World War II

World War II veteran Don S. Miyada of Westminster, Calif., looks to the stage during a ceremony in honor of Japanese American World War II veterans of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team at the Washington Hilton in Washington, Nov. 1, 2011. Nearly seven decades after Pearl Harbor, Congress honored Japanese-American military units that helped the United States win World War II on two fronts despite the hardships endured by many troops'’ families back home. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Graduation heals World War II internment wounds

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California man who missed his 1942 graduation because he was locked in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans finally walked in a cap and gown last week, more than seven […]

06/23/2014

Auschwitz Birkenau

US man, 89, is held on Nazi death camp charges

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An 89-year-old Philadelphia man was ordered held without bail Wednesday on a German arrest warrant charging him with aiding and abetting the killing of 216,000 Jewish men, women and children while he […]

06/18/2014

FILE - In this May 17, 2011 file photo, Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez poses at his home in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Albuquerque Journal, Dean Hanson, File)

Last of original group of Navajo Code Talkers dies

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The language he once was punished for speaking in school became Chester Nez’s primary weapon in World War II. Before hundreds of men from the Navajo Nation became Code Talkers, Nez […]

06/04/2014

This 2014 sonar image released by Hydroid, Inc., of Bourne, Mass., shows wreckage of the bow of an American ship that sank to the ocean floor off the coast of England during World War II, according to the company that surveyed the wreckage to mark the disaster's 70th anniversary. The torpedo attack by German forces on U.S. landing ships, rehearsing during Exercise Tiger for the D-Day invasion of France's Normandy coast, claimed the lives of 749 U.S. soldiers and sailors on April 28, 1944.  (AP Photo/Hydroid, Inc.)

Sub records detailed images of WWII wreck

BOSTON (AP) — An unmanned submarine has recorded some of the most detailed images of two American ships that sank off the coast of England during World War II, according to the Massachusetts company that […]

04/22/2014

U.S. Army Medal of Honor (AP Photo)

California woman to receive medal for late father

REEDLEY, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno County woman will travel to the White House this month to accept a posthumous Medal of Honor for her father, an Army private who fought with bravery in World […]

03/10/2014

In this Sept. 9, 2013 photo, Dong Linhua, 59, works at his workshop in Shanghai. "I heard that the authorities might postpone the age of the retirement, but I sure hope not, since I've already worked for almost 42 years," says Dong. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The world braces for retirement crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — A global retirement crisis is bearing down on workers of all ages. Spawned years before the Great Recession and the financial meltdown in 2008, the crisis was significantly worsened by those twin […]

12/30/2013

A framed plaque with a photograph of a scene from the 1946 film "It's  A Wonderful Life" starring Jimmy Stewart, left, and a Hollywood star on display at the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Jimmy Stewart museum rebounds from adversity

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) — For a time it looked like the Jimmy Stewart Museum wasn’t going to make it. It’s in the actor’s hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania, far from Los Angeles, where more tourists would […]

12/24/2013

US Marine Navajo code talkers serve with Signal Unit, during World War II

Navajo Code Talker dies at 90 in New Mexico home

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Navajo Code Talker, whose words are inscribed on congressional medals given to his group and who fought to have a World War II comrade recognized for his service, died Thursday […]

12/12/2013

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (AP Photo)

Pearl Harbor ceremony marks bombing anniversary

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) – About 2,500 gathered at Pearl Harbor on Saturday to remember those killed in the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. The crowd observed a moment […]

12/07/2013

Wallace Coffey, chief of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, second from right, holds his tribe’s Congressional Gold Medal, together with representatives of other Native American tribes, during a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, honoring twenty-five Native American tribes who received the medal in recognition of the dedication and valor of the code talkers and their service to the U.S. Armed Forces during WWI and WWII. “Code talkers” refers to those Native Americans who used their tribal languages as a means of secret communication during the war. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Congress honors American Indian code talkers (Photo Gallery)

WASHINGTON (AP) — For decades, the wartime service of 96-year-old Edmond Harjo and other American Indian “code talkers” was something that wasn’t even officially acknowledged, let alone publically recognized. But on Wednesday, Harjo sat in […]

11/20/2013

In this Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 photo, Typhoon Haiyan survivors play basketball in a destroyed neighborhood in Tacloban, Philippines. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

Signs of life amid misery reveal Filipinos’ spirit

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — They found the hoop in the ruins of their obliterated neighborhood. They propped up the backboard with broken wood beams and rusty nails scavenged from vast mounds of storm-blasted homes. A […]

11/19/2013

Secretary of State John Kerry, left, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and her husband Dr. Edwin Schlossberg, right, drink sake during a toast at a reception in Kennedy's honor at the Japanese Ambassador's residence in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Caroline Kennedy sworn in as ambassador to Japan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Caroline Kennedy, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan and daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy, leaves for Japan on Thursday to begin her work to strengthen the critical bond between the […]

11/12/2013

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