Latest World War II News

The 'Hero of Cologne' receives his Bronze Star 75 years late

Sep. 18, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When 96-year-old Clarence Smoyer came to Washington, he thought he was heading to the Pentagon to sign copies of a book detailing his exploits as a World War II tank gunner. Instead, he found a full Army color guard and ceremony awarding him a Bronze Star, 75 years after the battle that...

Today in History

Sep. 17, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2019. There are 105 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 17, 1987, the city of Philadelphia, birthplace of the U.S. Constitution, threw a big party to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the historic document; in a speech at...

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Sep. 13, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November for a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country. The Vatican confirmed the Nov. 19-26 trip, and its diplomatic representative in Thailand,...

Prague to remove monument to WWII Soviet commander

Sep. 12, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A district in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, decided Thursday to remove the statue of a Soviet World War II commander from its site, a move that angered Russia. Marshall Ivan Stepanovic Konev led the Red Army forces that liberated Prague and large parts of Czechoslovakia from the...

German official recalls Polish troops who fought Nazi attack

Sep. 10, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The speaker of Germany's parliament has paid tribute to the Polish soldiers who managed to fend off a massive Nazi onslaught for days at the start of World War II. Speaking Tuesday on the 80th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Wizna, Wolfgang Schaeuble recalled the "heroic defense by a...

Today in History

Sep. 9, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2019. There are 113 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 9, 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York, beginning a siege that ended up claiming 43 lives. On this...

Today in History

Sep. 8, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Sept. 8, the 251st day of 2019. There are 114 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 8, 1892, an early version of "The Pledge of Allegiance," written by Francis Bellamy, appeared in "The Youth's Companion." It went: "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the...

Hundreds attend service for WWII vet with no known family

Sep. 6, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — Hundreds of strangers have honored a 97-year-old World War II veteran from Oklahoma who funeral home officials say died with no known surviving family. Motorcycles carrying U.S. flags were part of Wednesday's service for Herman White, who died Aug. 11. White was buried next to his wife...

Dutch woman who helped Jews during WWII dies in Michigan

Sep. 4, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan woman who authored a book chronicling her efforts that helped save hundreds of Jews in the Netherlands during the Nazi Occupation of World War II has died. Diet (DEET) Eman died Tuesday in Grand Rapids at age 99, according to Seymour Christian Reformed Church...

2 WWII bombs discovered, defused in German cities

Sep. 3, 2019 4:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say two World War II-era bombs found in two major cities have been successfully defused and disposed of. The dpa news agency reported Tuesday that 15,200 people were evacuated overnight in the northern city of Hannover as a precaution before experts defused the bomb in the...