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Military

Photographs, pictures, and other images of the military.







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Photograph shows a tearful veteran embracing a wounded Marine.


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Photograph shows sailors spelling out the words ‘FUCK IRAQ‘ on the deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier


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Photograph shows a U.S. Marine posing with Iraqi kids holding a provocative sign.


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Photograph shows soldier shaking hands with Sen. Hillary Clinton while crossing his fingers.


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Soldier scrawls his response to an unfaithful woman on the back of a tank.


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Photographs show a U.S. military helicopter painted like an eagle.


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Photograph shows U.S. soldier in Iraq growing grass from gardening supplies sent by his wife.


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Photograph shows a statue of a U.S. soldier crafted by an Iraqi sculptor out of gratitude to America.


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Photographs show a Texas funeral procession for a soldier killed in Iraq.


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Photograph shows a military helicopter making a rooftop landing in Afghanistan.


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Photograph shows a U.S. serviceman wearing a “DOING THE WORK OF” patch.


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Photograph shows Marines in Iraq spelling out the phrase “9-11 We Remember.”


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Photographs show Iraqi fighter planes found buried in desert sands.


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Photographs show a U.S. soldier who was shot in the face in Iraq. (Mildly disturbing image warning)


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Photograph shows a defiantly-posed U.S. Marine injured in a bomb blast in Iraq.


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Image shows artist’s conception of the under-construction warship USS New York, built using steel from the World Trade Center.


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Photograph shows a formation of jets spelling out ‘USA’ over Randolph Air Force Base.


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Photograph shows Christmas wreaths laid at headstones in Arlington National Cemetery.


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Photographs show images of Pearl Harbor taken in December 1941 and recently found in an old Brownie camera stored in a foot locker.


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Photograph shows a U.S. soldier comforting an injured Iraqi child.


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Photographs show a USAF airman marshaling a jet in a non-standard, revealing outfit.


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Video shows U.S. Marines in Iraq throwing a puppy off a hillside.


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Photograph shows Brutus, a canine Medal of Honor recipient.


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“Motivational poster” shows a former cheerleader turned Air Force sniper.


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Photographs show a mass re-enlistment ceremony held in Iraq on the Fourth of July.


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Photograph shows former president George W. Bush and Laura Bush visiting a survivor of the Fort Hood shootings.


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Photograph shows a pregnant woman waiting to welcome home a husband who couldn’t have fathered the child she’s carrying.


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Photographs show a new Chinese aircraft carrier.


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Photograph shows an eagle perched on a gravestone in a military cemetery.


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Photographs show an NFL pre-game Veterans Day tribute not aired by ESPN.


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Photograph shows members of Seal Team Six.


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Photograph shows the wedding of a disfigured Marine.


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Photograph shows a U.S. Marine wounded in Afghanistan.


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Photograph shows Vanessa Dobos, an Air Force aerial gunner.


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Photograph shows U.S. Air Force jets celebrating a Supreme Court ruling regarding the Defense of Marriage Act.


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Video shows Syrian “hero boy” walking into sniper fire and playing dead to save a young girl.


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Vintage color photograph from 1941 shows the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Military

Urban legends about military political issues.



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Influential friends ensured that a “special dispensation” cut short Al Gore‘s tour of duty in Vietnam.


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New York Senator Hillary Clinton refused to meet with a delegation of Gold Star mothers.


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Actress Cindy Williams of Laverne & Shirley fame wrote a newspaper article denouncing a proposed pay raise for the military.


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A Medal of Honor carried by a World War II veteran aroused suspicion among airport security forces.


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Target stores do not “support veterans.”


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U.S. Navy’s pull out from Vieques resulted in the closure of Roosevelt Roads Naval Base.


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Sears pays the difference in salaries and maintains benefits for their called-up reservist employees.


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Civilians can send “thank you” messages to American troops through a Department of Defense web site.


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Red Lobster restaurant refuses to donate gift certificate to POW’s family.


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First-year cadet criticizes U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff’s personnel decisions.


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The web site LetsSayThanks.com allows the public to send free personalized postcards to U.S. troops serving overseas.


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France demanded that the USA remove buried American soldiers from their soil, saying “Come pick up your garbage.”


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Shoshana Johnson, the other female U.S. POW of the Iraq war, is slated to receive a far smaller disability pension than that being given to Jessica Lynch.


