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UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 9:38 p.m.

Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp

A University of Denver team is using drone images to create a 3D reconstruction of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp in southern Colorado


U.S. WWII bomb detonated in Germany, causing widespread damage

The controlled detonation of an American World War II bomb in the southern German city of Regensburg has still caused widespread damage to nearby houses.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Flypast honors US bomber crew who died saving British kids

Tony Foulds has a routine when he visits the memorial for 10 American airmen – one of whom was from Idaho Falls –killed in World War II.


Richard Overton, nation’s oldest man and WWII vet, dies at 112

Richard Overton, who was America’s oldest man and oldest war veteran, died Thursday in Austin. Overton, who was honored for his military service and beloved for his propensity to enjoy …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 9:20 a.m.

WWII pilot killed in vintage airplane crash in Texas

The 93-year-old passenger who was killed when a World War II-era fighter aircraft crashed in South Texas had been a WWII pilot, according to group that arranges fighter plane rides …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 11:18 a.m.

WWII veterans meet for lunch in Nampa, maybe for the last time

The group has been meeting every September for over a decade at Nielson’s house to reunite and retell stories. This year, the subtle fear that it may be the last …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 2:31 p.m.

55 years after war’s end, WWII flying ace returns flag to family of fallen Japanese soldier

In 2000, WWII flying ace Ralph Wandrey reached out to researcher Henry Sakaida. He was in possession, he told Sakaida, of a flag he had taken from Japanese barracks while …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Action over Papua New Guinea: At 96, WWII flying ace recalls time in the air

Ralph Wandrey joined the U.S. Army Air Corps at 20, about a month before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. At the time of his enlistment he was told he would …


WWII documents reveal importance of air raid wardens

Carson had been deputized as what was known as an air raid warden in the Westpark neighborhood (now Bay Vista) during World War II. He was a part of a …


Dottie Mae sees the skies again: Fly-in offers glimpses of historic World War II aircraft this weekend in Lewiston

A World War II Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter restored after decades underwater will headline the second Radials N’ Rivers Fly-In at the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport Saturday.


Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred. On Tuesday, Julius Heinrich Otto “Henry” Pieper, his …


Going strong at 93: Troy WWII veteran still mows his lawn, drives, does mechanic work

Clayton Zolber celebrated his 93rd birthday Wednesday, but the World War II veteran almost did not live to see 20.


Soldiers recall carnage of Alaska WWII battle 75 years later

William Roy Dover’s memory of the World War II battle is as sharp as it was 75 years ago, even though it’s been long forgotten by most everyone else.


WW II Marine’s stolen ashes finally at ease

In 2002, Barbara Jo Payne loaded up her dad’s ashes as she was moving to her new home in Vancouver. The small box containing the ashes of Wathen “Curt” Curtsinger …


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?


Navajo Code Talker Teddy Draper Sr. dies in Arizona at 96

A Navajo Code Talker who used his native language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died in Arizona.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 6, 2017, 10:23 a.m.

Front Porch: Every time we say goodbye

Seventy-two. That’s how many individuals made the final cut of the book. Twenty-four. That’s how many people died before “War Bonds” made it into print. Twenty. That’s how many goodbyes …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 10:49 a.m.

WWII vet, Gonzaga alumnus honored at Bulldogs season opener

His eyes misty and his smile wide, World War II veteran Gordon Van Scotter cradled the white, autographed basketball given to him by his alma mater Friday night.


Fears squashed: Zucchini mistaken for WWII bomb in Germany

A worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he thought was a World War II bomb in his garden. Officers rushed over – and found a particularly large zucchini.


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 …


Polish minister: EU leaders erasing Poles from WWII memory

Poland’s defense minister accused European critics of trying to “erase” the tragic fate Poles suffered at German hands during World War II “from the historical memory of Europe.”


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 11:01 a.m.

U.S. vet returns dead Japanese soldier’s flag

Tatsuya Yasue buried his face into the flag and smelled it. Then he held the 93-year-old hands that brought this treasure home, and kissed them. Marvin Strombo, who had taken …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

U.S. WWII vet returns Japanese flag to fallen soldier’s family

The former U.S. Marine knew the calligraphy-covered flag he took from a fallen Japanese soldier 73 years ago was more than a keepsake of World War II. When Marvin Strombo …


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.


10K to be evacuated in Poland while WWII bomb is destroyed

Authorities in eastern Poland have ordered an evacuation of some 10,000 people and the temporary closure of the road to Belarus on Sunday to allow for the removal and destruction …


UPDATED: Sun., July 2, 2017, 12:19 p.m.

Doug Clark on the passing of WWII vets: ‘What we really need is another Greatest Generation’

Doug Clark remarks on the passing of World War II veteran Bill Wheatley, one of the nation’s disappearing heroes.


WWII veteran’s remains return home after missing 74 years

More than 70 years ago, a U.S. Army bomber plane dubbed “Hot as Hell” was headed for India on a supply mission. It never arrived, and no one went looking …


Idaho woman finds 1938 Nazi explosive in parents’ shed

An Idaho woman said she discovered a Nazi explosive as she was helping her parents clean out their shed.


Oregon museum displays WWII models built 75 years ago

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Through a seemingly endless parade of books, movies, documentaries, archival footage and photographs, World War II and its impact still seem so accessible even though its …