The South Vietnamese fleet follows the USS Kirk to Subic Bay in the Philippines. The Kirk's final mission at the end of the Vietnam War was to bring the remnants of the South's navy to safety in the Philippines. Hugh Doyle hide caption

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Thousands of Israeli supporters mark Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit's fifth birthday in captivity in the Gaza Strip on Saturday at a rally outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem. Shalit was captured by Hamas-allied militants in 2006, when he was 19. Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama denounces an attack on Israeli settlers as he stands beside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. Netanyahu said the attack will not derail direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Ron Sachs/Getty Images hide caption

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Ba Nguyen (right), here with his wife, Nho, was able to maneuver his helicopter so his passengers — including his 10-month-old daughter — could drop to safety on the Kirk. He then flew the Chinook over the ocean and jumped out while the helicopter crashed. In July, Kirk crew members honored Nguyen with an Air Medal, the award the U.S. military gives for heroic feats while flying. Though he is afflicted with advanced Alzheimer's, he saluted upon receiving the award. David Deal for NPR hide caption

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View from on top of the bridge aboard the M/B SETB, a Congo River barge. Emery Makumeno for NPR hide caption

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