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An army captain in Iraq describes President Bush’s surprise Thanksgiving Day visit to Baghdad.


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Video shows U.S. Apache helicopter firing at three Iraqi insurgents.


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Marine Capt. Brian R. Chontosh of Rochester, N.Y., received the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in Iraq.


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The U.S. military will be reinstating the draft by Spring 2005.


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Actress Ann-Margret signed an ex-GI’s photo of her and thanked him for serving his country.


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A display at the National World War II Memorial omits key words from a speech by President Roosevelt.


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Starbucks or Oscar Meyer refused free product to G.I.s serving in Iraq, saying it didn’t support the war or anyone in it.


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A U.S. Marine was refused service at a convenience store in Fort Worth, Texas.


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Battalion chaplain requests prayers for soldiers delivering voting machines and ballots in Iraq.


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Article contrasts compensation paid to families of September 11 victims with benefits paid to families of military personnel killed on active duty.


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Actor Denzel Washington made a large donation to the Fisher House Foundation after visiting Brooke Army Medical Center.


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U.S. Marine killed an unarmed injured Iraqi insurgent.


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Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh was disqualified from the Vietnam-era draft due to a pilonidal cyst.



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Resident writes to newspaper to complain about fly-by of jets from local Air Force base headed for a fallen serviceman’s memorial service.


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A serviceman in uniform was refused service at a popular bar or restaurant because the establishment’s owners didn’t support the war in Iraq.


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A Shell service station owner in Tennesee refused to do business with a U.S. soldier.


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A Philadelphia couple organized a private train line to take wounded servicemen to the 2005 Army-Navy football game.


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JCPenney and other toy retailers offered a “Forward Command Post” military playset for youngsters.


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A Marathon service station owner in Pontiac, Illinois, refused to do business with U.S. soldiers.


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E-mail claims released captive Jill Carroll will make anti-military, pro-Iraq statements.


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The owner of a Dunkin’ Donuts franchise told U.S. servicemen he would not serve them because “you are killing my countrymen.”


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An automobile belonging to a Marine and bearing military vanity plates was defaced in Chicago.


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The city of Berkeley, California, told the Marines that their recruiting office was not welcome there.


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U.S. active duty military deaths were higher during the administration of President Clinton than during the administration of George W. Bush.


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Account describes Navy SEALs’ funereal tribute to Medal of Honor recipient Mike Monsoor.


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Traveler purchases sack lunches for all the soldiers on his plane.


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The owner of a Dunkin’ Donuts store directed that a memorial flier for a U.S. soldier be “placed on a dumpster where the rest of our soldiers belong.”


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Article describes military gallantry of Medal of Honor recipient Ed Freeman.


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Serviceman refused service at Shady Maple restaurant.


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Midshipmen did not wear ceremonial swords at the 2009 U.S. Naval Academy graduation ceremonies due to the presence of President Obama.


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Account describes President Obama’s meeting with wounded soldiers at the National Naval Hospital.


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Account relates an experience with Darrell “Shifty” Powers.


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Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan was “an advisor to Obama’s Homeland Security team.”


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Military flyover denied for annual ‘God and Country’ rally in Idaho.


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Charley’s submarine shop in Stockton, California, refused service to two U.S. Marines.


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Account describes Pamela Murphy‘s efforts on behalf of patients at a Veterans Administration hospital.


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The U.S. military awards “Courageous Restraint Medals” to soldiers who refrain from firing their weapons.


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President Obama plans to freeze the pay of active duty military personnel.


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Wounded veterans paraded through halls of the Pentagon every Friday morning.


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U.S. Marine Corporal Derek Wyatt was killed in Afghanistan just before his wife gave birth to a son.


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Toys for Tots Marine stabbed; attacker whomped by other Marines.


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PING provides wounded veterans with free lessons and golf clubs.


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Medal of Honor recipient Van T. Barfoot has been barred from flying the U.S. flag outside his home.


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Servicemen refused service at a Sak-N-Pak gas station in Corbin, Kentucky.


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Military funeral protocol has been changed to remove reference to the President of the United States.


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The National Defense Authorization Act would allow “the U.S. Military to arrest American citizens in their own back yard without charge or trial.”


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The U.S. government unfairly excluded Hawker Beechcraft from bidding to supply military aircraft.


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A new policy implemented by President Obama eliminates combat pay for U.S. military personnel “unless they are being shot at.”


