HMS Dreadnought (inset) was the showpiece of British naval supremacy—the perfect target for six friends hoping to prank the Royal Navy.
F6F Hellcats warm up on the flight deck of the USS Cowpens in early 1944. From 1943 on, she would fight in nearly every carrier battle until the end of the war and garner 12 battle stars—the most of any of the Independence-class light carriers.
Facing stiff resistance, U.S. Marines inch forward into the maw of battle on Saipan, June 1944. The conquest of the Marianas has begun.
U.S. destroyers move into dangerous shoal waters to pump salvos of 5-inch shells into stubborn German emplacements along Omaha Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944. American forces fought all day for this particular stretch—the same one described by Ernest Hemingway in his famous article “Voyage to Victory.”
A pair of F4F-3 Wildcat fighters of Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 22 head toward the enemy’s formation of Midway-bound bombers early on 4 June 1942.  Of MAG-22’s 26 fighter pilots who took off that morning, 14 later would be missing in action.
New Year’s Day 1956 found the ships of Operation Deep Freeze moored to the ice edge at the outer entrance of McMurdo Sound. Fine weather prevailed, affording pleasant hours for leisure groups out on the ice.
Italian Navy Underwater Operations Group personnel conduct reclamation operations.
U.S. Marines train with a member of the Ghana armed forces in marksmanship near Daboya, Ghana, during African Lion 23. Headquartering AfriCom in Africa would enhance its ability to support and cooperate with African nations.