The Defense Department pays tribute to all who served the nation during World War II and to the Allied countries whose service members fought side-by-side with America’s forces. DOD honors the troops who perished in the fight, were listed as missing in action or were prisoners of war; the veterans who returned; and the sacrifices of their families in the fight to preserve freedom.
Marine Corps Capt. Robert Hanson was a fearless fighter over the skies of the South Pacific during World War II. That bravery earned him a place as one of the war's great aces and led to a posthumous Medal of Honor.
The call sign tradition is celebrated by aviation communities across all military branches and naming rituals for fighter, bomber and other pilots have become a pretty formal process. But those rituals developed slowly over time and their origins are a bit murky.
Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee, who served in Word War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War, died peacefully in his sleep, according to a Tuskegee Airmen Inc. news release. He was 102 years old.
Eddie Robinson had a stellar major league baseball career, highlighted by winning the World Series with Cleveland Indians in 1948. Robinson's professional career was put on hold after the 1942 season when he enlisted in the Navy to serve in World War II.
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Battle of Manila
Battle of Iwo Jima
Battle of Okinawa
U.S. Troops Liberate Buchenwald
V-J Day, or Victory over Japan Day, marks the end of World War II, one of the deadliest and most destructive wars in history.
On May 8, 1945 - known as V-E Day - celebrations erupted around the world to mark the end of World War II in Europe.
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security.