Famous Veterans

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    In Remembrance: 10 Famous Veterans Who Passed in 2016
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    2016 saw the passing of many notable veterans. Here we celebrate a few of those who left us, and honor their achievements.
  • Bea Arthur
    Seven Famous Women Veterans
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    From a computer genius to a popular sitcom star, talented women have made their mark in the U.S. military.
  • Morgan Freeman headshot.
    Famous Veteran: Morgan Freeman
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    "I did three years, eight months, and ten days in all, but it took me a year and a half to get disabused of my romantic notions."
  • Chuck Norris
    Famous Veterans: Chuck Norris
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    The martial arts superstar first started honing his skills while on duty in the Air Force during the Korean War.
  • Mr. T
    Famous Veterans: Mr. T
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    Before he went on to fame as B.A. Baracus on "The A-Team," Mr. T was a member of the biggest team of them all -- the U.S. Army.
  • Bob Ross with a completed painting
    Famous Veteran: Bob Ross
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    "I was the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late ...
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    Famous Veterans: Clint Eastwood
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    The famous actor and director got an early start on developing his tough-guy persona when he worked as a bouncer at the NCO clu...
  • Gene Hackman in the "French Connection."
    Famous Veteran: Gene Hackman
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    "I have trouble with direction, because I have trouble with authority. I was not a good Marine."

Military History

Spotlight: Black History Month

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    Black History Month: Overview
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    Each February, during Black History Month, the nation remembers the important contributions African-Americans have made through...
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    Fighting for Respect: African-American Soldiers in WWI
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    In addition to being a major global turning point, World War I saw African Americans making huge contribution to the U.S. war e...
  • The Tuskegee Airmen
    The Tuskegee Airmen
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    They were a group of African-American pilots that helped the Allies win World War II -- and helped break the military color bar...
  • Cpl. Alvin "Tony" Ghazlo, the senior bayonet and unarmed combat instructor at Montford Point, demonstrates a disarming technique on his assistant, Private Ernest "Judo" Jones. (U.S. Marine Corps)
    The Montford Point Marines
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    Their wartime contributions helped break the military's color barrier.
  • Clark Simmons
    Clark Simmons
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    Survivor, USS Utah "When you joined the Navy there was only one branch…open to you, and that was serving the officers." Exe...
  • USAF MSGT Derrick Porter with his children, Chelsi and Varay Porter. (Photo courtesy of the Porter family)
    African-American Military Family Remembers Its Roots
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    "My great-grandfather used to tell us about what he went through. A lot of the beatings...the whippings and running away."
  • William H. Carney
    Sgt. William H. Carney
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    This survivor of a famous Union Regiment became the first Black Recipient of the Medal of Honor.
  • Benjamin O. Davis Sr. (Air Force Photo)
    Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Sr.
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    After a slow rise through the ranks, Davis became U.S. Military's first African American flag officer.
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    Famous Veteran Colin Powell
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    Gen. Colin Powell, Son of Immigrants Rose to the Top of U.S. Military Colin Powell was the 10-year-old son of Jamaican immigran...
  • Lt. Col. Harriet West Waddy (U.S. Army photo)
    Lt. Col. Harriet West Waddy
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    Pioneering WAC officer relished her long career in the Army.
  • General Roscoe Robinson Jr. (U.S. Army photo)
    Gen. Roscoe Robinson Jr.
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    Army's first African Americanfour-star remembered as examplar of combat arms officer.

Veteran Stories: World War II

  • Andrew S. Low
    Andrew S. Low
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    Read letters written by decorated World War II pilot Andrew S. Low, during the time he was a German prisoner of war.
  • Vincent E. Baker
    Vincent Baker
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    "The sailor offered me a bottle of bourbon. When I tried to hand the bottle back, he said, 'You finish it. I've had plenty.'"
  • Prisoners of war at Bad Orb, Germany
    Cameron Boyd
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    "They were dropping bombs but luckily a three-foot wall saved our lives. The shrapnel came flying through but never hit anyone."
  • B-17 crew
    Virgil Marco, Sr.
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    "At about 1,000 yards at 3 o’clock there immediately appeared in line astern, a gaggle of ME-109s stalking us."
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