In the last two hours of his life, Air Force Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman saved the lives of a special operations teams by sacrificing himself to stop the enemy from shooting down a helicopter carrying reinforcements to the battle.

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Kaj Larsen

At zero two hundred on the morning of June 6th 1944, Ensign Lawrence Karnowski slipped into the dark frigid waters of the North Atlantic. His small band of men had no wetsuits.  Each man carried simply a knife and about 50 pounds of explosives heading into battle. They were embarking on one of the most dangerous and important missions of World War II. Ensign Karnowski and his men were members of the Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDU’s), the forefathers of the modern day Navy SEAL teams. While their role in the Normandy invasion remains relatively unknown, they were a small but critical piece of an epic battle that has been lionized in celluloid and popular culture.

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US Navy

Navy SEALs. They're some of America's toughest operators.

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President-elect Donald Trump has offered the position of interior secretary to ex-Navy Seal commander, Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke. Politico reported that Zinke has yet to publicly comment about whether or not he will accept the position, and his office has not yet responded to inquiries regarding the nomination.

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Photo courtesy of Will Thomas

Every Labor Day weekend for the past five years, Will Thomas has put in time and energy shooting baskets. Lots of baskets. From Friday afternoon to Monday evening, he sinks shot after shot, year after year.

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