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News Photo: An unidentified American soldier plugs his ear and…

News Photo: An unidentified American soldier plugs his ear and…

Group of American soldiers in the jungles of Vietnam. The first carries a M-79 grenade launcher.

Group of American soldiers in the jungles of Vietnam. The first carries a M-79 grenade launcher.

American soldiers firing an M1 bazooka point-blank at a German Panther tank in France (1944)

American soldiers firing an M1 bazooka point-blank at a German Panther tank in France (1944)

- The Tiny Victims Of Desert Storm -  According to a 1994 report by the General Accounting Office, American soldiers were exposed to 21 potential "reproductive toxicants," any of which might have harmed them as well as their future children. They used diesel fuel to keep down sand. They marched through smoke from burning oil wells. They doused themselves with bug sprays. They handled a toxic nerve-gas decontaminant, ethylene glycol monomethyl ether. They fired shells tipped with depleted…

- The Tiny Victims Of Desert Storm - According to a 1994 report by the General Accounting Office, American soldiers were exposed to 21 potential "reproductive toxicants," any of which might have harmed them as well as their future children. They used diesel fuel to keep down sand. They marched through smoke from burning oil wells. They doused themselves with bug sprays. They handled a toxic nerve-gas decontaminant, ethylene glycol monomethyl ether. They fired shells tipped with depleted…

19 Smoke streams from a U.S. coast guard landing craft approaching the French Coast on June 6, 1944 after German machine gun fire caused an explosion by setting off an American soldier's hand grenade. (AP Photo) #

19 Smoke streams from a U.S. coast guard landing craft approaching the French Coast on June 6, 1944 after German machine gun fire caused an explosion by setting off an American soldier's hand grenade. (AP Photo) #

American gunners of B Bty 6 Bn 27 Artillery fire a M-110 8 inch howitzer during a fire support mission at Landing Zone Hong approx 12 km north east of Song Be South Vietnam 26 March 1970

American gunners of B Bty 6 Bn 27 Artillery fire a M-110 8 inch howitzer during a fire support mission at Landing Zone Hong approx 12 km north east of Song Be South Vietnam 26 March 1970

A few words about the burn pits.​If you read no other interview, read the one in Salon with author (and former soldier) Joseph Hickman about his new book, The Burn Pits: The Poisoning Of American Soldiers. You once again will want to bury Dick Cheney in a fire ant nest. You once again will wonder why

A few words about the burn pits.​If you read no other interview, read the one in Salon with author (and former soldier) Joseph Hickman about his new book, The Burn Pits: The Poisoning Of American Soldiers. You once again will want to bury Dick Cheney in a fire ant nest. You once again will wonder why

Molly Pitcher, Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley, Born Oct 13, 1754 — Died Jan 22, 1832 - During the Battle of Monmouth on June 28, 1778 the heat of battle was searing, and the soldiers' throats were parched. Many were exhausted and wounded.  All through the day — amidst the smoke and fire of the fighting — a private's young wife, Mrs. John Hays, carried water in a pitcher to her husband and his fellow gunners. Thus, the nickname Molly Pitcher.  When he fell, she fought alongside the men.

Molly Pitcher, Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley, Born Oct 13, 1754 — Died Jan 22, 1832 - During the Battle of Monmouth on June 28, 1778 the heat of battle was searing, and the soldiers' throats were parched. Many were exhausted and wounded. All through the day — amidst the smoke and fire of the fighting — a private's young wife, Mrs. John Hays, carried water in a pitcher to her husband and his fellow gunners. Thus, the nickname Molly Pitcher. When he fell, she fought alongside the men.

Smoke streams from a U.S. coast guard landing craft approaching the French Coast on June 6, 1944 after German machine gun fire caused an explosion by setting off an American soldier's hand grenade.

Smoke streams from a U.S. coast guard landing craft approaching the French Coast on June 6, 1944 after German machine gun fire caused an explosion by setting off an American soldier's hand grenade.

Two Japanese soldiers preparing to fire a type 89 grenade discharger, otherwise known to Americans as "the Japanese knee mortar." The Japanese high command quickly noted that grenades could be deadly in combat but lacked one thing: range.  To solve this problem the Japanese created the knee mortar, a type of light mortar that could effectively launch grenades from about 120 meters. It could fire incendiary, high explosive, fragmentation, and even smoke grenades and shells.  The  mortar was…

Two Japanese soldiers preparing to fire a type 89 grenade discharger, otherwise known to Americans as "the Japanese knee mortar." The Japanese high command quickly noted that grenades could be deadly in combat but lacked one thing: range. To solve this problem the Japanese created the knee mortar, a type of light mortar that could effectively launch grenades from about 120 meters. It could fire incendiary, high explosive, fragmentation, and even smoke grenades and shells. The mortar was…

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