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

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    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

    Via fortsmithhistory.org

    Then: 1942

    Now: 2011

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

    Via neveragain.ushmm.org

    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 / http://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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