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Vought F4U-4B “Corsair” landing on the USS Philippine Sea after attacking targets in Korea, circa 7 December 1950.

Vought F4U-4B “Corsair” landing on the USS Philippine Sea after attacking targets in Korea, circa 7 December 1950.

/ December 19, 2011 / 30

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The port of Inchon being destroyed in the face of the Chinese advance.

The port of Inchon being destroyed in the face of the Chinese advance.

/ December 19, 2011 / 12

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AP reports: North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Dies at 69

SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s mercurial and enigmatic leader, has died. He was 69.

A state television presenter made the announcement Monday, saying that the leader died Saturday on a train trip, Reuters reported. The announcer said he had died of physical and mental over-work on his way to give “field guidance.”

/ December 18, 2011, 10:55pm / 45

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/ December 18, 2011 / 47

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British paratroopers and their Welbike.

December 18, 2011, 4:00pm / 50

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/ December 18, 2011 / 16

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"The battle of Iwo Island has been won. The United States Marines, by their individual and collective courage, have conquered a base which is as necessary to us in our continuing forward movement toward final victory as it was vital to the enemy in staving off ultimate defeat.By their victory, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully. Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

"The battle of Iwo Island has been won. The United States Marines, by their individual and collective courage, have conquered a base which is as necessary to us in our continuing forward movement toward final victory as it was vital to the enemy in staving off ultimate defeat.

By their victory, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully. Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

/ December 18, 2011 / 46

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/ December 18, 2011 / 27

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