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    BROOMALL, Pa. (CBS) — The rain didn’t dampen the mood this Sunday in Delaware County for a special birthday celebration. A milestone birthday in Broomall. Lt. Ralph Perkner, retired from the U.S. Navy, turns 100. READ MORE: I Just Want Him To Come Home: Missing 13-Year-Old Jalen Maxwells Mother Makes Tearful Plea To Help Find Her Son “He’s a remarkable, remarkable man,” Tom Murray, Perkner’s son-in-law, said. “I hope if I get as old as he is, I’m half as good as he is.” “It’s a wonderful day,” Perkner said. “And you wonder how you got here, but here I am, so I’m stuck.” A father of five, a World War II veteran honored by his community and family. A man cherished not only for what he’s done but for who he is. “My father-in-law is a very unique individual,” Murray said. What does it feel like? READ MORE: Whitehall...
    The controlled detonation of a one-ton bomb from World War II has caused major material damage in the British city of Exeter, where hundreds of evacuated residents they could stay without returning to their homes over the next few hours given the impact of the shock wave on several houses in the city. The detonation that occurred this Saturday caused the glass and brick breakage within a 100-meter radius of the epicenter of the explosion, which threw debris for 250 kilometers and a crater the size of a bus, in addition to throwing a huge gray cloud of dust into the sky. Now the experts are investigating the concrete damage that has caused the explosion to the surrounding houses while the residents have been forced to spend the night with relatives. “We are making every effort to ensure that the structural evaluations are carried out as soon as possible...
    VINELAND, N.J. (CBS) — A World War II veteran from New Jersey has a lot of stories to tell. What happened to him Tuesday night will surely be added to his list — at the age of 100, he just received the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. At Inspira Medical Center Vineland, second shot COVID-19 vaccinations are underway. READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Release New Video Of Suspect Wanted For Raping Woman Inside Macys Bathroom “They are just super excited. There is just a sense of relief that they have instantly after they get the shot,” nurse Sarah Keeton said. And that’s how Gravener felt after receiving his second dose. “It felt great, yeah,” Gravener said. Gravener turned 100 years old last November. It took him about 90 minutes to travel to Vineland with his son, Bob. READ MORE: Woman Recounts Springing Into Action To Help Save 4 Boys Who...
    AXN Spain has acquired the broadcasting rights for ‘X Company’, an espionage series that premieres on March 4, 2021. It is a Hungarian-Canadian drama set in World War II. Five young people are recruited to a training facility on the shores of Lake Ontario to become secret agents. Taking advantage of the qualities that each one of them has, the protagonists are sent on different covert missions. The fiction is based on real events using as a reference the secret Special Training School No. 103, better known as Camp X from 1941 to 1969. Created by Mark Ellis and Stephanie Morgenstern, The drama premiered on February 18, 2015 on CBC and ended on March 15, 2017.. The showrunners serve as executive producers alongside David Fortier, Bill Haber and Ivan Schneeberg, the latter known for his work on ‘Orphan Black’. Évelyne Brochu, Jack Laskey, Warren Brown, Connor Price, Dustin Milligan, Torben...
    MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court has fined Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a defamation case involving a World War II veteran. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The life expectancy for the average Americans just got significantly shorter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) February "Rapid Release" statistics, found that the average life expectancy of an American, from birth, was 78.8 years in 2019. Now, it’s 77.8. The average American is expected to live one year less than what was anticipated last year. The change was undoubtedly influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 490,000 U.S. residents. Not everyone will have the same fate, however. Life expectancy changes dramatically by gender and race, according to health data. Overall, the life expectancy for American males is 75.1 years - a decline of 1.2 years from 2019 and about 5 years less than how long women are expected to live. For females, life expectancy dropped to 80.5 years, a decrease of 0.9 years over 2019. The situation is more dier for people of...
    The federal government's 2021 deficit, at $2.3 trillion, will be the second-largest annual deficit since World War II, the Congressional Budget office projected Thursday. While the fiscal year 2021 expected budget shortfall is projected to be roughly $900 billion less than the deficit in 2020, the projection only includes current legislation. If the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package making its way through Congress is passed in full, the deficit could skyrocket to beat even last year's deficit. The projected deficit is $450 billion larger than the budget office projected in September. Yet projected deficits over the next 10 years were adjusted lower by $345 billion thanks to improved economic conditions. The report found that "the costs of recently enacted legislation are partially offset by the effects of a stronger economy." "In subsequent years, the largest changes stem from revisions to the economic forecast," the report reads. "CBO now projects stronger...
