Roger D. McGrath

Chronicles corresponding editor Roger D. McGrath is the author of Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes. A U.S. Marine veteran and former history professor at UCLA, he has appeared on numerous documentaries, including The Real WestBiographyTales of the GunCowboys & Outlaws, and Wild West Tech.

 

Latest by Roger D. McGrath in Chronicles

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  • April 2013

    Tiburcio Vásquez

    During the last four decades, California has been proving that demography is indeed destiny. At an ever-accelerating rate the state is becoming Mexifornia.

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  • February 2013

    The Patton You Didn’t Know

    Thanks to the movie, most Americans are familiar with George Patton—the crusty, outspoken, and brilliantly aggressive general of World War II fame. Yet few know of his exploits as a young officer.

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  • John Wayne and World War II
    December 2012

    John Wayne and World War II

    Ever since I can remember, John Wayne has been the actor the left most loves to hate. While the left’s criticisms of him are many, the one that seemed to have the most validity was his failure to serve his country during World War II.

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  • October 2012

    Ace of Aces: Richard Bong

    He was an all-American boy who became an American hero in World War II.

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  • August 2012

    The Battle off Samar

    One would think that a battle called the most gallant in the history of the U.S. Navy would be prominently featured in our textbooks. Not only does the Battle off Samar in the Philippine Sea on October 25, 1944, go unmentioned in schoolbooks, but it’s rare for anyone under 60 even to have heard of the fight.

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  • Stand Your Ground
    July 2012

    Stand Your Ground

    Bodie, July 1881—The early morning hours found deputy constables Richard O’Malley and James Monahan patrolling the streets of the mining town of more than 5,000 residents in mountains immediately east of the Sierra.

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  • The Shot Heard Round the World
    June 2012

    The Shot Heard Round the World

    While nearly all my college students had heard of Lexington and Concord and the first battle of our Revolutionary War, only rarely did any of them know why the British were marching on the small Massachusetts towns.

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  • Man of Honor

    Man of Honor

    Ralph Walker Willis was a fireman, the author of five books, including My Life as a Jarhead (1999), and a contributor to Chronicles, but most of all he was a Marine.

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  • Same Border, Different America
    May 2012

    Same Border, Different America

    For the last several years Texas farmers and ranchers whose lands butt up against the Rio Grande have complained about cross-border raids by thugs of Mexican drug cartels. “It’s a war. Make no mistake about it,” said Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. “And it’s happening on American soil.”

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  • April 2012

    The Tuskegee Airmen

    If you think political correctness is a recent phenomenon in America, then the longtime promulgation and perpetuation of distortions and falsehoods concerning the Tuskegee Airmen should disabuse you of such a notion.

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  • February 2012

    Divine Wind

    Suicidal ground attacks had been a common Japanese tactic since Guadalcanal, but the first such aerial attacks were not employed until the Battle for Leyte Gulf in October 1944. By March 1945 kamikaze attacks had become a basic component of Japanese strategy.

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  • December 2011

    Bombing the West Coast

    The Battle of Los Angeles was preceded by ten Japanese submarine attacks on American ships off the California coast and one attack on an oil field. The attacks left the coastal population apprehensive, if not unnerved.

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  • The Betsy Ross of California
    October 2011

    The Betsy Ross of California

    Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation requiring public schools to teach students about the contributions of “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.”

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  • August 2011

    James Arness

    Early in June, James Arness died. Everyone thinks of him as Matt Dillon, the brave and incorruptible town marshal of Dodge City in the television series Gunsmoke. I think of him as the father of one of my childhood friends and as one of the last actors in Hollywood to have fought in World War II.

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  • New Tricks
    July 2011

    New Tricks

    Steve Farron has written not only a comprehensive and exhaustive study of the subject but a brilliantly insightful critique of the whole ugly and unconstitutional process of discriminating against whites.

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  • June 2011

    Chuck Older

    Recently, a younger acquaintance of mine, an actor on stage and screen, mentioned with disgust the circus-like atmosphere that pervaded the trial of O.J. Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife.

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  • Suicide by (Legal) Immigration
    May 2011

    Suicide by (Legal) Immigration

    I was fortunate to grow up before the Immigration Act of 1965 began an incremental and insidious change in the ethnic composition of America. I had friends whose parents were immigrants.

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  • March 2011

    Jumpin' Jim Gavin

    Like most kids I loved reading about Americans who rose from nothing to greatness. When I got to college and encountered my first left-wing history professor, I learned that Horatio Alger characters were pure myth—except I had already read and heard about dozens of them.

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  • January 2011

    The Fighting Marine: Gene Tunney

    Though he beat Jack Demp­sey decisively the two times they met in the ring, was undefeated as a heavyweight, and retired as heavyweight champion, Gene Tunney is often forgotten when today’s era of fight fans or others discuss the greatest heavyweights.

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  • Celebrity Politicians, Savvy Sergeants
    November 2010

    Celebrity Politicians, Savvy Sergeants

    “We need another Reagan.” I’ve heard that too many times to count. Don’t get me wrong: I think another Reagan would be a good start—but only a start.

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