Remains of Utah pilot killed in WWII are finally home
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The remains of a World War II pilot shot down in Germany have arrived back in his home state of Utah, where they are expected to be buried.
ARLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) — Choir students at Arlington High School are preparing for a performance unlike any they've given before.
Next year they'll have a chance to commemorate the 75th...
KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) — Roughly 75 years ago, U.S. Army soldier Frank Delaney was killed in a foxhole during a fierce artillery battle in Germany during World War II.
Correction: World War II Veteran-Medals story
JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — In a story March 10 about medals being turned over to the family of a World War II veteran, 1st Lt. Walter B. Ingledew Jr., The Associated Press erroneously reported the year...
Body of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor is identified
WASHINGTON (AP) — The body of an Ohio sailor killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II has been identified.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — During World War II, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, who performed for Allied troops, is quoted as saying that soldiers at war become "more contemplative" and "more...
HOBART, Okla. (AP) — A Marine who went missing during a World War II battle on a remote Pacific island will be buried next month in his Oklahoma hometown after his remains were identified last...
BALTIMORE (AP) — A gesture as simple as writing a check can have heroic consequences.
The $900 that the Baltimore heiress and art patron Saidie Adler May filled out represents a modest sum,...
Students help D-Day Memorial give old plane new life
BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — Students with Liberty University's School of Aeronautics are getting a history lesson along with their training this year.
German mayor apologizes for publishing Nazi-era memorial ad
BERLIN (AP) — The mayor of Hildburghausen in Germany has apologized for publishing a Nazi-era memorial ad as part of an official notice commemorating the town's bombardment by Allied forces during...
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Today in History
Today is Saturday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2019. There are 311 days left in the year.
Funeral held for sailor in V-J Day Times Square kiss photo
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The sailor photographed kissing a woman in Times Square at the end of World War II was mourned Friday at a funeral in Rhode Island.
Remains of Massachusetts pilot who crashed during WWII ID’d
BOSTON (AP) — The remains of an airman whose plane crashed during a bombing run in World War II have been identified.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Friday that it officially...
Fly-past honors WWII airmen who died saving UK children
SHEFFIELD, England (AP) — U.S. and Royal Air Force planes roared over the English city of Sheffield on Friday to honor 10 American airmen who sacrificed their lives to save British children...
Thanks in a tank: WWII gunner, now 95, gets a nostalgic ride
BOSTON (AP) — The inside of a tank was Clarence Smoyer's home, and the crew was his family.
In that sense, the 95-year-old veteran returned home Wednesday for the first time since World War...
Armando Rodriguez, WWII vet who served 4 US presidents, dies
Armando M. Rodriguez, a Mexican immigrant and World War II veteran who served in the administrations of four U.S. presidents while pressing for civil rights and education reforms, has...
Poland awaiting Israel’s apology for minister’s comments
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish government official said Tuesday that Warsaw is still waiting for Israel's government to apologize for comments the acting foreign minister made about Poles and...
Flypast honors US bomber crew who died saving British kids
SHEFFIELD, England (AP) — Tony Foulds has a routine when he visits the memorial for 10 American airmen killed in World War II.
First, he kisses his finger and lays it on the metal plate...
Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95.
Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, his daughter, Sharon Molleur, told The Providence Journal.
Israeli leaders’ Nazi comments derail European summit
JERUSALEM (AP) — Poland on Monday withdrew from a European summit in Jerusalem, derailing the meeting and embarrassing its Israeli hosts, to protest claims by Israel's acting foreign minister that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk."
The abrupt cancellation marked a new low in a bitter and long-running conflict between Poland and Israel over how to characterize Polish actions toward its Jewish community during World War II.
Israeli leader pledges funds for museum for Jewish WWII vets
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Sunday that his government would allocate the necessary funds to complete a long-promised museum honoring Jewish World War II veterans.
US Vice President Mike Pence makes his first Auschwitz visit
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the memorial site of Auschwitz on Friday along with the Polish president and Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump, viewing a train car, crematoriums and the hair of victims that make it such a powerful testament to the evil that befell Europe in the last century.
