World War II

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

Federal Veteran's Day observance is today

SoCal communities commemorate Veterans Day

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Communities across Southern California are commemorating Veterans Day with parades, music, wreath-laying ceremonies and other events. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve, is grand […]

11/11/2013

Two of the four surviving members of the 1942 raid on Tokyo led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, Edward Saylor, center, and Richard Cole, right, are thanked by Gen. Mark Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, and Eric Fanning, left, acting Secretary of the US Air Force, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at a monument marking the raid at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

WWII Doolittle Raiders making final toast

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The surviving Doolittle Raiders, all in their 90s, considered their place in history for their daring World War II attack on Japan amid thousands of cheering fans, as they prepared for a […]

11/09/2013

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WWII aviator’s Purple Heart returning to Pa.

A Purple Heart given to a World War II aviator beheaded by Japanese forces in 1945 is back in the hands of the serviceman’s family after a ceremony in southeastern Pennsylvania. Gordon Yates’ 80-year-old sister, […]

11/09/2013

Musician Roger Waters and his band hold rehearsals with members of the Wounded Warriors Project for the "Stand Up For Heroes" benefit concert presented by the New York Comedy Festival & the Bob Woodruff Foundation at S.I.R. Studios on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Comics, Springsteen, Waters in benefit for wounded

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen auctioned off the guitar around his shoulder for $250,000 to benefit wounded servicemen and women, the climax of Wednesday’s seventh annual “Stand Up for Heroes” benefit run by ABC […]

11/06/2013

Michael Coon,top, smiles as his father Phillip Coon, in wheelchair, receives military honors from Rita Aragon, secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs for the State of Oklahoma, after Phillip's return from Japan, where he was a POW, at the Tulsa International Airport, on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.  (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Cory Young)

WWII vet honored with long-overdue military medals

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Given the choice, World War II veteran Phillip Coon probably wouldn’t want the formality and fuss of being honored on a military base with men and women standing at attention, dressed […]

10/22/2013

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