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A NATO E-3A Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft from NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, West Germany, refuels from a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft during a training mission. The plane is one of eighteen such aircraft providing surveillance for member nations as directed by NATO’s Airborne Early Warning Force commander, 02/19/1988

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From the National Archives:

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A NATO E-3A Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft from NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, West Germany, refuels from a KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft during a training mission. The plane is one of eighteen such aircraft providing surveillance for member nations as directed by NATO’s Airborne Early Warning Force commander, 02/19/1988

Image description: Marines carry a boat toward the water during a drill in Thailand.
Photo by Sgt. Matthew Troyer, U.S. Marine Corps.

Image description: Marines carry a boat toward the water during a drill in Thailand.

Photo by Sgt. Matthew Troyer, U.S. Marine Corps.

Image description: U.S. Army Sgt. Nick Cunningham and his teammates Sgts. Justin Olsen, Johnny Quinn and Abraham Morlu jump into a bobsled at an event at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah, Dec. 7, 2013.
Cunningham and Olsen — who won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic games — are assigned to the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program and will compete alongside many other military members at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Check out bios, pictures and more stories about members of our military competing in Sochi.
Photo by Tim Hipps, U.S. Army

Image description: U.S. Army Sgt. Nick Cunningham and his teammates Sgts. Justin Olsen, Johnny Quinn and Abraham Morlu jump into a bobsled at an event at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah, Dec. 7, 2013.

Cunningham and Olsen — who won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic games — are assigned to the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program and will compete alongside many other military members at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

Check out bios, pictures and more stories about members of our military competing in Sochi.

Photo by Tim Hipps, U.S. Army

Image description: Cpl. Justin Cope climbs a jungle gym with students during recess at Palm Vista Elementary School in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Marines visited the school for the first time as part of the Adopt-a-School program. 
Photo from the U.S. Marines.

Image description: Cpl. Justin Cope climbs a jungle gym with students during recess at Palm Vista Elementary School in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Marines visited the school for the first time as part of the Adopt-a-School program. 

Photo from the U.S. Marines.

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Edgar Allan Poe: January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849

Edgar A. Poe,  From the series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes

Enlistment Papers for Edgar A. Perry [Poe], 05/26/1827

Literary icon Edgar Allan Poe was born 205 years ago on January 19, 1809.  

Among the holdings at the National Archives are records from Poe’s military career. Frequently in debt, he joined the Army at age 18 in 1827 during one of his bouts of financial difficulties.  His enlistment papers show the master of fiction at work, falsifying his name (“Edgar A. Perry”) and age (22, four years older than his real age at the time). The paper also described him as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, with brown hair, gray eyes, and a fair complexion. 

Poe’s military career fared little better than one of his doomed characters.  While he managed to get a coveted appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he was eventually court-martialed and dismissed within seven months.