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An 88-year-old Spokane Valley resident wanted to “pass the torch” regarding some magic compost recipe he uses to make his flower and vegetable gardens magnificent year after year. Yeah. I get a lot of weird phone calls.
The Collings Foundation cares for several rare World War II aircraft and the organization brought three of them to Spokane this week. There is a B-24, a B-17 and a P-51C. The planes are on display Monday, June 29 through Wednesday, July 1 at Landmark Aviation at 8136 W. Pilot Dr. on the Geiger side of Spokane International Airport. The planes will leave around noon Wednesday. For a small admission fee, visitors can walk through the airplanes. More information at www.collingsfoundation.org
In a tribute to a hometown hero, a bronze statue of Maj. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington was dedicated Saturday evening at the Coeur d’Alene Airport-Pappy Boyington Field in Hayden. The famed Marine fighter pilot, born in Coeur d’Alene in 1912, led the Black Sheep Squadron in World War II. He downed 26 enemy planes before he was captured by the Japanese and spent 20 months in a prisoner-of-war camp. Boyington received the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. He died in 1988.
A Spokane great-grandmother will be honored in Olympia next week for her work as a teenage Dutch Resistance operative during World War II. Carla Olman Peperzak, 91, helped hide approximately 40 Jews from the Germans. She also forged identification papers, served as a messenger and helped publish a newsletter for the underground movement.
It’s Friday morning at Coeur d’Alene’s McGrane Center and show time for a remarkable woman named Betty Hollingsworth. Small and thin, snow-white hair arranged into tight pin curls, Hollingsworth rises from her chair and positions herself a few feet from an upright piano.
OLYMPIA – Richard Hagmann was working at a war production plant in his native Los Angeles in 1941 when a friend of a friend told him about a new group that flew airplanes to patrol the nation’s borders. Just out of high school the summer before, Hagmann had long been interested in aviation. Along with several other friends, he signed up for the Civil Air Patrol and was sent to El Paso, Texas, where he was a member of the ground crew for a unit patrolling the Mexican border.
Plenty of World War II-era books cover history, yet little ink captures the love stories behind the greatest generation. Young couples facing wartime trials forged relationships as seeds to 60- and 70-year marriages. Now, Cindy Hval’s first book “War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation” describes 36 couples and their romances in the shadow of WWII. Casemate Publishers is releasing the book this month, and it’s available at Auntie’s, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.
The families of a victim and his killer displayed grief, forgiveness and redemption Thursday as a Spokane judge sent 17-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard to prison for 20 years in the beating death of World War II veteran Delbert “Shorty” Belton. The 2013 murder garnered national media attention as much for Belton’s status as a war veteran as for the racial overtones: The two teens suspected of attacking and robbing him as he sat in his parked car outside the Eagles Lodge in north Spokane are black; Belton, who later died from the beating, is white. Demetruis Glenn, the other teen accused in Belton’s death, is scheduled to stand trial in March.
Carla Olman Peperzak donned a blue-and-white nurse’s uniform and made her way to Amsterdam’s Central Station. She had received word that an aunt and five cousins would be passing through on the way to Westerbork, the Nazi detention center in northeast Holland. Her uncle had already been seized by the Nazis. So when Peperzak found her relatives in a railcar waiting on the tracks she asked if she could take the youngest one.
BASTOGNE, Belgium (AP) — Braving snowy weather, Americans and Belgians gathered in the Ardennes region of Belgium on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the biggest and bloodiest U.S. battles of World War II: the Battle of the Bulge. Jean-Claude Klepper, 62, of Virton, Belgium, and his 15-year-old daughter Aurelie dressed up like World War II GIs to mark the occasion.
On Sunday, the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Stars and Stripes STA bus delivered its precious cargo to the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The five remaining military members of the Lilac City Pearl Harbor Survivors Association had come to honor their fallen comrades at the new Pearl Harbor Survivors Memorial.
After receiving the highest medal bestowed by the French government, William H. McIntosh was given a chance to address the several dozen family members and friends who came to the ceremony. But he only said a few words – and not into the mic.
After receiving the highest award bestowed by the French government, William H. McIntosh was given a chance to address the several dozen family members and friends who came to the ceremony.
She always kneaded the dough on a cutting board in her kitchen. So that’s what I did, too. Only, I was in my apartment nearly 200 miles away, and I couldn’t tell if it felt right. Knead the dough and add flour until it feels right, she had said.
Herbert “Bud” Kirchhoff makes a little joke about his feet getting old, saying he never expected that to happen. It’s impressive, not only because he’s 95, gets around just fine and keeps a holster full of wisecracks ready to fire. But those two feet also carried his 6-foot-3 frame along one of the most infamous treks of modern times.
This bit of heroics isn’t “what I wanted to do,” Brad Pitt’s battle-scarred sergeant, and a hundred movie sergeants before him, growl. “But it’s what we’re doing.” “Fury” is the sort of World War II movie Hollywood used to churn out four or five times a year – a gritty grunt’s-eye-view of combat. The grit is bloodier and R-rated now, as is the combat jargon. Firefights have a visceral, video-game immediacy. It’s still a B-movie.
The fading late afternoon sun, blurred by the haze of wildfires, fell softly across the foot of his bed. A smoke-tinged breeze wafted through the open French doors. His once-commanding frame seemed frail against the stark whiteness of crisp sheets and rumpled pillows. I stood quietly beside him, a writer at a loss for words.
As lead navigator for the group that ended the war with Japan by dropping two atomic bombs, Wilbur Lyon was a witness to one of the most momentous turns of the 20th century. On Wednesday, he sat in a wheelchair at the Coeur d’Alene Airport and gazed upon the silver hulk of “Fifi,” a Boeing B-29 Superfortress like the bomber Lyon flew seven decades ago with the Army Air Forces.
On a Sunday morning in the autumn of 1944, Idaho native Ben Brooks settled into his foxhole in liberated Luxembourg to write a letter while the rest of his squad attended Mass. A range-setter with the 457th Coast Artillery Battalion which had landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day a few months prior, Brooks described what happened next as his “greatest experience in the Army.”