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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The Will to Win: General James Van Fleet

Happy belated birthday to the man who President Harry Truman called America’s “greatest general,” James Alward Van Fleet, born on March 19, 1892 in Coytesville, New Jersey. Based on Van Fleet’s lineage, it was in his blood to be an American soldier. His grandfather served in the New York militia during the American Revolution and his father fought for the Union during the American Civil War. Destined to fight great battles of his own for America, Van Fleet was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1911 and graduated with the historic class of 1915, which earned the nickname, “The Class the Stars Fell On.” During his senior year at the Academy, Van Fleet played full

"Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death!"

On Thursday, March 23, 1775, some of the most prominent leaders of the Old Dominion were gathered together at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. Two of the attendees in particular, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, were destined to play indispensable roles in the years ahead for America, but on this day’s meeting of the Second Virginia Convention, the spotlight was owned by Patrick Henry. A skilled politician, lawyer, and orator, Henry believed that the American colonies and the mighty British Empire were on the verge of a fate-changing collision. Never hesitant to speak out against oppressive British taxation and other measures passed by a parliament nearly 3,000 miles away that

Duty, Honor, Country: The Glory of West Point

As George Washington looked towards America’s future, he saw a need for and supported creating a permanent military academy. That vision was not realized in Washington’s lifetime, but two years after the “Father of his Country” passed away, his hopes for an institution to train the future fighting leaders of the United States came to fruition. On Tuesday, March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed the Military Peace Establishment Act, which directed that a corps of engineers be established and “stationed at West Point in the state of New York, and shall constitute a Military Academy.” Thus, the sacred Academy that has trained the likes of Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Douglas MacAr

"Paddy" to the Rescue: Patrick O’Rorke and the 140th New York at Gettysburg

The fate of the Union hung in the balance as the Army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia locked horns on the fields around Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1863. Late in the afternoon of that brutally hot day, the extreme left flank of the Union line on 650-foot-high Little Round Top was on the verge of collapse. With the soldiers of the 16th Michigan crumbling before them, hard-charging Texans and Alabamians pushed past their exhaustion and rushed up the boulder-strewn hillside to complete their conquest of the key to the entire Federal position at Gettysburg. As Union Colonel Strong Vincent watched his line unraveling, he desperately tried to rally the Wolverines until he

The Warm-up for World War I: John J. Pershing and the Mexican Punitive Expedition

Before the United States sent her sons to fight on the bloody battlefields of the First World War, a threat much closer to home required military action. By early 1916, the Mexican revolutionary Francisco “Pancho” Villa and his followers had committed a series of heinous killings and crimes against American citizens. These actions were largely motivated by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson’s recognition of Villa’s former revolutionary ally, Venustiano Carranza, as the president of Mexico. Hell-bent on retaliation, Villa went on to orchestrate a deadly raid against Columbus, New Mexico on March 9, 1916. The attack left the border town in flames and claimed the lives of 18 Americans, ten of whom w

When Iron Became King of the Seas: The Battle of the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia

On Saturday, March 8, 1862, the ironclad warship CSS Virginia steamed towards five wooden Union ships guarding the mouth of the James River at Hampton Roads in southeastern Virginia. Before launching his iron behemoth into combat for the first time, Confederate Admiral Franklin Buchanan told his sailors, “in a few minutes you will have the long-expected opportunity to show your devotion to your country and our cause.” At around 2 p.m., the 10-gun Virginia unleashed her attack against the Union blockading fleet that possessed around 219 combined guns. Despite this lopsided difference in firepower, the Virginia was about to prove that while wooden warships once ruled the waves, iron was now ki

The 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre

Tensions were set to explode on the frigid, snowy evening of Monday, March 5, 1770 as an angry crowd of Bostonians taunted eight British soldiers standing guard in front of the Customs House on King Street in Boston, Massachusetts. Garbage, oyster shells, and even snowballs flew from the hands of some disgruntled colonists towards the Redcoats. Others threatened the soldiers with sticks and clubs, daring them to open fire. Fearing for their lives as the chaos continued, the British ultimately opened fire, killing five Americans and wounding several more.The fallen included Crispus Attucks, a black sailor and former slave who was the first to be killed, as well as Patrick Carr, Samuel Gray, S

John Buford: First to Fight at Gettysburg

Happy birthday to one of the great heroes of the Battle of Gettysburg, General John Buford, born on March 4, 1826 in Woodford County, Kentucky. An 1848 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Buford spent many years honing his skills as a soldier in the saddle before the outbreak of the American Civil War in April 1861. Although offered a commission to serve the Confederacy, he stayed true to the old flag and emerged as one of the finest cavalry commanders to fight for the Union. General John Buford. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons) While Confederate horsemen flexed their superiority over their Federal counterparts during the first two years of the war, men like Buford

Matthew Ridgway: The Soldier Who Saved South Korea

Happy birthday to General Matthew Bunker Ridgway, born on March 3, 1895 at Fort Monroe, Virginia. The son of an Army colonel and a 1917 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ridgway went on to distinguish himself as one of the greatest soldiers in American history. During the Second World War, he planned and executed the Army’s first major airborne assault during the invasion of Sicily, personally led the 82nd Airborne Division into Normandy on D-Day, and guided the 18th Airborne Corps as it battled across the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. “General Ridgway has firmly established himself in history as a great battle leader,” reflected George C. Marshall, who serve

Sam Houston: A Legend of the Lone Star State

Happy birthday to a legend of the Lone Star State, Sam Houston, born on this day in 1793. A native son of Virginia, Houston served as a lawyer and politician in Tennessee before making his way to Texas in 1832. A veteran of the War of 1812 and an honorary member of the Cherokee tribe in eastern Tennessee, he went on to play a leading role in the Texas Revolution. After Texas declared independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836, Houston was selected as commander-in-chief of the Texas Army. Just days after independence was declared, around 200 Texians defending the Alamo, a former Franciscan mission located near the present-day city of San Antonio, were massacred by Mexican forces under General

 

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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