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Bone fragments from WWII crash site returning from India

Posted April 13, 2016 by Lolita C. Baldor

NEW DELHI–Tiny bone fragments carry a world of significance and perhaps closure for at least one American family who lost a loved one over the mountains of India in World War II. During a solemn ceremony April 13, U.S. military members paid final respects to what they believe may be the remains of one to…

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Hesed Shel Emes: The truest form of kindness

Posted March 8, 2017 by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman

Seventy-years ago, a young man was killed in World War II just days before the surrender of Japan. Since then, he has been interred with the wrong emblem on his headstone -- that is, until recently.

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WWII bomber pilot awarded Silver Star

Posted November 7, 2016 by Tech Sgt. Jamie Powell

Former Maj. William “Joe” Schneider was awarded the Silver Star during a ceremony at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Nov. 1, for his actions while commanding an 18-plane bombing raid on Feb. 23, 1945, over Italy. Maj. Gen. Christopher Bence, the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Commander, presided over the ceremony.

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Thousands commemorate, honor WWII heroes with Bataan Memorial March

Posted April 9, 2018 by

More than 8,400 marchers participated in the 29th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 25, commemorating 76 years of the Bataan Death March.

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WASP pursued love of flying, fought for women vets’ recognition

Posted March 11, 2016 by Shannon Collins

Women have been graduating from the Air Force Academy since 1980, and flying in combat missions since Operation Desert Storm, but before them were the World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs.

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Underwater recovery team searches for MIA’s in Vietnam

Posted June 19, 2017 by PO1 Blake Midnight

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) deployed an Underwater Recovery Team (URT) comprised of Department of Defense civilians and U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force servicemembers to northern Vietnam in search of two U.S. Navy aviators who went missing during the Vietnam War, May 2-June 18. The two men were on a nighttime reconnaissance mission…

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World War II POW shares story at McConnell

Posted September 27, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alan Ricker Ray Avila, a U.S. Army veteran, poses for a photo after sharing the story of his capture during World War II to Airmen Sept. 14, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Avila is a Wichita, Kansas, native who served in the Battle of the Bulge…

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VA commits $17 million to expand Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program

Posted June 8, 2018 by

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs is taking action to address Intimate Partner Violence by earmarking $17 million in funds to support Veterans in need. The funds will strengthen IPV Assistance Programs in VA facilities nationwide. “VA recognizes that intimate partner violence is a health issue faced by many veterans and their families,” said Acting…

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Gone but not forgotten: Wreaths honor those who gave all

Posted December 14, 2015 by Sean Kimmons

Once Susan Zerbe learned that a CH-47 Chinook helicopter had been shot down in Afghanistan, killing all 30 U.S. troops on board, she knew her son was one of them.

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At recovery sites, memories of lost loved ones keep troops focused on grave mission

Posted April 9, 2018 by Sean Kimmons

Army photograph by Sean Kimmons Sgt. Matthew Haase, right, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Tyler Trusty help line up a grid at a recovery site March 17, 2018, in Quang Ngai province, Vietnam, where an American pilot crashed during the Vietnam War. Members of a recovery team assigned to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency lived…

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