Our Nation's Heroes: Through the Years

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Take a visual walk through history with a look at our troops from World War I to the present.


Trench Position

Soldiers of the 369th Infantry Regiment hold a trench position in France during World War I. They are wearing French-issued Adrian helmets.

Courtesy photo




Radio Talk

Navajo Code Talkers Marine Corps Cpl. Henry Bake Jr. and Pfc. George H. Kirk use a portable radio near enemy lines to communicate with fellow Marines in December 1943.

The Navajo language proved to be an unbreakable military code that assisted Navy and Marine operations in the Pacific during World War II.

National Archives photo



Pantelleria Arrival

US Army Air Forces nurses make their way down the ramp of their landing craft infantry amphibious assault ship on the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria, Italy, in 1943.

The 34th Station Hospital on the island became the first Army Air Forces hospital truly attached to an Army Air Forces unit. 

National Archives photo



Waiting for Evacuation

Soldiers of the 16th Infantry Regiment, wounded while storming Omaha Beach, France, wait by the chalk cliffs for evacuation to a field hospital for treatment on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Army photo


Women's Army Corps

Women's Army Corps Maj. Charity Adams, 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion commander, and Army Capt. Abbie Noel Campbell, 6888th CPD executive officer, inspect the first soldiers from the unit to arrive in England, Feb. 15, 1945.

The only all-African-American Women's Army Corps unit sent to Europe during World War II, the 6888th was responsible for clearing years' worth of backlogged mail in both England and France.

National Archives photo


 Machine Gun Crew

A machine-gun crew assigned to the 24th Infantry Regiment, one of the original Buffalo Soldier units, man a machine gun in Songimbong, South Korea, in February, 1951.

US Army Center of Military History photo


Canal Crossing
During Operation Bang Dong, Army Pfc. Fred L. Greenleaf, Company C, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 199th Light Infantry Brigade, crosses a deep irrigation canal along with other members of the company who are en route to a Viet Cong-controlled village.

National Archives photo


Imminent Thunder
Marines assigned to the 2nd Marine Division's Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, move out on a mission after disembarking from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter during Exercise Imminent Thunder, part of Operation Desert Shield.

Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. H. H. Deffner


Combat Medic
Army Pfc. Kristina Batty dons a headscarf to meet with female Afghan villagers in Afghanistan's southern Ghazni province, May 5, 2012. Batty, a medic for a female engagement team, is assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team.

Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod



Call for Fire
US Army 1st Lt. Elyse Ping Medvigy conducts a call-for-fire during an artillery shoot south of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014.

Medvigy, a fire support officer is the first female company fire support officer to serve in an infantry brigade combat team supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston


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