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Warrior Canine Connection names puppies after WWII vets

Is there anything better than puppies and World War II veterans? Yes! Puppies named in honor of World War II veterans. The aptly dubbed Operation Overlord litter has been named in honor of some of the heroes of D-Day by Warrior Canine Connection. They were born to Skye on June 24. Some of the...
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100,000 cards for 100-year-old Texas World War II veteran

World War II veteran James South had a simple wish for his 100th birthday on Oct. 7. He wanted 100 cards and put out a plea on Facebook asking for the greetings. What he got was nearly 100,000 cards , according to the VA North Texas Health Care System. South, a World War II veteran who took part in...
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Bronze shoes honoring Post 9/11 veterans stolen from war memorial

The New Mexico Veterans Memorial is shoeless. That's after five pairs of military shoes made of bronze were taken from the Albuquerque memorial the night of Sept. 27. "They were bronze shoes at the bottom of five pillars," said James Lehner, vice president of the New Mexico Veterans Memorial...
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Personal tragedy leads to POW/MIA flag

The POW/MIA Flag was born out of one woman's determination to provide the nation with a way to remember its service members being held either as prisoners of war or those missing in action. Lt. Cmdr. Michael's Hoff's plane crashed in Laos in 1970 and his body was never recovered. His widow, Mary...
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Fallen soldier included in daughter's senior photos

Julia Yllescas has never doubted that her dad has always been with her. But now she, and the whole world can see it, thanks to help from photographer and military spouse Susanne Beckmann. Beckmann, of Snapshots by Suz has been photographing Nebraska teen Yllescas since she was 9 years old and...
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'Ask about Austin': Marine, journalist Austin Tice still a captive after 7 years

This story originally published Aug. 12, 2019 at 11:51 a.m. EST. It was updated Aug. 14 at 11:20 a.m. It's been more than 2,557 days since Austin Tice, Marine, journalist, son and brother was captured in Syria. He turned 38 on Sunday. Aug. 14 marks seven years since his abduction near Damascus --...
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Airport terminal comes to a stand still for returning remains of Col. Roy Knight | Connecting Vets

Colonel Roy Knight of Millsap, Texas was killed during the Vietnam War, May 1967. This week, he came home to Texas -- and brought an entire airport terminal to a standstill. "I'm at the airport in Dallas, waiting for my flight home to DC from El Paso, and something incredible is happening," tweeted...
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Book teaches kids about 9/11 through the eyes of FDNY firefighter

Those who experienced 9/11 will never forget that day. The images of airplanes hitting the World Trade Center and Pentagon remain vivid nearly two decades after the attacks. But there is now a generation of military kids who have no personal recollection of the event. Kristie Kiernan Bouryal has...
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Maverick and his need for speed are back

Maverick's back and he hasn't lost his need for speed. The trailer for "Top Gun: Maverick" dropped Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego and here it is: Video of TOP GUN 2: Maverick Trailer (2020) Tom Cruise returns 33 years after the original "Top Gun" as Navy pilot Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell,...
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Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin punches moon landing denier in the face

As a former fighter pilot, an MIT grad and one of the first human beings to ever walk on the moon, we didn't think legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin could get any cooler. But after watching the video of him punching a heckler in the face, we have a whole new kind of love and admiration for him. Video...
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