The Top 50 Images of 2015

The Air Forces Thunderbirds fly over Niagara Falls

All photos taken by US Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps service members.

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This Warrior’s Heart

Soldier in Afghanistan

This warrior’s heart deep inside 
Refuses to run, refuses to hide 
This warrior’s heart within my soul 
Takes its stand, it knows its role 
This warrior’s heart I love so dear 
Will not cower and will not fear 
This warrior’s heart inside of me 
Taught me that I never flee 
This warrior’s heart I call my own 
Is in my heart, my soul, my bone 
This warrior’s heart deep inside 
Is who I am, I will not hide

by Aric Beers

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Image of the Day: 24 April 2015

Philip Jones Griffiths. 1967

Philip Jones Griffiths

VIETNAM. Human skulls were a favorite souvenir among the soldiers and their officers. The commander of this unit, Colonel (now Brigadier General) George S. Patton III, carried around a skull at his farewell party. 1967.

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Make no Mistake


          In a Nutshell.


I Wanna be a Marine

Family Circus





DOWN THE BARREL: An Afghan soldier checked the barrel of a D30 howitzer before a test fire during a training session in Kunar province, Afghanistan, Wednesday. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)


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Spend it with someone you l💓ve.

Vietnam Veteran Found Peace After Agony of War


In this 1966 file photo, U.S. Army soldier Ruediger Richter puffs on a cigarette in a South Vietnamese jungle during his service in the Vietnam War. The picture of the Berlin native was taken within days of Richter’s image being captured in a photo that came to be known as “The Agony of War.” [Image below]. Richter was severely wounded by a gunshot through the head the following year and then struggled with anger, addictions and post-traumatic stress syndrome for decades. Now a 73-year-old grandfather, Richter lives with his wife in peace in the rural Southern United States near Columbus, Georgia. (AP Photo/Henri Huet, File)

Richter served as a German merchant marine in the late 1940s and was arrested with fellow sailors during a bar brawl. After three days in jail, he was given a choice by the judge: remain in prison or join the French Foreign Legion. He chose the latter and served five years with the Legion fighting in northern Africa. He then moved to the United States to live with an aunt and uncle, and joined the US Army in 1965.




The life of Ruediger Richter

On Aug. 14, 1966, Richter’s job was clearing a landing zone in South Vietnam so helicopters could evacuate the wounded and dead after mortars hit his unit.

Watching from a safe spot, Army paratrooper and photographer Paul Epley ignored an order to stay down and made the photo, which was transmitted by The Associated Press and used in publications worldwide.

“Climbing up the rocks, I saw the image coming together. I chased the light and caught it at the decisive moment,” said Epley, now retired and living in the woods of southern Virginia after a career as a commercial photographer and, later, a veterans’ service officer.

The Agony of War: The life of Ruediger Richter
The Agony of War: The life of Ruediger Richter

In the photo, Richter looks skyward with his mouth open and his arms raised slightly. Sgt. Daniel E. Spencer Jr. of Bend, Ore., looks down at the body of PFC Daryl Raymond Corfman of Sycamore, Ohio; Spencer also was killed in action, in 1968. The scene is shrouded in smoke.

People have attached a range of emotions to the photo through the decades: Richter was praying, he was questioning God, perhaps calling upon angels.

Richter dismisses those interpretations with a profanity. “I was looking at a helicopter,” he said.

“That picture is genius because you see the smoke behind me,” he added. “It was a red smoke grenade I threw.”

Read more here: The Agony of War


Young Afghan boy and Soldier trade headgear/wear.

We would not know how to love if it were never taught to us; our [parents] loved us, we learned by example.

The same holds true for hate.

This youngster knows only his curiosity in the strangely dressed stranger. I’m sure he’s privy to local ‘Scuttlebutt,’ but at least here–it would seem–he’s not [yet] jaded to the common view of westerners.

The Warriors Heart


This image was captioned with the following;

This is Bubbles, he lives in Afghanistan ❤️

The American Soldier may be a brave, ‘fearless,’ warrior, but underneath the kevlar and layers of moon dust is a caring heart.

The Opposite Direction

Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.  ~Albert Einstein

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Lonely Desolation


A Lone Soldier, Vietnam by David Hume Kennerly. 1972 Pulitzer Prize. A lone soldier traversing a blown-away hillside in Vietnam near the A Shau Valley. This photo was cited by the Pulitzer committee as an example of Kennerly’s portfolio of 14 photos submitted by UPI editors for the award, ‘That shows the loneliness and desolation of war.’

It’s Written on Their Faces

“The 2000 Yard Stare”, by Thomas Lea, 1944, WWII.

The thousand-yard stare or two-thousand-yard stare is a phrase coined to describe the limp, blank, unfocused gaze of a battle-weary soldier, but the symptom it describes may also be found among victims of other types of trauma. A characteristic of shell shock, the despondent stare reflects dissociation from trauma.

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Rare WW II photos: A Prelude to the Japanese Surrender, 1945

A modeller shows us exactly what the Green Cross Betty would have looked like. One can only imagine the emotions running through the ground crews who were required to paint over their much-adored hinomaru markings and remove her defensive armament. This is the bomber variant of the G4M Betty, while the second aircraft to land was a transport variant. Photo, model by Terry aka braincells37

Rare photos of a fascinating piece of history.  This was overshadowed by the Tokyo Bay surrender ceremony a few weeks later.  

Interesting photos of the preparation of Surrender of Japan in August 1945 (Officially signed on the USS Missouri in the Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945) , A delegation of Japanese Representatives flew to an American Base close to Okinawa.

The Japanese planes were requested to be painted in white and have the”Meatballs” replaced by a Green Cross.

 I‘ve added over 30 images to my Google Drive account and left the link below. I wasn’t able to add the captions to each individual picture,[ I received these via email] so I copied them on a separate file in order of appearance. There was also a letter from an eyewitness Army Soldier to his parents recounting the event. These are  rare photos (and  personal descriptions) and should be shared so feel free to download anything you like and pass them along. Click the first file to launch the slide show.  Enjoy! 


Here are photographs of some of those Green Cross flights and Green Cross aircraft, starting with the most photographed of them all ? the Green Cross Bettys of Iejima

The two Bettys (ironically and deliberately given the call signs Bataan 1 and Bataan 2 by the Americans) fly low over the East China Sea, inbound for Iejima wearing their hastily painted white surrender scheme and green crosses. One can only imagine what is going on in the conflicted minds of the Japanese airmen as they fly over their own territory in the company of the hated enemy, headed for an event of profound humiliation in front of thousands of enemy soldiers. These two Bettys would become the most photographed Green Cross surrender aircraft of the end of the war. Photo: US Navy