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Stories tagged: D-Day

UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Push to posthumously give black soldier D-Day Medal of Honor

The Congressional Black Caucus is pushing to posthumously award an African American soldier the Medal of Honor for his bravery on D-Day.

Ensuring memories of war are preserved: Spokane Valley resident aims to honor those who served

Jon Franklin never met Charles Kidder. But he feels like he knows him. Knows the horror he experienced on D-Day. Knows his longing for the wife he’d left behind. Knows …

UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 12:26 p.m.

D-Day at 75: Nations honor veterans, memory of fallen

With silent remembrance and respect, nations honored the fallen and the singular bravery of all Allied troops who sloshed through bloodied water to the beaches of Normandy 75 years ago …

Trump tells D-Day veterans they’re among greatest Americans

On a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, President Donald Trump on Thursday lauded the heroism of American and Allied service members who participated in the D-Day invasion, saying they “they came …

Ben Brooks faced deadly reality as he stepped onto bloody Omaha Beach

As his landing craft approached Omaha Beach on the morning of June 6, 1944, Ben Brooks could see bodies floating in the surf. “I thought they were dummies,” he said. …

Joe Meiners became a medic on Utah Beach and dragged soldiers to safety

Joe Meiners prayed before the ramp dropped onto Utah Beach. Then gunfire ripped through the landing craft.

UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 10:48 a.m.

Finding peace amid the horror of Normandy

On the afternoon of June 6, 1944, U.S. Army clerk Bill Luke took solace from the Bible he carried into the hell of Omaha Beach.

From Omaha to the Elbe, Bill Luke helped pave the way for the liberation of France

The bullets were still flying when Bill Luke reached the bloody sands of Omaha Beach on the afternoon of June 6, 1944. That hadn’t been part of the plan.

‘Join the Navy and see the world’ slogan landed Toppenish sailor aboard USS Nevada on D-Day

“Join the Navy and see the world,” the recruiting posters beckoned to Roger McCarthy in the summer of 1942. Two years later, on the morning of June 6, 1944, Roger …

The war at home: How Spokane’s newspapers covered the Allied invasion of France

By the spring of 1944, the people of Spokane had grown accustomed to wartime news. Every day, the headlines screamed from the pages of The Spokesman-Review and the Spokane Daily …

UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 3:59 p.m.

Trump honors D-Day vets, discusses Vietnam deferment

President Donald Trump has joined world leaders to praise alliances and military service ahead of the anniversary of D-Day.

’Thank you’: Queen honors D-Day veterans at moving ceremony

Queen Elizabeth II and world leaders including U.S. President Donald Trump gathered Wednesday on the south coast of England to honor the troops who risked and sacrificed their lives 75 …

UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 3:47 p.m.

‘Woo-hoo!’ At 97, D-Day veteran parachutes into Normandy

Parachutists are jumping over Normandy again, just as soldiers did 75 years ago for D-Day – but this time without being shot at. Engines throbbing, C-47 transport planes dropped group …

UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Chasing demons: 75 years on, D-Day haunts, drives its vets

They are back, some for the first time since war stole their innocence 75 years ago on Normandy’s D-Day beaches.

D-Day veterans look forward to Channel crossing

About 300 veterans of the Normandy invasion have left Dover, England for a six-day trip that will take them back to the landing beaches on the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

Trump heads to Europe at a time of remembrance, turmoil

President Donald Trump is heading back to Europe, where on previous visits he has strained historic friendships and even insulted his hosts.

UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

UK volunteers still honor U.S. airmen, 75 years after D-Day

From 1942 to 1945 more than 2 million American military personnel were stationed in the United Kingdom, and across the country people still commemorate their sacrifice.

D-Day ceremony spotlights Trump’s complicated military ties

World leaders will gather in solemn assembly next week above the sandy beaches of Normandy to mark the 75th anniversary of the world-changing D-Day invasion of France. It’s typically a …

WWII plane rescued from boneyard to join D-Day anniversary

Filled with paratroopers, a U.S. warplane lumbered down an English runway in 1944 to spearhead the World War II D-Day invasion with a message for Adolf Hitler painted in bright …

75 years later, French ‘HistoPad’ offers new view of D-Day

DAYTON, Ohio – The French and the Americans are working together again on a D-Day project – this time to give museum visitors the opportunity to travel back in time …

One by one, D-Day memories fade as war’s witnesses die

One more funeral, one less witness to the world’s worst war. Bernard Dargols lived almost long enough to join the celebrations next month marking 75 years since the D-Day, 75 …

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

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

World War II veteran in Spokane recalls contribution to D-Day

To this day, Clarence “Willie” Hauser considers the planes he helped maintain as the integral cog in the turning point of the invasion of Normandy during World War II. “That’s …

Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. D-Day, June 7, 1944

Veterans, families remember Normandy D-Day landings, 72 years on

Proud veterans in their 90s and families of fallen soldiers are commemorating the epochal D-Day invasion of Normandy 72 years ago that helped the Allies vanquish Hitler.

Four generations gather to raise flags to honor WWII vet

For 95-year-old Jerry Weed, the flag of the 82nd Airborne Division was right where it belonged on the Fourth of July – overlooking his son’s neighborhood, waving along with the …

Spokane veteran recalls heartwarming, heartbreaking moments from D-Day

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 …

Visitors flocking to France as D-Day’s 70th anniversary approaches

BAYEUX, France – There’s a digital clock on display outside the visitors center in the charming Normandy town of Bayeux – but it doesn’t tell the time. It’s counting down …

D-Day anniversary commemorations begin in France

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — Veterans of the 1944 Normandy landings gathered Thursday at the site of history’s largest amphibious invasion for a day of ceremonies marking D-Day’s 69th anniversary.

Mullen says veterans need not suffer alone

BEDFORD, Va. – In a stirring tribute to the D-Day sacrifices of American soldiers and their allies, the U.S. military’s top officer said Sunday that World War II’s defining moment …