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American soldiers escort a group of Dutch children dressed up in traditional costume for a concert after the liberation in February, 1945

The USS Oklahoma is pulled upright after capsizing due to damage during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941. It was an amazing feat never before tried. 21 massive GE DC motors were anchored to the shore and cables strung to the ship. It took three months to pull the ship upright. It was beached, patched up and sold for scrap, but while being towed to the US, it developed a leak. Despite the efforts of the salvors, the ship settled and finally, after many hours, rolled over and sank.

The burial of Ernie Pyle. If there ever was a man collectively loved by all in the Military during the Second World War, it was war correspondent Ernie Pyle.An honorary grunt, Pyle was a correspondent known for living and sleeping in the same conditions as the men he reported about and told his stories in an unforgiving fashion. He didn’t report the statistic of a battle, or how many miles the Army had moved in a single day. For Pyle, the war was about the men who fought it.

PASSING OF A CODE BREAKER George Smith, a member of the famed Navajo Code Talkers, who used their rare and ancient language to outwit the Japanese during World War II, has died. He died on Oct. 30 at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico, said Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly. Smith was 90. Photo: Navajo Code Talker George Smith (Paul Natonabah/Navajo Times)

The USS Laffey, got its nickname as "The Ship That Would Not Die" when it was on picket duty off Okinawa in March 1945. About 50 Japanese planes attacked and about half got through to the Laffey. The ship suffered 103 casualties when it was hit by four bombs and five kamikaze planes. The Laffey is also the only surviving American World War II destroyer that saw action in the Atlantic, where it was part of the D-Day invasion

1945: First flag rising in Iwo Jima

WWII Ration Book - Throughout the war, people had to buy everything through a strict system of rationing. You recieved a ration-book for each month. In that book were little tickets which you ripped out, to buy certain things. There were ration-tickets for everything from eggs, flour, coal, cigarettes, meat and clothing.

Discharged from military service, 1945

Glenn Ford (né Gwyllyn Ford in Canada) (1916-2006) SGT USMC (1942-44) WW II / CAPT USNR (1958-70s) During his WW II service he helped build safe houses in France for those hiding from the Nazis. He went to Vietnam in 1967 for combat scenes in a Marine training film. He earned a Navy Commendation Medal and the French Legion of Honor Medal. Memorable roles included many western characters, and Richard Dadier in “Blackboard Jungle”.

US Army nurses in Normandy, just after the success of the initial invasion

Title: Japanese Surrender on Board the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945 (Life Magazine/Time Warner Inc.) Artist: Carl Mydans

Title: Marines of the 28th Regiment of the 5th Division Raise the American Flag Atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, 1945 Artist: Joe Rosenthal

A pair of sleeping American Marines share their foxhole with an Okinawan orphan, 1945.

Paul Newman served in the United States Navy in World War II in the Pacific theater. Unable to be a pilot, because he was colour blind, he was sent instead to boot camp and then received further training as a radioman and gunner. He qualified as a rear-seat radioman and gunner in torpedo bombers, in 1944. He later flew from aircraft carriers as a turret gunner in an Avenger torpedo bomber. As a radioman-gunner, he served aboard the USS Bunker Hill during the Battle of Okinawa, 1945.

Audie Murphey Most decorated soldier of WWII and most decorated U.S. Soldier in history.

US Army soldier Walton Trohon photographed while cleaning the face of a young French orphan, November 1944