history

Mike Bernicchi (left), who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, records his oral history with interviewer Martin Medart at the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Cathy Carter / American Homefront

Encouraged by a Library of Congress initiative, volunteers and non-profit groups around the country are recording and preserving veterans' voices.

In 1976, 13 Marines were jailed after they burst into a room at Camp Pendleton and attacked the men inside. The attackers thought they were confronting Ku Klux Klan members. But they had mistakenly entered the wrong room.

A nuclear bomb and its parachute rest in a field near Goldsboro, N.C. after falling from a B-52 bomber in 1961. If it had detonated, it could have instantly killed thousands of people.
U.S. Air Force

During the Cold War, U.S. planes accidentally dropped nuclear bombs on the east coast, in Europe, and elsewhere. "Dumb luck" prevented a historic catastrophe.

Lawrence Livermore Laboratory is restoring and preserving the most complete collection of films from America’s role in the era of above-ground nuclear testing.