Take a look back at all kinds of American WWII military medals, decorations, shoulder insignia and other Army and Navy honors from the 1940s and earlier.
The important events described here were the beginning of the end of the Civil War, though the official declaration was signed on May 10, 1865.
The woman on the iconic ‘We can do it!’ posters from the 1940s encouraged women to join the WWII workforce – and they did. Here, see 46 real-life Rosie the Riveters who built bombers and transport planes.
Find out about the famous B-17 Flying Fortress planes from WWII – how they were invented, built, tested and used – and what happened to them after the war was finally over.
Miracle In The Rain, a classic love story, stars Jane Wyman and Van Johnson as two lonesome people who meet in a small building-doorway during a dismal New York downpour.
American Airlines was one of the first companies to offer passenger flights in the US. The industry’s biggest success came after WWII. Here’s a look at the history of the airline’s first decades!
See portraits of vintage Halloween pin-up girls from the 1930s and 1940s – themed photos featuring famous actresses and beautiful models.
Look back at these D-Day pictures and remember that a German nation with super-race delusions once actually planned to conquer the world.
Women’s Army Corps recruitment ads and posters during WWII tempted the ladies with things like, ‘Are you a girl with star-spangled heart? Join the WAC now! Thousands of Army jobs need filling!’
The M1 helmet was a WWII combat helmet used by the United States military in the 1940s, and the M1C helmet was designed especially for paratroopers. Take a look!
Camp Roberts, in central California, was one of the military’s top training sites during World War II. Here’s a peek at what life was like there.
‘Donald Gets Drafted,’ was a vintage movie short released by Disney early in World War II. Shown nationwide, the cartoon earned the high marks of a ‘swell’ rating.
The Andrews Sisters were three little girls from Minneapolis, who resolved when young that they were going to be the greatest girl singing trio ever. And they were.
As new Navy torpedo boats were launched during WWII, Walt Disney was asked to design an insignia. He did – then did created dozens more.
In June 1919, a peace treaty with Germany was signed in France, and formally brought an end to the Great War, which we now call World War I.
It took only 12 seconds and covered 120 feet, but the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight made the moon as reachable as sailing ships once made America. Here’s how they made history.
At the height of his fame, Elvis Presley was drafted into the US Army. Here, see 20 photos of the man in uniform.
To obtain some guidance for young men and their parents about the draft during the Vietnam War era, US News & World Report asked draft officials 20 questions.
See original vintage headlines, news stories, photos and more from the Japanese attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor, marking the American entry into WWII.
M*A*S*H actress Loretta Swit snagged the role of the haughty, by-the-book chief nurse, Major Margaret (Hot Lips) Houlihan for the TV series, and made it all her own.
M*A*S*H debuted on TV in 1972, and centered around a team of doctors during the Korean War in the early ’50s. M*A*S*H was a huge success, lasting for 11 seasons, and broke records on its way out.
Find out what set in motion the deadly chain of events that led to General Custer’s troops being overwhelmed by Sitting Bull’s force of 8,000 Lakota & Cheyenne during The Battle of Little Bighorn.
The postcards below were published in Ladies’ Home Journal magazine back in 1918, at the height of World War I. There were four categories —
Here’s a Vietnam War map showing men and weapons in South Vietnam at the start of 1968 — US / Allied / South Viet / VC-NVA
Find out more about World War II’s important military offensive, the Battle of the Bulge, and see several pictures from the snowy scene.
After World War II, when the railroad companies had to transport troops around the country, they upgraded the service. Here’s a look back at some of what the railroads were offering to entice passengers back in the late 1940s.
In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson went before a joint session of Congress, and the United States formally declared war – The Great War, which became known as World War 1 – on April 6, 1917.
Being the heavyweight champion didn’t exclude Muhammad Ali from the draft during the height of the Vietnam War in 1967 – but it didn’t mean he was going to go willingly.
As battles in Vietnam go, this one was only a minor skirmish. But it made clear the frustrating array of problems facing U.S. troops as they move into a more active combat role as the buildup goes on.
Memo to June Graduates: Here are your choices under the draft You can take your chances, hoping you never will be called. Many are trying this.
WAR DECLARED: See 31 consecutive front page headlines from DC from those tumultuous weeks leading to the outbreak of hostilities in WWI back in 1914.
See a timeline and find out about the life and career of this Ulysses S Grant, best known as a Civil War General and as the 18th President of the United States.
It is useless to deny that motion picture stars have been getting the best of it (as to immunity from draft). Some have been given special deferments and choice assignments and have been allowed extra months to finish pictures before having to report for active duty.
The Allies today sent their invading forces against Adolf Hitler’s occupied Europe. The long-awaited invasion was announced by General Dwight Eisenhower with the promise that the high command would accept nothing short of victory.
Regular US combat units were deployed to Vietnam beginning in 1965, and while America’s direct military involvement ended on August 15, 1973, the last soldiers left Vietnam on March 29, 1975. Here, take a look back at how some of the military action was portrayed stateside by Newsweek magazine.
In October 1918, near the end of WWI, The New York Tribune and other newspapers nationwide carried the line at the top of the front page: AMERICA’S HISTORIC ANSWER: UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER.
Americans hurried to flee at the end of the Vietnam War, when the United States pulled out of the fight, and Saigon surrendered to communism.
Soldiers say farewell to girls as Christmas leaves are canceled A soldier’s world is a lonely, uncertain world. It is a world of men, of work,
“Angel of the Battlefield” revered by all soldiers Florence Nightingale’s life was one long sacrifice for the cause of suffering humanity The first Army nurse
Allies drive 41 miles on D-Day: Offensive rolls into Normandy Beachheads in France are made secure in first rush By Wes Gallagher, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary
“Keep mum, chum” is Army’s advice Lowell Sun (Lowell, Massachusetts) January 31, 1942 Hold your tongue. While the toiling hands and fighting hearts of America
On D-Day June 6, 1944, after the jump, my group of approximately 80 men met with Colonel Shanley’s group of about 120 men on the outskirts of the town of Picauville.
These remarkable color photographs from June of 1942 show US troops training with various types of tanks at Fort Knox, Kentucky, including the legendary M4
Model kits: Build guided missile ships… jet planes (1956) with Revell Authentic Kits from Woolworth’s U.S.S. BOSTON, first Guided Missile Cruiser, built 1955. Revell model
Walt Disney’s Gremlin Chasers You’ve heard of the Gremlins, pesky little troublemakers that hang around air fields, army camps, ports of call, and battle stations.
Telegram: Order to appear (1917) Received at SE Corner Pine & Montgomery Sts., San Francisco – Always open San Francisco, Calif – Aug 1 1917 Percy
Below is part of a biography written by my grandfather, discussing some of the time he spent in Europe during WWII. Captain Chet Graham was