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This WWII Navy pilot survived a 1,200-foot fall into the Pacific. Then he got back in the cockpit
Surprisingly, surviving a fall like Lt. j.g. Levenson’s is not unheard of.
How an Army veteran designed the iconic symbol of the gay rights movement
Editor's note: This article was originally published on June 18, 2015.
Why America’s first bomber was called ‘the flaming coffin’
American airpower had to start somewhere
Why this US military survival school is the most feared of them all
This is a Pass/Fail kind of course.
This Medal of Honor recipient crashed his plane on purpose to get to his downed wingman
What he did that day had never been attempted before, and has never been repeated since.
Why the AT-4 rocket launcher is actually the worst anti-tank weapon
Truth be told the AT-4 isn’t really even rated to go head to head with a battle tank.
The heroic last stand of 2 Marines in Ramadi
Their final stand and sacrifice all took place in a matter of seconds.
Remembering the USS Iowa explosion and aftermath
First came the explosion. Then, the cover-up.
‘Gallantry, guts and gumption’ — The two-hour battle in the Pacific that turned a Navy captain into a legend
“This is going to be a fighting ship. I intend to go in harm’s way, and anyone who doesn’t want to go along had better get off right now."
A Marine looks back at the invasion of Iraq, 18 years later: ‘The war can’t go on unless all the poop’s burned’
18 years after the invasion of Iraq, a Marine looks back on his role in the whirlwind march to Baghdad.
What it was like for Marines responding to one of the worst nuclear disasters in history
"This set the conditions on how we were going to take care of our friends.”
That time Hitler’s nephew joined the US Navy to fight his evil uncle is the ultimate family drama
“"My father used to say to my mother, 'Doesn't Patty look a lot like Adolf Hitler?'"
78 years ago, a daring Norwegian commando raid kept the Nazis from building the atomic bomb first
It was one of the most dramatic and important military missions of World War II.
52 years ago, this airman threw himself on a burning flare to save his crew
After his aircraft was hit by an enemy mortar round, John Levitow saved his entire aircrew from certain death.
That time an airman accidentally prevented a nuclear apocalypse
"Either out of ignorance or luck, he ended the danger.”
This is the Army video that finally introduced America to the Green Berets
The film captures Green Berets with the 10th Special Forces Group conducting field training exercises.
How an army of artists and tricksters conned the Nazis and bluffed their way to victory in World War II
It sounds like an idea that was cooked up in a Hollywood writer's room, but it really happened.
What it was like fighting on Iwo Jima, according to a Marine Medal of Honor recipient
"I could no longer be the person I was prior to the Marine Corps."
How a homeless orphan from Florida earned the Medal of Honor in Vietnam
"Sims made the greatest sacrifice a soldier can make … and no mark of tribute can be too great.”
We salute the Army’s first Black Ranger instructor who became a legendary neighborhood crime-fighter
"If you watched his body language ... you would get the message, 'I'm not the one to mess with.'"
This Roman soldier’s 1,900-year-old payslip confirms the green weenie is immortal
Turns out that getting screwed over by the green weenie is a time-honored military tradition that dates back centuries
No enemy has downed an Air Force AC-130 gunship in 30 years. Here’s why
“The lessons passed on to crews trained since that fateful day are the true legacy of Spirit 03.”
More than a century after World War I, the Harlem Hellfighters’ nickname is finally official
“That was such a glaring error."
76 years ago, Audie Murphy earned his Medal of Honor with nothing but a burning tank destroyer’s .50 cal and insane bravery
On January 26, 1945, the most decorated service member of World War II earned his legacy in a fiery fashion.