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World War II vet set to storm French beaches again

Jake Larson stormed the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1945. Believed to be the only living survivor from his unit he is now returning to the famed beach to attend the 75th annual commemoration of D-Day. RELATED: D-Day remembered 74 years later through digital reenactments Larson. 96, who...
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They played ball and answered the nation's call

The Boys of Summer are known for hitting, catching, pitching, and even stealing (a few bases, that is) when the call of "Play Ball" reverberates throughout baseball stadiums around the country. With opening day of the 2019 baseball season upon us here's a look at six legendary players who answered...
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9 things you didn’t know about the Medal of Honor

We understand the Medal of Honor as a symbol of extraordinary bravery displayed on the battlefield. Whether earned atop the mountains of Afghanistan or on the beaches of a desolate Pacific island during World War II, the single thread uniting all who receive it is the weight the award carries. But...
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5 amazing women who made military history

As we honor Women's History Month, Connecting Vets recognizes a few female veterans whose contributions to the Armed Forces make them role models for all future generations. Sarah Emma Edmonds Library of Congress She was known to her fellow Union soldiers as Franklin Flint Thompson, but beneath the...
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Vietnam veteran's flag will fly once again, 20 years after it came down

Old Glory will once again fly high in a private residential community in Henrico County, Virginia, more than 20 years after a Vietnam veteran was forced to take it down because his flagpole violated the rules of his homeowners association. In 1999, Richard Oulton was told by the Wyndham Homeowner's...
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SECNAV Names Future Destroyer in Honor of US Navy Medal of Honor Recipient

From Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer has named a future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, DDG 130, in honor of Medal of Honor recipient, Hospital Corpsman Master Chief William Charette. Charette, a native of Ludington,...
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Marines stick together: The story of Cpl. Megan Leavey and Sgt. Rex

Never estimate the bond between a Marine and her dog. Especially after they've battled bombs only to find they have to fight maddening bureaucracy before they were reunited. Megan Leavey enlisted in the Corps in 2003 and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, where she was first paired with...
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Antlers are allowed in checked bags but what about RPGs?

Contact lenses? Yes. Antlers? Yes. RPGs? wait, what? Apparently, the list of permitted items in a checked bag was a little hard to decipher for one man from St. Augustine, Fl. who attempted to fly with an RPG in his luggage. The item was discovered when the man's bag set off alarms at Lehigh Valley...
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WWII vet asks for 100 birthday cards; he got thousands

World War II veteran Joe Cuba will turn 100 on March 2. And all he really wanted was 100 birthday cards to celebrate his 100 years. So he posted a sign to Facebook, putting it out there to the social media universe. What could possibly happen? His wish was answered 100 times over: he's received...
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Sully the service dog emBARKS on his new career at Walter Reed

Sully, late President George H.W. Bush's service dog, began the next chapter in his career on Wednesday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The yellow Labrador joins the Facility Dog Program at the Maryland hospital, a program that aims to decrease stress and increase happiness care...
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