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Account describes TSA’s confiscating nail clippers from a U.S. soldier returning from Afghanistan.


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Ted Nugent evaded the draft in the 1960s by taking drugs and acting crazy.


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President Obama attempted to stop the killing of Osama bin Laden and failed to credit those who accomplished it.


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Cody Green, a 12-year-old boy with leukemia, was made an honorary member of the U.S. Marines.


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An air show at the U.S. Air Force Academy graduation ceremony was held up because President Obama left early.


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A truck stop in Bogalusa, Louisiana, refused service to a National Guard member in uniform.


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A veteran was booted from an Old Navy store for complaining about a uniform-wearing employee.


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Actress Martha Raye entertained troops and tended to wounded soldiers in the field in Vietnam.


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A backdrop of naval vessels displayed at the Democratic National Convention included images of Russian warships.


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The American ambassador in Libya was raped before being killed.


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A plane crash in Afghanistan destroyed the absentee ballots of U.S. military personnel.


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Administration officials watched video of the September 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, unfold in real time but did nothing to intervene.


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Letter from airline pilot describes a flight on which the remains of a fallen U.S. soldier were carried.


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U.S. troops deployed overseas are no longer provided with breakfast.


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President Obama did not mention the death of Chris Kyle but ordered flags flown at half-staff for Whitney Houston.


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Five first line U.S. aircraft carriers were recently all docked together in one place for the first time since World War II.


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A U.S. soldier named Bowe Bergdahl was captured in Afghanistan in 2009.


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Soldiers and chaplains will be facing court-martials for professing their Christianity.


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A Marine tasked with holding an umbrella during a rainy presidential news conference committed suicide.


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Accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan has continued to draw his salary while awaiting trial.


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Lt. Col Matthew Dooley was fired from a teaching position due to complaints from Islamic groups.


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Account describes the 2013 Air Force Academy commencement ceremonies.


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Transcript reproduces suicide note left by U.S. Army veteran Daniel Somers.


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President Obama has cancelled July 4 celebrations at U.S. military bases to save money.


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Navy SEALs were ordered to discontinue wearing the “Don’t Tread on Me” uniform patch because it is too closely associated with “radical groups.”


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A U.S. serviceman in uniform was refused service at the Posh Bagel in Davis, California.


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President Obama ignored the death of Shirley Temple Black but ordered flags flown at half-staff for Whitney Houston’s passing.


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A Motel 6 turned away a U.S. Army soldier because he was underage.


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U.S. troops stationed in Muslim countries are being ordered to fast and submit to Sharia law during Ramadan.


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President Obama broke precedent by declining to attend the funeral of General Harold Greene and fail to send any administration officials to the ceremony.


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ISIS operatives plan to locate U.S. servicemen at their homes and “slaughter” them.


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President Obama has ordered the military to enlist illegal immigrants and fast-track their citizenship.


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ISIS operatives are visiting Michigan homes and killing the residents if they have family in the military.


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A Marine was banned from his daughter’s school after he objected to a homework assignment about Islam.


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A retired Marine was forced to remove USMC decals from his car or be fined, while neighbors were allowed to keep their Obama stickers without incident.


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American Sniper subject Chris Kyle shot dozens of looters after Hurricane Katrina, killed two attempted carjackers, and punched Jesse Ventura in the face.


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A soldier wrote on a restaurant receipt that his military service exempted him from tipping.


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A Home Depot manager rudely refused to provide a veterans discount.


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A man spat at a young Marine holding the door open for him because the American people no longer support the military.

Military

Military urban legends.



Myths are important symbols of cultural unity, and perhaps no myths are more important in the modern era than the military myths that establish our national heritage and remind us of the values our nation stands for.




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The number of hooves lifted into the air on equestrian statues reveals how the riders died.

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Fighting on opposite sides, father and son meet one last time on a Civil War battlefield. Found in the dying boy’s pocket is the melody now known as Taps.*


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Trainee tries unsuccessfully to kill himself with a floor buffer.


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Soldier serving overseas during the Gulf War receives a video of his wife having sex with other men and demanding a divorce.


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Saltpeter is secreted in the food or drink of enlisted men to curb their libidos.


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When questioned about the wisdom of teaching Boy Scouts to handle firearms, a US General points out the difference between being equipped to do something and doing it.


