Latest World War II News

Honolulu utility shuts well to prevent fuel contamination

Dec. 03, 2021 21:45 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Amid a continuing crisis over fuel contaminating the Navy’s tap water at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu’s water utility said Friday it shut off one of its wells so it doesn’t taint its own supply with petroleum from an underground aquifer it shares with the military. ...

Upstate NY WWII soldier killed in France IDed after 77 years

Dec. 03, 2021 14:07 PM EST

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — The remains of a World War II soldier from upstate New York killed in France in 1944 have been identified, defense officials announced Friday. U.S. Army Pfc. Morris E. Swackhammer, 20, of Binghamton was accounted for June 28, according to the...

WWII vet who survived COVID-19 honored on 105th birthday

Dec. 02, 2021 16:19 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A World War II veteran from Alabama who survived COVID-19 last year will be honored on his 105th birthday Friday with the French Legion of Honor in recognition of his service. Major Wooten, who repaired bomb-damaged trains in France as an Army...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 02, 2021 13:59 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary...

Russia sends missiles near Pacific islands claimed by Japan

Dec. 02, 2021 12:05 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military has deployed coastal defense missile systems near the Kuril Islands, a Pacific chain also claimed by Japan. The move appeared intended to underline Moscow's firm stance in the dispute. The Bastion systems were moved to Matua, a...

Remains of Navy man killed in Pearl Harbor identified

Dec. 01, 2021 11:53 AM EST

BARBERTON, Ohio (AP) — The remains of an Ohio sailor who died nearly 80 years ago during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been identified, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on Wednesday. The agency said Buford Dyer, 19, of Barberton, was killed...

Explosion of WWII bomb in Munich injures 4, disrupts trains

Dec. 01, 2021 09:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A World War II bomb exploded at a construction site next to a busy railway line in Munich on Wednesday, injuring four people, one of them seriously, German authorities said. A column of smoke was seen rising from the site near the Donnersbergerbruecke...

Today in History

Dec. 01, 2021 00:05 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2021. There are 30 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 1, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln sent his Second Annual Message to Congress, in...

Black artist Josephine Baker honored at France's Pantheon

Nov. 30, 2021 15:33 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Josephine Baker — the U.S.-born entertainer, anti-Nazi spy and civil rights activist — was inducted into France's Pantheon on Tuesday, becoming the first Black woman to receive the nation’s highest honor. Baker's voice resonated through streets of...

In French Pantheon, Josephine Baker makes history yet again

Nov. 28, 2021 08:50 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France is inducting Josephine Baker — Missouri-born cabaret dancer, French World War II spy and civil rights activist — into its Pantheon, the first Black woman honored in the final resting place of France’s most revered luminaries. On Tuesday, a...