Joe Gromelski

World War II bomber 'Flak-Bait' is being brought back to life at the Smithsonian

For many years, visitors to the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. were able to view the front section of one of the U.S. military's most durable combat aircraft, the Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder "Flak-Bait." Now the entire plane is being restored and readied for display.

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'Band of Brothers' veteran makes his pitch to remember D-Day at Nationals game

World War II veteran Al Mampre looked out at the pitcher's mound at Nationals Park and contemplated the task at hand: throwing out the ceremonial pitch before a game between the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays.


A day of remembrance in the nation's capital

On this day – Memorial Day – ceremonies held in Washington by and hosted for veterans from every major American conflict are held. Some are somber, like the wreath-laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial. Others, like the annual Memorial Day Parade, are more joyous affairs.


Gold Star Families help launch national tour of photo display honoring post-9/11 fallen

At the edge of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, 40 “Tribute Towers” gave visitors to the nation’s capital a chance to connect with about 5,000 U.S. servicemembers who have died since 9/11 in the Global War on Terrorism.


NFL coaching great Marv Levy remembers the euphoria of V-J Day

When World War II finally ended with the Japanese surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, former Buffalo Bills coach and Army Air Corps veteran Marv Levy remembers that "euphoria swept over this country like you can't believe."

Gus Schuettler: A Stripes icon's journey from Germany to America ... and back

Photographer Guenter "Gus" Schuettler liked to tell a story that neatly summarized his feelings about working at Stars and Stripes.


Army, Navy teams take to the ice amid buildup to football rivalry game

As part of the buildup to Saturday's Army-Navy football game, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley coached an Army team made up of players representing the Army and Air Force to a 5-3 hockey win over a Navy team that featured representatives of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Monday night.


The Boneyard is a reservoir of airpower in the Arizona desert

Thousands of aircraft are lined up efficiently in the desert. Seen from above, their bright surfaces gleam like the skeletons of U.S. Air Power Past. They call it The Boneyard.

The Boneyard has been history's holding area

The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group started out as a place to store B-29 bombers and C-47 cargo planes after the end of World War II. Those are gone now, and time is running out on some other noteworthy planes.

The Boneyard's airplane-loving workers are in their element

Imagine being a serious aircraft buff, surrounded in your workplace by thousands of planes ranging from the biggest and baddest bombers to experimental models that never made it to full production. That's the case for many workers at The Boneyard.


Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk, NC

When the Wright Brothers came from Dayton, Ohio, to Kitty Hawk, N.C., at the start of the 20th century, their destination was a windswept, deserted beach. That is to say, the perfect place to test their airplanes with few interruptions or prying eyes.


What happens in Vegas -- is just about everything

Where else but Las Vegas could you find Donny and Marie Osmond performing under the same roof that shelters burlesque shows, thousands of slot machines, clouds of cigarette smoke and the legacy of notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel?

We're looking for pictures of your hometown veterans memorials

Across the United States, towns have honored their soldiers and fallen soldiers in different ways – sometimes small or sometimes with large monuments. They are permanent markers in towns across the country that only locals know of but wandering tourists could easily miss.

Veterans conference aims to pass military’s legacy along to tomorrow’s leaders

This week's 18th annual American Veterans Center conference and honors event in Washington, D.C. links the U.S. military's heritage with its future leaders.

MOH recipient says Gold Star Families monument project expanding 'leaps and bounds’

When ground is broken Sunday for a monument for Gold Star families in Fall River, Mass., Steve Sammis will be there as much more than a member of the local organizing committee.


Athletes finally get back on track at the Warrior Games

Five days after the track events at the 2015 Department of Defense Warrior Games were halted by heavy rain, the athletes finally returned to Marine Corps Base Quantico's Butler Stadium early Sunday.


'Do not ever forget': War heroes lead the way for Memorial Day honors

What does Medal of Honor recipient Jack H. Jacobs think about on Memorial Day?

Parade, MOH stamp unveiling highlight DC Memorial Day events

Several dozen World War II Veterans will serve as grand marshals of the 2015 National Memorial Day Parade, and Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipients will be the focus as new postage stamps are unveiled in a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday in Washington, D.C.

MOH recipient's goal: Tributes to Gold Star families in all 50 states

With Sunday's dedication of the Pennsylvania Gold Star Families Memorial in Valley Forge, Pa., a project that got its direction from a Medal of Honor recipient's chance meeting with a grieving father is taking a big step forward.


National D-Day Memorial set to mark 70th anniversary of WWII Normandy landings

The National D-Day Memorial will mark the 70th anniversary of the World War II landings in Normandy this week with a series of events expected to draw thousands of people to the small Virginia community that suffered the nation's greatest losses per capita on June 6, 1944.


Ceremony marks additions, status changes on Vietnam Wall

When Henry John Drozdowski was honored Sunday as one of 13 casualties of the Vietnam War whose names were recently added to the Wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, there were plenty of relatives on hand for the historic occasion.