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Surprise proposal, hugs and kisses mark Langley-Eustis homecoming

More than 100 servicemembers got a rousing reception from family and friends at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia on Thursday. One well-wisher was taken aback when her Air Force boyfriend dropped to one knee, stretched out his hands with an engagement ring and proposed. Soon after, they celebrated with a kiss.

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Wreckage of sunken WWII warship USS Indianapolis discovered, Navy announces

The USS Indianapolis sunk just past midnight on July 30, 1945. Now, 72 years later, it has been found at a depth of more than 18,000 feet, resting on the floor of the North Pacific Ocean.


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Army video shows kids saying 'the funniest things'

Army kids are strong, resilient and our soldiers' sources of strength. But how much do they know about what mom and dad do each day?


‘Every tear I cried, he wiped away. He was the most amazing man’

On the morning of Jan. 5 — the day her son, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew McClintock, died in combat — Joyce Montoya- Helgesen got a news alert that a U.S. soldier was killed in Afghanistan. It unnerved her. She prayed, “Please, don’t let it be Matthew.” The whole day at work, she felt unsettled and went home early.


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Carter, McDonald pay tribute to vets on Vietnam Veterans Day

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald honored veterans Tuesday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.


Boy's $20 tribute to fallen dad blossoms into millions to help others

Myles Eckert never suspected that a $20 find would lead to more than $2 million of charitable contributions, world-wide celebrity status, and a prestigious award at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's 2016 Citizen Honors ceremony.


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Roger Daltrey shows that Who cares about next generation of medicine

Roger Daltrey, the British rock legend and lead singer of The Who, brought his celebrity star status to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to shine a spotlight on a medical bill working its way through Congress.


Commemorative WWI coin design contest offers $10K prize

The U.S. Mint on Monday launched a design competition for a World War I-themed silver dollar that could bring the winner $10,000 and his or her initials engraved on the coin.


Top WWI memorial design: 'The Weight of Sacrifice'

The winning design for a World War I memorial, announced Tuesday, pays tribute to freedom gained through sacrifice, combining classic and modern elements.


Suspect with suspicious package caught at Yokota after unauthorized entry

Officials at Yokota Air Base, Japan, announced Saturday the arrest of a suspect who had gained unauthorized access to the installation, situated 28 miles northwest of Tokyo.


An unforgettable Christmas Eve midnight Mass during the Korean War

Amid the horrors and devastation of war, a midnight Mass 65 years ago in a dilapidated church in Kyong-ju, South Korea, would prove to be a miracle of sorts for Army Pfc. Norman Deptula.


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Even with high threat level, wreath-laying events still a go

When Wreaths Across America founder Morrill Worcester turned on the radio Friday morning, he heard news that the U.S. terrorist threat levels were the highest they’ve been since 9/11. “How ironic,” he said after arriving at the Pentagon to lay 184 wreaths in honor of those who died at the Arlington site 14 years ago.


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Reading of iconic WWI poem on its 100th anniversary a tribute to Veterans Day

One stanza in French, and two in English. That’s how John Prato, the consul general of Canada, read “In Flanders Fields” during a Veterans Day commemoration that centered on the 100-year anniversary of the iconic World War I poem.


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Father running Marine Corps Marathon to remember son and other Chattanooga victims

Allen Wyatt wasn’t planning to run this year’s Marine Corps Marathon. But he changed his mind after reflecting on the death of his son, Marine Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt, killed earlier this year in Chattanooga.


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Pope's DC visit brings out the faithful — and the vendors

As crowds of people descended on the city to get a glimpse of Pope Francis, who was visiting the White House early Wednesday, numerous street vendors were out to make a buck or two selling pope-related paraphernalia.


Plans for WWI memorial in nation's capital stir ire

Organizers from the WWI Centennial Commission, which launched the design competition in May, are finding themselves battling those up in arms over the site of the new memorial.


How time in Navy, Vietnam shaped a budding billionaire’s life

With all the failures, hard-knocks and close encounters, Bill Gross reckons his three years in the Navy during the Vietnam War was a good investment of time. In fact, the lessons learned there proved valuable throughout his storied life.


WWI memorial needs funding to become reality

About 350 designs have been submitted for a new national monument to honor those who served in World War I, but the funds to make it happen have yet to be raised.


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'He’s filled with life and love': Afghanistan vet inspires fellow Marines

Anthony McDaniel may have lost two legs and part of his left arm from war injuries, but he hasn’t lost a strong conviction about being polite.


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Marines take Warrior Games wheelchair basketball gold for 2nd straight year

For the second year in a row, Team Marine Corps took a gold medal in wheelchair basketball competition Tuesday at the 2015 Warrior Games, which wrap up at Quantico on Sunday.


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Team Marine Corps basketballers play to win at Warrior Games

It was billed as a friendly basketball game between Team Marine Corps and a handful of media who had come to cover the 2015 Warrior Games. But as the Marines did warm-up drills in their wheelchairs, it became clear that this wouldn’t be a fair fight. The media players were going to humiliate themselves, and the Marines knew it.


'Insane schedule' begins for WWI memorial design, construction

If you ever wanted to design a war memorial with the possibility of having it built, now’s your chance. The National World War I Memorial Design Competition officially kicked off Thursday. It’s open to all, and there’s a $25,000 cash prize for those selected as finalists.


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Rare flyover in DC marks WWII day of triumph

It was a day of triumph 70 years ago. It felt that way again Friday as 56 World War II-era aircraft buzzed the nation’s capital.


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WWII captain's secret mission to save hundreds from Soviets

Capt Robert Trimble had to restrain his anger at being duped into a role that was a “one-way ticket to a firing squad” if the Russians discovered what he was doing.


