A family at the 31st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment Camp, near Fort Slocum, Virginia. Wives of Soldiers who followed them to the camps often worked as cooks and laundresses. Living in the camp helped to support the family and improved morale. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center)
13 March 2015

Vivandières and spies

While they weren't allowed to serve as Soldiers during the Civil War, women volunteered to support the war effort in a variety of ways, even putting themselves in harm's way.

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A German tank crew guards a column of American prisoners of war during World War II. Like the members of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, 394th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, these men were doomed to a hellish existence until Allied troops began liberating POW camps in the spring of 1945. The men of the I&R Platoon had been captured on the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, Dec. 16, 1944. Their 12-hour stand against a German battalion in Lanzerath, Belgium, helped delay the initial German force long enough for the Allies to move troops and reinforce critical positions, thereby helping win the battle. The men were finally recognized for their bravery in 1981 with a Presidential Unit Citation, four Distinguished Service Crosses, five Silver Stars and 9 Bronze Stars with V device, making the platoon the most decorated of World War II. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Center for Military History)
26 January 2015

One more battle

After a 12-hour stand on the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, the men of the 394th Regiment's Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon faced a new fight for survival in Nazi POW camps.

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Deep in the Ardennes Forest, on a hill above the village of Lanzerath, Belgium, members of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, 394th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division would have camouflaged their foxholes like this unidentified unit. The foxholes, fortified with three to five thick logs each, helped the Soldiers not only withstand three German assaults the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, Dec. 16, 1944, but inflict withering casualties before they finally ran out of ammunition and were captured. They delayed the initial German force for half a day, long enough for the Allies to move troops and reinforce critical positions, thereby helping win the battle. The men were finally recognized for their bravery in 1981 with a Presidential Unit Citation, four Distinguished Service Crosses, five Silver Stars and 9 Bronze Stars with V device, making the platoon the most decorated of World War II. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Center for Military History)
16 December 2014

The Battle of Lanzerath

Outnumbered 20 to one, this is the story of how a single U.S. Army intelligence and reconnaissance platoon held up the German advance, changing the outcome of the Battle of the Bulge.

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Staff Sgt. Spencer Milo pets Manny, a golden retriever undergoing training to become a service dog for a wounded veteran. Milo participated in the service dog training program at Walter Reed National  Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, as part of his therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, and said it was instrumental in his recovery. (Photo courtesy of  Warrior Canine Connection)
5 December 2014

The healing power of dogs

Service members undergoing treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are helping wounded veterans regain their independence, and healing in the process.

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