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A German soldier lifts weights at his combat outpost in Char Darah, outisde Kunduz, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.

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A U.S. medical helicopter arrives to evacuate a soldier from the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, who was seriously wounded when he stepped on an improvised mine near Combat Outpost Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, July 30, 2010.

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U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Tony Ferguson, of Bahama, NC, eats a field ration in the Saudi desert as an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter hovers nearby, Saturday, Nov. 10, 1990 in Saudi Arabia.

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Lance Cpl. Sean McMullen of Colorado Springs, Colo., Golf Company, talks to his girlfriend on a satellite phone under the moonlight from combat outpost ANP Hill Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, near the city of Now Zad in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

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U.S. Army Pfc. Matthew Fazio, right, 25, bundles up against the bitter cold as soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment occupy a house in Arab Jabour during Operation Coliseum south of Baghdad, Iraq on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008.

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In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, a U.S. Coast Guard landing barge, tightly packed with helmeted soldiers, approaches the shore at Normandy, France, during initial Allied landing operations, on June 6, 1944.

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Just after midnight, the moon illuminates U.S. Marine Cpl. Adam Boland, of Troy, Mo., with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 5th Marines, as he waits to leave on a night patrol from a small base in the Nawa district, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009.

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U.S. Air Force Pararescueman Alejandro Serrano from the 46th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, and a machine gunner next to him, test fire their weapons into the open desert of Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

A U.S. soldier of the 9th Infantry Division uses an M79 grenade launcher to guide helicopters into an operation on the northern edge of South Vietnam's Mekong Delta in mid-July 1968.

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A U.S. Marine crosses a footbridge while patrolling in Karmah, 50 miles west of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, April 26, 2006.

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Two U.S. GIs from the 25th Division move up the cold, snow-covered road toward their front line bunker on the central front in Korea, Nov. 5, 1953.

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An American destroyer comes alongside a flagship to deliver a message as the convoy carries First Cavalry division from Japan to South Korea on July 21, 1950.

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U.S. Marine Female Engagement Team members Lance Cpl. Mary Shloss, right, of Hammond, Ind., Sgt. Monica Perez,, center, of San Diego, Calif. and Cpl. Kelsey Rossetti, of Derry, N.H. wait for the signal to begin their patrol in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2009.

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A soldier from the Alpha Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment walks past burning reeds razed to prevent insurgents from seeking cover in Quarghuli village near Youssifiyah, 12 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, May 26, 2007, two weeks after a May 12 ambush left four U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi soldier dead and three missing.

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A U.S. Army soldier crosses an irrigated field during a patrol by the 1-320th Alpha Battery, 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division near COP Nolen, in the Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Friday, July 23, 2010.

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U.S. Air Force bombs create a curtain of flying shrapnel and debris barely 200 feet beyond the perimeter of South Vietnamese ranger positions defending Khe Sanh during the siege of the U.S. Marine base, March 1968.

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An American GI, unidentified, and a South Korean infantryman are shown together at the front somewhere in Korea on July 26, 1950.

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U.S. Marines with 3rd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3/4 Marines watch a film on a laptop at Patrol Base 302, in the Gesresk Valley, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2011.

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Under sniper fire, a Vietnamese woman carries a child to safety as U.S. Marines storm the village of My Son, near Da Nang, as they search for Viet Cong insurgents in April 1965.

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U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division fire mortars in the Pech Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar province Monday, Oct. 26, 2009. From left to right are CPL Jeremy Foley of Bloomington, Ill. and SPC William Makenzie of Pendleton, Ore.

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U.S. reinforcements wade through the surf from a landing craft in the days following D-Day and the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France at Normandy in June 1944 during World War II.

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U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945 during World War II.

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B52 high altitude bombers leave condensation trails while passing the town of Cai Lay in the Mekong Delta on Sept. 29, 1972, moments after unleashing bombs on a suspected enemy positions.

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U.S. Marines with the 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion 5th Marines, run for cover as the Taliban approach, in the Nawa district, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009.

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U.S. soldier SPC Kelly James, from the 5th Striker Brigades, watches a movie on his laptop in a base on the outskirts of Spin Boldak, about 63 miles southeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009.

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American infantrymen fire a 37mm gun at a German position in France during World War I.

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Responding to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, troops of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division deploy across the Saudi desert on Nov. 4, 1990 during preparations prior to the Gulf War.

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American Paratroopers fly over the English Channel enroute to play a key role in the invasion of France by landing along a 100 mile front of the Normandy coast on June 6, 1944.

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Gallery updated: 11/12/2012 12:18 AM

About this Gallery

The last U.S. veteran of World War I is gone and the ranks of World War II and Korean War vets are dwindling. Baby boomers who served in Vietnam are retiring. And with the pullout of troops from Afghanistan, the U.S. commitment there and in Iraq is coming to an end.
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