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13 tolls for the 13 D-Day Medal of Honor recipients

The National Medal of Honor Museum is recognizing the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a bell tolling -- across the entire country. There are 13 American men who earned the Medal of Honor for actions on June 6, 1944. For that reason, church bells everywhere from New York to California will toll 13...
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"They put up one hell of a fight. They tried to kill us all.": Veteran returns to Normandy 75 years after D-day landing

Jake Larson stormed the Normandy beaches on June 6, 1945. Monday, he'll board a plane with his sons to France for the 75th commemoration of the D-Day landings. "When I stepped on Omaha Beach, I was a 21-year-old soldier who thought I knew everything," Larson said. "I guarantee you, I never thought...
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Meet the real-life brothers who inspired 'Saving Private Ryan'

In recognition of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Fathom Events is hosting showings of "Saving Private Ryan" at 600 theaters across the nation -- but do you know the true story that inspired Steven Spielberg's 1998 film? See 'Saving Private Ryan' in theaters 75 years after D-Day Brothers Edward,...
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3 remarkable women warriors to honor this Memorial Day

Women veterans are the fastest growing segment of the veteran population and have been serving in the Armed Forces since the Civil War. With Memorial Day around the corner, it's only right to recognize a few of the women who dedicated their lives to serving their country, some of them making the...
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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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