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’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

‘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 …


WWII Code Talker and longtime NM lawmaker dies at 94

John Pinto, a Navajo Code Talker in World War II who became one of the nation’s longest serving Native American elected officials as a New Mexico state senator, has died. …


Ready, aim, oops! Historic tank turns lemon-lime yellow

A Korean War era tank owned by the West Virginia National Guard has turned bright lemon-lime yellow. The reason was a mystery until the sponsor of a science fiction club …


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 …


A separate war: Pioneering black Marines endured, prevailed

It was the dress blue uniforms that drew John Thompson to join the U.S. Marines, where black men were not welcome, so he could defend a country that denied him …


Poland’s report on WWII damages readied for war anniversary

A study commissioned by the Polish government to assess the cost of Nazi Germany’s occupation will be published on the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II, on …


Denied graves by Nazis, resistance fighters finally buried

Executed for standing up against Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship and then denied graves so as not to become a rallying point for others, the partial remains of 300 Nazi resistance fighters …


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 …


Auschwitz Museum protests death camp images on skirts, bags

The Auschwitz Memorial and Museum has complained to an e-commerce site that was selling miniskirts, tote bags and other items printed with photos of the former Nazi German death camp …


Young Jews march in Poland to remember Holocaust victims

Thousands of young Jews from around the world joined Holocaust survivors and politicians Thursday for an annual Holocaust remembrance march in southern Poland that focuses on fighting anti-Semitism and hatred.


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019

Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day with solemn ceremony

Israel has begun commemorating its Holocaust Remembrance Day in memory of the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators in World War II.


Italy marks liberation anniversary as some glorify Mussolini

Italian leaders on Thursday marked Liberation Day, which celebrates the end of the country’s Fascist dictatorship during World War II, with appeals against glorifying dictator Benito Mussolini.


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Warsaw synagogue ‘reappears’ on anniversary of ghetto revolt

The Great Synagogue of Warsaw, which was destroyed by German forces during World War II, made a brief reappearance as an apparition of light during commemorations for the Ghetto Uprising …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019

Greek PM says he will revive bid for German WWII reparations

Greece’s prime minister says his government will formally revive a long-standing demand for Germany to pay vast reparations for the World War II Nazi occupation.


Tlingit Code Talkers feted in Alaska for World War II role

Army veteran Richard Bean Sr. took his wartime secret to the grave, dying a hero without anyone knowing about it for decades. Now Bean and four other long-deceased Alaska Natives …


Jayita Sarkar: How World War II shaped the crisis in Myanmar

Declassified records from British archives reveal that the origins of the current plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar can be traced to their participation in World War II.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II has died. George Mendonsa was 95.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019

Russia, Japan make no visible progress on WWII territorial spat

The leaders of Russia and Japan acknowledged Tuesday that settling a decades-long territorial dispute poses a daunting challenge but vowed to continue negotiations. The Soviet Union took the four southernmost …


Then and Now: George Washington Carver USO Club

Rosa D. Malone arrived in Spokane as a Works Progress Administration supervisor and founded the Booker T. Washington Community Center in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church in 1937.


Spokane Valley woman discovers World War II veteran father, far-flung family from DNA kit

Bobi Sussman had all but given up discovering what happened to her biological father. A submission to an online DNA ancestry website revealed not only that Army Cpl. Charles Marse …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018

Last local Pearl Harbor veteran honored at Spokane Memorial Arena

The Greatest Generation never forgets, especially on Dec. 7.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018

Memories in stone: How Spokane’s Pearl Harbor Memorial came to be

Spokane’s Pearl Harbor Memorial, originally unveiled in 2014, was the realized through the efforts of many individuals.


Trove of war posters discovered at New Hampshire library

One poster in a recently discovered trove vilifies the Nazis with a sword through a Bible and the words “This Is the Enemy.” Some encouraged self-sacrifice by promoting recycling, planting …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018

WWII Army nurse, now 98, honored as hero in Seattle

When nurse Frances Harman learned her older brother, Jim, had been called to Army service during World War II she quickly decided not to be left behind.


Then and Now: Baxter General Hospital

As World War II began in earnest, the wounded returning from war overwhelmed the military hospital system and new hospitals were planned. In 1942, city of Spokane donated 160 acres …


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018

Pentagon identifies Tuskegee Airman missing from World War II

The Defense Department announced Friday that it has accounted for the first of more than two dozen black aviators, known as Tuskegee Airmen, who went missing in action during World …


At 100, Orville Rogers misses world record chance in Spokane but hopes for strong weekend on track

World War II veteran Orville Rogers was sidelined Thursday in an attempt to set the world record for the fastest 800-meter race by a man over the age of 100. …


David Von Drehle: How can you forget?

Lately, I can’t shake the image of a young man on a battlefield in France or the South Pacific. It’s 1944. He’s dying – one more incremental death amid the …


Shot down in Germany, veteran’s remains returned to Idaho

Seventy-three years after his bomber was shot down over East Germany, Staff Sgt. Charles H. Daman has come home.