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An Energy Department lawyer with ties to Spokane is suing George Lucas, 20th Century Fox and other Hollywood bigwigs claiming they stole his screenplay for “Red Tails,” a movie about the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II. John Dudley alleges in a federal lawsuit filed late last year that Lucas, who was an executive producer of the 2012 film, co-writers and the director ripped 80 percent of their movie from a screenplay he’d registered with the Writer’s Guild of America in 1998. That screenplay was also titled “Red Tails,” a moniker used by the African-American fighter pilot group that flew in planes with rouge-tinted tails over the skies of Africa and Italy in World War II.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and the Broadway theater, died Sunday at age 93. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died at his North Hollywood home.
Nearly 70 years after William Bell flew combat missions during World War II, the former Marine has received his medals. Bell was a 21-year-old pilot during the Philippines’ liberation from Japanese forces in 1945, flying more than 60 combat strike missions. In the space of four months, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross three times for courage, flight skills and devotion to duty in the face of enemy fire.
Twelve women from Lewis County who spent World War II working at the Boeing plant in Chehalis or farming the fields around the county are all featured in the 2014 Washington Women in Trades calendar. The Washington Women in Trades calendar honors women around the state who worked during WWII in the same spirit as Rosie the Riveter with the same “We Can Do It!” attitude.
BERLIN — German prosecutors are seeking a life prison sentence for a 92-year-old former Waffen SS member charged with killing a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944.
Ray Garland knew only one thing on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941: He had a job to do. Garland watched for a moment as the bombs from Japanese forces fell on Pearl Harbor, destroying the nearby USS Arizona. Then, with an enemy to battle and a country to protect, 19-year-old Garland and the other Marines aboard the USS Tennessee leapt into action.
Bill Heath was barely 21 back in the fall of 1943 when he arrived at Thorpe Abbots airfield in southeastern England, a second lieutenant reporting for duty as a B-17 bombardier. It was the early days of the U.S. Army’s controversial daylight bombing campaign over Nazi-occupied Europe. The Newport, Wash., kid was among the fresh crews sent to help replenish the rapidly depleting ranks of the 100th Bombardment Group, which took such heavy losses it became known as “The Bloody Hundredth.”
Clarence E. Grimes doesn’t think much of the dozen awards he’s received for his military service. The 92-year-old retired Air Force major is humble about the newest medal pinned to his chest – a decoration that took about two years of work in two countries to get there.
Dedication unflagging: Dozens of U.S. Navy World War II veterans help unfurl and stretch a large U.S. flag as “Anchors Aweigh” is played over loudspeakers Saturday at Farragut State Park, on the southern tip of Lake Pend Oreille. Most of the veterans who attended the annual reunion completed basic training at the Farragut Naval Training Station between 1942 and 1946 before fighting in the Pacific theater 70 years ago. Although formal reunions were curtailed several years ago, veterans and their supporters organize informal gatherings, including a coffee hour and barbecue after the flag ceremony.
Investigators discovered fingerprints linking two teenagers to an 88-year-old World War II veteran murdered two weeks ago.
Natasha Belton struggled to stay calm when a member of the United States Army Area Veterans Honor Guard handed her the American flag that had covered her great-grandfather’s casket. “I tried not to think about it,” Belton said, clutching the flag to her heart after Delbert “Shorty” Belton’s funeral. “I was trying not to cry. I didn’t know what to do.”
Bill Belton won’t see his father, Delbert “Shorty” Belton, laid to rest with full military honors this afternoon. He can’t. The cancer destroying his body has left him bedridden, unable to leave the house except for rare special occasions and frequent trips to the hospital.
The beating death of a decorated World War II veteran took a bizarre twist Tuesday. Prosecutors said one of the two suspects has suggested that the victim, 88-year-old Delbert Belton, was selling crack cocaine outside the Eagles Lodge and shorted them.
The nation’s eyes have turned to Spokane and the two teenagers accused of murdering an 88-year-old World War II veteran. Police say two 16-year-olds beat Delbert “Shorty” Belton to death Wednesday night after robbing him. One suspect, Demetrius Glenn, turned himself in and was arrested late Thursday night. The other, Kenan D. Adams-Kinard, remained at large Friday night.
An 88-year-old man who survived the Battle of Okinawa in World War II died Thursday after police say two teenagers beat him and left him for dead in his parked car. Delbert Belton, nicknamed “Shorty” by his friends for his 5-foot-tall stature, was waiting for a friend Wednesday night at the Eagles Lodge on 6410 N. Lidgerwood St. Two men approached him in his car at random and beat him, police said. He was found with serious head injuries and was transported to the hospital, where he later died.
When Hugh Smith lifted the bandaged body of Joe Mann from the battlefield near Best, Holland, in September 1944, he didn’t know he was carrying a former high school football rival. “All I knew was that he was the guy that jumped on the hand grenade,” said Smith, known as “Smitty” in the corridors of the Evergreen Fountains retirement home in Spokane Valley where he resides with his wife, Anita.