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What better reason to smile? A nearly-spent artillery fragment failed to penetrate this soldier’s helmet. Infantrymen most dreaded being shelled in a heavily wooded forest; incoming artillery rounds exploded on contact with the tree tops, driving shrapnel into their fox holes and shelters.

Coast Guardsman prizes his battered helmet. It saved his life on the invasion beaches of France. He was knocked down when a Nazi 30 claiber machine gun bullet tore a two inch hole in his tin hat. He escaped the incident with a minor scratch to the head.

An American soldier lighting a cigarette for his English girlfriend. Photograph by Mark Kauffman. England, September 1948.

Mark Kauffman, An American soldier lighting a cigarette for his English girlfriend, England, September

Dachau death camp, Germany, American soldiers next to a pile of corpses, after the liberation.

Dachau death camp, Germany, American soldiers next to a pile of corpses, after the liberation.

Katowice, Poland, A German soldier supervising the collection of Jewish dead bodies.

Katowice, Poland, A German soldier supervising the collection of Jewish dead bodies. There were thousands of murderers throughout Europe

Jimmy_Stewart_WWII_Fighter_Pilot - Blogged: Jimmy Stewart Comes Home #WWII #HollywoodGoesToWar

Jimmy Stewart Comes Home Source: Jimmy Stewart: Bomber Pilot Colonel James Stewart travels home from England, along with other American soldiers and airmen on board the Queen Elizabeth.

A soldier of the 173d Airborne Brigade washes a puppy found in a VC tunnel.

danthemedicman: vietnamwarera:A soldier of the Airborne Brigade washes a puppy found in a VC tunnel.I can’t wait to be a Sky Soldier

A soldier inspects Nazi looted art found in a church in Ellingen, Germany. April 24, 1945.

Monuments Men: A soldier inspects a church stored with the stolen art of Europe.

The wait aboard the LCI (L) -326 for the men of the 90th US Infantry Division en route to Utah.Beach the 90th landed in the 6 to 8 June 1944

On the boats before landing on the Normandy Beaches ( LCI (landing craft, infantry) - LCT )

Chief Petty Officer Edward Wartzleff was one of only 335 survivors of the USS Arizona which sunk after exploding during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. 1177 crew members perished. Mr. Wartzleff died on Sept. 10, 2013 at the age of 96.

USN Chief Petty Officer Edward Wartzleff was one of only 335 survivors of the USS Arizona which sunk after exploding during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec 1177 crew members perished. Wartzleff died Sept 2013 at the age of

German officers taken POW by US forces in Normandy

German officers taken POW by US forces in Normandy begin their trip into captivity on a USCG cutter. Summer Most officers ended up in stateside internment camps.

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