Team American Freedom with the historic C-47 Tico Bell in the background. (Q Concepts via Military.com)

Editor's Note: This article by Sean Mclain Brown originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

With the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion into Normandy, France coming June 5, a group of veterans are planning a reenactment jump as part of the celebration.

But they'll be jumping with an item not on the packing list of World War II U.S. soldiers — or at least not the official one: bourbon.

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The PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds video game is seen in this illustration photo November 22, 2017. (Reuters/Thomas White)

Iraq's parliament voted on Wednesday to ban Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and several other popular online video games due to their "negative" influence on a population still reeling from years of sectarian violence, Reuters reports.

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n a May 30, 2016, photo, U.S. Marine veteran R. V. Burgin, 93, salutes during the 76th Annual Memorial Day Service at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

For 35 years after his discharge from the Marines, R.V. Burgin kept his war stories to himself. But when he finally broke his silence, he brought World War II to life for thousands of readers in vivid, and often horrific, detail.

"He didn't hold anything back," said Bill Marvel, a former reporter for The Dallas Morning News who collaborated with Burgin on his book, Islands of the Damned: A Marine at War in the Pacific.

Burgin, a Lancaster resident, died Saturday at 96. A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Lancaster.

Burgin's unflinching account of several battles he survived during the war helped inspire The Pacific, a miniseries produced by HBO in 2010.

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Rob Riggle in '12 Strong' (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Editor's Note: This article by James Barber originally appeared onMilitary.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

Marine Corps veteran Rob Riggle has enjoyed an amazing post-military career as a comedian, actor and creator of funny videos for the FOX NFL pregame show. Now, he's going to put his self-proclaimed "extensive knowledge of everything" to use as host of the Discovery Channel series "Rob Riggle: Global Investigator."

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MILTON, Fla. — Time and again Kirstie Ennis has gone to the extreme to "redefine what it means to be disabled," as the 28-year-old, above-the-knee amputee describes her purpose.

Next weekend, Ennis will begin her next mountain climb — Mount Everest.

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The Army has once again scared the hell out of some civilians with a military exercise — this time in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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