Latest World War II News

Greece marks WWII entry anniversary with military parade

Oct. 28, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Fighter jets flew over the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki Thursday as parachutists landed and troops marched in the city’s center to mark a national holiday commemorating Greece's defiance of Fascist Italy that forced it to enter World War II. ...

Mississippi burial set for Marine killed in World War II

Oct. 24, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

NEWTON, Miss. (AP) — A Marine who died during battle in World War II will be buried with full military honors in Mississippi. Cpl. Quentin McCall was a a member of Company I, 6th Marine Regimen, known as the “Fighting 6th Marines." He was killed Nov. 23, 1943, during...

Albania: British WWII airman's remains identified, reburied

Oct. 20, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The few mortal remains of a World War II British air gunner were formally buried in a Tirana war cemetery Wednesday, following their discovery last year at the site where his bomber crashed in Albania and their subsequent identification. Sergeant...

Remains of Ohio WWII soldier killed in combat identified

Oct. 19, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The remains of a U.S. Army private from Ohio killed in combat in Germany during World War II have been identified, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on Tuesday. The agency said Emmet Schwartz, 24, of Dover, was killed in an artillery...

Sites where Germans killed Jews are dedicated in Poland

Oct. 18, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

WOJSLAWICE, Poland (AP) — The Polish witnesses of the German crime in Wojslawice lived for decades with the memories of their Jewish neighbors executed in 1942. They remembered a meadow that flowed with blood, a child who cried out for water from underneath a pile of bodies, arms and legs...

Japan's premier sends offering to controversial Tokyo shrine

Oct. 17, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new prime minister donated ritual offerings Sunday to a Tokyo shrine viewed by Chinese and Koreans as a symbol of Japanese wartime aggression, though he did not make a visit in person. Fumio Kishida donated “masakaki” religious ornaments to...

Mississippi WWII veteran awarded Medal of a Liberated France

Oct. 17, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

COLLINS, Miss. (AP) — One memory Henry “Howard” Bennett has held on to for over 70 years is when his B-24 bomber flew low over Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy. He’ll never forget how the waters were red with the blood of his fellow servicemen. On Oct....

Vendor sells Nazi gear at motorcycle rally

Oct. 16, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A vendor at a major motorcycle rally in Florida briefly sold hats emblazoned with Nazi symbols, saying she considered them a tribute to World War II veterans who helped defeat the Germans. The Daytona Beach News-Journal...

Book helps Elsmere’s Firmani, 100, share insights into WWII

Oct. 16, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

ELSMERE, De. (AP) — The life story of Elsmere resident Ray Firmani is one that can serve as an inspiration to anyone with its story of service above self, love and family. That’s because Mr. Firmani, who celebrated his 100th birthday at the Delaware Military Museum in...

During WWII, getting the flu vaccine was patriotic

Oct. 16, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The world had lurched into a dark and uncertain winter. Americans were dying by the thousands, and the rhythms of everyday life seemed to carry only mournful notes of loss and deprivation. Even mundane things, like a trip to the grocery store, were...