14 iconic photos of veterans and the wars they fought

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As D-Day approaches, General Dwight D. Eisenhower addresses members of Company E, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. On the afternoon of June 5, 1944, Eisenhower scribbled down the now infamous order for the next day – D-Day. In part, it read, “The free men of the world march together to Victory!” I have full confidence in your courage, your devotion to duty and your skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! (Courtesy of the National Guard Bureau)

Ormandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France.World War II and D-Day veteran Charles Norman Shay, of Indian Island, Maine, salutes the grave of his comrade Edward Morozewicz at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. (AP File Photo/Virginia Mayo)” typeof=”foaf:Image”/>

World War II and D-Day veteran Charles Norman Shay, of Indian Island, Maine, salutes the grave of his comrade Edward Morozewicz at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. (AP File Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Major General Chris Donahue boards a C-17 at Kabul airport

Major General Chris Donahue, then commander of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, was the last US serviceman to leave Afghanistan, officially marking the end of US military operations in the country. (Master Sgt. Alex Burnett/US Army)

Twenty-seven returning Vietnam veterans

A soldier who served in Vietnam returns to the United States, greeting friends and relatives in New York in 1969. (The Associated Press)

The home of a rebel sniper, Gettysburg.

Originally titled “A Rebel Sniper’s Home, Gettysburg”, this image cataloged in Alexander Gardner’s infamous Civil War Photographic Sketchbook was credited by Gardner as having been taken by Timothy O’Sullivan. The image became one of the most iconic of the Civil War and, according to the Library of Congress, was believed to have been one of many photos staged by Gardner and other photographers.

Medics assist an injured soldier from the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.

Medics assist an injured soldier from the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. (Hugh Van Es/Associated Press)

Marines hoist the American flag on Mount Suribachi.

Marines hoist the American flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. The 2000 book, “Flags of Our Fathers” by James Bradley with Ron Powers tells the story of the Marines – and a member of the Navy, Bradley – who hoisted the flag that day. (Joe Rosenthal/AP, courtesy of the National Archives)

An American soldier comforts his comrade during World War II.

A US soldier comforts his comrade as a corpsman fills out casualty forms near Haktong-ni, Korea, in 1950. (Sgt. 1st Class Al Chang/US Army, courtesy National Archives)

Members of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.

Members of the Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black unit of pilots during World War II, pose in front of one of their planes in Italy. (US Air Force).

Meigs brought back 4,737 Korean War veterans.War veterans, the largest contingent to return. (Gene Herrick/Associated Press)” typeof=”foaf:Image”/>

Bruna Romero and her 2-year-old daughter Madalyn are reunited with Cpl. Benigno R. Romero, who returned to Seattle on transport Gen. MC Meigs on August 2, 1951. The Meigs brought back 4,737 Korean War veterans, the largest contingent to return. (Gene Herrick/Associated Press)

Marines cross a burning desert plain in Kuwait in 1991.

Marines cross a fiery desert plain in Kuwait in 1991. (John Gaps/Associated Press)

Aqi civilians and US troops topple a statue of Saddam Hussein.

In Baghdad, Iraqi civilians and US troops topple a statue of Saddam Hussein while a Marine covers the head of the statue with an American flag. (Jerome Delay/Associated Press).

Troops escorting flag-draped US soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Troops climb into the back of a medevac helicopter escorting flag-draped US soldiers who were killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press)

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