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Almost exactly 50 years after he fearlessly led Marines through the bloody street fighting in Hue, Marine veteran John Canley is close to receiving the nation’s highest military award for valor.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's new 18-hour documentary series, "The Vietnam War," premieres Sunday on PBS, and it feels as searingly immediate as it is soaked in history.

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In 1968, SEALs serving in South Vietnam reported to the Navy that they needed more firepower. Back in the United States, the service’s engineers rushed to help, crafting various weapons and accessories, including some particularly weird looking magazines.

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In the fall of 1917, draftees from around the country came together at Camp Greene, North Carolina to form the newly activated 4th Division. These men went on to fight in the trenches of France for the remainder of the First World War. At the time, they were fighting for their country and each other. What they did not know was that they were the founders of an organization whose lineage would span several more wars, and would continue to serve the country 100 years later.

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A new PBS documentary film series is looking at one of the most divisive wars in American history. “The Vietnam War” is a 10-part documentary series that tells the story of the era-defining conflict over 18 hours. Filmmaker Ken Burns and director Lynn Novick spent six years working on the upcoming series, with accounts from more than 100 witnesses.

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