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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


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.


Sweden declares hero Wallenberg officially dead

Swedish authorities have formally pronounced World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg dead, 71 years after he disappeared in Hungary.


Hitler’s birth house will be razed, Austrian minister says

The house where Adolf Hitler was born will be razed and a new building will be erected in its place, Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said Monday, announcing a final …


Japanese battleship flag donated at Pearl Harbor

A Japanese navy flag that flew on the battleship of the man who planned the attack on Pearl Harbor was donated Thursday to the National Park Service.


Remains of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor returning home

CONCORD, N.H. – Nearly 75 years after he died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the remains of Navy Fireman 3rd Class Edwin Hopkins are coming home to New …


Inland Northwest Honor Flight takes wing again, giving vets a chance to remember and, for some, to heal

Inland Northwest Honor Flight left on its 31st journey Monday, taking 92 veterans to tour the nation’s war memorials in Washington D.C. For some, it’s a bittersweet trip.


WSU professor explores use of missionaries and religious leaders as spies in World War II

If the name John Birch sounds familiar, it’s probably because of the John Birch Society, a far-right group founded more than a decade after his death in 1945. Less has …


Bataan Death March survivor, Montana artist Ben Steele dies at 98

Ben Steele’s hold on his sanity as a prisoner of war after surviving the Bataan Death March relied on hidden scraps of paper, stolen pieces of charcoal and his artist’s …


Pete Bang, who lost two brothers in WWII and was sent home akin to ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ dies at 91

Peter Bang, 91, was the last surviving child of a large, close Spokane Valley family that sent five children to World War II.


Female World War II pilot finally laid to rest at Arlington

After flying military planes during World War II, raising a family, visiting all seven continents and bungee-jumping in New Zealand at 83, Elaine Harmon had one final, seemingly simple wish: …


James F. Burns: Happy Fourth from your flag

I survived mustard gas and ghastly death in European trenches in WW I and, 48 stars strong, was hoisted by six soldiers on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima in WW …


Funeral for World War II Doolittle Raider held in Missoula

MISSOULA – Missoula and America said goodbye Monday to a quiet hero in ground-shaking fashion. First a B-1 Bomber from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota thundered northwest to …


Montana flags lowered to honor Doolittle Raider David Jonathan Thatcher

Gov. Steve Bullock has ordered all flags in Montana to be flown at half-staff Monday to honor one of the last members of the Doolittle Raiders, the airmen who helped …


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.


WWII veterans exposed to toxic gas in secret tests denied benefits, report says

The Department of Veterans Affairs has rejected the vast majority of claims filed by veterans who were exposed to mustard gas as part of secret experiments during World War II, …


Legacy of War: Of family’s five children serving in World War II, three came home alive

The Bang family, of Spokane Valley, had five children in the American fight in World War II. Three made it home.


World War II veteran recovering after oxygen tank beating

A 91-year-old World War II veteran in Florida is recovering after police say his caretaker beat him with his oxygen tank.


Norma J. Dippel: A glimpse at life during wartime

Mother received his last letter ten days after receiving the telegram of his death. This was a little hard.


In Hiroshima, President Obama honors ‘silent cry’ of bombing victims

President Barack Obama paid tribute Friday to the “silent cry” of the 140,000 victims of the atomic bomb dropped 71 years ago on Hiroshima, and called on the world to …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: America should not apologize for Hiroshima

That said, there is a more visceral reason the answer to the second question must be no: Any other answer would defame Americans who endured unimaginable cruelty at Japanese hands.


Unexploded WWII shell sparks evacuation in Brit city

Thousands of people were evacuated from homes and businesses in the English city of Bath after a 500-pound (225-kilogram) unexploded World War II shell was found under a school playground.


Obama gets bill to allow female pilots’ ashes at Arlington

Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bill that would allow female World War II pilots known as WASPs to continue placing their ashes at Arlington National Cemetery.


Obama to visit Hiroshima seven decades after atomic bombing

In a moment seven decades in the making, President Barack Obama this month will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb …


Israel marks annual Holocaust remembrance day

Israel is marking its annual Holocaust remembrance day, in memory of the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators.