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Five Interesting facts about Memorial Day

Memorial Day is seen as the unofficial start of summer and has become synonymous with trips to the beach and backyard barbecues. Often overlooked is the real reason behind the holiday - honoring the nation's fallen service members. With that in mind, here are five interesting facts about Memorial...
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Soldiers of the 'Ghost Army' helped America deceive its way to victory

A group of soldiers put on a traveling, multimedia road show that helped America secure victory in World War II. Known as the "Ghost Army," the tactical deception unit was officially called the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops and was made up of nearly 1,100 soldiers, many of whom were Jewish. "It...
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By saying nothing for a minute, you can honor the fallen this Memorial Day

Can you #GoSilent for one minute on Memorial Day to honor those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation? Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America hopes you will. The eighth annual #GoSilent campaign encourages Americans to pledge one full minute of silence at 3 p.m. local time on May 27...
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Seabees save parts of USS Arizona to build memorials

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jessica O. Blackwell, NPASE West det Hawaii Public Affairs In the aftermath, and from the ashes of December 7, 1941, which propelled the United States into World War II, rose a new call and opportunity to serve in the Navy, the Naval Construction...
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From fleeing Nazi Germany to a 35-year Army career, this WWII veteran has 'no regrets'

Col. Frank Cohn calls the series of events from fleeing Nazi Germany to serving in the military for 35 years sheer "luck," and yet the 94-year-old World War II veteran lives life with no regrets. Born in 1925, in Breslau, Germany, Cohn grew up as just Hitler was coming to power and although he was...
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Yes, the Navy actually kept bears onboard ships. And that's not all.

No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. That's a bear on board a U.S. Navy ship. We've heard of keeping cats on board for the rats or even the occasional pup, but bears seem a little farfetched even for the Navy. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute archives Turns out, not only was there a bear...
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Marine Corps League mascot Sgt. Max dies

Marine Corps League Sgt. Max was a good boy and a good Marine. The English bulldog died of cancer April 19 after a six-year tour of duty with the Marine Corps League in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. According to his obituary, Max was proud to be a Marine and loved wearing his uniform. "Max was...
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First African American woman set to graduate from U.S. Army Ranger School

Sgt. 1st. Class Janina Simmons completed U.S. Army Ranger School Friday, making her the first female, African American soldier to graduate from the course. Simmons, 29, is based out of Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and now joins the more than a dozen women who have completed the grueling 62-day...
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See 'Saving Private Ryan' in theaters 75 years after D-Day

Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" is returning to theaters in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The anniversary event, hosted by Fathom Events, will include showings at 600 cinemas nationwide on June 2nd and 5th at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The 1998 film starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt...
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Congress supports research to examine if minority WWI troops were overlooked for the Medal of Honor

Corporal Freddie Stowers served in Company C, 371st Infantry Regiment, 93rd Division during the First World War. As a squad leader in a segregated unit, he led an attack on a German position while facing enemy fire. Even after being severely wounded he urged his men to continue fighting where he...
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