June 19, 1951: U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the Universal Military Training and Service Act, which extends Selective Service until July 1, 1955, and lowers the draft age to 18 years and six months.
On November 16, 1776, Fort Washington was attacked by the British. John Corbin, an artilleryman, was in charge of firing a small cannon at the top of a ridge. During an assault by the Hessians, John was killed, leaving his cannon unmanned. His wife Margaret, after witnessing his death, immediately took his place at the cannon. She fired away until her arm, chest, and jaw were hit by enemy fire. The British won the Battle, and Margret, was treated as a wounded soldier & paroled.
Using the DAR | DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). In their Ancestor Database, the simple-style search form has you place a surname and given name for an ancestor who might have served in the military or as a civilian during the American Revolution.