    PALM SPRINGS (CBSLA) — A World War II veteran was surprised with a small party in a Palm Springs park for her 100th birthday. (credit: CBS) Sylvia Logan’s family surprised her at Sunrise Park, where they all donned masks and greeted her with balloons, including ones shaped in the numerals “100.” The war veteran, who wore a mask that said, “It took me 100 years to look this good,” said she was floating on air. “I turned 100, and I don’t feel a day over 21,” she said with a chuckle. It was during her time in the war that she met her husband, Benton “Woody” Logan. They returned to Palm Springs, where they lived together until he died in 2010 at the age of 93. They had been married for 62 years.
    A 100-year-old World War II veteran received the one millionth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Florida Friday, Fox News reported. Henry Sayler was joined by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday and received the vaccine, according to Fox News. It was an honor to witness Henry Sayler receive his first dose of the vaccine today. Florida is rapidly approaching a monumental milestone of 1 million seniors vaccinated. #SeniorsFirst pic.twitter.com/JoL6N1ybOH — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 22, 2021 “I didn’t feel a thing,” Sayler said after receiving the vaccine, which aired on Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends.” “I just want to say how happy we are to live in the No. 1 state in the union and have the No. 1 governor in the union,” Sayler, who also previously served as a Republican state senator, added, according to Fox News. (RELATED: Here Is What’s Going...
    Three people were injured after the bomb explosion of World War II in the city of Mareth, in the Tunisian region of Gabes (south of the country), local press reported this Thursday. The injured are between 35 and 40 years old and are at the hospital to receive medical assistance. Last February, a similar accident injured a blacksmith in the city of Kairouan – some 100 miles south of the capital – when he tried to manipulate what he believed to be a piece of iron with which he intended to make a hammer. At the end of 2018, Army special forces discovered a total of 46 handmade bombs World War II off the coast of the touristy Sousse region. The finding of this type of artifact is not unusual since the Maghreb country was occupied by the nazi regime from November 1942 to May 1943, then French colony.
    Between May and August 1945, the U.S. military detained dozens of Nazi figures at a hotel in Luxembourg. A documentary to be seen in Arte at 12:50 this evening opens the doors of this secret prison – code name: Ashkan – by meeting the eyes of actors, historians and the voice of a true witness. The uncertain period that connects the end of World War II with the trials of Nazism has been a subject of fascination for documentary filmmakers such as the Belgian Willie Perelstez. In his picture Ashkan, He looks back on the period between May and August 1945. The day after the Allied victory, the U.S. military recruited dozens of senior Nazi figures (Corning, Denitz, Lay, Keitel, etc.), and “Added Parts” At the Palace Hotel at the Luxembourg Spa Resort in Montorf-less-Paines. Code name for this secret prison: Ashkan (“garbage”). U.S. officials are investigating. Objective: To prepare...
    With many U.S. cities in varying stages of shutdown for parts of 2020, travel was reduced — and so were greenhouse gas emissions. According to a report by the Rhodium Group, an economics and policy research provider, the drop in annual emissions was the nation's largest since the World War II era. The group tracked the real-time energy and emissions impact of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2020. It estimates that the "historic shock to economic activity" led to a 10.3% drop in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2020. This finding is based on preliminary economic and energy data. The reduction means the U.S. is now expected to exceed the target set in a 2009 U.N. agreement known as the Copenhagen Accord of cutting emissions 17% below 2005 levels, with 2020 instead hitting 21.5% below 2005 levels. However, it still falls short of the goal the U.S. set in the 2015 Paris...
    VENTURA, Calif. (KABC) -- It was a special birthday shot for Mack Edwards as the World War II veteran celebrated turning 100 on Sunday by getting his COVID-19 vaccine."I wanted to be the first to get the vaccine and I was here this morning. The first to get it it makes me feel safer," said Edwards.About 145 people at the Veterans Home of California in Ventura, including residents and staff, were immunized on Sunday.Dodger Stadium to halt COVID-19 testing, shift to vaccination siteEMBED More News Videos Dodger Stadium will cease testing for COVID-19 and shift to a massive vaccination site, the city said. The facility has had numerous safety precautions in place to prevent a coronavirus outbreak among its vulnerable population. The vaccine now gives them the extra protection so many have been waiting for."I think it's very important it's going to help save your life and many other peoples...
    BEDFORD (CBS) — A 96-year-old World War II veteran living in Massachusetts was the first VA patient in the country to get the coronavirus vaccine on Monday. Margaret Klessens, a resident at the VA nursing home in Bedford, received the vaccine just after noon. The VA Bedford Healthcare System tweeted that it was a history-making moment. World War II Veteran Margaret Klessens, aged 96, is the first VA patient nationwide to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, at VA Bedford Healthcare System, Dec. 14, 2020, 12:07 p.m. #makinghistory #COVIDVaccine pic.twitter.com/6XW7VAbbPH — VA Bedford Healthcare System ???? (@VABedfordHCS) December 14, 2020 “We look forward to quickly administering more vaccinations across VA to protect more #Veterans,” Veterans Affairs Sec. Robert Wilkie tweeted.  According to a past article in The Boston Globe, Klessens is a former Somerville resident who enlisted in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943. The newspaper reported that she went...