Sunken WWII U.S. carrier discovered in Pacific
US vice president honors Jews, Poles who resisted Nazis
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid homage Thursday to the suffering of the Jewish and Polish people under German occupation during World War II with visits to memorials honoring their suffering and heroism.
Vessel discovers wreck of World War II carrier Hornet
SEATTLE (AP) — A research vessel funded by the late Seattle billionaire Paul Allen has discovered the wreckage of an American aircraft carrier sunk in the South Pacific during World War II. It is the latest in an ongoing effort to discover sunken vessels.
Allen's Vulcan Inc. announced this week that an autonomous submarine sent by the crew of the research vessel Petrel found the USS Hornet nearly 17,500 feet (5,400 meters) deep near the Solomon Islands.
Volunteers invited to WWII veteran’s funeral
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A veterans' services director in Massachusetts is looking for volunteers to attend the funeral of a World War II veteran who has no surviving family.
Lawrence Veterans' Service Director Jaime Melendez tells The Eagle-Tribune that James McCue died Feb. 7 at a health care center in Methuen. He was 97.
McCue enlisted in the Army in 1943 and fought with an anti-aircraft unit. State Secretary of Veterans Affairs Francisco Urena says McCue landed in Normandy on D-Day in 1944.
Maine man seeks help identifying subjects in WWII photos
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who recently uncovered a trove of World War II-era photos says he's hoping to find people who can tell him about his father's past in the military.
Report: Finnish SS volunteers likely killed Jews in WWII
HELSINKI (AP) — An Israeli Holocaust historian praised authorities in Finland on Sunday for publishing a report that concluded Finnish volunteers serving with Nazi Germany's Waffen-SS "very likely" took part in World War II atrocities, including the mass murder of Jews.
Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center lauded the determination of the National Archives of Finland to release the findings even if doing so was "painful and uncomfortable" for Finland.
Holocaust survivor from Hungary tracks down stolen artwork
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Clara Garbon-Radnoti has painful memories of the Holocaust, which claimed the lives of more than 6 million European Jews during World War II, including more than 500,000 from her native Hungary.
Among them were her father, her sister and 31 first cousins. Garbon-Radnoti, who was a teenager, said she escaped by hiding in 22 places around Hungary as the Nazis and their Hungarian supporters hunted for Jews to deport to death camps.
Kodiak students step back in time at Fort Abercrombie
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A group of Peterson Elementary third-graders glimpsed snapshots of World War II history on Kodiak Island when they visited the Kodiak Military Museum at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park on a crisp, clear Jan. 25 morning.
Led by third-grade teacher John Malloy and armed with iPads to document their trip, the large platoon of students explored the now-empty and weather-worn bunkers and buildings on the trails around Miller Point.
Japan’s Abe vows to resolve territorial dispute with Russia
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Thursday to take a "step-by-step" approach in resolving a territorial dispute with Russia left over from World War II.
Abe told a rally of former residents of four islands seized by Russia in the war's final days and their supporters Thursday that settling the conflict over what Japan calls its "northern territories" was difficult but necessary.
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Friday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2019. There are 333 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 1, 1960, four black college students began a sit-in protest at a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, where they'd been refused service.
On this date:
In 1790, the U.S. Supreme Court convened for the first time in New York. (However, since only three of the six justices were present, the court recessed until the next day.)
Israel leader scorned for wooing Holocaust-distorting allies
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warm welcome to Lithuania's prime minister marks his latest embrace of an eastern European leader who has offered strong political support while promoting a distorted image of the Holocaust.
SKoreans mourn death of wartime sex slave who fought Tokyo
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean woman who was forced as a girl into a brothel and sexually enslaved by the Japanese military during World War II was mourned Wednesday by hundreds of protesters who demanded reparations from Tokyo over wartime atrocities.
Kim Bok-dong had been a vocal leader at the rallies that have been held every Wednesday in Seoul for nearly 30 years. She died on Monday at a Seoul hospital where she had been receiving treatment for cancer. She was 92.
