, Corby stood on this rock, giving blessings and final absolution to the men of the Irish Brigade before they launched an attack on the Wheatfield to help rescue the Union’s crumbling flank during the Battle of Gettysburg. Father Corby reminded the men of their duties and encouraged them not to waver and to uphold the flag. Over one third of the brigade became casualties in the ensuing attack, but their actions brought desperately needed relief to the

Gettysburg: Castle at Little Round Top

There are nearly 1,400 statues, sculptures, markers, and tablets on Gettysburg National Military Park. After writing about my return to the infamous battlefield, it’s time to dig in and start writing about the stunning structures here that tell the story of the battle. Little Round Top is one of the most popular areas to visit on the Gettysburg Battlefield. This position featured some of the most important fighting of the entire three-day battle. Pictured above is the monument to the 12th and 44th New York Volunteers on Little Round Top. The ‘castle’ was dedicated in 1893 and is the largest regimental monument at Gettysburg. It was designed by Daniel Butterfield, who served as the original C

My Return to Gettysburg

154 years ago, our country's future was decided on the fields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. From July 1-3, 1863, 160,000 men fought against each other in perhaps the most important battle in American history. By its end, the Union and Confederacy suffered 51,000 combined casualties. Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War. John Bachelder arrived in Gettysburg a few days after the armies left. He was fascinated by the engagement and stayed in Gettysburg for 30 years, devoting his life to understanding the battle. Since that time, so many others have been drawn to this area with a similar yearning to learn about what happened here. It’s easy to understand why. There are fe

Honor to Old Glory

In my heart, I believe that our fallen heroes will live on forever through the American flag. Old Glory is not just a piece of cloth; it is the final resting place of memories that are dedicated to Americans of every creed and background that have sacrificed for our nation. Until I take my last breath on this earth, I will stand to honor the flag and continue to tell the stories of those who have defended it. As I prepare for my trip to the site of the bloodiest battle in American history, I’m reminded of a few unforgettable words. At the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, President Abraham Lincoln said the following in his infamous Gettysburg Address,

Nathan Hale: An Early American Hero

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” Legend holds that those were the final words of an American patriot named Nathan Hale before he was executed by the British on September 22, 1776. Hale was a graduate of Yale University and a Connecticut schoolteacher. Above all, he was a dedicated soldier in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. A statue of Hale at his Alma Mater of Yale. (Photo: commons.wikimedia.org) Five of Hale’s brothers fought the British during the opening engagement of the war at Lexington and Concord. Shortly after, Hale joined a Connecticut regiment and quickly rose to the rank of captain. He served under General George Washington duri

U.S. Army Veteran Gary M. Rose to be Awarded the Medal of Honor

47 years after going above and beyond the call of duty during a covert four-day mission in the Vietnam War, retired Army Captain Gary M. Rose will be awarded the United States military’s highest decoration. On October 23, 2017, Rose will be presented the Medal of Honor by President Donald J. Trump in a ceremony at the White House. Rose was originally awarded the Distinguished Service Cross just four months after conducting a Special Forces mission “in which he survived bullet and rocket wounds and a helicopter crash to provide life-saving aid to more than 100 comrades.” The Distinguished Service Cross is the U.S. military’s second highest medal for valor. Stars and Stripes writes, “Soldiers

The U.S. Air Force Celebrates Its 70th Birthday

I want to wish a very happy belated 70th birthday to the United States Air Force. As conflicts have changed over time, American airpower has helped to save countless lives and has contributed greatly to our military might. The photo slideshow below includes some stunning images of the Air Force in action. All photos courtesy of the U.S. Air Force. Each image is available for download and can be accessed through the following hyperlinks: Image one, Image two, Image three, Image four, Image five, Image six, Image seven, Image eight. Two years after World War II ended, the United States Air Force became an official branch of the United States military. On September 18, 1947, President Harry S T

The Battle of Antietam

On September 17, 1862, the first battle of the American Civil War to take place on northern soil was fought near Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, Maryland. This engagement between Generals Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan’s forces turned into the bloodiest day in American military history with more than 22, 000 casualties across both sides. To put that into perspective, that’s around four times the American casualties that were suffered on D-Day in the Second World War. In the video above, I discuss the unforgettable Battle of Antietam and its importance to American history. Sources History.com: 7 Ways the Battle of Antietam changed America. History.com: Battle of Antietam.

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

September 15, 2017 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. On this date of observance, we remember all American prisoners of war and service members missing in action. Our country owes its life to the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces members, especially those who have never returned home. This video from the U.S. Department of Defense details the meaning behind National POW/MIA Recognition Day. According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency “more than 83,000 Americans remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Gulf Wars/other conflicts.” Out of those missing, 75% of the losses are believed to be located in the Asia-Pacific regions. 41, 000 of those m

General Winfield Scott Captures Mexico City

On September 14, 1847, the Stars and Stripes flew over a foreign capital for the first time in American history. After winning the last major battle of the Mexican-American War, U.S. General Winfield Scott marched his army into Mexico City and raised the American flag over the Mexican National Palace on the site of the “Halls of Montezuma.” This would later be celebrated in the famous Marines’ Hymn. General Winfield Scott's grand entrance into Mexico City. (Photo: legendsofamerica.com) While the last major battle was won by September of 1947 and Mexico City was captured, the Mexican-American War did not end until February 2, 1848. On that date, the United States and Mexico agreed to the Trea

