Photo via DoD

The first American to die while fighting ISIS "fearlessly exposed himself" to heavy small arms fire during a raid on a militant prison complex in October 2015, according to the citation for his Silver Star award.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Akeel Austin

On March 8, 1965, the United States sent its first combat troops into Vietnam to thwart the expansionist threat of communism in Indochina during the height of the Cold War. The end result of this decision would be a long, divisive political battle in our country over the use of our military abroad and the deaths of over 58,000 Americans overseas.

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