History

Navy might know what sank its only major warship lost in WWI

The Navy lost only one major warship in World War I, an armored cruiser that sank off the East Coast after a massive explosion tore through its lower plating and sank the ship in less than an hour. Now, researchers might have the definitive answer of what sank the ship.

When America joined the Great War, the British Fleet was holding most of the German Navy in the North Sea, meaning that American warships and troop ships rarely faced severe opposition. But one ship did fall prey to an unknown assailant: The USS San Diego, sank off the U.S. East Coast due to a massive explosion from an unknown source.

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Check out this awesome photo of a sniper and snake

A photo from Army ghillie suit testing shows a sniper maintaining his discipline even as a snake slithers across his barrel. It's awesome on its own, but it's also a great illustration of a lot of the stresses that snipers have to overcome to do their jobs.

It's no secret that being a sniper requires a lot of discipline and a high tolerance for discomfort, but one photo of a sniper taking this to an extreme level is making the rounds because the sniper maintained position so well that a snake slithered across his barrel.

Thankfully, an Army photographer was there to capture the moment.

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History

6 heroes who saved American lives on Heartbreak Ridge

It was hoped that the 1951 attack on Heartbreak Ridge would be quick, but the initial frontal assaults failed and the battle ended up lasting over a month. Heroes stepped forward to carry the battle forward and save American lives.

The Battle of Heartbreak Ridge in 1951 was supposed to be a quick win by U.S. and U.N. forces in Korea. They had just pushed the North Koreans and Chinese off of the nearby "Bloody Ridge," and they believed the communist forces could be pushed off the ridge quickly as they'd had a limited time to dig in, but it turned into a month-long slugfest that would leave almost 30,000 dead.

Here are six heroes who ensured most of those deaths came from North Korea and China:

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History

6 games World War I soldiers played in the trenches

Your ancestors had to fit a lot of morale into a little time while fighting in the nightmare that was World War I, so they took their leisure time seriously. Here are six games and activities troops turned to during The Great War.

100 years ago, our great-great grandfathers were in the trenches of France, and fighters on both sides of the war had to while away their time when they weren't actively working or fighting. And it takes a lot to keep your morale up and your terror down when your work hours are filled with enemy mortars, artillery, and machine guns.

Here are six games and other activities they turned to:

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GEAR & TECH

What it's like to be strapped into the U-2 Dragon Lady

The Air Force needs more pilots for its highest flying spy plane, the U-2 Dragon Lady. The plane has flown for over 60 years, but keeps beating retirement predictions because of its low costs, high mission readiness, and ability to quickly deploy to international emergencies.

The Air Force needs new spy pilots, especially for the Cold War-era U-2 Dragon Lady that has flown since 1955, but piloting the U-2 is different from nearly any other aircraft in the world right now. Pilots are strapped into the plane by a dedicated crew and then fly at the edge of space, capturing photographs and signals intelligence.

Here are 13 photos that show what that's like:

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NEWS

3 Marines receive Purple Hearts for actions in Syria

The Pentagon is tight-lipped about operations in Syria where U.S. troops operate in close proximity to forces from regional and world rivals, like Russia and Iran, but three U.S. Marines have been awarded Purple Hearts for an undisclosed action. The medal is only awarded for wounds suffered in combat, implying that terrorist or other forces got close enough to the Marines to hurt them.

Three U.S. Marines received the Purple Heart for wounds sustained during fighting in Syria in support of Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, during ceremonies in Twentynine Palms, California, on October 22, 2018, and in an undisclosed location in U.S. Central Command on November 7, 2018.

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2,000 Gold-Star family members go to Disney thanks to Gary Sinise

The Gary Sinise Foundation is hosting almost 2,000 Gold Star Family members from 650 families at Disney World for a five-day experience designed to be fun and therapeutic. It's all part of Snowball Express, a program that creates an experience every December to help the families of fallen service members heal and find camaraderie.

The Gary Sinise Foundation, a non-profit that focuses on veterans, first responders, and their families, has helped send almost 2,000 people from Gold Star families to Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, as part of its Snowball Express, a holiday season program that aims to help families of fallen service members.

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This heroic Navy SEAL now works to save working dogs

Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch worked with military working dogs throughout his career. He tragically lost one of his companions to enemy gunfire during the same mission that left him with a career-ending injury. Now, the former member of SEAL Team 6 has devoted himself to helping military and other working dogs stay safe on duty.

You probably know the name James Hatch — or maybe you've heard of Jimmy Hatch. He's famous for one of the worst days of his life. The Navy SEAL was on one of the ill-fated missions to rescue Bowe Bergdahl after the soldier walked off of his base in Afghanistan. This mission resulted in the death of a military canine and left Hatch with a crippling wound to his leg.

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History

5 times Chesty Puller proved he was one of the greatest Marines

Chesty Puller was a literal blend of man, myth, and legend, and every part of the mixture was on an epic scale. He fought from the jungle wars to Korea, helping create the modern Marine Corps and cement its status as an elite warfighting force. Here are five times Puller led from the front, being the man who epitomized the Corps.

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller wasn't just a great warfighter, he was an icon of Marine military prowess and culture, embodying and helping shape what it would mean to be a 20th-Century Marine. Here are five times that Puller proved himself to be one of the greatest Marines, from heroics to hard work to partying, this is the warrior your platoon sergeants told you about:

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