    Officials in Frankfurt, Germany, reportedly evacuated thousands of people in the city after a World War II-era bomb weighing more than one thousand pounds was discovered at a construction site. The 1,100-pound explosive device was successfully defused and discarded by German authorities Sunday after roughly 13,000 people were evacuated from the Gallus district, according to the Associated Press. Residents were allowed back in the area and trains returned to running on normal schedules Sunday evening, the AP reported. (RELATED: Five People Dead, 15 Injured After Car Drives Through Crowd In Germany, Police Say) A bomb dropped during World War II was successfully defused in a residential area of German financial capital Frankfurt. The 1,100-pound bomb was found during construction work. https://t.co/peFsGllUm9 — AP Europe (@AP_Europe) December 6, 2020 The deactivation was expected to take up to six hours but was successfully finished in only two, according to the AP....
    More On: bombs Man seriously injured by ‘booby trap’ bomb in Utah home Unexploded WWII bomb washes ashore in total blast from the past Wild video shows WWII bomb go off underwater after attempt to defuse it Polish divers work to defuse WWII ‘earthquake’ bomb German authorities on Sunday had to disarm an unexploded 1,100-pound World War II bomb that turned up at a construction site in a trendy Frankfurt neighborhood. Authorities said 13,000 residents were evacuated and mass transit was halted in the city’s chic Gallus district Sunday for the dismantling of the bomb, which was found by construction crews on Thursday. Explosives experts were able to dismantle the massive device in about two hours. Trains were running again by Sunday evening, German rail company Deutsche Bahn said. Although alarming, the discovery of unexploded devices is not too uncommon in German, even 75 years after the war...
    An Enigma machine — the German encryption device used by Nazi forces to send secret message during World War II — has been recovered from the Baltic Sea. Divers recovered the device at the bottom of Gelting Bay, on Germany's northern coast, while working to remove abandoned fishing nets that threaten marine life. Designed shortly after WWI by the engineer Arthur Scherbius for commercial usage, the cipher engine was adopted by many national governments and militaries. The portable device is best-known for its use by the Axis powers to encode military commands, for safe transmission by radio, as part of their rapid 'blitzkrieg' strategy.  Enigma featured a number of wheels, which together formed an electric circuit that repeatedly scrambled an entered character — and reconfigured after each letter. German military models — made more complex through the addition of a plugboard, for added scrambling — and their codebooks were highly sought by...
    A Call To Spy, the international production capturing the story of three WWII spies and starring Radhika Apte, has been confirmed for OTT release in India. Radhika plays British spy Noor Inayat-Khan, or Nora Baker, who served in the Special Operations Executive during World War II. “I couldn’t be happier to be an integral part of this film, working alongside such an incredible cast from around the globe and I am extremely excited about the movie’s release,” said Radhika. Andhadhun Telugu Remake: Tamannaah to Reprise Tabu’s Role, Nabha Natesh Roped In to Play Radhika Apte’s Part For the Nithiin Starrer “Since the movie has already premiered globally, I have been waiting for the moment where Indian audiences get the chance to watch this thrilling spy drama. I am hoping that they too will shower the same love and appreciation that we received from other parts of the world,” she added....
    Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical SocietyCover of "Minnesota’s Ten Thousand Lakes: the Nation’s Summer Playground" brochure, ca. 1926. From “Pamphlets relating to lakes in Minnesota, 1900–” (F604.3), pamphlets collection, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul.Minnesota’s scenic beauty, more than 11,000 lakes, and favorable summer climate have attracted tourists for nearly 200 years. The tourism industry flourished between World War I and 1930, when Minnesota developed its reputation as the Land of 10,000 Lakes and one of the nation’s premier summer vacation destinations. In 1835, artist George Catlin traveled from St. Louis to Fort Snelling by steamboat. He described the trip as “the Fashionable Tour”—one that provided travelers a “fair sample” of the “Far West.” During the 1840s several panoramas (large unwinding rolls of painted canvas) of the Upper Mississippi toured the East, and steamboat companies began advertising “pleasure excursions” to the Falls of St. Anthony (Owamniyomni). In June 1854, former President...
    Adrenaline at its best, aircraft used in World War II, soared through the Fort Lauderdale sky in a unique spectacle. A lot of noise, smoke, adrenaline and fun, all in the same show, thus the last air show of the year in its category was experienced. Aircraft built 79 years ago, which served in military duties for the Navy and Navy in World War II, soared through the skies over Fort Lauderdale to put on a first-rate spectacle. “I was very excited waiting for you since May, I arrived at 11 and started at 12, but I love to see you,” said one of the show attendees. The powerful aircraft were used to train the best generation of pilots, but they are still active as the first day, to delight the spectators. “I love airplanes, I like to see them do the pirouettes everything they...
