| Dec 16, 2014
| 2:25 PM
Jack Ray Hammett, 94, passed away peacefully in his Costa Mesa home of over 50 years on Saturday 12/13/14, with his family. He wanted to be remembered as a Patriot, “one who supports and defends his country”. That was his life’s...
| Oct 27, 2014
| 2:55 PM
If there is any chance of a conflict of interest, it's incumbent upon a reporter to acknowledge it, a disclosure that generally runs midstory but in this case can't wait. Even for an instant, I can't pretend to be objective about revelations that ex-Nazis...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 4:45 AM
Steven Spielberg's 1998 World War II epic, "Saving Private Ryan," Joel and Ethan Coen's cult comedy "The Big Lebowski" and the 1976 drama "Please Don't Bury Me Alive!" — considered by historians to be the first Chicano feature film — are among...
| Dec 4, 2014
The U.S. military has embarked on an air campaign over Iraq and Syria with a name that has invited derision — Operation Inherent Resolve. That got us to thinking about why war lingo is so strange. And what a good time to examine that — as we...
| Nov 2, 2014
| 1:08 PM
Pete Petiprin was aboard the USS Helm when the bombs began falling.
"We could see the Japanese planes coming. ... It looked like a flight of bumblebees," he said in an interview videotaped three years ago that marked the 70th anniversary of the attack...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 1:16 PM
As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Cantor Andrea Rae Markowicz had a personal stake in spending a recent Monday evening glimpsing ominous diary passages penned by a close confidant of Adolf Hitler.
"This is part of my family's narrative, and a...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Some brothers you're born with; others you choose.
War took one from Eric Gower, but it gave him dozens of others, bonded by a singular experience 70 years ago.
Patriotic and dutiful young men, they took part in the largest amphibious assault in...
| Sep 13, 2014
| 11:15 AM
The imagery shocks: a noose dangling between photos of two hanged men, drawings of children labeled "Alligator Bait," a gun-range target shaped like a human.
The examples of bigotry and cruelty are on display at the Holocaust Center in Maitland. But the...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 6:08 AM
Illing Middle School students have been studying Nazi genocide in all its horrible detail -- desperate fingernail scratches on gas chamber walls; piles of luggage and eyeglasses seized from doomed Jewish victims; hills of human ash.
In their Holocaust...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 1:30 PM
Age 92, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in San Diego, California. Gery is a Pearl Harbor Survivor and WWII Navy Veteran. He is survived by his sweetheart, Sally Nockold “The Love of His Life”; a daughter Patricia Elaine Cantrell-...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 10:14 AM
William FitzGerald, who was probate judge in Manchester for 20 years and served on the town's board of directors, died July 23. He was 90.
FitzGerald enlisted in the military before finishing high school in his hometown of Danbury. He was a World War II...