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World War II (1939-1945)

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  • Downers Grove July 4 parade to honor veterans

    Downers Grove July 4 parade to honor veterans
    More than 800 people are scheduled to participate in this year's edition of the Downers Grove July 4 parade. About 80 organizations, businesses, churches and political figures are on tap to march down the village's center Friday afternoon, officials...
  • Daniel Anker dies at 50; award-winning historical documentarian

    Daniel Anker dies at 50; award-winning historical documentarian
    Daniel Anker, an award-winning documentarian who used film to reexamine complex historical events, including Hollywood's portrayal of the Holocaust and a life-saving sled-dog run in Alaska, died Monday in New York. He was 50. The cause was pneumonia,...
  • Obama offers military help to eastern European allies

    Obama offers military help to eastern European allies
    President Barack Obama promised Tuesday to beef up military support for eastern European members of the NATO alliance who fear they could be next in the firing line after the Kremlin's intervention in Ukraine. Under fire from critics at home who say his...
  • D-Day at 70: So Much Bravery, So Much Sacrifice

    The D-Day invasion, which happened 70 years ago June 6, was the biggest amphibious assault in history, involving more than 11,000 aircraft, 5,000 ships and 150,000 armed forces. A year in the planning, it was a great effort for a great cause: the...
  • Pope Francis Comes Calling

    Pope Francis Comes Calling
    There’s a famous quote from Joseph Stalin. When he was confronted by Winston Churchill near the end of World War II, to consider the views of the Vatican, the Soviet Union’s strong man said,“How many divisions does the pope have?”...
  • Avon's Seymour Reitman Remembers Battle Of The Bulge, 70 Years Ago

    Avon's Seymour Reitman Remembers Battle Of The Bulge, 70 Years Ago
    Seymour Reitman remembers the start of the Battle of the Bulge as the time "when all hell broke loose." Reitman, 89, of Avon, was a private first class in the U.S. Army as Allied troops forged into Germany in late 1944. But the German army launched...
  • As Decades Pass, WWII Vets Reassess Memories

    As Decades Pass, WWII Vets Reassess Memories
    Their memories are clear, undimmed after seven decades. John Fletcher can see dead German soldiers stacked in a truck and multicolored parachutes dropping on Bastogne, Belgium, in the desperate winter of 1944-45. A scene from August 1942 plays in...
  • Yuri Kochiyama dies at 93; civil rights activist, friend of Malcolm X

    A famous Life magazine photograph from 1965 shows Malcolm X lying on the stage of a New York City ballroom moments after assassins had shot him down. One of the first people who rushed to his side was a petite Asian woman in glasses who is seen cradling...
  • World War II flier story revealed, thanks to researcher

    World War II flier story revealed, thanks to researcher
    The telegram arrived June 20, 1944. Catherine Pokrifcsak says she was home from work the day her family got the kind of news that families of American men at war have been receiving for centuries: Your son/husband/brother is dead. Second Lt. Peter...
  • Taking the Kids -- and making World War II history come alive at Normandy

    Taking the Kids -- and making World War II history come alive at Normandy
    Elizabeth Kelly is in France, far from her Florida home, standing at the grave of a young Chicago lieutenant -- the grandfather she never met. Forrest Kelly was just 29 when he died, leaving behind a wife and two young children, Kelly said. At the...
  • Chester Nez, last of WWII's original Navajo code talkers, dies at 93

    If Chester Nez dared to use his Navajo language in school, punishment was swift and literally distasteful. He had to scrub his tongue with a toothbrush and wash out his mouth with bitter soap. So he was intrigued when recruiters from the U.S. Marines...