Weapon handoff, 1972
Hammelburg, Germany, March 1972: Two soldiers pass a weapon between floors of a building in the village of “Bonnland,” a German army training center about 25 miles from Wuerzburg. U.S. and British troops based in Berlin were using the area to gain experience in the event war broke out in the divided city.
USS Arizona member and USS Oklahoma crew interments set for Dec. 7
Eighty years after their service and sacrifice on Dec. 7, 1941, final respects will be paid to a former USS Arizona member and multiple USS Oklahoma crew with a pair of interments and full military honors planned for the Pearl Harbor defenders on the big anniversary of the day that will live in infamy for America.
Maine citizens want a military base named for Joshua Chamberlain, not Confederates
Col. Joshua Chamberlain, who led the saviors at Little Round Top during the Civil War, was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was elected governor of Maine four times. His home state boasts two statues in his likeness. But there is no American military installation bearing Chamberlain’s name
War birds from Barbers Point in Hawaii find a new home at a California air museum
Four helicopters, a fighter jet and other artifacts—all from the now-closed Naval Air Museum Barbers Point at Kalaeloa Airport—will be transported to California and delivered to Castle Air Museum in Atwater in the San Joaquin Valley.
Change of command in Saudi Arabia, 1990
Saudi Arabian desert, October 1990: Members of the 1st Cavalry Division’s support command sported uniforms that were worn by the Army in a different desert and a different century — the Old West — as they presented the colors at a change-of-command ceremony.
Washington state resident escaped from Vietnam to find success in the US
American generosity is a chief reason why Tim Tran, whose birth name is Tran Camh Khiem, was ultimately able to resettle and thrive as a Portland business executive after enduring desperation, hunger and brutality in the late 1970s in his native Vietnam, he said. He became an American citizen in 1986.
‘I’ve waited for this’: Kentucky WWII soldier unidentified for decades comes home
Army Pfc. Berton J. McQueen had been badly wounded by artillery fire while his unit was fighting German troops near a small town in France in November 1944. He died at an aid station set up in a barn, and amid the chaos of war, someone buried him in a garden.
Pope John Paul II in London, 1982
London, England, May 1982: Pope John Paul II stops to bless some of the faithful at St. George’s Cathedral. Large crowds greeted the pontiff on his first trip to London, which included a visit with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
A Supreme Court justice hiked 185 miles to save Washington’s C&O Canal from becoming a highway
If lawmakers had had their way, Washington's popular Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park — which attains its 50th anniversary as a national park this year — would have become a 60 mph highway. Then a Supreme Court justice stepped into the fray, embarking on a nearly 200-mile "protest hike" along the canal's towpath that ultimately helped to convince President Dwight D. Eisenhower to preserve the canal.
USS Nautilus leaves Submarine Force Museum for $36 million preservation project
The Nautilus made its maiden voyage in 1955, was decommissioned in 1980 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1982.