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Voices of D-Day
Voices of D-Day(9 Photos)
Our most powerful and genuine accounts of D-Day come from the veterans who live through this momentous piece of history.
Remembering D-Day(11 Photos)
On June 6, 1944, known as D-Day, the Allies invaded Normandy, France, in the largest amphibious assault in history. View photos from this historic military operation.
Vietnam War(14 Photos)
The Vietnam War lasted longer than any other war in U.S. history and cost 58,000 American lives
End of World War II
End of World War II(8 Photos)
View pictures from VE day and VJ day as Americans celebrate the end of World War II.
World War I: Trench Warfare
World War I: Trench Warfare(11 Photos)
Trench warfare reached its highest development on the Western Front during World War I (1914â€“18), when armies of millions of men faced each other in a line of trenches extending from the Belgian coast through northeastern France to Switzerland.
Veterans Day: Remembering the Armistice
Veterans Day: Remembering the Armistice(13 Photos)
Veterans Day falls on the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I on November 11, 1918. Meet several World War I veterans and read their reflections on that momentous occasion.
Bet You Didn't Know: Veterans Day
Bet You Didn't Know: Veterans DayVideo Clip (2:11)
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Do you know why Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th every year? Get the whole story behind the holiday.
History of Veterans Day
History of Veterans DayVideo Clip (3:19)
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Veterans Day has changed days and names but it has always been a day to honor those who serve their country.
HISTORY says Thanks
HISTORY says ThanksVideo Clip (2:47)
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HISTORY employees thank their loved ones for their military service.
Combat CameramanVideo Clip (5:08)
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A son learns about the trials of war through the films his father, Frank Lee, shot as a combat cameraman in Vietnam.
Vietnam HomecomingVideo Clip (3:57)
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Though shunned by some, Vietnam veteran Sonny Silva was embraced by his family upon his return from the war, and his father captured it all on film.
From Farm to Flyer
From Farm to FlyerVideo Clip (3:36)
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Kay Nehring's father was a pilot in the Pacific during WWII and Kay has found a home for his films shot during the war.
World War II Medic
World War II MedicVideo Clip (2:37)
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Michael Curry's grandfather was a medic during World War II and left behind meticulous notes to guide Michael through the films of his war experience.
Anne PurcellVideo Clip (3:57)
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As a military wife, Anne Purcell had already sent her husband off to war once before, in Korea. But less than six months after her husband Ben volunteered for Vietnam, he was reported "missing in action."
A Soldier's Story: Khe Sanh
A Soldier's Story: Khe SanhVideo Clip (3:06)
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Amid a siege that would last 77 days, medic Raymond Torres was dropped into central Vietnam.
MacArthur and Me
MacArthur and MeVideo Clip (3:44)
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Judy Kent's neighbor, George Dibbs, was a combat photographer follwing General MacArthur during WWII and shared his films with her.
Flying in the South Pacific
Flying in the South PacificVideo Clip (3:31)
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Fred Linden's father was a PBY naval aviator during World War II and left behind two reels of film documenting his service in the South Pacific.
Submarine ShooterVideo Clip (3:20)
Video Clip (3:20)
Tom Southwick's father caught amazing moments of life on a submarine on film as a naval photographer during World War II.
Women in the Cockpit
Women in the CockpitVideo Clip (3:52)
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Dawn Letson befriended a World War II veteran who was a member of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, and shares her films from WASP training camp.
Chaplain G.I.Video Clip (3:57)
Video Clip (3:57)
The experiences of Bob Marken's father as a chaplain during WWII are preserved on films he left behind for his family.
French ResistanceVideo Clip (3:15)
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David Keran's grandfather was an OSS agent working with the French Resistance during WWII and left behind films of his experiences.
At the Battle of the Bulge
At the Battle of the BulgeVideo Clip (3:34)
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Jim Banks' neighbor, Herm Graebner, shared with him the films of his journey through Germany and France during WWII.
Homefront FuneralVideo Clip (2:29)
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Kathy Wilczynski's father was a veteran of WWII and was chosen to give the eulogy of a fallen soldier shortly after the war.
National WWII Memorial
National WWII MemorialVideo Clip (3:14)
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Thanks to WWII veteran Roger Durbin the National WWII Memorial opened at the Rainbow Pool in 1995.
Presidents Who Served
Presidents Who ServedVideo Clip (3:39)
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Military service helped build character for Presidents George Bush and Henry Ford.
WWII Veteran Harold Nebenzal
WWII Veteran Harold NebenzalVideo Clip (3:23)
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WWII veteran Harold Nebanzal recalls his experience during the war.
Atomic Bomb Ends WWII
Atomic Bomb Ends WWIIVideo Clip (2:49)
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The U.S. looked to a new weapon to put an end to WWII.
Speeches & Audio (8)
Impact of U.S. Withdrawal on South Vietnam
Impact of U.S. Withdrawal on South VietnamAudio Clip (2:47)
Audio Clip (2:47)
Following the January 27, 1973 signing of a ceasefire agreement to end the Vietnam War and the subsequent departure of U.S. troops, the U.S. military prepared the South Vietnamese to take over operations. A U.S. officer who remained in Vietnam to help with the transition is interviewed on October 11, 1973, about the process of bolstering South Vietnam's economy and self-sufficiency.
Franklin D. Roosevelt on American Progress in World War II
Franklin D. Roosevelt on American Progress in World War IIAudio Clip (1:00)
Audio Clip (1:00)
With the United States now entered into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt uses the occasion of Washington’s birthday to broadcast to the nation on February 23, 1942, an outline of America’s progress in the war.
Douglas MacArthur Receives the Japanese Surrender
Douglas MacArthur Receives the Japanese SurrenderAudio Clip (1:21)
Audio Clip (1:21)
On September 2, 1945, aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, World War II comes to a close when Japanese officials sign the unconditional surrender. Gen. Douglas MacArthur presides over the signing and delivers a short speech on the momentous occasion.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Establishes United States as Arsenal of Democracy
Franklin D. Roosevelt Establishes United States as Arsenal of DemocracyAudio Clip (1:08)
Audio Clip (1:08)
President Franklin D. Roosevelt heralds the defense program of the United States and urges Americans to support an increase in aid to Great Britain to help defeat the Axis powers.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1941 Labor Day Speech
Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1941 Labor Day SpeechAudio Clip (1:37)
Audio Clip (1:37)
In his Labor Day radio broadcast in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt reminds his fellow citizens of the need to devote America’s industrial effort to building weaponry in order to "crush Hitler and his Nazi forces."
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fourth of July Address
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fourth of July AddressAudio Clip (2:07)
Audio Clip (2:07)
In a broadcast from his home in Hyde Park, New York, on July 4, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt warns Americans who wish not to get involved in the war that "the United States will never survive as a happy and fertile oasis of liberty surrounded by a cruel desert of dictatorship."
Truman Announces Germany's Surrender
Truman Announces Germany's SurrenderAudio Clip (2:04)
Audio Clip (2:04)
In a May 8, 1945, radio broadcast, President Harry Truman announces the unconditional surrender of Germany, but reminds Americans that the war wages on in the Far East.
Truman Announces Japan's Surrender
Truman Announces Japan's SurrenderAudio Clip (1:57)
Audio Clip (1:57)
On September 1, 1945, in a radio address to the American people, President Harry Truman announces the unconditional surrender of Japan, formalized aboard the U.S.S. Missouri.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Infographic
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