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Mickey Ganitch, a 101-year-old survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, holds a football statue he was given, in the living room of his home in San Leandro, Calif., Nov. 20, 2020. Ganitch was getting ready for a match pitting his ship, the USS Pennsylvania, against the USS Arizona when Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The game never happened. Instead, Ganitch spent the morning, still in his football uniform, looking out for attacking planes that anti-aircraft gunners could shoot down. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Survivors remember Pearl Harbor at home this year amid virus

Dec. 3, 2020 10:16 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Navy sailor Mickey Ganitch was getting ready to play in a Pearl Harbor football game as the sun came up on Dec. 7, 1941. Instead, he spent the morning — still wearing his football padding and brown team shirt — scanning the sky as Japanese planes rained bombs on the U.S....

File - In this Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 file photo, a statue commemorating so-called 'comfort women', an euphemism given by Japan to the women and girls enslaved for sex by the Japanese army during World War II, is displayed at a residential area in central Berlin, Germany. This week, Berlin's Mitte district assembly approved a motion urging the local government to let the statue stand and find a solution for its long-term exhibition. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Berlin district to keep 'comfort women' statue for now

Dec. 3, 2020 9:47 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin district mayor aims to leave a controversial statue commemorating women who were held as sex slaves by Japan during World War II in its place - at least for now, the local government said Thursday, after Japanese officials asked for the statue to be removed. In the longer term, the...

Russia deploys missiles to Pacific islands claimed by Japan

Dec. 1, 2020 1:04 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military on Tuesday announced the deployment of state-of-the-art air defense missiles to the Pacific islands claimed by Japan. Russia's Eastern Military District said in a statement that the S-300V4 air defense missile systems have entered combat duty on the Kuril Islands, adding...

Former Tuskegee Airman Frank Macon dies at 97

Nov. 24, 2020 8:16 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — One of only two original, remaining Tuskegee Airmen in Colorado has died. Frank Macon died Sunday night at his home in Colorado Springs. He was 97. Air Force Col. Mark Dickerson, president of the Hubert L. “Hooks” Jones Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., made the...

Sailor killed in Pearl Harbor laid to rest in Arkansas

Nov. 22, 2020 5:04 PM EST

WINTHROP, Ark. (AP) — After nearly 80 years, the remains of a Navy sailor who died in the attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor have been returned and buried in his home state of Arkansas. Twenty-year-old Samuel Cyrus Steiner went missing in action Dec. 7, 1941, aboard the battleship U.S.S. Oklahoma, the...

Navy plans 1st Pearl Harbor sub repair facility since WWII

Nov. 16, 2020 11:55 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy is planning the first new submarine repair facility at the Pearl Harbor shipyard in Hawaii since World War II. The military is considering building the dry dock at the site of a pair of basins used during the war for ship work, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday. In...

A visitor tours the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community memorial, a 5-acre tribute, built in honor of those who were aboard the USS Arizona when it was attacked and sank at Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River honors each of the ship's 1,512 crew members, including the 1,177 who died. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Scottsdale tribe builds 5-acre memorial to USS Arizona

Nov. 15, 2020 11:25 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has built the 5-acre memorial near Scottsdale as a tribute to those who were aboard the USS Arizona when it was attacked and sank at Pearl Harbor in December 1941. The USS Arizona Memorial Gardens honors each of the ship’s 1,512 crew...

A photograph of Lt. j.g. William Ennis Spencer, Jr. with his wife Ester from the 1930s sits next to his medals at the American Legion Post in Goose Creek, S.C. on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.   Nearly 2 million Purple Hearts have been awarded to brave Americans who have been wounded or killed in the line of duty, and it is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed to veterans. (Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post And Courier via AP)

S. Carolina man who found WWII medals tracks their home

Nov. 15, 2020 12:01 AM EST

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — Nearly 2 million Purple Hearts have been awarded to brave Americans who have been wounded or killed in the line of duty, and it is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed to veterans. So last year when a dusty cardboard box was dropped off outside the American Legion Post...

World War II, Korean War veteran made his living in Cobb

Nov. 15, 2020 12:01 AM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Richard Stroud spent six decades as an engineer at Lockheed Martin. Before his lengthy career designing planes, he flew them for the Navy. Stroud, 94, spent 62 years with the aerospace and defense company, a flagship Marietta employer. Prior to that long career as an engineer, he...

Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony to be closed to public

Nov. 14, 2020 6:38 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The annual Remembrance Day ceremony to commemorate the attack on Pearl Harbor will be closed to the public this year and streamed online as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony will begin at 7:50 a.m. on Dec. 7 at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial’s Contemplation...