ACLU Objects to Crosses on Federal Property (Photo)
Is the American Civil Liberties Union against displaying crosses on federal property? (W/photo of veterans' cemetery.)
ACLU Objects to Marines Praying (Photo)
Has the ACLU raised objections to U.S. service personnel praying based on a photo showing a group of Marines with bowed heads?
ACLU Sues to Prohibit Military Prayer & Crosses in Federal Cemeteries?
Email chain letter claims the ACLU has filed lawsuits to remove all crosses from military gravesites and to prohibit military personnel from praying. The email further states that "thanks to the retched [sic] ACLU and our new (Obama) administration," Navy chaplains can no longer mention Jesus' name in prayer.
Air Force Jets Fly in 'USA' Formation (Photo)
Photo purports to show a Veterans Day flyby of T-38 Talon jet fighters in a formation spelling out 'USA' over the "Taj Mahal" building at Randolph Air Force Base.
Amazing Rooftop Helicopter Landing (Photo)
Authentic emailed image of a U.S. military helicopter accomplishing a precarious rooftop landing and pick-up in Afghanistan.
Barack Obama Snubs Troops on Visit to Afghanistan
Email purportedly written by a U.S. Army captain claims Barack Obama shunned rank-and-file soldiers during his July 2008 visit to military installations in Afghanistan.
The Black Patch (Photo)
Emailed photo shows a U.S. soldier wearing a black patch which reads "Doing the work of..." over the flags of France, Germany and Russia.
Bush Runs with Amputee Soldier (Photo)
TRUE. Emailed photo shows President Bush running beside U.S. Army Sgt. Mike McNaughton, who lost his leg in a land mine explosion in Afghanistan.
The Capture of Saddam Hussein (Photos)
Emailed photos not released by the U.S. government show the December 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein in Tikrit, Iraq. They appear to be genuine.
Change in Military Funeral Protocol?
Viral message claims President Obama has ordered changes in military funeral protocol resulting in the folded flag being presented to next-of-kin "on behalf of the Secretary of Defense" instead of "on behalf of the President."
Christmas at Arlington Cemetery (Photos)
Authentic: Emailed images show Christmas wreaths adorning the headstones of fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
Christmas Cards for Wounded Soldiers
Email flier says Christmas cards can be sent to wounded servicemen and women at Walter Reed Army Medical Center by addressing them 'A Recovering American Soldier.'
Circulating via forwarded email, a tribute to Vietnam War hero and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Ed Freeman, who died at the age of 80 in Boise, Idaho on August 20, 2008.
'Found Photos' of Pearl Harbor Attack
Emailed photos of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor were purportedly discovered on a roll of film from an old Kodak Brownie camera.
Email Memorializes Darrell 'Shifty' Powers
Email tribute to Darrell "Shifty" Powers, World War II hero and member of the "Band of Brothers" made famous by the Stephen Ambrose book and HBO miniseries of the same title. He died on June 17, 2009.
Five Nuclear Carriers at Norfolk Naval Station
Viral message claims five nuclear carriers were docked at once at Norfolk Naval Station in Feb. 2013 for routine inspections, allegedly a breach of military protocol and the first time this has happened since WWII.
General Giap on How U.S. Lost the Vietnam War
Bogus passage allegedly penned by former North Vietnam General Vo Nguyen Giap attributes U.S. loss of the Vietnam War to homefront disruption caused by biased media.
Gold Star Mothers vs. Hillary Clinton
Did Senator Hillary Clinton refuse to meet with the Gold Star Mothers during their February 2001 lobbying junket in Washington, D.C.?
Green, Green Grass from Home (Photo)
Emailed image purporting to show a U.S. soldier in Iraq tending a small plot of grass grown from seeds sent by his wife back home.
'Hanoi Jane' Fonda
Email rumors allege that Fonda purposely betrayed U.S. POWs in Vietnam to their captors.
