From the archives, 2016 | Operation Tomodachi, 5 years later: Spurred by help from military families, tsunami victims aid others in need

People who lost their homes to a March 11, 2011, tsunami and a nuclear meltdown — people still waiting to move into permanent homes after five years — are raising money to help others in need.

Building a community, 2016

Minamisoma, Japan, Feb. 11, 2016: Women sit outside a temporary housing unit at Terauchi Daini housing complex.

Remains of Navy sailor from NJ killed in World War II plane crash identified

U.S. Navy Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Anthony Di Petta’s remains were recovered decades after he was killed on a World War II airstrike mission in the Pacific Ocean.

New nautical museum and military heroes exhibit at Liberty Station honor ex-Navy base’s centennial

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Liberty Station, two free exhibitions — one of them a permanent museum — have opened inside the former Navy base’s Dick Laub NTC Command Center. Both were created by military veterans.

Female Engagement Team in Afghanistan, 2011

Marjah, Afghanistan, Jan. 23, 2011: Interpreter Ira Quraishi, a member of one of the Marjah-area Female Engagement Teams (FETs), gets a laugh from a local woman who attended a Marine-sponsored meeting with a local midwife to inform the women about hygiene, pregnancy and child care issues.

Without a trace: Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 families sought

Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 departed on a secret mission sanctioned by President John F. Kennedy on Mar. 16, 1962, to fly to Vietnam. The flight went missing and after 61 years, there is still no trace of the plane nor were its passengers ever found.

Century-old secret: How a WWI veteran escaped a Florida city after nearly being lynched for killing Klansmen

A veteran of World War I, Oscar Mack received death threats after starting his new government job. Few words were exchanged when a group of men arrived at Mack’s home before shots were fired. A lynch mob searched the city of Kissimmee, Fla., for Mack, but by the end of the week, he was gone.

Forecast calls for rain in Vietnam, 1967

Vietnam, 1967: Barbara (Bobbie) Oberhansly delivers the weather forecast for Vietnam on Armed Forces Television.

From the archives, 1969 | No opening day jitters: Reforger’s debut was spectacular

Despite bad weather, Reforger I’s debut in Nuernberg was a spectacular show of timing and coordination, seemingly without opening-day jitters.

Maj. Callie Carson at Reforger I, 1969

Nuernberg, Germany, January 1969: Maj. Callie Carson, the chief nurse of the 5th Surgical Hospital from Fort Knox, Ky., was the only woman involved in Reforger I, the first Reforger exercise.

Doolittle Raid veteran honored with historical marker

A historical marker was recently unveiled in honor of 2nd Lt. Thadd H. Blanton, an airman from Gainesville, Texas, who participated in the legendary “Doolittle” air raid over Japan in April 1942.

NY residents receive Brotherhood Award from Jewish War Veterans

For more than a half-century, the annual Brotherhood Award has honored the four Army chaplains who gave their lives in the sinking of the troopship Dorchester on Feb. 3, 1943. The presentation honors those whose services and devotion in the practice of brotherhood are deserving of community recognition.

Tightly packed flight deck, 1975

Mediterranean Sea, August 1975: Precision parking was a priority on the tightly packed flight deck of the USS Forrestal.

Hiroshima atomic bomb victim’s family hopes to add her origami cranes to UNESCO list

The family of a girl who folded paper cranes in hopes of surviving leukemia after the 1945 Hiroshima bombing hopes to add her story to UNESCO’s world memory program.

Naval Academy hosts POW Remembrance Challenge for 50th anniversary of Vietnam War prisoners returning home

The United States Naval Academy and Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership have brought to life stories of Vietnam prisoners of war thanks to an interactive exhibit called the POW Remembrance Challenge.

Installing a machine gun, 2017

Qayara Airfield West, Iraq, March 17, 2017: Pfc. Alexandria Campbell helps Sgt. Brandon Bush and Pfc. Shayne Jensen install a .50-caliber machine gun on the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station atop a mine-resistant vehicle on Qayara Airfield West.

Battleship, bomber crew members among troops recently ID’d from past conflicts

Crew members of the USS Oklahoma and bombers shot down during World War II were among the seven service members recently accounted for by the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency.

Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus launch, 2019

Washington, D.C., May 15, 2019: Former Air Force officer Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., announces the launching of the Servicewomen and Women Veterans Caucus that will focus on women's issues in the military.

100-year-old WWII WAVES veteran carries military values throughout life

As a young woman in 1940s Seattle, Merlaine “Mikki” Carpenter longed for an adventure. Her parents didn’t believe in women going to college, so she went to work for the Seattle aircraft company Boeing, doing keypunch, an old-fashioned version of typing that involved punching holes into cardstock.