Famous Veterans

  • Arnold Palmer on golf course
    In Remembrance: 10 Famous Veterans Who Passed in 2016
    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
    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
    "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
    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
    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
    "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 ...
  • clint eastwood director
    Famous Veterans: Clint Eastwood
    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
    "I have trouble with direction, because I have trouble with authority. I was not a good Marine."

Military History

Black History Month

  • Merryl Tengesdal
    Black History Month: Overview
    Each February, during Black History Month, the nation remembers the important contributions African-Americans have made through...
  • African American National Guard WWI
    Fighting for Respect: African-American Soldiers in WWI
    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
    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
    Their wartime contributions helped break the military's color barrier.
  • Clark Simmons
    Clark Simmons
    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
    "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
    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.
    After a slow rise through the ranks, Davis became U.S. Military's first African American flag officer.
  • colin powell speaking
    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
    Pioneering WAC officer relished her long career in the Army.
  • General Roscoe Robinson Jr. (U.S. Army photo)
    Gen. Roscoe Robinson Jr.
    Army's first African Americanfour-star remembered as examplar of combat arms officer.