    By RYAN KOLAKOWSKI, Marietta Daily Journal MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Richard Stroud spent six decades as an engineer at Lockheed Martin. Before his lengthy career designing planes, he flew them for the Navy. Stroud, 94, spent 62 years with the aerospace and defense company, a flagship Marietta employer. Prior to that long career as an engineer, he served in the Navy for seven years of active duty and another 10 years in the Reserve. MILITARY CAREER In his armed forces career, the Bonham, Texas, native participated in both World War II and the Korean War, a pair of conflicts separated by only five years. When Stroud graduated from his Texas high school in 1944, he volunteered for the Navy and trained as a machine gunner. He entered World War II during its waning moments. Just as he was on his way to combat in 1945, the war came to a...
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- "Good morning, folks!!" That greeting came from a man who has been saying it for more than 100 years.When Del Tiedeman bid good morning to a gathering of reporters, he knew this morning would be better than others.RELATED: US veterans to get free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands for lifeIt took just one look at a silver, old C-47 airplane outside Kaiser Air at Santa Rosa Regional Airport.What does Veterans Day mean to Del?"It's a little difficult to answer that one. I think of the guys who didn't make it."Del flew these planes in World War II. He dropped troops D-Day, flew "The Hump," over India, and did it back. So did his company, today---an elder 105."What would the 27-year you used to be say to the 105 year old man sitting here?""He is very lucky," said Al Maggini.VIDEO: Why...
    NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (CBS) — A very special Veterans Day parade in Delaware County honored a retired Navy lieutenant on his 105th birthday in a very fitting way. Eugene Vickers has quite the story to tell, and pouring rain and overcast skies did not stop dozens of emergency responders from wishing Vickers a happy birthday. A line of flashing lights and a string of emergency vehicles on Wednesday afternoon left the campus of a stone veterans memorial to give a happy birthday salute to a living memorial. Credit: CBS3 A legend in these parts of Delaware County, Vickers turned 105 on this Veterans Day. The retired World War II-era Navy lieutenant downplayed his celebrity status. “I’m just one of the boys,” Vickers said. The men and women of emergency services lined up by the dozen in a light, mild rain. “I put the message out that we were gonna honor...
    By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch Protestant Church made a far-reaching recognition of guilt Sunday for its failure to do more to help Jews during and after World War II and even for the church’s role in preparing ”the ground in which the seeds of anti-Semitism and hatred could grow.” The statement came at a solemn ceremony to mark Monday’s anniversary of the Nazis’ anti-Jewish Kristallnacht pogrom, or the “Night of Broken Glass." On Nov. 9, 1938, Jews were terrorized throughout Germany and Austria. At least 91 people were killed, hundreds of synagogues burned down, around 7,500 Jewish businesses vandalized, and up to 30,000 Jewish men arrested, many of whom were taken away to concentration camps. René de Reuver, speaking on behalf of the General Synod of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, said the church’s role began long before Adolf Hitler came to...
    THE HAGUE – The Dutch Protestant Church made a far-reaching recognition of guilt Sunday for its failure to do more to help Jews during and after World War II and even for the church’s role in preparing ”the ground in which the seeds of anti-Semitism and hatred could grow.” The statement came at a solemn ceremony to mark Monday’s anniversary of the Nazis’ anti-Jewish Kristallnacht pogrom, or the “Night of Broken Glass." On Nov. 9, 1938, Jews were terrorized throughout Germany and Austria. At least 91 people were killed, hundreds of synagogues burned down, around 7,500 Jewish businesses vandalized, and up to 30,000 Jewish men arrested, many of whom were taken away to concentration camps. René de Reuver, speaking on behalf of the General Synod of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, said the church’s role began long before Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany. “For centuries a...
    More than 750 people were evacuated from their homes in Poland as Navy divers began working to defuse the largest unexploded World War II bomb ever found in the country, numerous sources reported. The five-day operation to defuse the “earthquake bomb” was launched Monday near the town of Swinoujscie in northwest Poland, Reuters reported. The nearly 12,000 pound Tallboy bomb dates back to 1945 and was used by Britain’s Royal Air Force to penetrate deep underground and detonate after a delay, shattering fortifications from below, according to the Maritime Executive.  A bouy marks the site of a Second World War ‘Tallboy’ bomb in the Piast Canal (Kanal Piastowski), near Swinoujscie, northwestern Poland. (Photo by LUKASZ SZELEMEJ/AFP via Getty Images) When detonated, the bomb would leave a crater measuring 80 feet deep and 100 feet in diameter. Toward the end of the war, the Tallboy was used successfully to destabilize or...
