15 Astounding Photos of Veterans You've Never Seen Before

Updated on Nov 11, 2021. Originally added on Nov 10, 2017 by Daniel Pinna

On November 11th, Veteran's Day, we celebrate the service of military veterans in the United States. Remember those brave men and women who fought for our country with this collection of powerful images that capture times of war and strife.

Armistice Day, the ending of World War I, was celebrated for decades. The armistice began on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In the United States, the day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 but it's still celebrated on November 11th. Memorial Day was set aside to celebrate those who died in war but Veterans Day honors all of those who have served in the military.

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Sailors honoring their fallen comrades in Pearl Harbor (1941)

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Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the graves of unknown sailors are being decorated by their comrades.

77th Bomb squadron in WW2 , Aleutian Islands, 1944

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Wynell Marlow
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The name of only one of these men is known - but all are honored by us. Do you know any of these faces?

Young Private Lodwick D. Underwood, Civil War, 1862

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Only 15 and embroiled in a war. He's wearing the uniform of the Vermont Brigade (aka the "Old" Brigade or the 1st Vermont Brigade).


Documenting intelligence - with a very large camera.

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George Braitsch
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Wonder what the technological equivalent is today?

US Military Policeman during World War 2

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Jim Zornes
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At the Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

One of the few carefree moments during WW2

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There was a lull in the fighting in Germany - why not jump over a tank?

Veterans of opposite sides of the American Civil War - all in one photo

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On Decoration Day 1910 (now called Memorial Day), veterans, Confederate and Federal, gathered to remember their comrades.


The stories these men could tell . . .

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Joel Tilson
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Tennessee Union Civil War Reunion circa 1901

The battle that turned the tide of World War 2 begins

D-Day landing, June 6 1944.
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Break time, resting on artillery during WW1

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David Henthorne
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An artillery wagon?

In Hawaii, before the attack on Pearl Harbor

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161st Infantry Regiment 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks.

World War 2 flyboy guarding the Pacific Front

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Joined the year before the Pearl Harbor attack and was stationed at Pearl for the remainder of the war.

Brothers bonding before war

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These brothers served in the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific Theatre during the Viet Nam War.


First female US Army surgeon

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Serving first as a nurse and then as a surgeon during the Civil War, Mary Edwards Walker was awarded the Medal of Honor for her service (the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor).

Desmond Doss - Many Injuries

Desmond Doss in the hospital after being injured at Hacksaw Ridge.
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He lost 5 ribs, was shot in the arm by a sniper, contracted TB (and lost his hearing, due to being overdosed with antibiotics) and spent 5+ years in VA hospitals. Read about

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