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Red Cross Retrospective - Service to Armed Forces, Then and Now

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    American Red Cross Recreation Hut near Paris.
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    This photograph, taken in New York's subway in 1917, shows one of the earliest Red Cross canteen workers serving coffee to a young soldier on his way to France.
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    WWI. France. Helen Parker of Washington, DC and Helen Ruff of St. Paul, MN are the Red Cross Recreation workers.
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    1917. Haute Marne, France. General view of Ward 1, Base Hospital No. 52, shows Capt. Frank Bird, dressing patient, nurses Miss L. Rodskapp, Miss Margaret Dell, and Miss Ruth Edmunds.
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    October 1945. Marville, France. Red Cross club girls, Wilhamina Barrow and Juanita Morrow, both from NYC, serve troops of the 27th Chemical Company, after travelling 100 miles by truck to deliver cookies and doughnuts.
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    ARC clubmobile worker Elizabeth Williamson, Mitchell, South Dakota holds the tray, while Mary Teresi, 1946 SE 22nd, Portland, Oregon, does a neat balancing job to hand out doughnuts to obviously satisfied customers.
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    August 1944. France. Red Cross clubmobile girls hand out doughnuts from an American Red Cross Clubmobile.
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    1944. Italy. With the US Army Air Forces. Their eyes are turned upward as they watch returning bombers circle the landing field.
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    November 1969. Tuy Hoa, Vietnam. "Airman 1st Class Ronald Ness, 507 Brookside Avenue, North Augusta, South Carolina, tries his hand at shuffleboard in Red Cross recreation room at the Tuy Hoa Air Force Base.
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    December, 1969 Vietnam War. Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam American Red Cross recreation worker Joan Christianson helps Sgt. Thomas E. Post as he wraps Christmas presents to send home in Red Cross recreation center at Cam Ranh Air Base.
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    Red Cross volunteer assisting sailor at Norfolk Naval Station. July 2013.
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    Red Cross staff sharing information with soldier in Iraq. May 2010.
On the Fourth of July, we remember and commemorate all of the service members who sacrificed their comfort and freedom in order to serve our country.

For more than 230 years, patriots have answered the call to serve and defend the United States through their service to the military. On the Fourth of July, we remember and commemorate all of the service members who sacrificed their comfort and freedom in order to serve our country. The American Red Cross has been a vital part of this story for more than 130 years – providing comfort and care for the wounded, ill and injured, but also ensuring military families stay connected during times of emergency.

The Red Cross works on behalf of the American public to make sure military personnel receive assistance whenever and wherever they need it. Just as Clara Barton rallied volunteers to serve on the battlefield, we continue to serve alongside service members and military families in Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa and the United States.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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