‘I knew I was hitting something,’ says NJ man who found first bone in Revolutionary War mass grave
Thirteen skeletal remains of soldiers, all believed to be Hessians — German soldiers who fought along side King George III’s British troops — were found in the unmarked grave lost to history for 245 years.
Tearing down Checkpoint Charlie, 1990
Berlin, Germany, June 22, 1990: Dignitaries stand in front of Checkpoint Charlie as the historic guard post is removed by a crane.
Writing home from South Korea, 1981
Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea, August 1981: Spc. 5 William Coe sits in a no parking zone as he writes a letter home.
Black Hawk maintenance, 2002
Bagram, Afghanistan, June 29, 2002: U.S. Army Spc. Jacob Bush of Company A, 101st Aviation Battalion “Comancheros” performs routine maintenance on a Black Hawk helicopter at Bagram Airfield.
Arriving at Rhein-Main Air Base, 1950
Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany, Aug. 10, 1950: EUCOM personnel and their dependents debark from the Pan American clipper that brought a record passenger load from New York City to Rhein-Main airport.
Remains of Korean War soldier from Indiana identified
Army Sgt. 1st Class James A. Coleman, reported missing in action on April 25, 1951, during the Korean War, has been accounted for, according to an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense.
WWII pilots on a mission to bomb Japan practiced over Lake Murray in South Carolina; this is the story of Bomb Island
In the middle of South Carolina’s Lake Murray sits a piece of land that holds a large history behind it. Doolittle Island, also commonly known as Bomb Island, was the location of bombing practices for American airmen during World War II.
USO tour to military hospitals, 1971
Akasaka Press Center, Tokyo, Japan, July 1971: A helicopter prepares to take off from the Akasaka Press Center helo pad in Tokyo for a visit to U.S. military hospitals in the Tokyo area.
National Air and Space Museum to reopen with new exhibits, including Saturn test engine and ‘Star Wars’ X-wing
An X-wing starfighter from "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" will be among the hundreds of new objects — including the plane flown by the first woman to break the sound barrier and a Saturn test engine similar to those used to launch Apollo astronauts to the moon — on display at the National Air and Space Museum.
From the Archives, 1958: MP Harbor Patrols
Some of the 8224th MP Det. here have traded their Jeep for a J boat. These men comprise the Inchon Harbor Patrol.
Taking off from USS Kitty Hawk, 2001
USS Kitty Hawk, Dec. 23, 2001: A crew member gives the thumbs-up before the final plane of Carrier Air Wing 5 departs the USS Kitty Hawk.
C-130 over Mount Fuji, 2003
Japan, January 2003: A C-130 Hercules transport aircraft from the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base flies near Japan's Mt. Fuji.
Virginia farmland where Civil War battle occurred to be preserved
Four Mile Creek Farm is a core part of the New Market Heights Battlefield and the scene of the battle on Sept. 29, 1864, when the U.S. Colored Troops broke through Confederate defenses for their greatest victory of the Civil War.
USS Forrestal flight deck, 1970
Mediterranean Sea, April 1970: Men and planes on the deck of the carrier USS Forrestal are silhouetted against the setting sun as aircraft return to the ship after a mission.
All quiet on flight line — for now, 1991
Saudi Arabia, January 1991: All is quiet for the time being on the flight line at a base in central Saudi Arabia in January 1991, but planes are ready for the next mission against Iraqi targets in the early stages of the Gulf War’s air campaign.
7th Army’s ‘big shoot,’ 1960
Bergen-Hohne, Germany, May 1960: Tanks line up at the target area as the 7th Army conducts its 1960 tank gunnery program at Bergen-Hohne, Germany.
Adolph Rupp in Landsberg, 1955
Landsberg, Germany, September 1955: University of Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp diagrams a play during a USAFE basketball clinic.
Eisenhower meets with leaders, 1955
Geneva, Switzerland, July 1955: President Dwight D. Eisenhower appears to be in a good mood during a four-power summit meeting, the first since the Potsdam Conference of 1945.
Man arrives in St. Louis after retracing Buffalo Soldiers’ 1,900-mile trek made in 1897
Black U.S. Army soldiers, who became known as the Buffalo Soldier Bicycle Corps of the 25th Infantry, went on a mission 125 years ago to determine whether it was more effective to move across the country via bicycle than by horse. A modern-day cyclist recently retraced the 1,900-mile route.