Nashville, Arkansas Gunner’s Mate 1st Class Terrance Williamson stands small caliber action team (SCAT) watch on the forecastle of the Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Jackson (LCS 6).

Attached to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7, the USS Jackson is on a rotational deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the region, and to work alongside allied and partner navies to provide maritime security and stability, key pillars of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

USS Jackson (LCS 6) Sailor Stands Watch
Command Destroyer Squadron 7, photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Langhoff
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Just the Facts

90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

LOOK: What 25 Historic Battlefields Look Like Today

The following is an examination of what became of the sites where America waged its most important and often most brutal campaigns of war. Using a variety of sources, Stacker selected 25 historically significant battlefields in American history. For each one, Stacker investigated what happened there when the battles raged as well as what became of those hallowed grounds when the fighting stopped.

These are the battlefields that defined the United States military’s journey from upstart Colonial rebels to an invincible global war machine.