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Ensuring memories of war are preserved: Spokane Valley resident aims to honor those who served

Jon Franklin never met Charles Kidder. But he feels like he knows him. Knows the horror he experienced on D-Day. Knows his longing for the wife he’d left behind. Knows …


Lining up: WWII veteran gets treated to breakfast every day at Post Falls diner

Post Falls resident Dan Rankin, 95, served his country during WWII and now customers at Dueling Irons Restaurant regularly pay for his daily breakfasts there. Since his story went viral …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018

Action over Papua New Guinea: At 96, WWII flying ace recalls time in the air

Ralph Wandrey joined the U.S. Army Air Corps at 20, about a month before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. At the time of his enlistment he was told he would …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018

55 years after war’s end, WWII flying ace returns flag to family of fallen Japanese soldier

In 2000, WWII flying ace Ralph Wandrey reached out to researcher Henry Sakaida. He was in possession, he told Sakaida, of a flag he had taken from Japanese barracks while …


WWII veteran, 93, leads others how to research a family tree on internet

Harold Debenham, 93, entered the brave new world of computers in his 60s and never looked back – even though looking back is primarily what he uses computers for.


Jack Rasmussen, a WWII veteran, receives the Quilt of Valor

On July 19, Jack Rasmussen, 93, wiped tears from his cheeks as he was presented with a Quilt of Valor by members of the Greater Spokane QOV group. It was …