When America is at war thousands of Americans contribute to the effort. No matter one’s ethnic background, the call to serve is great—whether at home or on the front lines. People tell their story with letters sent home, entries in a journal, newspaper stories, and now email, and social media. The National Park Service preserves the stories of people who have fought for our country in many capacities. Learn about the diverse way people have served.
African American Military Heritage
From Buffalo Soldier to Tuskegee Airmen, African Americans have been leaving their mark on our nation's military since it's inception.
Asian American, Pacific Isl. Heritage
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have distinguished themselves in our nation's military even during our toughest moments as a nation.
Hispanic & Latino Military Heritage
Hispanic & Latino Americans have distinguished themselves, from early conflicts over border and territory and to modern wars.
Civilian War Experience
Coincidences in place and time have put these civilians in the center of firefights, and some have rushed in to help.
Last updated: November 9, 2017