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Spokane veteran receives France’s highest honor for service during WWII

After receiving the highest award bestowed by the French government, William H. McIntosh was given a chance to address the several dozen family members and friends who came to the …


Grandma’s Polish dumplings elicit delightful memories during holidays

She always kneaded the dough on a cutting board in her kitchen. So that’s what I did, too. Only, I was in my apartment nearly 200 miles away, and I …


World War II veteran: Never forget

Herbert “Bud” Kirchhoff makes a little joke about his feet getting old, saying he never expected that to happen. It’s impressive, not only because he’s 95, gets around just fine …


‘Fury’ delivers harsh war reality

This bit of heroics isn’t “what I wanted to do,” Brad Pitt’s battle-scarred sergeant, and a hundred movie sergeants before him, growl. “But it’s what we’re doing.” “Fury” is the …


Front Porch: Grateful to have told WWII veteran’s story

The fading late afternoon sun, blurred by the haze of wildfires, fell softly across the foot of his bed. A smoke-tinged breeze wafted through the open French doors. His once-commanding …


Restored B-29 ‘Fifi’ keeps World War II aviation alive

As lead navigator for the group that ended the war with Japan by dropping two atomic bombs, Wilbur Lyon was a witness to one of the most momentous turns of …


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 …


Lawyer contends ‘Red Tails’ screenplay is his

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 …


Police: Legendary star Mickey Rooney dies at 93

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 …


Calendar to honor Washington working women

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 …


Prosecutors seek life sentence in WWII killing

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.


Pearl Harbor survivors mark anniversary in Spokane

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 …


‘Bloody Hundredth’ WWII bombardier’s life story compiled by brother

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 …


Photo: Awash in pride

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, …


Slain veteran’s son fights cancer

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 …


Teens face murder charge in beating death of Delbert Belton

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 …


Police seek teens in death of World War II veteran

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 …


Spokane VA renamed for Medal of Honor recipients

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 …


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.


Local civilian contractors among first American POWs in WWII

After seven decades, Don Rumpel still gets choked up as he recalls his father’s internment in Japanese prison camps and his liberation at the end of World War II. His …


Veteran recalls months in Japanese captivity

Tall and thin at 94, retired Maj. Gen. Robert Goldsworthy still carries himself with posture befitting an officer. On June 4, a crowd gathered at the Southside Senior Center to …


Flying fortress at felts

Bob Zeoli’s father, Alfred Zeoli, was a top turret gunner in a B-17 that went down over France during World War II. On Friday, Bob Zeoli got to ride in …


Then and Now: Ready for war

In the days following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Spokane began preparing for the next major attack. Spokane radio stations went off the air so enemy aircraft couldn’t follow …


Survivors of 1941 attack bring history to life at SFCC

The challenge for history teachers has always been to make events of the past come alive to their students. Last week, Spokane Falls Community College instructor Nicole Montgomery received help …


A final $1 million gift will help children in need

When Spokane businessman James W. Crow died last year, he left a million-dollar legacy that will help thousands of children. It was a quiet act of generosity from a man …


Daughter helps father tell his World War II story

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Murray Fisher of Walla Walla started having nightmares.


Emotional crowd welcomes WWII veterans home from D.C. visit

Bill Osterman, one of 26 World War II veterans who flew to Washington, D.C., over the weekend, got a welcome-home celebration at the Spokane International Airport that brought tears to …


Photos offer glimpse inside internment camp

PULLMAN – A Japanese-American boy stands outside the barracks of the internment camp, looking at the distinctive shape of Heart Mountain in the distance. The poignant, long-ago moment is captured …


Shawn Vestal: Daughter brings father’s war diaries alive

Duane “Swede” Nelson’s diary entry for April 1, 1945, was unusually long and detailed. You can understand why. He writes about the invasion of Okinawa and his surprise at the …


Excerpts from Nelson’s WWII diaries

Duane “Swede” Nelson served in the Marines from 1943 to February 1946, and he participated in some of the biggest and bloodiest battles of the Pacific theater. He kept three …