More than two centuries after an American ship blew up off the shores of Tripoli, an ad hoc group that includes history buffs, military veterans and descendants of the sailors is working to repatriate their remains for burial with honors on U.S. soil.
Matthew VanDyke went to Libya in part to witness history and perhaps write about it. After being captured by Moammar Gadhafi's forces and imprisoned, he has joined the rebels fighting in the toppled strongman's final stronghold of Sirte.
While the fighting in Libya's capital appears to signal the end of Col. Gadhafi's 42-year rule, the rebels still face enormous challenges in stabilizing the country and preventing a collapse into anarchy
The killing of Osama bin Laden closes an important chapter in our history, and though it does not end the war on terror, it could have a profound psychological effect on our troops and allies — as well as on those who would do us harm.