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At the dawn of the 1940s, much of the world was already at war. Less than two years later, the United States would be drawn into the conflict. But by the end of the decade, the U.S. was again at peace – for a few more months, at least – and was well on its way to prosperity. For cooks at home, the change was dramatic.
In a moment seven decades in the making, President Barack Obama this month will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb during World War II, decimating a city and exploding the world into the Atomic Age.
Israel is marking its annual Holocaust remembrance day, in memory of the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators.
The money Justin Peterson raised has allowed more than 100 war veterans to fly to Washington, D.C., and visit the memorials. The 15-year-old started his fundraising campaign when he was 9. As part of a school paper on World War II, he interviewed 10 veterans.
The Patriot Guard Riders stood silently, their flags held aloft as a light rain fell at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spokane Valley on Saturday. They’d come to honor Charles Boyer, 95, who died April 15.
A major Jewish organization has opened its first chapter in Poland, the most recent sign of a Jewish revival in the Central European nation that comes even as Jews have been recently fleeing Western European nations hit by Islamic violence.
On Friday, Sally Runyan will say goodbye to a piece of history: a 1936 Lockheed 12A that has a special story. Of the 130 of these planes built, the one Runyan has owned was the same one used to spy on Nazi Germany just prior to World War II.
Gilbert Horn Sr., a World War II veteran honored for his service as a Native American code talker, has died of natural causes. He was 92.
Before Call of Duty, there was Medal of Honor. Electronic Arts' first-person shooter franchise, which spent most of its time in the World War II era, released Pacific Assault in 2003 focused on the eastern campaign. You can download it for free from EA's Origin service.
A Maryland auction house says it is selling a copy of “Mein Kampf” that once belonged to Adolf Hitler and was taken from his Munich apartment at the end of World War II.
Jill Chandler began collecting photos and letters from World War II pilots as a teenager. Her collection now numbers some 400 photos and several thousand letters that together are a moving testament to these war-time heroes.
The Manhattan Project National Historical Park is taking shape at Hanford and two other locations where the country during World War II crossed the threshhold into the Atomic Age.
Students from two Spokane Valley high schools learned first-hand what life was like during wartime from residents of Harvard Park Retirement Community.
From our archives, 100 years ago An editorial writer for The Spokesman-Review noted with alarm that 12 million Americans were foreign-born.
Andy Norberg was just a few months old when his father, a Navy Reserve pilot, disappeared and was presumed dead. “Some of the things that I knew, when I grew up, it was all hearsay information,” Norberg said from his shop in Greenacres last week.
World War II veteran Les Ames is self-publishing his first book at age 96 - “Happiness is Life,” which tells the story of his service in the Pacific, his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and his insights on living a happy life.
Their cremated remains have been in storage at mortuaries and churches throughout the state, some for more than 40 years. On a blustery Tuesday morning, in handcrafted boxes of purpleheart wood from Central America, 46 veterans and one military spouse were laid to rest at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake. Some of those, placed in the row of niches, served overseas in World War I.
I t may have been chance that brought Clarice Wilsey face-to-face with her late father’s role in the liberation of Dachau. Or maybe it was fate. Nearly 10 years ago, Wilsey was visiting the Washington, D.C., area and took the Metro into the city, planning to see the Smithsonian. Instead, she got off at the stop for the Holocaust Museum when she heard other people talking about it.
He never ran for political office, never was a mover or a shaker. So the passing of Darrell Jones, whose bad lungs got the best of him Monday, will go with modest notice.
On Aug 14, 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced to the Japanese people the country was surrendering to the Allies. Washington state marked the occasion at the World War II memorial on the Capitol campus.