Century of Courage

Veterans' Stories

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.

1914 Christmas Truce

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

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

George H.W. Bush during World War II

George H.W. Bush’s Dangerous Role in WWII

With the wings of his plane on fire and smoke pouring into the cockpit, future President George H.W. Bush parachuted into the Pacific Ocean, where he floated for hours on a life raft, vomiting uncontrollably and bleeding profusely from his forehead. Still, Bush could count ...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.