    The federal deficit for fiscal year 2020 was $3.1 trillion, more than triple from the year before, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday. This article will be updated. Business News CBO Deficit
    Two aid workers are dead after a World War II-era ordinance they were working on exploded in the Solomon Islands. The two men, one British and one Australian, were killed by the blast on Sunday in the house they shared. They were part of the humanitarian group Norwegian People’s Aid, which is working with local authorities to track and chart unexploded ordinances that have plagued the Solomon Islands since the end of World War II, according to the New York Times. In a statement, NPA Deputy Secretary-General Per Nergaard identified the two men as Stephen “Luke” Atkinson, 57, and 40-year-old Trent Lee. Nergaard called the explosion a “tragic accident.” “So far, we know that there has been an explosion with fatal consequences. Our main priority now is to offer assistance to relatives and colleagues and to clarify what has happened,” Nergaard said. “NPA's activities on Solomon Islands...
    STOCKTON (CBS SF) — A vintage World War II bomber made an emergency landing Saturday night in a field near Stockton, injuring two of the three people who were aboard, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies said the crash took place Saturday evening in the area of Roberts Rd and Muller Rd in Stockton. The aircraft — a vintage Mitchell WWII bomber with ‘Old Glory’ emblazoned under its cockpit — attempted to make emergency landing in an open field. It struck an irrigation ditch, sustaining significant damage, but did not catch fire. Two of the three people aboard the plane sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital. There condition had not been released by early Sunday morning. The NTSB and FAA will be investigating the cause of the crash.
    Trump is still ‘compromised by the Russians’: ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok Warholm eclipses Moses in Berlin as rich vein of form continues Americas Oldest World War II Veteran Celebrates His 111th Birthday in New Orleans Lawrence Brooks, the oldest living World War II veteran in America, turned 111 on Saturday. © Provided by People CBS Evening News Lawrence Brooks According to CBS News and CNN, Lawrence rang in his milestone birthday with a socially-distanced celebration over the weekend outside the National WWII Museum, located in New Orleans near Brooks' home. The museum's vocal trio, The Victory Belle, performed a rendition of "Happy Birthday" as the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team and the Big Easy Wing flew over the sky, CNN reported. Brooks stood on his front porch and tipped his hat back as the planes flew above him. He also danced a two-step as The Victory Belles performed, according to NOLA.com....
    The struggle for equality for Black and brown workers 16 Beloved Restaurants Only 70s Kids Will Remember U.S. economy could boom in 2021 like it did in the aftermath of World War II, says Morgan Housel Morgan Housel told CNBC the U.S. economy may be primed for a coronavirus recovery in 2021 that is most akin to the post-World War II boom. The former Wall Street Journal columnist emphasized that this was not his "baseline scenario" for an American economy that was severely damaged by the Covid-19 crisis.  But, he added, "there's so much pessimism of what's going on, justified pessimism, that I think we underestimate how good 2021 could be going forward." Investors must understand long history of market volatility: Collaborative Funds Morgan Housel CNBC See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next How you can save $1 million for...
    SAN ANTONIO – He’s a WWII veteran who was only looking forward to living to see the year 2000. But now, he’s turning 99 years old in 2020. Friends and family lined up in their vehicles to celebrate Carlos Camacho on Sunday. Carlos has lived a full life so far. He graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1939, worked at Kelly Air Force Base as an aircraft engine repairman and volunteered to join the U.S. Army/Air Force back in 1942. He was stationed in England and Hawaii. Carlos’ duties were repairing Army Air Corp P-36 and P-51 fighter planes. “We all love him very much,” Carlos Camacho Jr., Carlo’s eldest son said. “He takes care of all of us. He’s very proud to be 99 and all of his sons are proud of him too.” Carlos married his high school sweetheart, Anita Solis, and had four boys. He also...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The new documentary “Apocalypse ‘45” gives World War II veterans a voice with exploring old war footage. Directed by Erik Nelson, the film premiered on Aug. 14, which was the 75th anniversary of Japan’s surrender to the Allies, which effectively ended World War II. For this film, Nelson particularly wanted to focus on Japan, which can often be overshadowed by Germany when talking about the war. “During World War II, there was a policy of ‘Germany first’ — it dictated the war and was extended to a discussion of the war, while others tend to be ignored,” said Nelson. “World War II was an uncompromising, brutal race war, with racism from Americans towards the Japanese and the Japanese towards Americans. It’s important to remind people of all of these things.” “Apocalypse...
