Latest World War II News

Canteen cup left behind by South Dakota GI found in Germany

Jul. 11, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — In October 1944, four months following the June 6 D-Day landings in Normandy, France, United States Army units were on the verge of bringing the ground war into Germany itself. For 19 days beginning in early October, they fought German Panzer units in and around Aachen, Germany. And...

Boat tours of Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona Memorial to resume

Jul. 8, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Some boat tours to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor will resume this week, the National Park Service said. The Pearl Harbor National Memorial will open for limited boat tours to the USS Arizona on Friday, the park service said in a statement Wednesday. The USS Arizona sank...

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Review: Hanks lends steady, sober hand to taut naval drama

Jul. 8, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

He’s Forrest Gump. He’s Mr. Rogers. He’s Woody. But with all the famous titles Tom Hanks has owned, few have fit as snugly and as smoothly as “captain” — whether it’s fending off Somali pirates in “Captain Phillips,” landing a plane on the Hudson in...

Today in History

Jul. 7, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 7, the 189th day of 2020. There are 177 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 7, 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C. for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln: Lewis Powell (aka Lewis...

This photo provided by Russell Contreras shows U.S. Marine Pfc. Ciprian Contreras, of Houston, in a World War II-era photo before being injured three times in the Pacific theater. In an essay, Associated Press writer Russell Contreras says the July Fourth holiday as a Mexican American has always troubled him because of his family's history in the U.S. But remembering his Uncle Ciprian Contreras' heroics as a U.S. Marine at Iwo Jima in 1945, makes him look at America's Independence Day differently. (Courtesy of Russell Contreras via AP)

AMERICAN DIARY: July 4 hurts, until I remember my WWII uncle

Jul. 4, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M, (AP) — The July Fourth holiday hurts me every year. Waving flags seems out of place, and wearing anything stars and stripes makes me feel like Apollo Creed in "Rocky." Lee Greenwood’s song “God Bless The U.S.A." doesn’t invoke patriotism inside of me, and I never take...

Beloit resident Bob Jackson holds an American flag while enjoying the nice weather on the Willowick Assisted Living in Beloit on June 23, 2020. Jackson, 97, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was present for the Japanese surrender on Sept. 2, 1945 in Tokyo Bay aboard the U.S.S. Missouri.  (Austin Montgomery/The Beloit Daily News via AP)

Beloit WWII veteran remembers time aboard U.S.S. Missouri

Jul. 4, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Navy veteran Bob Jackson is an eyewitness to one of the most influential days in modern history: the Japanese surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay on Sept. 2, 1945. Jackson, 97, of Monroe, says he feels lucky to have been on the iconic battleship that fateful day in...

Name of ex-Supreme Court justice taken off historic warship

Jul. 1, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The name of a former U.S. Supreme Court chief justice who had ruled before the Civil War that free Black people and enslaved persons were not U.S. citizens is being removed from a historic warship. Roger B. Taney’s name has been taken off the retired warship that survived the...

Bust of Penobscot Nation veteran to be unveiled

Jun. 30, 2020 9:45 PM EDT

A bronze bust of a Penobscot Nation tribal elder who stormed the beach on D-Day will be installed in Normandy, France. The Charles Shay Indian Memorial will be placed at Omaha Beach on Saturday in honor of the World War II veteran, Bangor Daily News reported. Shay served as a combat medic and is credited with...

Russian President Vladimir Putin appears in a televised address to the nation in Khoroshevo, the Tver region, with a monument to World War II Red Army soldiers seen in the background, Russia, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Putin urged voters to cast ballots in a constitutional vote wrapping up Wednesday that could allow him to extend his rule until 2036. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin unveils monument to fallen Red Army WWII soldiers

Jun. 30, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart from Belarus on Tuesday unveiled a monument honoring fallen Red Army soldiers who fought in one of the most bloody battles of World War II. Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko traveled to the village of Khoroshevo, just...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday May 9, 2015, roses are symbolically placed on the railroad tracks at former concentration camp Westerbork, the Netherlands, remembering more than a hundred thousand Jews transported from Westerbork to Nazi death camps during WWII.  The NS railway company, announced that it will donate 5 million euros (dollars 5.6 million U.S. ) to Dutch Holocaust memorial centers as a gesture of collective recognition, but Jewish organizations criticized the company Monday June 29, 2020, for not adequately consulting them in discussions. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)

Jewish groups angry at Dutch railway company reparation

Jun. 29, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Jewish organizations criticized the Dutch national railway company Monday for not adequately consulting them in discussions to work out a form of recognition for Holocaust victims the company transported to camps in the Netherlands during World War II — from where they were sent to...