Never forgotten
6 October 2014

Faith, friends and paying it forward

When her husband was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, a widow and her three children left the Fort Drum, New York, area they knew and loved. Today, they are back, and serving as a link between Soldiers and the community.

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Ann Y. Sherman Wolcott, then national president of American Gold Star Mothers, honors her son Cpl. Rex Sherman at the Vietnam Wall in Washington, in 2003. Whenever she misses him or feels sad, she makes it a point to serve others, especially Vietnam veterans. Her son was shot multiple times on a mission to capture North Vietnamese soldiers, and posthumously received a Silver Star. According to Wolcott, there have been major improvements since Vietnam in the way surviving families are treated. (DOD photo)
26 September 2014

Grief that never dies

The day they learned their Soldier sons had been killed, these women each joined a sisterhood forged in mourning and sacrifice. They are Gold Star Mothers.

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Left to right: Former Marine James Greenlee (guitar), Justin Pena (lead guitar), retired Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Shannon Brook (vocals/guitar), former Marine Sgt. Rodney Hall (bass guitar) and retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Delacerda (drums) pose for a publicity photo for their wounded warrior band, Warrior Spirit Band. The band, founded by Delacerda, tours military bases to share stories of war and healing through music and tell other wounded warriors that they are not alone. (Photo courtesy of retired Staff Sgt. Paul Delacerda)
24 September 2014

Rocking to recovery

When these wounded vets didn't have the words to talk about their wartime experiences, music spoke for them.

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Capt. Justin Fitch
25 August 2014

A sense of mission, to the end

If doctors said you had a finite amount of time left, how would you spend your remaining days? It’s a question U.S. Army Capt. Justin Fitch has already answered.

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Early in his recovery, Maj. Matt Smith gets some fresh air outside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, with the help of his son. (Photo courtesy of Maj. Matt Smith and Megan Smith)
13 August 2014

Angels in my life

When Maj. Matt Smith lost his leg after an attack in Afghanistan, his life changed forever. But the "angels" in his life helped give him the support he needed to continue serving and striving for excellence.

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Spanish-American War Soldiers of the 13th Minnesota Infantry at work in a wet trench. Inspired by visions of glory, ideals of freedom for Cuba and vengeance for the mined USS Maine, young men rushed to enlist in such numbers that the Army had to turn many away. After they arrived in Cuba, however, reality set in: Poor rations, heat, tropical rains, insects and disease made it a miserable 10 weeks for many Soldiers. Some 4,000 became ill and the Soldiers had to be quarantined upon their return to the States. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center)
12 August 2014

The Spanish-American War

The year was 1898, and for the first time in its history, the U.S. Army would embark on its first truly overseas expedition. When the Spanish-American War ended, the United States would emerge as a global power.

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