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Military Service History

Military Service History

The Military is made up of six branches, each with their own active-duty and part-time components. Each varies in service commitment, location and how its members contribute to the overall mission of protecting our country, though all components are on the same rank-based pay scale. Find out more about the Military and Service History in today’s post from Together We Served.

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Air Force Operations

Air Force Operations

Did you know that the U.S. Air Force has a birthday? Sept. 18 is the birthday of the Air Force. The youngest of the service branches, the Air Force was officially founded as an independent service in 1947, although the U.S. military deployed aerial components even back in World War I. Find out more about the Air Force Operations by Together We Served.

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Some Fascinating Facts About Saving Private Ryan

Some Fascinating Facts About Saving Private Ryan

One of the most accurate and raw depictions of World War II can be found in the film Saving Private Ryan. This film portrayed the terror and chaos that typifies war, rather than the sanitized and unrealistic images that Hollywood tended to put out in past films. Opening scene capturing D-Day, storming the beaches of Normandy, FR. With the realism portrayed in the film, there were many behind-the-scenes tricks that director Steven Spielberg employed to ensure that the ageless footage and...

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Marine Corps Units

Marine Corps Units

Did you know that the Marine Corps’ first amphibious raid was only weeks after its creation? Marines successfully stormed a British weapons cache in the Bahamas. Find out more about the Marine Corps by Together We Served.

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Coast Guard Training

Coast Guard Training

Coast Guard boot camp, where recruits will transform from a civilian to a United States Coast Guardsman. Coast Guard Boot camp will be mentally and physically challenging as recruits will learn about the importance of hard work and working together as a team. Find out more about the Coast Guard Training by Together We Served.

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Morgan Freeman,  U.S. Army (1955-1959)

Morgan Freeman, U.S. Army (1955-1959)

Morgan Freeman is an American actor, director and narrator. He has appeared in a range of film genres portraying character roles and is particularly known for his distinctive deep voice. Freeman is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Interested in finding out what a Veteran of Foreign Wars means? Check out today’s blog by Together We Served to understand not only what a Veteran of Foreign Wars means, but also what they do and the difference between them and other veteran organizations.

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American Legion

American Legion

The American Legion, commonly known as the Legion, is a nonprofit organization of U.S. war veterans headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is made up of state, U.S. territory, and overseas departments, and these are in turn made up of local posts.

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Soldier and Writer
Lt Col Michael Christy (USA) Ret.
All articles contained in this Blog were written by Together We Served’s Chief Editor, Lt Col Michael Christy, and published in TWS’s monthly Dispatches Newsletter.
Lt Col Christy’s military career spanned 26 years, beginning in 1956 when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Following two years active duty, he spent another two years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. In 1962, he joined the Army National Guard and in 1966 was called up for active duty with the U.S. Army. After an 18 year distinguished Army career, Lt Col Christy retired from military service in 1984.
Lt Col Christy saw action in Vietnam with Special Forces Units, including the renowned Delta Force, and was awarded two Silver Stars, six Bronze Stars (three with Valor), and two Purple Hearts.
As a military consultant and accomplished writer, Lt Col Christy has contributed to several TV military documentaries, including those found on the History Channel, plus significant military history publications, including Vietnam Magazine.”