The Star-Spangled Banner

On the rainy night of September 13, 1814, British warships pummeled Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor with shells and rockets for 25 hours. From the perspective of Francis Scott Key, a 35-year-old American lawyer who watched the attack unfold, it must have been hard to imagine the fort holding out against such heavy firepower. Key later wrote, “It seemed as though mother earth had opened and was vomiting shot and shell in a sheet of fire and brimstone.” As the smoke cleared the following morning, Key witnessed a sight that infamously lives on to this day through "The Star-Spangled Banner". On September 14, a massive American flag defiantly flew over Fort McHenry. The stars and stripes signale

September 11, 2001: We Will Never Forget

On September 11, 2001, all of our lives changed forever. On that day, we experienced pain that still haunts us 16 years later. While the sorrow will never go away, our unbreakable American spirit shines on. The attacks on 9/11 were designed to leave us in ruin. They took so much from us, but they also brought out the best in us. That day, every American had a common purpose to help one another. From the first responders navigating the perils of Ground Zero to the average citizen who looked to assist in any way that they could, we stared the dangers down and reminded the world of who we are. Being an American is not always easy. This privilege comes with a responsibility to the world and on d

Captain Oliver Hazard Perry Wins the Battle of Lake Erie

On September 10, 1813, Captain Oliver Hazard Perry defeated a squadron of six British warships at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. At the time, Perry’s fleet of nine American ships was the first military force in history to defeat a British naval squadron. Captain Perry’s victory forced the British to abandon Detroit and ensured U.S. control over Lake Erie. This video from We Are The Mighty provides a quick recap of the Battle of Lake Erie. At the beginning of the War of 1812, Perry was sent to command U.S. forces on Lake Erie. He commissioned several carpenters to build a fleet of ships capable of defending the area. Within a year, Perry had nine ships. Ohio History Central w

New York Jets Host Medal of Honor Recipient James McCloughan

On September 7, 2017, the New York Jets welcomed Medal of Honor Recipient James C. McCloughan. The team wrote on Twitter, “It was our privilege hosting Medal of Honor recipient James C. McCloughan at practice today.” McCloughan speaking to Jets players. The organization also wrote on twitter, "Thanks for the inspiration, Doc." (Photo: New York Jets) This summer, United States Army veteran James C. McCloughan was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Donald J. Trump in a ceremony at the White House. McCloughan received the United States Military’s highest decoration for his incredible valor in the Vietnam War. In this video, I discuss the life of James McCloughan and the actions that led to

Westchester Veterans Memorial: Trail of Honor

My latest adventure to honor our nation's heroes has taken me to the Lasdon Park, Westchester Veterans Memorial – Trail of Honor in Katonah, New York. This area includes several memorials, dedicated to those who haves served our nation throughout history. One of the parks most stunning pieces is the Westchester Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Commissioned in 1987 and designed by artist Julia Cohen, the sculpture comprises three, seven foot bronze statues depicting a soldier carrying a wounded comrade and a nurse reaching out to help them. Next to the sculpture is a stone with the names of eight nurses that were killed in the Vietnam War. Also found in this spot is an obelisk with an inscription o

The American Flag is Flown in Battle for the First Time

On September 3, 1777, the American flag was flown in battle for the first time during a Revolutionary War skirmish at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware. History.com writes, “Patriot General William Maxwell ordered the “Stars and Stripes” banner raised as a detachment of his infantry and cavalry met an advance guard of British and Hessian troops.” A painting of the Battle of Cooch's Bridge by the late artist Jack Lewis. (Photo: delawareonline.com) Maxwell’s troops were defeated in the engagement and forced to retreat to Brandywine Creek in Pennsylvania, where they linked up with General George Washington’s main force. This 58 second clip from We Are The Mighty provides a description of when the Stars

Victory Over Japan Day

On September 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered to the Allies aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, anchored in Tokyo Bay. With the stroke of a pen, World War II was officially over. In his radio broadcast signaling the surrender, Allied supreme commander General Douglass MacArthur said, “Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won.” This clip from the U.S. Army shows actual footage from Japan's surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri on September 2, 1945. Japan’s surrender was originally announced in the United States on August 14, 1945. When announcing the news, President Harry S. Truman told the nation, “This is the day we have been waiting for since Pearl Harbo

The New York State Women Veterans Memorial

The New York State Women Veterans Memorial on the Empire State Plaza in Albany honors women who have offered service to the United States Military over the past 200 years. While this memorial focuses on the contributions of women veterans from New York State, it’s important to note that American women from around the country have faithfully served our nation since the Revolutionary War. At the center of the New York State Women Veterans Memorial is an eight-foot-high bronze statue by Albany artist Hy Rosen. This statue depicts Liberty standing on the crown of England and breaking free from the bonds of colonization. The right arm of Liberty is triumphantly raised and carrying the New York St

 

SERVICE THROUGH SKILL

I will use my skills to help anyone that I can. No one will be forgotten and no place is out of reach. 

HISTORIAN

From a very young age I have understood that my place in this world is the result of sacrifices made by others. My passion for Military history helped to fuel that belief and has been a constant in my life ever since. .

SPORTS BROADCASTER

I have been fortunate enough to have worked for the New York Giants, Madison Square Garden, & ESPN Radio Albany. I have hosted my own sports talk show called, The Sports Vault for over 5 years. These experiences continue to enhance my creative capabilities. 

PUBLIC SPEAKER

Nothing brings me more joy than sharing my mission with others. Whether it's in front of a camera, microphone, or classroom, I am open to every form of communication. .

 

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