    BOSTON (CBS) – A Massachusetts resident has made it his mission to honor every man and woman from Charlestown who was killed during World War II. In total, Bill Durette placed 128 flags at Charlestown City Square Park. On Saturday he walked the streets of Charlestown with flags in his backpack, thinking about the men and women who served in World War II but never got to come back home to their families. “So as I walking I could actually point to many of the houses the guys lived at who were killed in the war,” Durette said. With flags on his back, Bill Durette makes his way through Charlestown. (WBZ-TV) The flags honor the 126 men and two women who died in World War II. “I think many of the families who lost someone appreciate the remembrance that they’re not forgotten,” Durette said. Those families include Judy Burton, who...
    When I accepted an invitation six months ago to meet a 100-year-old World War II veteran named Fiske Hanley, I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into. His publisher explained that his memoir had recently been reprinted and that he would be available in the Washington, D.C., area for a couple of days if I cared to interview him. His story sounded interesting, so I agreed. Arriving at the hotel in Arlington, Virginia, where he was staying, I realized that not only was Fiske there, but so was every survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima who was able to make the trip. It was their last gathering near the nation’s capital, and the living history was overwhelming. I approached Fiske at a table where he sat with Hershel “Woody” Williams, the last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Pacific Theater. As we moved to a quieter room,...
    DEWEY BEACH, Del. (CBS) — There’s new life for an old military ship off the coast of Delaware. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control sunk a ship named the Reedville on Thursday. A timelapse video shows the ship going underwater. Credit: CBS3 It’s being turned into an artificial reef about 16 miles off the coast of Dewey Beach. The ship was originally used in World War II and the Korean War. Now it will be home to many fish and underwater communities on the ocean floor.  
    First, the 1918 pandemic did not take place in 1917. It began in 1918 and lasted until 1920, according to a history of that pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. World War II didn't start until 1939 — 21 years later. That war wrapped up in 1945. Trump might have meant to say the 1918 flu pandemic ended World War I, which began in 1914 and ended on Nov. 11, 1918. Many soldiers were stricken with the flu in that war, though the flu was not the reason the war ended — which would have made Trump's comment incorrect even if he got the war he was talking about correct. World War I ended because Germany was in retreat, realized it could not win, and signed a peace treaty, stopping the fighting at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" — which...
    Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough delivered an epic rant over President Donald Trump’s inaccurate claim that the 1917 pandemic that occurred in 1918-1919 ended World War II — which ended in 1945. On Tuesday morning, MSNBC’s morning mainstay opened the show with a clip of Trump claiming, at a Monday press conference, that a 1917 pandemic caused sickness in World War II soldiers that ended that conflict, followed by a germaine clip from the 1978 film “Animal House.” In that clip, the John Belushi character John “Bluto” Blutarsky delivers an inspirational speech in which he asks “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?” Scarborough followed the clip by remarking that “President Bluto would probably be doing a better job right now than the current occupant of the White House.” He then launched into an epic 11-minute rant that leaned heavily on the theme of Trump’s historical ignorance, and...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A rock inside a cave in The Netherlands appears to have the inscription of a soldier from Pittsburgh that was left during World War II. Walther Odekerken owns a cave In Valkenburg, a town in the Netherlands. Valkenburg was occupied by Nazi-Germany during World War II before being liberated in 1944. Inside the cave that Odekerken owns, he found an inscription that appears to have been left by a soldier who may have been from Pittsburgh. (Photo Credit: Walter Odekerken) The inscription appears to be written “Wm. Thompson” along with “Pgh, Pa.” and the date of September 17, 1944, the date that Valkenburg was liberated. It also appears to say “Gimpy Joe” written above. Odekerken says that the German soldiers used the caves in the town for storage during the war. Odekerken also provided a drawing and a photo of an American...
    President Donald Trump was roundly mocked for making two historical flubs in the space of a few seconds, misidentifying (yet again) the first year of the Spanish flu pandemic and missing the end of World War II by 26 years. Trump’s double whammy of failing US history took place during his White House press conference, where he boasted of the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak, which claimed the lives of 163,000 Americans so far. He proceeded to point out the Spanish flu pandemic, which began one year into the U.S. involvement in World War I in 1918, claimed the lives of 50 to 100 million people worldwide. After the Trump campaign has repeatedly attempted to pounce on every on of the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s misstatements and gaffes, the irony of the president making such obviously false statements ignited full mockery online from both liberals and...
    The book ‘Brothers in Arms’ honors hundreds of US families such as the Arámbula brothers, whose military origins date back to Pancho Villa José “Joe” Arámbula and Joaquín “Jake” Arámbula, brothers of Mexican blood in the United States Army, they intended to meet up sometime during WWII on European soil, where their assignments had kept them away from each other. In the winter of 1944, Joe was writing letters to his younger brother from somewhere on the Old Continent, but again and again they were returned with a stamp in red that he did not understand: “Deceased”. Eventually, Joe understood that his brother Jake had died in the war, sadly the same fate as another brother of his, Manuel, the oldest of the three. Dramatic stories like that of the Arámbula brothers have finally been told and are in a book titled ‘Brothers in Arms’ by author Kevin Callahan, which...
