Photographs

Sergeant Alvin C. York, 328th Infantry, who with the aid of 7 men captured 132 German prisoners, shows the hill on which the raid took place on October 8, 1918, in the Argonne Forest, near Cornay, France, after World War I (F.C. Phillips)

Sergeant Alvin C. York, 328th Infantry, who with the aid of 7 men captured 132 German prisoners, shows the hill on which the raid took place on October 8, 1918, in the Argonne Forest, near Cornay, France, after World War I

F.C. Phillips

Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Virginia Westover with the 179th Medical Group works at the immunizations and allergy office of the 48th Medical Group Medical Support Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, England, June 19, 2013

Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Virginia Westover with the 179th Medical Group works at the immunizations and allergy office of the 48th Medical Group Medical Support Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, England, June 19, 2013

Joe Harwood

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 assists Marines of 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion conduct special purpose insertion and extraction training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 13, 2013

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 assists Marines of 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion conduct special purpose insertion and extraction training aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, March 13, 2013

Ryan Joyner

The Sullivan brothers were five siblings all killed in action during or shortly after the sinking of the light cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52), the vessel on which they all served, around November 13, 1942, in World War II

The Sullivan brothers were five siblings all killed in action during or shortly after the sinking of the light cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52), the vessel on which they all served, around November 13, 1942, in World War II

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Beaty looks for survivors in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana, August 30, 2005

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Beaty looks for survivors in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana, August 30, 2005

NyxoLyno Cangemi

Staff Sergeant Antonio J. Curry, a drill instructor aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, barks out instructions to align his platoon of fresh recruits, August 30, 2012 (Kuande Hall)

Staff Sergeant Antonio J. Curry, a drill instructor aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, barks out instructions to align his platoon of fresh recruits, August 30, 2012

Kuande Hall

A member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry, The Old Guard, inspects a relieving guard’s rifle before his watch at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, January 9, 2008

A member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry, The Old Guard, inspects a relieving guard’s rifle before his watch at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, January 9, 2008

Michael Russell

Sergeant 1st Class Lawrence Jarrett (left), of Spencer, Oklahoma, Sergeant 1st Class Jared Hallmark (center), of Choctaw, Oklahoma, and Master Sergeant Ken Perry (right), of Shawnee, Oklahoma, review a map of the area they are about to search for a missing 3-year-old boy. All three are members of the 63rd Civil Support Team, Oklahoma National Guard. The missing boy was pulled from his house by a tornado on May 24 (Geoff Legler)

Sergeant 1st Class Lawrence Jarrett (left), of Spencer, Oklahoma, Sergeant 1st Class Jared Hallmark (center), of Choctaw, Oklahoma, and Master Sergeant Ken Perry (right), of Shawnee, Oklahoma, review a map of the area they are about to search for a missing 3-year-old boy. All three are members of the 63rd Civil Support Team, Oklahoma National Guard. The missing boy was pulled from his house by a tornado on May 24 (Geoff Legler)

Geoff Legler

A grief-stricken American infantryman whose buddy has been killed in action is comforted by another Soldier. In the background, a corpsman methodically fills out casualty tags, Haktong-ni area, Korea, August 28, 1950

A grief-stricken American infantryman whose buddy has been killed in action is comforted by another Soldier. In the background, a corpsman methodically fills out casualty tags, Haktong-ni area, Korea, August 28, 1950

Al Chang

Lance Corporal Ashley Ramirez and Corporal Jessica L. Echeard of the Regimental Combat Team–2 Lioness Program check the passports of Iraqi women coming into the country at the Syrian Border in Waleed, Iraq, June 7, 2007. The Lionesses is an all-female unit organized to engage with Iraqi women at entry control points

Lance Corporal Ashley Ramirez and Corporal Jessica L. Echeard of the Regimental Combat Team–2 Lioness Program check the passports of Iraqi women coming into the country at the Syrian Border in Waleed, Iraq, June 7, 2007. The Lionesses is an all-female unit organized to engage with Iraqi women at entry control points

Charles S. Howard

Navy chief petty officers celebrate 120 years of the chief petty officer rank, April 1, 2013, at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, DC (Todd Frantom)

Navy chief petty officers celebrate 120 years of the chief petty officer rank, April 1, 2013, at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, DC (Todd Frantom)

Todd Frantom

Technical Sergeant Eddie Martin provides maintenance status to pilots prior to their acceptance of the aircraft for flight operations

Technical Sergeant Eddie Martin provides maintenance status to pilots prior to their acceptance of the aircraft for flight operations

Marleah Miller

Lieutenant Colonel John Hopkins, commanding officer of the First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, leads in singing the “The Star Spangled Banner” during memorial services held in the field during the Korean campaign, June 21, 1951

Lieutenant Colonel John Hopkins, commanding officer of the First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, leads in singing the “The Star Spangled Banner” during memorial services held in the field during the Korean campaign, June 21, 1951

Corporal Valle

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, November 13, 1982. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War

Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, November 13, 1982. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War

Mickey Sanborn

Chief Master Sergeant Curtis Brownhill (left), command senior enlisted leader of U.S. Central Command, stands atop a patrol base in Tarmiya, Iraq, with Command Sergeant Major Ronald Riling, 4th Infantry Division, August 21, 2006. Brownhill visited troops throughout the Baghdad area bringing words of encouragement and an open ear to Soldiers’ concerns

Chief Master Sergeant Curtis Brownhill (left), command senior enlisted leader of U.S. Central Command, stands atop a patrol base in Tarmiya, Iraq, with Command Sergeant Major Ronald Riling, 4th Infantry Division, August 21, 2006. Brownhill visited troops throughout the Baghdad area bringing words of encouragement and an open ear to Soldiers’ concerns

Karl Johnson

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Brice Fronek, with Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber, guards contraband at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, April 26, 2013. The contraband was seized during an interdiction in the Caribbean Sea, April 18, 2013

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Brice Fronek, with Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber, guards contraband at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, April 26, 2013. The contraband was seized during an interdiction in the Caribbean Sea, April 18, 2013

Sabrina Laberdesque