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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 …


Scout centennial event planned

Current and former members of the Boy Scouts of America will celebrate the organization’s 100th anniversary with a Centennial Camporee, Friday through Sunday at the Spokane County Fair and Expo …


Polka partners for life

The Pennsylvania Polka brought John and Christine Jasley together in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 24, 1942. Christine was dancing with a soldier when the first strains of the tune filtered …


War, religion can’t keep Spokane polka partners apart

The Pennsylvania Polka brought John and Christine Jasley together in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 24, 1942. Christine was dancing with a soldier when the first strains of the tune filtered …


Polka partners for life

The Pennsylvania Polka brought John and Christine Jasley together in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 24, 1942. Christine was dancing with a soldier when the first strains of the tune filtered …


Inland Northwest World War II vets to take D.C. tour

The Inland Northwest Honor Flight chapter will fly 37 World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., on Friday for a tour of memorials. The vets mostly are from Eastern Washington …


WWII bomber pilot held ex-POW group together

Jerry Gleesing, a World War II bomber pilot who survived German prison camps and returned to his childhood sweetheart, died Sunday at age 85. Gleesing was commander of the Spokane …


WWII veteran, ex-POW Jerry Gleesing dies in Spokane

Jerry Gleesing, a World War II bomber pilot who survived German prison camps to return to his childhood sweetheart, died Sunday at age 85.


WWII pilots honored

WASHINGTON – They flew planes during World War II but weren’t considered real military pilots. No flags were draped over their coffins when they died on duty. And when their …


Pilot’s service lauded

For Jean Landa, even the sky wasn’t the limit. The Spokane Valley woman learned to fly at Felts Field and became a flight instructor in the early 1940s, when women …


Lawmakers OK internee degrees

The Washington state Legislature has passed a measure that allows honorary degrees to be granted to students who were ordered into internment camps during World War II.


Trip to Netherlands honors local war hero

A group of Inland Northwest residents, including family members of a local war hero, gathered in Best, Netherlands, earlier this fall to mark the 65th anniversary of the Allied liberation …


Trip to Netherlands honors well-known local war hero

A group of Inland Northwest residents, including family members of a local war hero, gathered in Best, Netherlands, earlier this fall to mark the 65th anniversary of the Allied liberation …


They’re still some lineup

It has been 68 years since Jack Erlandson, Jack Latta, Wayne “Moose” MacGregor and Dale Johnson suited up and played football for Spokane’s North Central High School. It was fall …


Dog tag returns home after 66 years

More than 66 years after Cpl. Walter Raymond Hahn of Spokane died in the battle for Guadalcanal, his dog tag made it back to his sister in Washington state.


One soldier’s story

Two things Ray Batten remembers about D-Day: It was postponed a day, and when he finally did get to France, he spent his initial time up in a tree. “I …


Rescued from tyranny

Although their own lives were at stake, several German families defied the Nazis to help save Miriam Abramowitz-Ferszt. People in a rural area near Munich took her in with her …


In Patton’s path

Very few World War II veterans alive today can say they followed Gen. George Patton onto the beaches of Normandy before joining his soldiers for the fierce fight against Nazis …


‘God had a plan for me’

Ernie Peluso has survived much in his 83 years of life – serious falls, car accidents, hunting accidents and a kamikaze attack that sunk his aircraft carrier during World War …


Voices of War: Doing his duty

David Sullivan spent parts of World War II aboard aircraft carriers in the North Atlantic and South Pacific, but it’s the odd turns of fate and unusual situations that the …


For love of flying

Retired Lt. Col. Bryant Smick is often reminded of the time he spent flying B-24 bombers over Europe during World War II and of the time he spent as a …


WWII-era crash victim identified

A body linked to a 66-year-old World War II mystery has been identified as that of an airman from Ohio, his family confirmed Tuesday. Ernest “Glenn” Munn was 23 when …


Voices of war: Crucial connection

Few U.S. military operations were as fundamental to the outcome of World War II – and at the same time as little-known – as those conducted by the Persian Gulf …


War on the Eastern Front

Running through the smoke of a battlefield with the German army behind him, Yevgeniy Sirokhin came face to face with every foot soldier’s nightmare: an enemy tank. The only hope …


Eyewitness to a day of infamy

There was a moment 66 years ago – surrounded by smoke on the burning deck of the USS West Virginia, while explosions rocked the ship from below – when Denis …


Remembering Nagasaki

Ninety-year-old Frank R. Mace, of Cheney, was a prisoner of war in Japan and an accidental atomic veteran – one of the few Americans briefly exposed to the deadly atomic …


Invisible Ink Hides Plea For Help From Nazi Prison Camp Postcard Writer Begs For Flares, A Camera

Hidden beneath the one-sentence love letter on the 1943 postcard from Poland, a message in invisible ink makes an urgent request for supplies and describes a Nazi death camp with …


If Anyone Noticed, You Couldn’t Tell

Here, amid the gently rolling foothills of the Carpathians and the serenity of the Slovak countryside, my father was born in 1925. Luhyna (or Legina, as it used to be …


Swiss Getting Upset Over Nazi Assertions

After months of being told their history books were wrong and that Switzerland’s war was not a good war, a truculent mood is building here that may turn the nation …


Germans Offended By Characterization

German historians and critics are furiously assailing an American author for arguing that the Holocaust sprang from a rabid anti-Semitism that was peculiar to Germany. The uproar over Daniel Jonah …