History

With its iconic folding wings and six machine guns, the Corsair proved exceptionally lethal in World War II and beyond.
Though often described as a political conservative, Hemingway openly supported socialist luminaries like Fidel Castro and Eugene Debs, a founder of the American Socialist Party.
From the American Civil War to present day, the US military has produced its fair share of supposedly haunted locales.
Two centuries ago, during the American Revolution, a German soldier lost his head to a cannonball, and the legend of the headless horseman was born.
Developed to protect Nazi pilots and inflict mass civilian casualties, the V-1 rocket ushered in a new era of long-range warfare.
On D-Day+1, a US Army photographer captured one of the most iconic images of the invasion — an image he would later describe as “the picture of heroic beauty.”
Since its inception in 1775, the US Navy has established some epic traditions that are still celebrated by sailors today.
After extensive renovations, the NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, is reopening its doors with a trove of never-before-seen artifacts.
Teetotaling Navy Secretary Josephus Daniels inspired your “cup of joe.”
From pinup girls to Disney cartoons, the imagery that adorned the A-2 jackets of WWII bomber crewmen reflected who they were as both warriors and individuals.
Are support personnel called POGs or pogues? It’s a debate as old as time. We did some digging and uncovered the truth behind the infantry’s favorite insult.
This 6-foot bronze statue of a World War II frogman, the Naked Warrior, honors the legacy of the elite waterborne commandos and their skimpy battle attire.
In July 1969, after the successful moon landing, a team of UDT frogmen were dispatched to retrieve the Apollo 11 crew from the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
The only men who followed Capt. Lawrence’s famous command — “Don’t give up the ship” — weren’t sailors, but US Marines.
Special Agent Leonard “Lenny” Hatton Jr. made the ultimate sacrifice trying to save others on Sept. 11, 2001. He was the only FBI agent killed in the attacks.
Watch the time Queen Elizabeth II broke with six centuries of tradition in a show of solidarity with the United States following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the royal family has a plan in place to announce the news to the world.
After 50 years, astronauts were able to smell their coffee in space.
Here are five of the craziest campaigns in the long, bizarre history of American psychological operations.
In the 1970s, over-the-pole flights passed between Alaska and Europe every day. To prepare for potential plane crashes in the remote Arctic zone, an elite band of Rangers and airmen practiced dangerous cold-weather rescues.
From an American pirate who declared himself president of Nicaragua to an adventurer who hired a private army to help establish himself as the king of Afghanistan, here are five of the wildest mercenaries in American history.
Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces occupied Guam, taking all but six American service members captive. One US sailor, known as the “Ghost of Guam,” evaded them for years.
“I claim we got a hell of a beating. We got run out of Burma and it is humiliating as hell. I think we ought to find out what caused it, go back and retake it.”
Neal McCallum dedicated 46 years of service to Uncle Sam, first as a US Marine in World War II, then later as a federal law enforcement officer.
One hot summer day 29 years ago, a deranged man with a mullet and a .38 revolver was disarmed in the most epic way imaginable.