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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