    The NBA is facing a new scandal stemming from its ties to communist China after a new ESPN report revealed that the league opened up youth training camps in China, including a camp in a Chinese state that operates concentration camps, where allegedly kids repeatedly endured physical abuse at the hands of officials. “American coaches at three NBA training academies in China told league officials their Chinese partners were physically abusing young players and failing to provide schooling, even though commissioner Adam Silver had said that education would be central to the program,” ESPN reported. “One former league employee who worked in China wondered how the NBA, which has been so progressive on issues around Black Lives Matter and moved the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte, North Carolina, over a law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the sex listed on their birth certificates, could operate a...
    SAN ANTONIO – A 57 mm cannon that was stolen from American Legion Alamo Post 2 on Fredericksburg Road was recovered overnight in a rental storage unit miles away near Loop 1604 and Bulverde Road. "We're just happy, happy to have it back, said Carlos Mendez, first vice commander of American Legion Alamo Post 2. FIRST REPORT: World War II cannon stolen from American Legion post in San Antonio Mendez said he was impressed by how the case was handled and how quickly the cannon, which was believed to have been stolen on Sunday, was recovered late Monday night and dropped off overnight on Tuesday several hours later. "I spoke to three different officers, and each of them was highly concerned," Mendez said. Mendez said it's still unknown what motive the thieves had for stealing one of the two cannons outside the post. Arturo Escobar, the post's judge advocate, said...
    SAN ANTONIO – Over the weekend, thieves hauled away a 57 mm cannon from the American Legion Alamo Post 2 on Fredericksburg Road. “Shame on you for taking it,” said Geronimo Franco, an American Legion member. Dedicated in 1946, the pair of World War II-era cannons had become landmarks. “People that drive by this post identify the post because of the guns out front,” said Arturo Escobar, an American Legion member. Escobar said both cannons were secured, but “they took the harder one of the two to take and left the easier one of the post because they couldn’t actually figure out how to hook it.” The thieves left behind a tire jack they apparently tried to use. Franco said, “they just dragged that thing away” because the wheels of the cannon didn’t turn anymore. “It’s a loss. We cannot replace this weapon,” Escobar said. American Legion members said the...
    Social distancing, rather than a 'miracle', may explain how tens of thousands of Jews survived a typhus outbreak in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, a study found. Nazi forces ultimately crammed more than 460,00 people into the 1.3 square mile area of the Ghetto, which was created in Occupied Poland in late 1940.  The population in the Ghetto was so high that an average of 9.2 people occupied each individual room — a density up to ten times higher than in any city today. Between this and its squalid conditions, experts have said that the enclosure presented the 'perfect breeding ground' for the typhus bacteria to spread. Overall, it is estimated that as many as 120,00 people in the Ghetto were infected by the fever in 1941 — with some 30,000 Jews ultimately dying from the infection alone. Come October of that year, however — just as the...
    A German U-boat that sank off the British coast during World War II has been captured on camera in remarkable images. The pictures were taken by diving contractor Dive Newquay, which took a group of divers to see the remains of U-1021, British news agency SWNS reports. The vessel lies 9 nautical miles off the coast of Cornwall. "The U1021 lies about nine nautical miles from Newquay Harbour and sits in 55m [180 feet] of water," a Dive Newquay spokesperson told the news outlet. "Dives of this depth are considered technical, which require special planning and different breathing gasses." These stunning underwater pictures show the wreckage of a German submarine that was sunk during the Second World War. (Credit: SWNS) CAPTURED WORLD WAR II GERMAN U-BOAT REVEALED AS DRAMATIC PICTURES SURFACE "It was the best visibility we have ever seen on the wreck," the spokesperson added of the "truly epic dive."...
    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A World War II monument in Worcester has been placed in a new and hopefully safer spot. The city this week relocated the Billings Square World War II monument as part of a rebuilding of the rotary at Grafton and Hamilton streets, The Telegram & Gazette reported. The memorial was placed in the center of the rotary as part of a Massachusetts Department of Transportation project to improve the intersection and traffic safety in the Grafton Hill area of the city. The monument honors those who served in World War II. The square is named after Army Pvt. Henry W. Billings, a mechanic who died in World War I and is buried in France. The memorial was knocked off its base and cracked into a few large pieces when it was hit by a Jeep in 2017. Eight months later, after it had been repaired, the...
