Army Rangers who climbed perilous cliff to silence German guns remembered ahead of D-Day anniversary

A few hundred service members and other guests gathered near a famed 100-foot cliff in Normandy on Wednesday, where 80 years ago, one of the most daring and dangerous missions of World War II took place.

Soldier killed in action during WWII to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery 

Staff Sgt. Casimir P. Lobacz was killed in action during World War II and his remains went unidentified for decades. 80 years later, he will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

From the Archives: ‘This was the Invasion’

North and south, all across the Channel and deep into the reaches beyond the concrete-bound coasts of the Continent, some 7,000 American and Allied warplanes flew in the greatest aerial armada in history. This was the invasion.

Ninth Air Force Memorial, 2014

Picauville, France, June 5, 2014: Balloons carrying the names of U.S. soldiers who died during the D-Day invasion were released at a 70th anniversary D-Day commemoration at the Ninth Air Force Memorial.

Landing Zone Mack, 1966

Landing Zone Mack, South Vietnam, Oct. 9, 1966: A Marine hit on the head and back by grenade shrapnel receives medical attention from a Navy corpsman, about 50 yards from the top of Hill 484, also known as LZ Mack.

Normandy town liberated by the Allies welcomes US veterans before D-Day anniversary

World War II veterans exchanged hugs and handshakes with an enthusiastic crowd of officials and high school students who greeted them as they arrived in Normandy to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Destiny’s Child in Germany, 2002

Frankfurt, Germany, June 3, 2002: From left, Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child during an interview with Stars and Stripes and AFN in Frankfurt.

101st Airborne shows modern might with drill in French town freed by D-Day predecessors

Soldiers with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division commemorating the impending 80th anniversary of D-Day jumped out of helicopters Sunday and attacked mock targets in a display that showcased the present while paying homage to the past.

‘It’s personal’: The Virginia town of Bedford still remembers 20 men lost on D-Day

The 20 soldiers from the town and county of Bedford, Va., suffered the nation’s highest known per capita D-Day loss, according to the National D-Day Memorial. Known as the “Bedford Boys,” the community still feels the loss 80 years later.

Combat Outpost Nalgham, 2011

Combat Outpost Nalgham, Afghanistan, May 21, 2011: Spc. Victor Bardales is treated for shrapnel wounds by medics Sgt. Joe Tapia, left, Sgt. Miles Boggs and Pfc. Nicholas Seay from a rocket-propelled grenade attack near the outpost.

Young firefighters at Camp Zama, 2005

Camp Zama, Japan, Feb. 23, 2005: Children at the John O. Arnn Elementary School get an opportunity to handle a fire hose with the Sagamihara City Fire Department.

WWII veterans heading for 80th D-Day anniversary get rousing sendoff at Dallas-Fort Worth

With American flags and enthusiastic applause, veterans of World War II were given a rousing sendoff Friday before departing for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.

Kremlin shrugs off D-Day snub, ministry says West wants to ‘erase’ Red Army role

The Kremlin on Friday shrugged off a French decision to keep Russia away from the 80th anniversary celebration of World War Two’s D-Day landings after the Russian foreign ministry accused the West of seeking to “erase” the Red Army’s wartime role.

Erykah Badu at the North Sea Jazz Festival, 2001

The Hague, The Netherlands, July 15, 2001: Erykah Badu performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Netherlands.

D-Day at 80: WWII veterans prepare for what might be their final pilgrimage to Normandy

About 60 World War II veterans are among a group traveling to France to attend the June 6 ceremonies honoring the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Each of the veterans, regardless of the role that they played in the defeat of fascism or where they served, has a story to tell.

Protesters greet Kissinger in Germany, 1983

Worms, Germany, June 12, 1983: Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger walks past a line of protesters on his way to speak at a German-American tricentennial ceremony.

Korean War soldier to be buried in Illinois on June 4

The remains of Army Cpl. Richard Seloover, who was killed during the Korean War, will be buried with full military honors June 4 at Coloma Township Cemetery in Rock Falls, Ill.

Connecticut soldier receives posthumous Purple Heart 105 years after death in WWI

U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Maynard of Torrington, Conn., was killed in action on the last day of the World War I while serving in France and is documented as the last service member from Connecticut to be killed in the war. Last week he received a Purple Heart.

D-Day at 80: Dress rehearsal claimed more 4th Division lives than Utah Beach landing itself

A dress rehearsal for the D-Day assault on Utah Beach cost the 4th Infantry Division and associated units nearly four times as many lives as they lost in the landing itself five weeks later.