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‘Radioman,’ tower namesake, dies at age 91

Ray Daves, the Navy radioman who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and the sinking of the USS Yorktown during the Battle of Midway, died Friday at the Spokane Veterans …


Living history lesson

Students in Marcy James’ humanities class at Central Valley High School received a taste last week of what it was like to be on a minesweeper in the Pacific during …


Priest meets paratrooper who liberated his town during WWII

Lying in a hospital bed, his heart failing, Allan Wood met a priest. The two were sharing a room at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center when Wood discerned the priest’s …


State’s WWII memorial on Capitol campus restored

OLYMPIA – The “ghosts” of World War II have returned to the Capitol campus while there are still some veterans of that conflict left to appreciate them. On the 69th …


World War II bride ties knot with U.S.

What a shame that Dan Surean didn’t live to see his lovely Mary finally become a U.S. citizen on Tuesday. “He would be absolutely in a joy world,” said Mary …


Medal of Honor recipient Baker buried at Arlington

ARLINGTON, Va. – A caisson drawn by seven white horses carried Vernon J. Baker to his final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery today under the solemn watch of the …


Friends, memories come together during war ceremony

Shortly after World War II in 1946, Farragut Naval Training Depot was closed and deactivated. By war’s end, 293,381 recruits passed through the base. It was in fact the second-largest …


Community turns out to honor Baker

St. Maries, IDAHO – Vernon Baker comforted a neighbor who had just lost his father and volunteered his labor to a newcomer the first time they met. He was gracious …


World War II hero Vernon Baker dies

Vernon Baker, the only living black World War II veteran to receive the Medal of Honor – the nation’s highest commendation for battlefield valor – died at his home south …


Vet featured in S-R series dies

John Wills, a World War II veteran who was featured in The Spokesman-Review’s Voices of War series in 2008, has died.


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 …