    Lou Holtz delivered a long-winded statement on the status of college football amid the COVID-19 pandemic during his appearance on “The Ingraham Angle” on Thursday, comparing the risk of competing in NCAA games to storming the beaches of Normandy in World War II. Holtz, a former coach and longtime analyst, argued in favor of playing out the 2020 season. His appearance came as conferences assess whether to field full football schedules despite the continued spread of the coronavirus. “There’s no way in this world you can do anything that’s without a risk,” Holtz said. “People stormed Normandy. I took some grandchildren down to that (place). They knew there would be casualties, they knew there were going to be risks, but it was a way of life.” Lou Holtz wants football to come back: “There’s no way in this world you can do anything that’s without a risk. People stormed Normandy”...
    Greyhound Movie Review: Imagine if the pandemic would have never happened. The theatre business would have normal; we would have all gotten our big screen treats. Films like Black Widow and Mulan would have made it to the theatres. And Aaron Schneider’s Greyhound would have been watched on the big screen, preferably in IMAX. Would that have made a difference? In the case of Greyhound, it does. A lot. This was to be a theatrical experience, 134 minutes of adrenaline thrill, banking on the never-disappointing Tom Hanks, that would have been a different experience altogether on the big screen. Greyhound: Tom Hanks’ World War Drama to Premiere on Apple TV Plus on July 10. Alas! Coronavirus happened, and we are now stuck at homes watching Greyhound on Apple TV (Plus, I must add) on our small screens. It is with certain bitterness, I am writing this. Not at the makers...
    (CNN)"Greyhound" is kind of an odd duck -- another World War II tale courtesy of Tom Hanks, who wrote and produced the film through his company in addition to starring in it. Old-fashioned and relatively small in scale, it's a sturdy if unspectacular depiction of the Battle of the Atlantic, streaming ashore via Apple TV+ instead of a planned theatrical release. Adapted from the 1955 novel "The Good Shepherd," the film is loosely inspired by actual events, but has a throwback feel that smacks of old Hollywood. Hanks plays Ernest Krause, a first-time captain leading a naval convoy of 37 ships ferrying soldiers and supplies to England in 1942.After a perfunctory introduction (there's little time to waste at 90 minutes), Krause heads into what's known as the "Black Pit," a five-day stretch during which no air cover is available to help ships under his protection ward off marauding German U-boats,...
    The Supreme Court on Thursday announced it will hear cases brought against two foreign countries stemming from claims that date back to Nazi-era Germany and World War II, reports The Wall Street Journal. Foreign countries cannot be sued in U.S. courts, but there are several narrow exceptions to the rule as outlined in the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. In Germany v. Philipp, the justices will weigh in on whether Jewish art dealers who lived in Germany in the 1930s can sue over medieval artwork that the Nazi government pressured them to sell. The FSIA Act states that foreign countries are not immune to litigation if “property is taken in violation of international law,” which the plaintiffs are claiming happened as they argued that the sale of the relics was part of the Nazi genocide. The court also agreed to hear Hungary’s bid to avoid litigation lodged by Jewish survivors of...
    GLOUCESTER COUNTY, N.J. (CBS) — There was a 100th birthday celebration in South Jersey on Sunday. Family and friends hosted a drive-by parade for James Gallagher, of Mullica Hill. Download The New And Improved CBS Philly App! Eyewitness News was along Peach Lane in Gloucester County. Mullica Hill police and fire companies also joined the parade to salute the World War II veteran. Gallagher has 31 great-grandchildren with two more on the way.
    (CNN)A World War II-era flag that was presumably stolen during a protest in Nevada was safely returned this week to a journalist who covered its disappearance. The flag went missing during protests near Reno City Hall on Saturday when its display case was found broken. City officials assumed the flag had been lost. The flag flew on the cruiser USS Reno during World War II and was donated to the city in 1946. Kenzie Margiott, a reporter for CNN affiliate KRNV in Reno, said she received a package Tuesday from an anonymous sender. Inside, she found the tattered flag, which she'd written about the day before. "I kind of paused for a second, looked around at everyone, and I'm like -- guys, the flag," she said. "The flag I wrote a story about just yesterday." Tucked inside the flag was a note: "Needed protecting. Looters were flag burning. RIP Gorge...
    (CNN)When Stanley Ho Hung-sun, the man who made Macao a global gambling mecca, died at age 98 this week he was reportedly worth $14.9 billion.But before Ho made Macao, he had to make himself. Born in 1921, Ho hit hard times young when his father fled to Saigon, after his business collapsed in the late 1920s, leaving that side of the family penniless. Not long after, World War II broke out.After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Britain and America declared war on Japan. The Japanese army invaded the British colony of Hong Kong where, despite fierce resistance, the city fell on Christmas Day. Ho, who had worked as an air-raid warden, threw away his uniform for fear of being executed as Hong Kong21 came under Japanese domination, he recalled in Jill McGivering's book, "Macao Remembers." Sir Robert Hotung, second right, with his family in front of...
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