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Sailor in the iconic WWII Times Square photo dies at 95

George Mendonsa, the sailor in the iconic WWII Times Square kiss photo, died last week at the age of 95. The photo, taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt on Aug. 14, 1945, has become one of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century. In it, Mendonsa kisses Greta Zimmer Friedman, a dental assistant in a...
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The extremely badass story of the most decorated Montford Point Marine

Earning a Silver Star--the military's third highest award for valor in combat--is no easy task. But what about doing it twice in two different wars? It's damn near unheard of, but that's precisely what Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Louis Roundtree did--the most decorated of any Montford Point Marine. More...
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Remains of Tennessee sailor killed in Vietnam War identified

The remains of a Tennessee sailor who went missing during the Vietnam War have been identified. The Tennessean reports a funeral for Lt. Richard C. "Tito" Lannom of Union City will be held March 2, decades after the 27-year-old went missing aboard an A-6A aircraft during a night mission in North...
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Meet the veterans honored during the State of the Union address

As President Trump addressed a politically divided Congress, a few moments of unity emerged when he welcomed three WWII veterans seated in the gallery. President Trump honored Private First Class Joseph Reilly, Staff Sergeant Irving Locker, and Sergeant Herman Zeitchik, all of whom served in WWII...
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Navy's first female jet pilot dies at 65 after losing battle with ovarian cancer

After losing her battle with ovarian cancer, the U.S. Navy's first female jet pilot has died at 65. Retired Captain Rosemary Bryant Mariner was born in 1953 and was one of the first women to earn their wings as a United States Naval Aviator in 1973. Mariner graduated from Purdue University at the...
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New DoD website makes traveling cheaper for military retirees, active duty

The Department of Defense has teamed up with popular travel platform Priceline to create an online vacation website just for active duty and military retirees. American Forces Travel is a new Morale, Welfare, and Recreating program (MWR) that supports all five service branches. The website offers...
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Veteran seeks to reunite burial flag with rightful owners

A veteran is hoping to return a military burial flag to its rightful owners, but first he has to find them. David Slawson Sr. was cleaning out a home in Nampa, Idaho when he found the flag. Slawson tells Boise television station KIVI that the flag was dirty but he knew immediately that it was...
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There’s a new bipartisan push to make it easier for veterans to use cannabis

A pair of seemingly ideological opposites on Capitol Hill introduced a trio of bills that would change how the VA communicates medical marijuana to veterans and encourages the agency to team up with colleges that use cannabis in their medical programs. Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Seth Moulton (D-...
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