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U.S. Air Force Pararescue Jumpers in Vietnam Slideshow

Vietnam magazine | Published: November 09, 2009 at 1:56 pm
During the Vietnam War, U.S. Air Force Pararescue Jumpers trained for and undertook daring missions to rescue downed airmen in enemy territory.

The Importance of Being Mussolini

Robert M. Citino | Published: October 04, 2009 at 7:59 pm
Benito Mussolini led Italy into disaster in World War II. He played a central role in the war, however, and the importance of Italy is still often overlooked.

Japan's Panama Canal Buster

John Geoghegan; research assistance by Takuji Ozasayama | Published: March 21, 2008 at 6:52 pm
Japan's I-400 class special submarines, known as Sen-Toku, weren't just the largest subs of their time. They were the world's first underwater aircraft carriers, intended to attack the Panama Canal with Seiran bombers.

70th Anniversary: Escape From Pearl Harbor

Michael Olson | Published: July 17, 2007 at 4:07 pm
Firsthand accounts from the crew of a destroyer that survived the surprise Japanese attack.

Admiral Cunningham and HMS Illustrious in Malta During World War II

Published: April 19, 2007 at 12:13 pm
A brilliant British tactician, Andrew Cunningham almost lost an aircraft carrier, Malta and control of the Mediterranean in a single dive-bomb attack.By Sam Moses

USS Laffey: Attacked Off Okinawa in World War II

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:13 pm
USS Laffey, the embattled destroyer, survived horrific damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa.

Battle of the Philippine Sea: Operation A-Go

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:13 pm
Operation A-Go was meant to trap the U.S. Fifth Fleet in the Marianas. What followed was a disaster for Japan--and a 'Turkey Shoot' for the Americans.

Air Group 87 Strike Japanese Battleship-Carrier Hyuga During World War II

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:10 pm
A raid on the Japanese battleship-carrier Hyuga was an arduous task for fliers of Air Group 87 from USS Ticonderoga.

Attack on Pearl Harbor: Why Weren't We Warned

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:07 pm
The contention that broken Japanese codes could have alerted the United States won't go away. But is there a simpler explanation than a failure of intelligence?

Harry Popham Recalls the Attack of the USS Princeton During the Battle for Leyte Gulf

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:07 pm
A tremendous explosion in Leyte Gulf on October 24, 1944, broke the American light carrier in two and devastated the light cruiser USS Birmingham.

Edward J. Huxtable, Jr.: Lead Airmen on USS Gambier Bay During the Battle of Leyte Gulf

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:07 pm
Ed Huxtable led the valiant airmen of the escort carrier Gambier Bay against overwhelming odds during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

D-Day: The Beginning of the End for Nazi Germany

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:04 pm
A perilous airborne strike and the mightiest assemblage of seaborne power yet seen heralded the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.

Battle of Rennell Island: Setback in the Solomons

Published: June 12, 2006 at 7:59 pm
The tactical judgment of Admiral Robert C. Giffen may have contributed to the loss of the cruiser USS Chicago.

World War II: Raids on Rabaul in November 1943

Published: June 12, 2006 at 7:59 pm
After months of minor raiding, the U.S. Navy's new aircraft carriers took on a major target when they attacked Japan's key bastion in the Solomons in November 1943.
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