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US citizens Lee Rogers and John Todd photographed after being liberated from their civilian internment camp. Both men had been working at the university in Manila when the Japanese invaded, and were interned for the duration of the war.

US citizens Lee Rogers and John Todd photographed after being liberated from their civilian internment camp. Both men had been working at the university in Manila when the Japanese invaded, and were interned for the duration of the war.

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Military suicides hit a record high in 2012

Service members committed suicide during 2012 at a record pace: more than 349 took their own lives across the four branches, or one every 25 hours, a Department of Defense spokesperson confirmed Monday.

The Army sustained the heaviest suicide toll at 182, a dark tally that — as NBC News reported Jan. 3 — marked another frightening first as soldier suicides last year outpaced the 176 Army members who were killed in combat while serving Operation Enduring Freedom, according to Pentagon officials.

During 2012, there also were 60 suicides among active-duty members of the Navy, 59 in the Air Force and 48 in the Marine Corps. Throughout the U.S. military, suicides increased by nearly 16 percent from 2011 to 2012, figures show. The Department of Defense has been issuing annual reports that track suicides since 2008, said spokeswoman Cynthia O. Smith.

“We’ve asked too much of too few for too long, and this is the conversation the country needs to have. This is not just a military issue.”

/ January 14, 2013, 9:55pm / 221

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Two physicians of the Red Army, both of which held the rank of captain photographed in 1942

Two physicians of the Red Army, both of which held the rank of captain photographed in 1942

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The bodies of the women and children slaughtered by the Japanese during their retreat from Manila

The bodies of the women and children slaughtered by the Japanese during their retreat from Manila

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British soldiers on their train headed for the front, 1939/1940

British soldiers on their train headed for the front, 1939/1940

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The destruction of the London docks during the Blitz, 1940

The destruction of the London docks during the Blitz, 1940

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A US medic giving care to a wounded SS soldier

A US medic giving care to a wounded SS soldier

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Two young girls playing by the coast fortifications, 1940

Two young girls playing by the coast fortifications, 1940

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