Auschwitz survivors pay homage as world remembers Holocaust
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday amid a revival of hate-inspired violence and signs that younger generations know less and less about the genocide of Jews, Roma and others by Nazi Germany during World War II.
3 St. Louis-area WWII veterans honored by France
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Three St. Louis-area World War II veterans in their 90s who played roles in liberating France from Nazi occupation have been given France's Legion of Honor.
Russia and Putin mark 75 years since WWII siege of Leningrad
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Russian city of St. Petersburg marked the 75th anniversary of the end of the devastating World War II siege by Nazi forces with a large military parade Sunday in the city's sprawling Palace Square.
Russian President Vladimir Putin later laid flowers at a monument in Piskarevskoye Cemetery, where hundreds of thousands of siege victims are buried.
Today in History
Today in History
Today is Sunday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2019. There are 338 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 27, 1967, astronauts Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Edward H. White and Roger B. Chaffee died in a flash fire during a test aboard their Apollo spacecraft.
On this date:
In 1756, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria.
Exhibit on Louisiana efforts in WWII goes to Natchitoches
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Museum goers in northern Louisiana will soon be able to see an exhibit on Louisiana's efforts in World War II.
A special exhibit produced by The National WWII Museum in New Orleans will go on view at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum on Feb. 1.
The exhibition, called The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II, highlights the state's contributions to the war effort.
It includes artifacts, photographs and oral histories.
Russia, Japan make no visible progress on territorial spat
MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Japan acknowledged Tuesday that settling a decades-long territorial dispute poses a daunting challenge but vowed to continue negotiations.
The Soviet Union took the four southernmost Kuril Islands during the final days of World War II. Japan asserts territorial rights to the islands, which it calls the Northern Territories, and the dispute has kept the countries from signing a peace treaty.
Germany, France renew friendship treaty, warn of nationalism
AACHEN, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Tuesday against rising nationalism in Europe and called for a revival of cross-border cooperation as she and her French counterpart signed a pact renewing their countries' decades-long friendship.
The new accord was inked in the ancient western German city of Aachen exactly 56 years after the 1963 Elysee Treaty, which set the tone for the two countries' close relationship following centuries of conflict that ended with World War II.
Remains of West Virginia airman who died in WWII identified
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The remains of a West Virginia airman and two other servicemen who died in Europe during World War II have been identified, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Thursday
The remains found in 2016 have been identified as belonging to Sgt. John Kalausich of Charleston.
Man finally given discus medal he won in 1944 Drake Relays
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 93-year-old World War II veteran has finally been given a medal he won at the 1944 Drake Relays track meet.
Remains of Pennsylvania airman who died in WWII identified
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Military authorities have announced the identification of remains of a Pennsylvania airman and two other servicemen who died in Europe during World War II.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Thursday that 19-year-old Air Forces Sgt. Vernon L. Hamilton of Monongahela was accounted for last month.
Pearl Harbor submarine museum begins $20M update project
HONOLULU (AP) — Officials broke ground on a $20 million revitalization and expansion project for the Pearl Harbor campus of the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park.
The project, which is expected to be complete in April 2020, will add new exhibits and about 3,000 square feet (279 square meters) of space, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported .
Daughter’s plea draws 50,000 birthday cards for US veteran
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — When Sue Morse requested on Facebook that friends send her father well-wishes for his Dec. 30 birthday, she expected maybe 160 cards.
At 96, World War II veteran and Purple Heart medal recipient Duane Sherman has survived most of his friends.
WWII vet who got degree delayed by nearly 7 decades has died
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A World War II veteran who flew planes for the Navy and received his college degree last spring nearly 70 years after he last sat in a classroom has died, his family said. He was 97.
Bob Barger died Wednesday at a Toledo retirement community where he lived, according to Newcomer Funeral Home and a family friend.
Russia irked by Japanese statements on long-disputed islands
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry says it has summoned the Japanese ambassador over recent statements from Tokyo about disputed Pacific islands.
The Soviet Union took the four southernmost Kuril Islands during the final days of World War II. Japan asserts territorial rights to the islands, which it calls the Northern Territories.
The decades-long dispute has kept Russia and Japan from signing a peace treaty.