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Iwo Jima

Iwo Jima and its significance to World War II

When you think of World War II, Hitler and Nazis may come to mind.  Iwo Jima specifically conjures images of Marines fighting the Japanese.  The truth is, Iwo Jima played a significant role in actually ending World War II. World War II progressed intensely as it traveled from Europe to the Asian Pacific region.  While …

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Last known Coast Guard WWII POW to return home

77 years after his death, Lt. James “Jimmy” Crotty’s remains will return home.  Crotty played an integral part in turning the tides for Americans after Pearl Harbor and eventually became the first Coast Guard Prisoner of War (POW) since the War of 1812.  Crotty’s legacy has left its mark on Coast Guard history. Jimmy Crotty …

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Mario Tonelli – Notre Dame grad, Bataan Death March participant

Mario Tonelli was the son of an Episcopalian minister and graduate of Notre Dame University in 1938. He played football as a fullback for “The Fighting Irish.” Upon his graduation, he joined the military – a career which began in Manila, Philippines; just two months before the Japanese would launch a surprise attack on Pearl …

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Video: Flak Over Germany – B-17 Crew Rare Footage

B-17 Flying Fortresses in overseas combat theaters during World War II. The B-17 may have first seen combat in American markings in the Philippines, but it would earn its enduring fame with the Eighth Air Force, based in England and fighting over Occupied Europe. The story of the B-17 would become the story of the …

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Watch: Lost WW2 D-Day Invasion Footage

Rare World War II footage is hard to come by these days. While the recent success of the movie Dunkirk has been reigniting people’s interest in the greatest battle the world has ever seen, Hollywood’s rendition could never be as incredible as the real thing. Recently, four reels were discovered by researchers at the Eisenhower …

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This is how POWs got playing cards with secret escape maps for Christmas

U.S. troops and their playing cards have a long history. A large chunk of deployment is spent killing time until the action starts – and card games have long been the weapon of choice for that mission. After more than a century, the U.S. Playing Card Company, manufacturer of playing card brands like Bee, Aviator, and Hoyle, is …

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A previously ‘unknown’ sailor killed at Pearl Harbor is returned home 75 years later

Seaman 2nd Class Lewis Wagoner was the first of the Wagoner boys to join the Navy. He loved school, and cared deeply for others. Lewis was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He died on the USS Oklahoma with 427 of his shipmates. “It made life hard,” said his brother, …

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