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U.S. military IDs airman lost in dogfight over Germany in ’43

Posted March 12, 2018 by AP

The U.S. military has found the remains of a World War II pilot who was last seen in a dogfight over Germany almost 75 years ago, the Department of Defense said March 8. Lt. William W. Shank never returned from the 1943 fight. His fellow airmen last saw him straightening out his P-38 Lightning after…

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Purple Heart awarded to World War II veteran 74 years later

Posted March 7, 2018 by Kevin Larson

Army photograph by Kevin Larson Staff Sgt. Edward Mims, 83, smiles and holds his Purple Heart Medal as well-wishers thank him for his service following a ceremony in his honor at the The Villages, a retirement community in Florida, Feb. 23, 2018. Mims was awarded the medal nearly 74 years after being wounded in World…

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Air Force Trials for Wounded Warriors begin Feb. 23

Posted February 23, 2018 by Richard Salomon

Air Force photograph by Mike Kaplan More than 125 Air Force wounded, ill and injured service men and women will compete in the Air Force Trials Feb. 23 to March 2, 2018, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Air Force Trials is an adaptive and resiliency sports event designed to promote the mental and…

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Vet Briefs February 21

Posted February 21, 2018 by

Remains of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor on way to Illinois A veterans official says the remains of a sailor killed during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are being sent to Illinois for burial. That comes after tests have identified remains of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Howard Backman, who was a…

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Black History: Month Civil rights pioneer proved her mettle in World War II

Posted February 16, 2018 by David Vergun

Millie Dunn Veasey, now 100 years old, said her life changed in ways she never could have imagined when she joined the Army. That an African-American woman enlisted during World War II was the most unlikely of events, she said, recounting her childhood leading up to that moment. "We weren't heroes; we just did what needed to be done."

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Medal of Honor recipient, former POW laid to rest

Posted February 16, 2018 by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson presents the American flag to the next of kin during the full honors funeral ceremony for retired Col. Leo Thorsness at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Feb. 14, 2018. Thorsness received the Medal of Honor for his heroic…

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African-American WWI ‘Harlem Hell Fighters’ proved their mettle, patriotism in combat

Posted February 5, 2018 by Col. Richard Goldenberg

Army photograph African American stevedores in an undated photo during World War I. African American supply and services units provided a great amount of labor for the arriving American Expeditionary Forces in France in 1917-18. They would be joined by the African American 369th Infantry Regiment, formerly the National Guard’s 15th New York Infantry. The…

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World War II Airman remains recovered

Posted February 2, 2018 by Tech. Sgt. Louis Vega Jr.

Courtesy photograph Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. John H. Canty, 555th Bombardment Squadron, 386th Bombardment Group, 9th Bomber Command, poses for a photo during World War II. An Airman who served with 555th Bombardment Squadron, 386th Bombardment Group, 9th Bomber Command, during World War II was accounted for Jan. 22, 2018. Army Air Forces Staff…

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The Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive

Posted February 2, 2018 by

Army photograph by Kenneth Pollard The 47th Infantry Regiment takes the offensive May 1968 in south Saigon. Editor’s note: Early on the morning of Jan. 31, 1968, as Vietnamese celebrated the Lunar New Year, or Tet as it is known locally, Communist forces launched a wave of coordinated surprise attacks across South Vietnam. The campaign…

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Remains of World War II POW Ewart Sconiers coming home

Posted January 22, 2018 by Jim Thompson

Air Force photograph 1st Lt. Ewart Sconiers DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla.–World War II veteran Ewart Sconiers is coming home. His Jan. 27 funeral with full military honors will mark the formal end of a years-long effort to find and officially identify the DeFuniak Springs native’s remains and bring them back to his hometown. 1st Lt. Sconiers…

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