Human Statue of Liberty (Photo)
AUTHENTIC: Circulating via email, a vintage 1918 photograph by Mole & Thomas captures an aerial view of 18,000 enlisted men and officers forming a "Human Statue of Liberty."
Jet Aircraft Breaking the Sound Barrier (Photos)
Authentic images circulating via email capture the formation of condensation clouds around jet aircraft flying near the speed of sound.
John Kerry Criticized by Swift Boat Veterans
Circulating via email: critical comments about Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry by former military personnel.
John Kerry's War Record
Forwarded email criticizes Senator John Kerry's record as a Vietnam War hero/dissident.
John McCain's Sons
Forwarded email states that three of Republican presidential candidate John McCain's sons are in the military, and one, Jimmy McCain, served as a Marine infantryman in Iraq.
MiG Jet Fighter Found Buried in Iraq (Photos)
Emailed images show U.S. forces uncovering a Russian MiG-25 Foxbat jet fighter found buried in sand in Iraq.
Military Casualties Under Clinton vs. Bush
Email flier purports to demonstrate that there were more U.S. military casualties under the Bill Clinton administration than there have been during the Iraq War under George W. Bush.
Military to Pledge Loyalty Oath to Obama Instead of Constitution
Emailed "news story" claims the Obama administration is quietly planning to replace the military oath of loyalty to the Constitution with a pledge of loyalty to Obama himself.
Mr. Rogers Was a Marine Sniper / Navy Seal
Was Fred Rogers, longtime host of the children's TV show Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, a trained sharpshooter with dozens of kills to his credit as a Marine sniper (or Navy Seal)?
Oscar Mayer Refuses to Send Hot Dogs to Marines
Forwarded email urges 'patriots' to boycott Oscar Mayer hot dogs because the company allegedly refused to ship its products to U.S. Marines stationed in Iraq
Navy Seals (Photo)
Viral image purports to show a battle-ready team of Navy SEALs, fully armed and wearing skull masks.
Rush Limbaugh on Compensation of 9/11 Victims vs. Military Families
Short text attributed to Rush Limbaugh points out the unfairness of 9/11 victims' families being paid greater benefits than family members of American military personnel killed in action.
'Sandstorm from Hell' in Al Asad, Iraq (Photos)
Emailed photos evidently snapped by a U.S. soldier document a "sandstorm from hell" at Al Asad airbase in Iraq on April 26, 2005.
Sears Maintains Benefits for Military Reservists
TRUE. Sears, Roebuck & Co. maintains full job benefits and partial pay for military reservists called to active duty for the Iraq war.
Shark Attacks Helicopter! (Photo)
Dramatic still photo shows a great white shark lunging out of the water towards a diver dangling precariously from low-flying helicopter.
Starbucks Refuses to Donate Coffee to U.S. Marines
Email flier accuses Starbucks of refusing to donate free coffee to U.S. Marines on the, er, grounds that the company is against the Iraq war "and anyone in it."
Statue by Iraqi Artist 'Kalat' Pays Tribute to U.S. Troops (Photos)
Emailed photos show a memorial statue by Iraqi artist "Kalat" purportedly honoring the American troops who liberated his country.
The Story of 'Taps'
History and folklore clash in this email tale about the origin of the touching and famous bugle call.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Email flier purports to describe the lifelong duties of the Honor Guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
War and Pizza
Does the volume of pizza deliveries to the White House and Pentagon increase during major military operations? A look at the Domino's Theory.
Warning to Veterans
Forwarded email purporting to originate from U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs attorney Michael G. Daugherty warns veterans to avoid dealing with an unaffiliated organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS).
Web Retailer's Rude Reply to U.S. Soldier in Iraq
Forwarded email shows rude response sent by online retailer Discount-Mats.com in answer to a product inquiry from an American soldier stationed in Iraq.
Yellow Ribbon 'Tradition' Is of Recent Origin
Displaying yellow ribbons to honor U.S. troops fighting overseas has become such a ubiquitous and familiar symbol that many people assume its origins to be quite old. Folklorists say its history stretches back little more than 20 years.