My Mission

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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Rapid-Fire History: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

On October 26, 1881, the most legendary gunfight of the Old West took place in a vacant lot behind the O.K. Corral in the bustling silver-mining town of Tombstone, Arizona. Empowered by their federal appointments and serving as sworn officers, Wyatt, Morgan, and Virgil Earp, who was the officer in charge, and Wyatt’s friend John “Doc” Holliday intended to arrest the cattle-rustling Clanton and McLaury brothers for carrying guns within city limits without a permit. When the lawmen approached the five wanted Cowboys, Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury, and Billy Claiborne, the deep-seated tensions between the two sides exploded. It remains unclear who fired first, but the ensuing fir

Rapid-Fire History: Battle of Trafalgar

On October 21, 1805, Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson achieved one of the greatest victories in the history of naval warfare at the Battle of Trafalgar. Fought off Cape Trafalgar, 50 miles west of Cadiz, Spain, during the Napoleonic Wars, Vice Admiral Pierre-Charles de Villeneuve and Admiral Don Federico Gravina’s combined French and Spanish fleet of 33 ships-of-the-line were decimated by Nelson’s British fleet of 27 ships-of-the-line. Although outnumbered, Nelson split his force into two squadrons that attacked at a 90-degree angle and sailed directly into the long Franco-Spanish line, cutting the enemy into three groups of ships and systematically destroying them. Leading one of the column

Rapid-Fire History: Yorktown - The World Turned Upside Down

On October 19, 1781, British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered 8,087 soldiers and seamen to a combined American and French army under General George Washington and the Comte de Rochambeau at Yorktown, Virginia. With Americans on the right and the French on the left, defeated British and Hessian troops filed out of Yorktown at 2:00 P.M. and had to march between the two victorious lines, passing by every allied soldier until emerging into an open field, where they threw down their weapons. According to legend, British fifers and drummers played the song “The World Turned Upside Down.” Cornwallis claimed to be indisposed and did not appear, delegating his deputy, Brigadier General Cha

Rapid-Fire History: Battle of Cedar Creek

On October 19, 1864, Union Major General Philip Sheridan rallied his Army of the Shenandoah and achieved, “A victory turned from disaster…” over Confederate Lieutenant General Jubal Early’s Army of the Valley at the Battle of Cedar Creek. As Union General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant tried to break through against Robert E. Lee at Petersburg, Virginia, Sheridan was ordered to go after Early and follow him to the death in the Shenandoah Valley. With its food and supplies, the Valley was the “Breadbasket of the Confederacy,” and after achieving victories in September and October, Sheridan followed Grant’s instructions to turn it into “a barren waste,” denying invaluable resources to Confederate f

Rapid-Fire History: Saratoga - Turning Point of the American Revolution

On October 17, 1777, British General John Burgoyne surrendered his entire army of more than 5,752 troops to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga, New York. After invading south from Canada into New York, Burgoyne’s force faced the Northern Department of the Continental Army under Gates in two bloody battles nine miles south of the village of Saratoga. Fought on September 19 and October 7, General Benedict Arnold, one of Gates’s subordinates, fearlessly led American troops in combat, and as one of his soldiers later wrote, proved he was “the very genius of war.” Colonel Daniel Morgan’s elite Virginia riflemen and the Polish engineer, Colonel Thaddeus Kosciuszko also rendered invaluable

Rapid-Fire History: Desmond T. Doss - The Hero of Hacksaw Ridge

On Friday, October 12, 1945, President Harry Truman presented the Medal of Honor, the United States military’s highest decoration for valor, to Pfc. Desmond Thomas Doss. Born in Lynchburg, Virginia and raised as a strict Seventh Day Adventist, Doss’ faith forbade him from bearing arms. He received a military deferment, but feeling duty-bound to serve his country, Doss enlisted in the Army Medical Corps as a noncombatant. Although his conscientious objector status made military life difficult (he preferred the term “conscientious cooperator”), Doss remained committed to his religious convictions and displayed an unwavering commitment to saving lives. Participating in the Battle of Okinawa and

Alvin C. York: The Greatest Civilian Soldier of World War I

General John J. Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force, lauded Alvin C. York as “the greatest civilian soldier” of World War I. After the United States entered the Great War in 1917, York was drafted into the United States Army. While he would unquestionably demonstrate his valor in combat, York was a deeply religious man and initially hesitated to serve based on the grounds that violence was against his religion. The devout man from the small mountain town of Pall Mall, Tennessee was denied conscientious-objector status and in May 1918 he arrived in France along with the 82nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. Participating in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the American-led

Rapid-Fire History: Battle of Perryville

Considered the “High Water Mark” for the Confederacy in the West, the Battle of Perryville was the most northerly major battle of the Civil War in the Western Theater. Fought on October 8, 1862, Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s Army of Tennessee fought to a draw with Union Major General Don Carlos Buell’s Army of the Ohio at the crossroads town of Perryville, Kentucky. There were some 72,196 combatants in the area during the battle, but only parts of the two armies were engaged at Perryville: about 20,000 Union and 16,000 Confederates. Sam Watkins, a soldier in the First Tennessee who fought through the war in most of the Western Theatre’s deadliest battles wrote, “I do not remember of a

Rapid-Fire History: Battle of Germantown

On October 4, 1777, British forces under General William Howe defeated General George Washington’s Continental Army at the Battle of Germantown. Following losses in September at Brandywine, Paoli, and the British capture of Philadelphia, the seat of the Continental Congress, Washington learned that Howe had divided his army and sensed an opportunity to strike. Commanding 11,000 Continentals and Militiamen, Washington attacked Howe’s 9,000 troops encamped at Germantown, Pennsylvania, seven miles northeast of Philadelphia, in a dense fog. Washington divided his army into four columns to assault the British from multiple directions, but the attacks lacked proper coordination. While Washington’s

Rapid-Fire History: Battle of Mogadishu

The Battle of Mogadishu was the deadliest firefight American forces had faced since the Vietnam War. On the afternoon of October 3, 1993, Task Force Ranger, commanded by Major General William F. Garrison and composed of elite U.S. Army, Air Force, and Navy special operations units, was sent into Mogadishu, Somalia to arrest two top lieutenants of the warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, who controlled the city. With 160 men, 19 aircraft, and 12 vehicles, the mission was expected to take about an hour. U.S. forces succeeded in apprehending the primary target and Aidid’s chief spokesman, but the situation developed into a nightmare. Two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and American troops got tr

Rapid-Fire History: Meuse-Argonne Offensive

At 5:30 A.M. on the morning of September 26, 1918, after a three-hour artillery bombardment, the American Expeditionary Force under the command of General John J. Pershing launched the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Taking place in the Verdun region of France and part of a large Allied effort to dislodge the Germans from their heavily fortified positions along the Western Front, the offensive was the largest battle ever fought by Americans. Some 1.25 million American troops were involved in the bloody 47-day campaign that continued through the armistice that ended the First World War at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. The American Expeditionary Force suffered o

Introducing Rapid-Fire History

After 205 posts on this blog, I’m excited to announce Rapid-Fire History. This new category is centered on brevity and clarity, featuring topics in history summarized in 200 words or less. As I work feverishly to complete my graduate thesis, Rapid-Fire History’s format will allow me to continue to produce consistent content for This Is Why We Stand. Longer articles are not going away, and while they might come more slowly as I finish my thesis for submission in December, these stories will remain an integral part of this website. As always, I thank you for reading, watching, and supporting everything that This Is Why We Stand has to offer. Sincerely, Joe Archino Read Rapid-Fire History Post



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


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. .


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. 


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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