Latest World War II News

Veteran known for his harmonica playing, Pete DuPre, dies

Jan. 21, 2022 14:42 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Pete DuPre, a WWII veteran known for playing the harmonica at community events, died Tuesday at 98, according to his family. DuPre, of Fairport, was a medic in the 114th General Hospital Unit and became a beloved figure in the Rochester region, remembered for...

UN approves resolution condemning denial of Nazi Holocaust

Jan. 20, 2022 17:11 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly approved an Israeli-sponsored resolution Thursday condemning any denial of the Holocaust and urging all nations and social media companies “to take active measures to combat antisemitism and Holocaust denial or distortion.” The...

German actor Hardy Kruger, star of adventure movies, dies

Jan. 20, 2022 07:58 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Hardy Kruger, considered one of post-war Germany’s best actors, has died. He was 93. His Hamburg-based literary agent, Peter Kaefferlein, said Thursday that Kruger died “suddenly and unexpectedly” Wednesday in California, where he lived with his third wife,...

Celebrated Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee dies at 102

Jan. 17, 2022 00:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman who flew 409 fighter combat missions over three wars and later helped to bring attention to the Black pilots who had battled racism at home to fight for freedom abroad, died Sunday. He was 102. McGee died in his sleep at his home...

Oldest WWII veteran remembered in museum service

Jan. 15, 2022 19:06 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Family and friends gathered at the National WWII Museum on Saturday to remember Lawrence Brooks, who was the oldest surviving World War II veteran until his death on Jan. 5 at age 112. During the service, Brooks' flag-draped coffin was front and center. The...

Oldest WWII veteran to be remembered at museum service

Jan. 14, 2022 10:50 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Family and friends of a New Orleans man who was the oldest World War II veteran when he died earlier in January will gather to remember him at a ceremony in a museum memorializing the war. Funeral services will be held Saturday at The National WWII Museum in New...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jan. 07, 2022 13:39 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Fake vaccine quote circulates after...

'Like he came back to me': WWII mail received 76 years later

Jan. 06, 2022 17:25 PM EST

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A letter sent from a U.S. soldier stationed in Germany to his mother in Massachusetts has been delivered 76 years after it was sent. Army Sgt. John Gonsalves, 22 at the time, wrote to his mother in Woburn in December 1945 after the official end of WWII, ...

Oldest US veteran of WWII, Lawrence N. Brooks, dies at 112

Jan. 05, 2022 16:43 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawrence N. Brooks, the oldest World War II veteran in the U.S. — and believed to be the oldest man in the country — died on Wednesday at the age of 112. His death was announced by the National WWII Museum and confirmed by his daughter. Most...

Hawaii upholds order requiring Navy to drain fuel tanks

Jan. 03, 2022 22:09 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's Department of Health on Monday upheld the governor's order requiring the Navy to drain massive World War II-era fuel tanks after oil leaking from the aging facility contaminated Pearl Harbor's tap water. Marian Tsuji, the department's deputy director, on...