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Aircraft carrier orders lighthouse to change course.


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Badly wounded soldier tells his parents about his life-altering injuries under the guise of telling them about a friend.


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Being an only child (or an only son) automatically exempts you from military service.


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A few years after a couple of kids used a made-up name to sign up for a free yearly ice cream cone, they received a registration notice from the Selective Service for their non-existent friend.


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During the Gulf War, an Iraqi government propaganda broadcaster nicknamed Baghdad Betty warned American soldiers that “Bart Simpson is making love to your wife.”*


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The German destroyer FGS Lutjens saluted the American destroyer USS Winston Churchill with a “manning the rails” ceremony and the display of a banner reading “We Stand By You.”*


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During wartime, the seal of the President of the United States is modified so that the eagle’s head faces the opposite direction.*


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“God Bless the USA” singer-composer Lee Greenwood dodged the draft in the 1960s by fleeing to Canada.*


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A poem written by a Marine about a soldier’s lonely night before Christmas.*


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During a hospital visit, President George W. Bush saluted an Army officer who had been badly injured during the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.*


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General John J. Pershing
effectively discouraged Muslim terrorists in the Philippines by killing them and burying their bodies with pigs.*


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The family of a POW are reassured by letter sent by their son until they steam off the stamp and read what’s written there.


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After the Germans construct a phony wooden airfield during World War II, the British send a plane to drop a wooden bomb on it.


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General Norman Schwarzkopf provided a pithy quote about whether we should show forgiveness towards those who harbored terrorists.


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During a trip to North Vietnam, Jane Fonda turned smuggled messages from U.S. POWs over to their captors.


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Lee Marvin, actor, and Bob Keeshan, television’s “Captain Kangaroo,” fought together at the battle for Iwo Jima.


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Ed McMahon served as Johnny Carson’s commanding officer in the military.


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Bigot who demands the local military provide suitable escorts for his teen daughters is given his comeuppance.


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Former USAF General Dick Hawley delivered a caustic speech about “thoughts of such surpassing stupidity that they must be addressed.”*

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Article contrasts compensation to families of September 11 victims with benefits paid to families of servicemen killed on active duty.*


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M-16 rifles used by American soldiers in Vietnam were manufactured by the Mattel toy company.


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Recruits are issued stress cards, which when waved at demanding drill sergeants immediately entitle the recruits to gentler treatment.


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A photograph of a
shark jumping out of the water to attack a diver dangling from a helicopter is real.*


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An American flag is traditionally folded thirteen times because each of the folds has a special meaning.


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A Saint Xavier University professor sent a scathing, condemnatory message to an Air Force Academy cadet who was seeking assistance in planning an assembly for college students.*


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Marine in Bosnia subjects French officer to a verbal chiding.


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The gold ball atop a military flagpole contains a razor, a match, and a bullet.


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Twenty-one guns are fired in the national military salute because the digits in 1776 add up to 21.


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During Hurricane Isabel, sentries guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns remained at their posts.


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Dog tags used to have notches so they could be wedged between the teeth of fallen soldiers.


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E-mail describes duties and obligations of honor guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


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Gen. George S. Patton Jr. discovers the French are honoring a
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The son of one of the men who raised the flag on Mt. Suribachi gave a guided tour of the Iwo Jima Memorial to a group of Wisconsin schoolchildren.


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“Dogs and sailors: Keep off the grass” admonishments were commonly displayed in U.S. naval towns.


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Marines in training must murder a pet dog or family member to be admitted to the Corps.


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Gal who demands her photo back receives box of pictures and instructions to pick hers out then return the rest.*


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Tampon used to stanch deadly wound saves Marine’s life.


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A B-17 damaged on a bombing raid over Germany reached England safely after a German pilot declined to shoot it down.


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The Pentagon was built with extra bathrooms to accommodate racial segregation laws.


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The Pentagon was originally intended to be a hospital.


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Maps and other escape aids were smuggled to Allied POWs in Monopoly sets during World War II.


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Returning soldier discovers his wife has died and the kids starved to death.


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Former slaves reburied dead Union prisoners of war and held a cemetery dedication ceremony in Charleston in May 1865, one of the first known observances of Memorial Day.


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Coins left on military tombstones denote visits from living soldiers.


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Actor James Garner detected the presence of an enemy patrol during the Korean War through the smell of garlic.


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