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DC ceremony marks Battle of Okinawa's 70th anniversary

A handful of World War II veterans were the center of attention and respect Wednesday at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the long, fierce Battle of Okinawa.


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Medal of Honor recipients honor civilian heroes

On Medal of Honor Day, some of the nation’s most renowned military heroes gathered Wednesday to recognize and honor others. For many, it was a time of deep reflection.


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Wreath-laying events stoke the fires of freedom, while honoring the fallen

Kathy Dillaber, who survived the Sept. 1, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon that killed her sister, helped hang the first of 184 wreaths placed in memory of those who died there that day.


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Wreaths placed at Pentagon Memorial to honor 9/11 victims

Kathy Dillaber, who survived the Sept. 1, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon that killed her sister helped hang the first of 184 wreaths placed in memory of those who died there that day.


A year in Vietnam, a lifetime of memories

Joe Scholle flew hundreds of sorties in Vietnam as a UH-34D helicopter pilot ferrying troops, logistics and medevac patients from base to base and in and out of “hot LZs” – landing zones under fire. While there for a year starting in October 1967, the Marine acquired the nickname “Crazy Joe” for the actions he took at his base at the start of the Tet Offensive. The nickname has stuck all these years, and so have the memories of many close encounters. Scholle, 71, shared a few recently at his home.


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'We salute you:' WWII veterans honored at DC memorial event

At the National World War II Memorial, Joseph Galloway noted that although the WWII vets’ numbers have “dwindled down to a precious few,” their contribution to promoting peace and freedom in the world still looms large.


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MOH recipient Carpenter set for a long trip down to Marine Corps Marathon starting line

Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter plans to drop in, literally, on Sunday’s Marine Corps Marathon. The medically retired Marine will parachute to the starting line before running the race.


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Nearly 70 years after USS Indianapolis tragedy, survivor tells his tale

They were baptized by a thick layer of oil, fuel and fear when the Indianapolis went into the water on a little after midnight on July 30, 1945. Over the next three days and four nights, more than 880 sailors would succumb to the dehydration, hypothermia and sharks.


‘They kind of looked to me as the sister-mom'

The radio silence following the massive explosion brought dread to Staff Sgt. Nicole Nellist.


Tomb guards strive to put out the best they can for the Unknowns

Played out every half-hour during Arlington National Cemetery’s summer schedule and every hour the rest of the year, the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns typically produces a hushed awe from onlookers as they watch the sentinels perform their duties with meticulous exactness. Every footstep, hand placement and eye movement is measured.


The poignant process of etching new names into the Vietnam Wall

Even though the war ended four decades ago, the list continues to grow as Jim Lee and Kirk Bockman find spots to carefully sandblast new names on the memorial. Says Lee: “It’s a very poignant statement about what war is all about.”


Nonprofit appeals for wreath donations for Arlington National Cemetery

A Maine nonprofit that supplies hundreds of thousands of wreaths for cemetery headstones during the holiday season is looking for donations to boost the number of wreaths to be laid this year at Arlington National Cemetery.


Thunderbird and a matter of medals at Gettysburg convention

Military medals matter. To some, they matter so much they’re willing to acquire them in ways that others deem inappropriate.


Gettysburg students get a lesson from Medal of Honor recipients

Students at a Gettysburg, Pa. middle school got a lesson in history from some of the people who made history, and members of an Air National Guard unit discovered that they had a connection with Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha.


Military honored at pro golf tourney founded by Tiger Woods

Members of the U.S. military were the special guests of honor Wednesday during opening ceremonies of the AT&T National Golf Tournament.


Wounded troops get free Segways in annual ceremony honoring Memorial Day

For Army Sgt. Fioreamante Bernardo, the free Segway he received Wednesday from the charitable group Segs4Vets is more than a fun way to get around. For the triple amputee, it's "a crucial tool."


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WWII veterans mark Victory in Europe Day at memorial

The world owes American WWII veterans a perpetual debt of gratitude, according to dignitaries who marked Victory in Europe Day in the nation’s capital on Wednesday.


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Sailors missing after '67 Vietnam crash buried at Arlington

A burial service with full military honors was held at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, May 2, 2013, for four sailors declared missing after their SH-3A Sea King helicopter crashed in Vietnam on July 19, 1967.


Keeping JFK's eternal flame burning at Arlington National Cemetery

A temporary burner is keeping the fire going at the grave of President John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery while an old burner system for the site’s eternal flame receives needed repairs.


Wounded warrior's path to recovery includes ski slopes

Like most people learning to ski, Travis Mills had a few falls. “I hit pretty good, you know. I’m not going to lie,” Mills said of his experience on the slopes. “There were some times where I went, ‘Ooh, that’s a rib.’ But you get back up.” That’s no trivial feat for Mills, an Army staff sergeant who lost his arms and legs after he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.


Fort Meade complex to boost housing options for junior enlisted

Army officials broke ground Wednesday on a 432-unit apartment complex at Fort Meade, Md. The $72 million project won’t cost the Army a dime in construction costs, but officials hope it will significantly boost the quality-of-life for the base's unaccompanied junior enlisted population for whom the complex is being built.


World War II 'battles' take center stage near Gettysburg

For a few hours Saturday, the sights and sounds of war filled the small borough of New Oxford, Pa., not far from the historic Civil War battle site of Gettysburg. But this time the uniforms were those of Allied and Axis servicemembers from World War II.


Air Force sponsored camp provides materials needed to promote science

An Air Force sponsored materials camp hosted recently at Howard University in Washington, D.C., provided training to 30 educators to help them make science fun and interesting in their classrooms.