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Kansas Marine killed during island battle in WWII identified

Feb. 18, 2020 9:58 AM EST

SILVERDALE, Kan. (AP) — The remains of a Kansas Marine who died in World War II fighting in the Gilbert Islands have been identified. U.S. Marines Corps Reserve Pfc Raymond Warren was 21 when he was killed in 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa. After his burial site was discovered in 2015, his nephew,...

Vintage WWII fighter plane to fly sightseers over Hawaii

Feb. 18, 2020 9:16 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Sightseers will soon have an opportunity to experience history while viewing Hawaii when a vintage World War II fighter plane begins passenger flights. A private company has modified a P-51D Mustang to allow space for the pilot and a backseat passenger beginning in March, The Honolulu...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2016, file photo, Donald Stratton, center, a USS Arizona survivor, acknowledges a friend at Kilo Pier next to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu. Stratton passed away in his sleep at his Colorado Springs home Saturday, Feb. 16, 2020 with his family in attendance. Stratton was one of the survivors of the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese aerial attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii that killed 1,100 Arizona crew members. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner, File)

USS Arizona crew member, Pearl Harbor survivor dies age 97

Feb. 16, 2020 8:03 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — One of the remaining USS Arizona crew members who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor has died. Donald Stratton passed away at his Colorado Springs home in his sleep Saturday with his family in attendance. The 97-year-old veteran had been in poor health since contracting...

In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, Les Ouchida holds a 1943 photo of himself, front row, center, and his siblings taken at the internment camp his family was moved to, as he poses at the permanent exhibit titled

California to apologize for internment of Japanese Americans

Feb. 16, 2020 12:48 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Les Ouchida was born an American just outside California's capital city, but his citizenship mattered little after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States declared war. Based solely on their Japanese ancestry, the 5-year-old and his family were taken from their home in...

Remains of sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack identified

Feb. 14, 2020 12:16 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Officials have accounted for the remains of a sailor from Detroit who was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The remains of Navy Seaman 1st Class Edward Wasielewski were identified May 15, the Department of Defense said. They will be buried Feb. 21 in San Diego. Wasielewski...

People form a human chain on the banks of the Elbe river with the historical old town in background, marking the 75th anniversary of the destruction of Dresden in the Second World War, in Dresden, Germany, Thursday Feb. 13, 2020.  A 1945 allied bombing campaign reduced the centre of Dresden to rubble leaving about 25,000 people dead. (Robert Michael/dpa via AP)

German president marks Dresden bombing, warns of rising hate

Feb. 13, 2020 3:44 PM EST

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Germany's president called Thursday for his countrymen to stand up to extremism and nationalism, warning that hatred and a desire for authoritarianism are on the rise again in Europe, including in his country. Speaking at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the bombing of...

FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, May 22, 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin Putin, left, awards Russian intelligence veteran Alexei Botyan with the Hero of Russia award at the Moscow's Kremlin, Russia. Botyan, hailed for saving the Polish city of Krakow from being blown up by the Nazis during World War II, died Thursday Feb. 13, 2020, at the age of 103. (AP Photo/ Mikhail Metzel, Pool, File)

Russian WWII intelligence veteran Botyan dies at 103

Feb. 13, 2020 1:20 PM EST

Alexei Botyan, a veteran of Soviet intelligence hailed for saving the Polish city of Krakow from being blown up by the Nazis during World War II, has died at 103. Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Botyan as a “legendary intelligence officer” and a “true patriot” in a telegram of...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 19, 2007 file photo German movie producer Joseph Vilsmaier attends the awarding ceremony of the Bavarian Movie Award at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, Germany. German filmmaker Joseph Vilsmaier, whose striking portrayal of the Battle of Stalingrad brought home the horrors of war to a new generation, has died. His agent confirmed Wednesday that Vilsmaier 'died peacefully at his home' in Bavaria on Tuesday at the age of 81. (AP Photo/Christof Stache, file)

German filmmaker Vilsmaier, known for 'Stalingrad,' dies

Feb. 12, 2020 8:17 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Joseph Vilsmaier, a German filmmaker whose striking portrayal of the Battle of Stalingrad brought home the horrors of war to a new generation, has died. He was 81. His agent confirmed Wednesday that Vilsmaier “died peacefully at his home” in Bavaria on Tuesday. Vilsmaier's 1993...

In this Jan. 24, 2020, photo, James Kuchwara, VFW Post #25 commander, gives flowers to Ann Spearmint in Scranton, Pa., to honor her brother, Staff Sgt. Joseph Eugene Prokop, who died in the waning months of World War II. Spearmint, 91, believed for more than seven decades that her brother died when Germans shot down his B-17 bomber near Frankfurt. Historians in Hanau, Germany, have recently discovered that Prokop, then 22, survived the downing of the bomber only to be captured by the Germans and summarily executed after a Gestapo officer learned one of his crewmates was Jewish. (Jason Farmer/The Times-Tribune via AP)

German city to honor WWII airman from Scranton

Feb. 8, 2020 12:04 PM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — For more than seven decades, the story of Staff Sgt. Joseph Eugene Prokop’s life ended the same way: The Scranton airman died when Germans shot down his B-17 bomber near Frankfurt in the waning months of World War II. It’s the story the War Department told his parents and...

Remains of Kansas man killed in Pearl Harbor identified

Feb. 6, 2020 7:54 AM EST

SOUTH HAVEN, Kan. (AP) — The remains of a Kansas man who was killed 78 years ago when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor have been identified. U.S. Navy Fireman First Class Rex Wise will be buried in April near his home in South Haven, near the state's southern border with Oklahoma, The Wichita Eagle...