Latest World War II News

Abe's militaristic funeral captures Japan's tense mood

Sep. 27, 2022 21:07 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The leadup to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's controversial state funeral could seem like a never-ending exchange of heated words — both for and against. But it was the images of Tuesday’s ceremony that most clearly told the story of a nation still deeply divided over...

WWII soldier from Tennessee to be buried in Washington

Sep. 26, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee native who died during World War II will be buried this week in Washington state, the Army said. Tech. Sgt. Ross H. Thompson died Dec. 10, 1942, at age 50. He was reported captured with thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members when forces...

Politics impede long-advocated growth of UN Security Council

Sep. 26, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Virtually everyone involved agrees: Almost eight decades after it came into existence, the powerful U.N. Security Council needs to expand, to evolve, to include more voices. But as with so many things, the central question — and the biggest disagreement — is exactly how....

Ceremony and controversy await Harris during visit to Asia

Sep. 25, 2022 10:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attending funerals on behalf of the United States is normally a straightforward assignment for a vice president, but Kamala Harris will confront controversy at nearly every turn as she visits Asia for the memorial honoring former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. ...

‘At First Light’ tells story of WW II hero Phil Larimore

Sep. 25, 2022 01:03 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Growing up in Baton Rouge, Dr. Walt Larimore knew his dad had fought in World War II. An amputated right leg was a daily reminder. But Phil Larimore kept his story a secret. Then, in 1994, the pastor at St. Alban’s Chapel invited Phil to preach about...

'Crucial' vote could move Italy to right; many might boycott

Sep. 23, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italians will vote on Sunday in what is being billed as a crucial election as Europe reels from the repercussions of Russia's war in Ukraine. For the first time in Italy since the end of World War II, the election could propel a far-right leader into the premiership. ...

San Diego apologizes for support of WWII detention camps

Sep. 21, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego City Council rescinded a resolution it passed 80 years ago in support of the incarceration of Japanese Americans in prison camps during World War II. During a meeting Tuesday, council members called the camps and the 1942 resolution supporting them...

Review: A war story, 'Mosquito Bowl' defines courage, duty

Sep. 19, 2022 11:11 AM EDT

“The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II,” by Buzz Bissinger (Harper) U.S. Marines training for the invasion of the Japanese island of Okinawa didn't know they would face the bloodiest fighting in the Pacific theater of World War II. The nearly three-month...

Sailor who died at Pearl Harbor to be buried at Arlington

Sep. 18, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

The remains of a sailor from Massachusetts who died when the USS Oklahoma was struck by multiple torpedoes during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 are being buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. The interment comes more than 80 years after the attack that drew...

Queen's death is reminder of disappearing WWII generation

Sep. 17, 2022 10:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The long goodbye for Queen Elizabeth II is a reminder of a broader truth playing out with little fanfare across Britain: The nation is bidding farewell to the men and women who fought the country’s battles during World War II. The queen, who served as a mechanic and...