June & July: History and Meaning

Before our modern calendar, June and July were the fourth and fifth months of the year respectively on the Roman Calendar. June dropped to 29 days briefly after becoming the fifth month under Numa but regained its full 30 during the Julian Reform. July has always had 31 days but was originally known as Quintilis. It was re-named in honor of Julius Caesar in 44 BC and became the seventh month.

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PFC Larry R. Roberts, Welcome Home

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Private First Class (USMC) Larry L. Roberts of Damascus was 18 when he made the ultimate sacrifice November 25, 1943.

Roberts was assigned to Special Weapons Group, 2nd Defense Battalion, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island.

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