On April 21, 1778,
General Washington wrote to Lt. Col. John Banister:
"No history ... can furnish an instance of an army's suffering such uncommon hardships as ours has done, and bearing them with the same patience and fortitude--
... To see men without clothes to cover their nakedness, without blankets to lay on, without shoes, by which their marches might be traced by the blood from their feet, and almost as often without provisions ...
... marching through frost and snow, and at Christmas taking up their winter quarters within a day's march of the enemy, without a house or hut to cover them
... and submitting to it without a murmur, is a mark of patience and obedience which in my opinion can scarce be paralleled."
President Calvin Coolidge told the Daughters of the American Revolution, April 19, 1926:
"We have been told of the unselfish devotion of the women who gave their own warm garments to fashion clothing for the suffering Continental Army during that bitter winter at Valley Forge.
Lutheran Pastor Henry Muhlenberg, whose sons Peter and Frederick served in the First U.S. Congress, wrote in The Notebook of a Colonial Clergyman:
"I heard a fine example today, namely that His Excellency General Washington rode around among his army yesterday and admonished each to fear God, to put away wickedness... and to practice Christian virtues."
The Aircraft Carrier USS Essex CV-9
She was decommissioned for the last time in 1969, and sold by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrap on 1 June 1975. 
The modernized Essex with an angled flight deck, seen in heavy seas in 1960.
Please click on the URL below for a compelling video from the USS Essex CV-9. Footage donated by CriticalPast.
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The United Nations Command, with support from U.S. Forces Korea, repatriated 55 cases of remains of fallen U.S. service members returned by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea.