“It started with a machine gun burst from the north.”

-Army Sgt. Ryan Pitts — the ninth living veteran to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan — recounts the events that resulted in the deadliest single fight yet of the Afghan war.

Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed its doors for the last time Thursday.

(PHOTO: DECEMBER 8, 1950/NATIONAL ARCHIVES VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/As a way to pass the time, bedridden soldiers knitted and participated in other recreational activities.) 

Walter Reed Army Medical Center closed its doors for the last time Thursday.

(PHOTO: DECEMBER 8, 1950/NATIONAL ARCHIVES VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/As a way to pass the time, bedridden soldiers knitted and participated in other recreational activities.)