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Trove of war posters discovered at New Hampshire library

One poster in a recently discovered trove vilifies the Nazis with a sword through a Bible and the words “This Is the Enemy.” Some encouraged self-sacrifice by promoting recycling, planting …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 10:48 p.m.

WWII Army nurse, now 98, honored as hero in Seattle

When nurse Frances Harman learned her older brother, Jim, had been called to Army service during World War II she quickly decided not to be left behind.


Then and Now: Baxter General Hospital

As World War II began in earnest, the wounded returning from war overwhelmed the military hospital system and new hospitals were planned. In 1942, city of Spokane donated 160 acres …


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 9:04 p.m.

Pentagon identifies Tuskegee Airman missing from World War II

The Defense Department announced Friday that it has accounted for the first of more than two dozen black aviators, known as Tuskegee Airmen, who went missing in action during World …


At 100, Orville Rogers misses world record chance in Spokane but hopes for strong weekend on track

World War II veteran Orville Rogers was sidelined Thursday in an attempt to set the world record for the fastest 800-meter race by a man over the age of 100. …


David Von Drehle: How can you forget?

Lately, I can’t shake the image of a young man on a battlefield in France or the South Pacific. It’s 1944. He’s dying – one more incremental death amid the …


Shot down in Germany, veteran’s remains returned to Idaho

Seventy-three years after his bomber was shot down over East Germany, Staff Sgt. Charles H. Daman has come home.


Paul Turner: On your calendar or not, D-Day worth remembering

D-Day used to be marked on calendars like Christmas or Thanksgiving.


In scattered memorials, Spokane remembers its nation’s wars – but what do the monuments mean?

Memorial Day is a time to remember the people who died while serving in the military. Monuments are just one way to remember the dead, yet what those memorials represent, …


UPDATED: Sun., May 13, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Memphis Belle’s rebirth: Rehabbed WWII bomber rolling out

On Thursday, the 75th anniversary of its final mission, the lovingly restored Memphis Belle, with the leggy, swimsuit-clad pinup girl freshly repainted on the nose, will be unveiled at the …


UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

Filipino veterans to receive Congressional Gold Medals for WWII service

On Saturday, hundreds of Filipino veterans and their families will receive Congressional Gold Medals in recognition of their service in World War II.


Polish adviser says Israel wants ‘monopoly on the Holocaust’

An adviser to Poland’s president says he thinks Israel’s negative reaction to a law criminalizing some statements about Poland’s actions during World War II stemmed from a “feeling of shame …


As a child, Spokane woman was taken captive in Philippines during WWII

A lifelong fear of snakes, acute memories of hunger and an abiding gratitude for the U.S. military is the legacy of Sharon Kromholtz’s time as a POW.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 10:51 a.m.

Polish PM: Holocaust bill needed, but timing wasn’t good

Legislation to criminalize certain statements about the Holocaust in Poland could have been timed and presented better, the country’s prime minister acknowledged Friday, but he insisted that the law is …


Putin presides at events marking end of Stalingrad battle

President Vladimir Putin attended commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory in the battle of Stalingrad, lauding the Red Army’s victory as a shining example of the nation’s …


Israel slams bill to outlaw blaming Poles for crimes of WWII

Israeli leaders angrily criticized pending legislation in Poland that would outlaw blaming Poles for the crimes of the Holocaust, with some accusing the Polish government of outright denial Saturday as …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 8:57 p.m.

She hung a Nazi flag in her antique shop. Now she’s getting death threats.

Shelton shopkeeper Janice Danker said she’s receiving death threats. The reason?


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 7:17 a.m.

There’s only 1 known Pearl Harbor survivor left in Spokane area. This widow is striving not to let community forget attack.

Vina Mikkelsen, 86, is orchestrating this year’s Pearl Harbor remembrance in honor of her husband, Denis, a Navy radioman stationed on the USS West Virginia when the Japanese attacked in …


Past opinions provide perspective

Pearl Harbor Day is Thursday. The following are Spokesman-Review editorials on the attack. Don’t discriminate, Dec. 11, 1942


The Christmas Bureau started with generosity toward GI wounded in World War II

The newspaper clippings are faded and yellow, but their message is familiar. Christmas is coming and donations are needed to help some of our neighbors have a good holiday.


Filipino WWII veterans awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Filipino veterans of World War II have been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, 75 years after they joined with the United States to defeat Japan.


Germany rejects Polish demand for World War II reparations

The German government said Friday that the question of paying reparations to Poland for World War II has been resolved for over 60 years and there’s no reason to reopen …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, 7:35 p.m.

Danny Westneat: WWII couple embody real heritage

Wilma said she’s been appalled that any American leader would wink and nod at neo-Nazis, considering the lengths her generation went to fight it.


Looking Back: Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Soviet-Nazi Pact, Aug. 25, 1939


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Will Rogers, RIP, Aug. 17, 1935


Remains of World War II airman returned to Montana

Though he died 75 years ago, airman William “Bill” Gruber continues to watch over his little brother from a framed portrait in the younger man’s Helena home.


UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

For 75 years, Charlie and Mable Mitson have enjoyed a marriage of adventure, humor and love

Seventy-five years ago Tuesday, a pastor married Charlie and Mable Mitson. The young couple, both Coeur d’Alene teenagers, were about to embark on lives on the cusp of change: Within …


Richland student recording stories for National World War II Museum

A Hanford High student is in the middle of a yearlong endeavor to record the stories of World War II veterans, merchant sailors, nurses, Manhattan Project workers and home front …


UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 3:33 p.m.

75 years ago, the United States forced Japanese into internment camps. After World War II, many settled in Spokane. These are their stories.

President Roosevelt’s 1942 order for the internment of Japanese-Americans is 75 years old this year. Decades have passed, but survivors still harber dark memories of the time, possessions and dignity …


Holocaust Survivor to visit Spokane in June

Marthe Cohn, 97, travels the country sharing her story of surviving the Holocaust, and will speak in Spokane on June 14 at the Spokane Convention Center, according to Rabbi Yisroel …