American Military History

Learn the history and events that shaped America and the U.S. Military. Find unique facts and personal accounts of wars, battles, famous people, acts of heroism and much more. 

Spotlight: Military Heroes

History Quizzes

Air Force History Quiz

In honor of the Air Force's birthday, we've put together this Air Force history quiz. Test your knowledge!

Coast Guard Quiz

In honor of the Coast Guard's birthday, we've put together a quiz on the service's history and traditions.

Marine Corps History Quiz

In celebration of the Marine Corps' birthday, Military.com has put together this Marine Corps history quiz.

Spotlight: Women's History Month

Video: Women in the U.S. Military | Two Minute Brief

From filling crucial support roles during our nation’s earliest wars, to breaking down barriers in today’s modern military, women’s roles in the United States armed forces have drastically changed over the past two and a half centuries.

Video: We Can Do It: The Peggy Wills Story

At 94 years old, Peggy Wills tells her story of being a real life Rosie the Riveter during World War II. Women couldn't fight in the war, but they did their share by working on the planes.

Video: First Female Marine to Retire Laid to Rest

Master Sgt. Catherine G. Murray was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery Jan. 23, 2018. She was the first female Marine to retire from the Corps, serving honorably for nearly 20 years. She lived to be 100 and passed away Dec. 20, 2017.

Video: First Female Army Ranger School Grads

CPT Kristen Griest and 1LT Shaye Haver, the first female graduates of the Army Ranger School, discuss what it's like to be part of history. Ranger School is the Army’s premier small unit tactics and leadership school. The 62-day course pushes Ranger students to their mental and physical limits by forcing them to operate on minimal food and sleep. 77,000 Soldiers have earned the Ranger Tab since the school opened in 1952. In 2014, 4057 students attempted the course; 1609 earned the Ranger Tab. All men and women who attend Ranger School have met the exact same standards.