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Stories with subject: World War II
  • Forgotten for decades, fallen NY soldier finally honored story has photos
    Updated: May-24-15 12:37 pm

    ALBANY, New York - Carroll Heath didn't have it easy growing up in the Great Depression. His father wasn't around, his mother was a patient in a mental hospital and he kept largely to himself. Soon after graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army and wound up in the Philippines, where he's believed to have died sometime in 1942.

  • Dutch prime minister thanks American liberators 
    Updated: May-24-15 11:20 am

    MARGRATEN, Netherlands - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte paid tribute Sunday at a Memorial Day ceremony to U.S. troops who fought and died liberating the Netherlands from Nazi occupation in World War II, while NATO's supreme commander said the fight to defend freedom continues to this day.

  • 7 decades on, Pearl Harbor kin seek new ID tests and closure story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-22-15 12:08 pm

    CARY, North Carolina - Dawn Silsbee and her siblings never knew their Uncle Bert - he died years before they were born. But they saw what his loss did to their family.

  • Dunkirk marks 75 years since massive Allied rescue mission 
    Updated: May-22-15 6:23 am

    DUNKIRK, France - Veterans and European officials are marking 75 years since a huge operation to evacuate 338,000 troops trapped by advancing Nazi troops from the shores of Dunkirk in northern France, one of the most dramatic moments in British military history.

  • Japan's first lady visits controversial shrine to war dead 
    Updated: May-22-15 5:23 am

    TOKYO - Japan's first lady visited the Yasukuni Shrine honoring the country's war dead, including convicted war criminals, this week in a move that risks outraging neighboring countries that suffered under Japan's World War II aggression.

  • WWII-era boat added at Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum 
    Updated: May-21-15 4:20 am

    BANGOR TOWNSHIP, Michigan - The newest addition to the Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum has the capability of giving tours on land and in water, but it's going to take a lot of time and money to get it up and running.

  • German lawmakers agree to symbolic payments to Soviet POWs 
    Updated: May-20-15 1:03 pm

    BERLIN - German lawmakers have agreed to make symbolic payments to former Soviet prisoners of war in acknowledgement of their suffering at the hands of the Nazis.

  • 31,000 evacuated in German city of Hannover due to WWII bomb 
    Updated: May-19-15 1:10 pm

    BERLIN - Some 31,000 residents in the northern German city of Hannover are being forced to temporarily evacuate their homes after construction crews found an unexploded 250-kilogram (550-pound) bomb underneath a former high school.

  • Art acquired in WWII Germany returned by Montana brothers 
    Updated: May-17-15 3:38 pm

    LIVINGSTON, Montana - It's been 70 years, but several pieces of art belonging to a German family - possibly removed by American soldiers at the end of World War II - have been returned to Germany, thanks to two local brothers.

  • Article leads 2 descendants of WWII veterans to connect 
    Updated: May-17-15 10:47 am

    COVINGTON, Georgia - Habitually identified as the Splinter Fleet, the tiny 110-foot wood-hulled Sub Chasers of WWII held the title as the smallest commissioned ship in the US Navy. Akin to riding a roller coaster even in mild seas, seasoned sailors aboard the Sub Chasers were often overcome with seasickness. To combat against submarines the crew dropped racks of depth charges or utilized a forward firing rocket contraption called a Mousetrap Rack.

  • Children in southern Russia put on WWII Victory Day parade 
    Updated: May-14-15 4:04 pm

    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia - Hundreds of children have walked past medal-bedecked Russian veterans in a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the Nazis' defeat in World War II.

  • Japan's Cabinet endorses bills to allow greater defense role story has photos
    Updated: May-14-15 8:31 am

    TOKYO - Japan's Cabinet endorsed a set of defense bills Thursday that would allow the country's military to operate under a broader definition of self-defense and play a greater role internationally, a plan that has split public opinion.

  • Hungary honors its 700,000 victims of Soviet labor camps 
    Updated: May-13-15 9:53 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Karoly Miklosi was heading to his job at a print shop in February 1945 when the Soviets nabbed him for slave labor.

  • Japan WWII kamikaze base to seek UNESCO 'memory' recognition story has photos
    Updated: May-13-15 5:46 am

    TOKYO - A Japanese city's plan to seek UNESCO recognition for its collection of documents related to its role as a launching base for "kamikaze" suicide attacks in the desperate last months of World War II is raising questions over how such memories should be preserved.

  • Germany urges Russia to put more pressure on Ukraine rebels story has photos
    Updated: May-10-15 12:04 pm

    MOSCOW - Russia must do more to persuade separatists in eastern Ukraine to abide by a cease-fire that has been strained in recent weeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday during a visit to Moscow.

  • WWII soldier's gift to mom, lost for 73 years, returns home 
    Updated: May-09-15 2:07 pm

    MILLVILLE, Massachusetts - This is the story of a loving tribute from a soldier preparing for war to his mother on the other side of the continent, who didn't know if she would ever see her boy again.

  • SC Medal of Honor recipient escorting WWII vets to DC 
    Updated: May-09-15 10:52 am

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - It's been almost a year since President Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on Kyle Carpenter for saving the life of a fellow Marine by throwing himself on a grenade in Afghanistan.

  • Mary the Riveter lived WWII homefront adventure 
    Updated: May-09-15 10:23 am

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia - Veterans come in all shapes and sizes.

  • 300,000 march through Moscow with portraits of WWII veterans 
    Updated: May-09-15 9:14 am

    MOSCOW - About 300,000 people have walked through central Moscow holding portraits of relatives who fought in World War II.

  • Remains of Soviet soldiers recovered and buried 
    Updated: May-08-15 2:53 pm

    SINYAVINO HEIGHTS, Russia - Hundreds of people came to a World War II battleground outside St. Petersburg this week to bury the remains of 964 Soviet soldiers recovered by volunteer search teams.

  • EXCHANGE: Salute to veterans: Music helped save the day 
    Updated: May-08-15 8:37 am

    CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - Days after the invasion of Normandy, Harvey Hodges climbed down a rope ladder onto Utah Beach.

  • 70 years after WWII, German war kids look for soldier dads story has photos
    Updated: May-08-15 7:35 am

    BERLIN - When Paul Schmitz was a little boy, he never understood why kids in his tiny German village taunted him as a "Yank" and beat him up. He was a teenager by the time he found out: His father was an American soldier his mother had a romance with in the final days of World War II.

  • Obama marks 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat 
    Updated: May-08-15 6:08 am

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is marking the 70th anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat during World War II by paying tribute to the men and women who he says helped save the world and lay the foundation for peace.

  • Warren to celebrate WWII veterans during V-E Day program 
    Updated: May-08-15 5:47 am

    WARREN, Michigan - The 70th anniversary of the official end of fighting in Europe during World War II will be observed at Warren City Hall.

  • Poland marks 70th anniversary of end of WWII story has photos
    Updated: May-07-15 7:23 pm

    WARSAW, Poland - Poland's president led international commemorations late Thursday and into Friday marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a gathering meant as an alternative celebration to Moscow's Red Square parade this weekend.