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November 12, 2012

As we honor veterans today, let's take a look back at some who served.

Lt. Charles W. Wolsey and his horse at Brandy Station, Virginia,
Headquarters of the Army of the Potomac, February, 1864.

Nicknamed "powder monkeys", young boys were recruited into military
service during the Civil War to serve as munitions supply laborers.  This
photo was taken in 1865 on the U.S.S. New Hampshire off Charleston, S.C.

This photo shows sailors assigned to 'tailor duty' on the U.S.S. New York
in 1896.  A note on the back of the photo stated that the dog was named
Nick but there is no information on the cat.

Cadets pictured at the residence of the Superintendent
of the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1901.

The Mess kitchen, Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, NY, June, 1908.

These nurses had just graduated and were about to enter military
service in Washington, DC, when this photo was taken.  1910

     Wilbur Wright began training military pilots in 1909 at College Park airfield
     outside Washington, D.C.  Pictured here are Commodore James Clarkson
     Gillmore (lt) and Lt. Henry "Hap" Arnold (rt) in a Curtiss 'headless' plane.

Naval militia patrol a New York bridge in February, 1917.

An enlargement of the photograph shows a Charlie
Chaplin movie poster for his film "Easy Street".

Veterans Day was originally proclaimed as Armistice Day on November, 1917,
by President Woodrow Wilson.   It wasn't until 1954 that President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law which formally acknowledged November 11th
as the designated date to honor Veterans Day.

Photo credit:  Marjory Collins, Office of War Information
Penn Station, New York, August, 1942

Photo credit:  Esther Bubley
A photo booth set up in the lobby of the United Nations Service Center
in Washington, DC, allowed military personnel the opportunity to send a
picture back home.  December, 1942.

Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James embraces Marine Staff Sgt. Mark
Graunke, Jr., during the Dallas Veterans Day Commemoration in 2005.
 Sgt. Graunke was a member of a Marine ordnance disposal team and lost
a hand, leg, and eye while defusing a bomb in Iraq in July, 2004.

Thank you, veterans.


  1. I really enjoyed seeing the old photos of those who have served our country! Thanks for sharing.

  2. An excellent collection of images. I really enjoyed looking through them, and remembering how much we owe to our service men and women.

  3. What an excellent post!
    Thank you :)

  4. what a great post! wonderful pictures... my husband retired out of the airforce after 20 years. your post is a wonderful tribute!! enjoy your evening!

    1. My husband is also retired Air Force. Thank you and your husband for your service to our country. -- Jan