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Names being collected for WWII memorial in Walla Walla

Final submissions are being sought for a World War II memorial planned for Fort Walla Walla Park.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 10:33 p.m.

‘Band of Brothers’ veteran Edward Tipper dies at 95

Edward Tipper, a World War II paratrooper who was portrayed in the HBO series “Band of Brothers,” has died. He was 95.


Ownership of Hitler’s house to go to Austrian court, report says

An Austrian newspaper reports that the owner of the house where Adolf Hitler was born is going to high court to challenge the government’s right to take possession of the …


Navy diver who salvaged bodies from Pearl Harbor dies at 103

Ken Hartle, who as a Navy diver during World War II had the grim task of retrieving bodies from ships sunk by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor, has died. He …


Royal Navy removes WWII bomb from River Thames in London

Britain’s Royal Navy on Friday removed and detonated a still-dangerous World War II bomb whose discovery in the River Thames shut down a chunk of central London.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 5:43 p.m.

Bones of Mengele, ‘Angel of Death,’ teaching tool in Brazil

For more than 30 years, the bones of Josef Mengele, a German doctor who conducted horrific experiments on thousands of Jews at Auschwitz, lay unclaimed inside a blue plastic bag …


Journalist Clare Hollingworth, who broke news of WW II and defied gender barriers as war correspondent, dies in Hong Kong at 105

HONG KONG – Clare Hollingworth, a British war correspondent who was the first to report the Nazi invasion of Poland that marked the beginning of World War II, died in …


Possibly unique glass penny from World War II sells for $70k

A possibly unique experimental glass penny made during World War II sold at auction for $70,500.


Montana plaque will honor women who served in WWI

A Montana county is preparing to install a bronze plaque honoring women with ties to the region who served in World War I.


Rare experimental WWII penny made of glass headed to auction

An experimental penny made of glass during World War II is about to be auctioned.


At Pearl Harbor, U.S. and Japan seek absolution from the war

In a historic pilgrimage, the leaders of Japan and the United States took to the hallowed waters of Pearl Harbor on Tuesday to prove that even the bitterest enemies can …


At Pearl Harbor, U.S., Japan look to move past legacy of war

Putting 75 years of resentment behind them, the leaders of the United States and Japan are coming together at Pearl Harbor for a historic pilgrimage to the site where a …


Germans must leave home Christmas morning as WWII bomb is defused

More than 54,000 people in the southern German city of Augsburg will have to leave their homes Christmas morning while authorities defuse a giant 1.8-ton aerial bomb from World War …


WWII veteran’s stolen Purple Heart mysteriously reappears

A Massachusetts man says his father’s World War II Purple Heart stolen earlier this year has been returned, perhaps by a thief who had an “attack of conscience.”


Pearl Harbor anniversary ceremony draws thousands

Thousands observed a moment of silence before fighter jets streaked across the sky during a ceremony Wednesday at Pearl Harbor marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the …


Wartime Zags team beat UW in three out of four thrilling games

Ask a Gonzaga fan about the school’s first great basketball team and you’ll likely hear about the 1998-99 run to the Elite Eight. But the 1943-44 Gonzaga Bulldogs were the …


Museum puts recollections of Pearl Harbor, other battles online

With the help of a software billionaire, an Everett museum is preserving both the memories of World War II veterans and the planes and tanks they fought in.


Charles Boyer, Pearl Harbor survivor from Spokane Valley, remembered as cheerful and gentle

The Patriot Guard Riders stood silently, their flags held aloft as a light rain fell at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Spokane Valley. They’d come to honor Charles Boyer, 95, …


Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor

At 7:53 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese dive bombers, fighter bombers and torpedo planes attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu. Approximately 350 Japanese planes took …


Ray Daves, a sailor at Pearl Harbor, never forgot the smell of death

The smell. That’s the one thing Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Daves can never forget. The one thing movies aren’t able to capture. The smell of burning oil and the stench …


Recently identified remains of USS Oklahoma casualties return home

Nearly 75 years after sailor Edwin Hopkins died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, his remains recently were returned home to New Hampshire.


A collection of memories from that infamous day

Over the years The Spokesman-Review has interviewed many Inland Northwest who had survived the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Most of them are gone now, but their words live on.


In Idaho mountains, researchers dig into a painful past of Kooskia Internment Camp

Deep in the mountains outside Lewiston, Idaho, researchers have uncovered artifacts from the


Finding meaning in Pearl Harbor as attack slips from collective memory

The approaching anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will be greeted by an American public that is quickly losing its collective memory of that fateful event. As those …


Keeping my promise: A personal Pearl Harbor reflection

Cindy Hval, who wrote “War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation,” visited Pearl Harbor in March. She explored places she had learned about in nine years of interviewing Pearl …


One of last survivors from USS Arizona died in September

Raymond Haerry, one of the last living crew members on the USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, died about two months before this week’s 75th anniversary observance. …


Spokane couple met amid horrors of World War II; home may become haven for vets

Herbert and Mildred “Mickey” James found love amid their service in the 120th Evacuation Hospital, which followed Gen. George S. Patton’s march to Berlin through the Buchenwald concentration camp. The …


Movie review: Brad Pitt disappoints in ‘Allied’

The gorgeous stars, sumptuous costuming and exotic period setting that we’re initially promised are a bit of a bait-and-switch from what “Allied” turns out to be. The movie is too …


Willie Rogers, Tuskegee Airman, dies at 101 in Florida

Willie Rogers, the oldest surviving member of the original Tuskegee Airmen, has died at the age of 101.


Stephanie Cates: Labor of love reveals greatness in two generations

Stephanie Cates’ mother went to great lengths to memorialize her own father’s service in World War II, becoming a first-time author at age 76.