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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 …


Widow of Spokane pilot returns to village where plane went down

This spring, a French village honored the American crew of a World War II bomber at a memorial dedication attended by the Spokane widow of the plane’s pilot and their …


Decades later, servicemen’s remains returning to Spokane

A Marine private lost at the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 and an Army captain who died as a prisoner of the North Koreans in 1951 are finally coming home …


Pearl Harbor survivor dies

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 …


‘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.