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Marine returns Japanese WWII flag to original family

Posted August 18, 2017 by Marine Corps Sgt. Neysa Huertas Quinones

Marine Corps photograph Tatsuya Yasue, left, receives a flag from World War II veteran Marvin Strombo at Higashishirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, Aug. 15, 2017. Tatsuya, along with other members of the family have waited over 70 years for the return of the brother they lost during the war. The ceremony provided both families with…

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62nd FS mate finally laid to rest

Posted August 10, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham

Approximately 50 Airmen assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., attended the funeral of former 62nd FS pilot 2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Penn., Aug. 4, 2017. Carlson, then 24 years-old, was killed after his P-47 Thunderbolt was shot down by enemy…

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Search for our fallen continues

Posted August 3, 2017 by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka

Drenched in sweat from the hot, humid Vietnam weather, our shovels breached the earth’s surface excavating the ground and placing it into buckets to be screened as we searched for one of our own. 

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Veterans can visit VetVerify.org for Exchange online shopping authentication

Posted August 3, 2017 by

As the Department of Defense’s military exchange services prepare to welcome potentially 13 million honorably discharged veterans back to their military families this coming Veteran’s Day, www.VetVerify.org has launched to confirm eligibility to receive lifelong military exchange online shopping. Veterans may log onto www.VetVerify.org, which will use information from the DOD’s Defense Manpower Data Center’s records…

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Cold War hero laid to rest

Posted July 31, 2017 by

Air Force photograph by Andy Morataya Service members render full honors for retired Col. Freeman Bruce Olmstead’s funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. July 27, 2017. Olmstead, an Air Force veteran and prisoner of war survivor, passed away Oct. 14, 2016. His final journey began with the beat of a drum. The sky was clear. A…

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Combat medic to receive Medal of Honor for intrepid actions in Vietnam

Posted July 28, 2017 by David Vergun

When James C. McCloughan sees a young service member in uniform on the street or at the airport, he often offers to buy lunch, said his wife Cherie. She recalled one such instance at an airport. Her husband asked the young man where he was headed and the reply was “Iraq.” She said her husband…

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Tuskegee Airman trail blazes through history

Posted July 28, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Tristan Biese

Air Force photograph Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Cotten, poses for a photo after an interview in Norfolk, Va., July 18, 2017. Cotten served from August 1945 to January, 1966. During the first part of his career Cotten was assigned to the Army Air Corps, 334th Fighter Interceptor Squadron to work with the…

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Surviving infamy: USS Arizona stories continue to captivate

Posted July 26, 2017 by Katie Lange

DOD photograph by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley Survivors from the USS Arizona meet with military leaders at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., July 21, 2017. From left to right are U.S. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; U.S. Navy Adm. John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations; Lauren…

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Air Force veteran turns 100

Posted July 26, 2017 by Jennifer N. Spradlin

Air Force photograph Col. Robert Kirtley was born July 26, 1917 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is a World War II and Korean War veteran who served in the Air Force for more than 25 years. He graduated from Wofford College, and commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in 1940. His first assignment was with the…

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DOD Warrior Games opens with US, UK, Australian athletes

Posted July 3, 2017 by Shannon Collins

As comedian Jon Stewart and Navy Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, announced the official opening of the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games July 1, medically retired Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sarah Rudder walked-in a hand torch at Soldier Field, where it was passed between teams.

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