19 Heartwarming Photographs Of U.S. Veterans, Then And Now

Guaranteed to make you smile!

1. Sergeant Frances Skiba Hoffman, U.S. Marine Corps, World War ll

Judi Bottoni / Via AP

Then: 1944
Now: 2011

2. Lt. Jose Bunda, U.S. Army Infantry, World War ll

Then: 1942
Now: 2011

3. Scottie Eldon Ooton, U.S. Marine Corps, World War ll

Then: 1944
Now: 2013

4. Sam Spector, U.S. Army, World War ll

David Goldman / AP

Then: 1944
Now: 2012

5. Willie Hazelrig, Montford Marines, World War ll

Allison Love / AP

 

Then: 1942
Now: 2012

Willie Hazelrig served with the Montford Marines, the first black Marine unit. In August 2012 he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor.

6. Sidney Phillips, U.S. Marine Corps, World War ll

 

Then: 1943
Now: 2013

WWII veteran Dr. Sidney Phillips is currently being portrayed in the HBO series, “The Pacific.”

7. Betty Miller, U.S. Air Force, Vietnam War

Annie Knox / AP

Then: 1963
Now: 2013

In this photo, Betty Miller is holding an image of herself in 1963: President John F. Kennedy presenting her with a gold service medal. It was given to her from the Federal Aviation Administration for being the first woman to fly solo across the pacific—from Oakland, California to Brisbane, Australia.

8. Harry Millnamow, U.S. Air Force, World War ll

Regina H. Boone / AP

Then: 1942
Now: 2012

9. Grace Aiko Amemiya, U.S. Cadet Nurse Corp, World War ll

Paul Sakuma / AP

Then: 1944
Now: 2009

Here, Grace Aiko Amemiya smiles during a ceremony at UCSF, where she received an honorary degree after the Japanese internment of WWll.

10. Seaman Al Rutter, U.S. Navy, World War ll

Jake May / AP

 

Then: 1944
Now: 2013

11. Gordon Earl Trevathan, U.S. Navy, World War ll

Rhett Butler / AP

Then: 1943
Now: 2013

12. George Hickman, Tuskegee Airmen, U.S. Air Force, World War ll

Elaine Thompson / AP

Then: 1942
Now: 2012

George Hickman was one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the US military.

13. John Hovan, U.S. Navy, World War ll

Stew Milne / AP

Then: 1942
Now: 2010

John Hovan is holding a photo of himself taken in 1942, when he served in the U.S. Navy during World War ll. Before that he volunteered in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade during the Spanish Civil War, one of the few Americans still alive to do so.

14. Joseph Wong, U.S. Marine Corps, Korean War

Photo by Sgt. Jacob Harrer / U.S. Marine Corps

Then: 1950
Now: 2013

15. PFC Alejandro Ruiz, U.S. Army, World War ll

 

Then: 1945
Now: 2007

Alejandro Ruiz was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1946: On April 28, 1945 in Okinawa’s Ryukyu Islands, his squad fell under attack. PFC Ruiz managed to acquire an automatic rifle, running through grenades and machine gunfire. When attacked by an enemy solider, his rifle jammed, and he clubbed the assailant. Later, while running through bullets and grenades, he killed 12 enemy soldiers and ended the firefight, saving his entire squad.

16. Sgt. Riley A. McCray and Cpl. Lynn L. Williams, Montford Point Marines, World War ll

Sgt. Robert Durham,

Photo by Sgt. Raymond Lott

 

Then: 1942
Now: 2012

The two marines were among the 22,000 African-American to serve in the Corps between 1942 and 1949 during racism and segregation.

17. Radioman 2nd Class Harrison D. Miller, U.S. Air Force, World War ll

Photo by Master Sgt. Chad McMeen

Photo by Master Sgt. Chad McMeen

 

Then: 1944
Now: 2013

Harrison D. Miller received the Distinguished Flying Cross when completing a successful water landing after the plane he was in came under enemy fire and the pilot became mortally wounded.

18. Edward Gibston, Tuskegee Airman, World War ll

Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs Office

 

Then: 1941
Now: 2013

19. Fighter Pilot Jerry Yellin and Nurse Gloria Bullard, U.S. Navy, World War ll

EMMANUEL DUNAND / Getty Images

Then: 1943
Now: 2013

Recreating the famous Victor Jorgensen photo, “The Kiss,” on VJ-Day, 45 years later!

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