Century of Courage

Century of Courage

Explore 100 years of veterans' stories, from World War One to the Iraq War.

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VIDEOS: True Stories of Pearl Harbor Veterans

Explore the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor through the eyes of the people who were there. Interviewees include the oldest living survivor of Pearl Harbor and the oldest living African-American survivor.

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What Happened When WWI Paused for Christmas

On Christmas Eve 1914, in the dank, muddy trenches on the Western Front of the first world war, a remarkable thing happened. It came to be called the Christmas Truce. And it remains one of the most storied and strangest moments of the Great War—or of any war in history. British ...read more

Korean War

The Most Harrowing Battle of the Korean War

For Robert Whited and Jean White, there was never a question that they would serve in the military. And they never doubted the merit of the war they were sent to fight in Korea. It was this unbending faith in their service as U.S. Marines that carried both men through America’s ...read more

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John McCain in the Military: From Navy Brat to POW

When John McCain made his first bid for public office in 1982, running for a House seat in Arizona, critics blasted him as a carpetbagger, pointing out that he’d only lived in the state for 18 months. “Listen, pal, I spent 22 years in the Navy,” the exasperated candidate ...read more

Travel the Globe to 10 Key WWI Battle Sites on Google Earth

Travel the Globe to 10 Key WWI Battle Sites on Google Earth

From the Western and Eastern European front lines to East Africa and China, see how a complex web of alliances led to one of history’s first, truly global wars.

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Haunting Photos from the Trenches of the First World War

The Battle of the Somme, fought in northern France near the Somme River, was one of the biggest and bloodiest battles of the First World War. Starting July 1, 1916, the British and French Armies went head-to-head against Germany for a grueling four months. There was a staggering one million casualties, with the British alone facing 57,470 casualties just on the first day. These haunting photographs provide a glimpse into one of the bloodiest military battles in history.

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6 Famous WWI Fighter Aces

1. Manfred von Richthofen The British called him the “Red Knight”; the French, the “Diable Rouge” (the “Red Devil”); but German pilot Manfred von Richthofen is best remembered by the immortal sobriquet the “Red Baron.” Born into a family of Prussian nobles in 1892, Richthofen ...read more

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8 Battlefield Poets of World War I

1. Wilfred Owen Wilfred Owen only published five poems during his lifetime, but his harrowing descriptions of combat have since made him into one of the towering figures of World War I literature. Just 21 years old when the war broke out, he enlisted in the British army in 1915 ...read more

WWI Dogs

26 Photos of Dogs Being Heroes in WWI

On February 5, 1918, the U.S. 102nd Infantry reached the front lines of France at Chemin des Dames, north of Soissons. Heavy artillery gunfire and grenade assaults from the Central Powers soon followed. After days and nights of shelling, the exhausted U.S. ...read more