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  • Local Baton Rouge veteran remembers time in service check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 11, 2015 7:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - J.W. Vaughn, a former sailor in the Navy, sat down with News 2's Jessica LeBlanc Wednesday and remembered the days of his service to his country. "My mind was not segregated. I integrated myself with everything," said Vaughn. Drafted into the military in 1944, Vaughn served his... more »
  • Couples reenact famous kiss

    August 14, 2015 10:01 PM

    NEW YORK (NY) - Couples gathered in Times Square to reenact the famous kiss at the end of World War II. A 25-foot sculpture depicting the famous photo taken of a sailor kissing a white-uniformed nurse towered over dozens of couples for the commemoration of the end of the war... more »
  • Historian with ties to Louisiana's WWII museum dies

    May 26, 2015 11:25 PM

    HELENA, Mont. - Best-selling author and historian Hugh Ambrose has died at age 48. His sister, Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs, says Ambrose died of cancer Saturday in Helena. Ambrose consulted on the HBO miniseries about World War II called "The Pacific" and wrote a book by the same name. It was... more »
  • Exploding firewood

    December 1, 2014 7:43 PM

    VIENNA, AUSTRIA- Police are puzzled by an exploding hand grenade inside a wood stove since the woman who owns it says she only put wood inside. Police say the World War II grenade apparently landed on a tree during fighting but did not go off. It was then enveloped by... more »
  • A bittersweet Veterans Day for four generations check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 11, 2014 6:31 PM

    GREENWELL SPRINGS - On Veterans Day we celebrate the men and women who put their life on the line for ours, but it's still a bittersweet sentiment for some. Charles Mock, who fought in Vietnam, is filled with pride when remembering more than four generations of his family who... more »
  • Preserving history at USS KIDD 'Field Days' check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    October 23, 2014 5:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Veterans from around the country arrived at the USS KIDD Thursday, ready to spend the entire weekend painting and fixing the World War II ship. "Coming back brought back the good memories of serving in the navy," said Hank Taddeucci, who served on the KIDD in... more »
  • Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in Georgia

    July 29, 2014 4:15 PM

    ATLANTA - The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima has died in Georgia. Tom VanKirk says his father, 93-year-old Theodore VanKirk, died Monday in Stone Mountain, Georgia. VanKirk, also known as "Dutch," was the navigator of the Enola Gay. The B-29 Superfortress aircraft... more »
  • Researchers explore Nazi, US shipwrecks off La. coast

    July 15, 2014 10:19 PM

    VENICE- As river boat pilots board ocean-going ships to help guide them upriver, a group of explorers and researchers are working some one-hundred or more miles south, dropping camera equipment nearly a mile to the bottom of the Gulf to look at wreckage that has become a war grave for... more »
  • Oldest WWII vet from Ascension buried check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 1, 2014 6:35 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - The oldest veteran of World War II from Ascension Parish was buried Tuesday in Prairieville. Iry J. Breaux passed away on June 27. He was 97. Breaux was a member of the Army Air Corps during WWII. His official duty was airplane mechanic but because he... more »
  • D-Day artifacts auction

    June 5, 2014 7:46 PM

    ALBANY, NEW YORK- An American flag from one of the ships that delivered troops to the beaches of Normandy in France for D-Day during World War II sold for $350,000 at an auction of hundreds of artifacts in New York City. It was sold the day before the 70th... more »
  • 8 La. WWII veterans receive French Legion of Honor

    September 11, 2013 3:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Eight World War II veterans from Louisiana have received the French government's highest medal, the Legion of Honor, including a veteran from Gonzales. They include a soldier in the "Ghost Army" that tricked the Germans, one who led 55 days of fights behind enemy lines in Normandy... more »
  • Female World War II veterans share their stories

    July 2, 2013 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Four female World War II veterans met in Baton Rouge today to share stories and be recognized for their service. Some of the women are more than 90 years old, yet they remember their time in the military like it was yesterday. "My decision to... more »
  • WWII veteran loses home in weekend fire

    April 8, 2013 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This weekend WWII veteran Calvin Collins lost everything he owned in a fire, and almost lost his life. St. George Fire crews responded to Collins' Gardere home at 3:56 a.m. Sunday, just seven minutes after the first call, and the home was already half-engulfed in flames.... more »
  • Long-missing WWII medal to be awarded

    February 17, 2013 10:26 AM

    LOS ANGELES - A Southern California woman who never knew her father is about to receive his Purple Heart, Silver Star and other military medals he earned before he died in World War II. Hyla Merin is set to receive eight medals earned by her father 2nd Lt. Hyman Markel... more »
  • Women's baseball star, movie inspirer Davis dies

    February 4, 2013 11:11 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis, a star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and an inspiration for the movie "A League of Their Own," has died. She was 88. Her son William Davis tells The Associated Press that Paire-Davis died of natural causes in... more »
  • Patty Andrews of Andrews Sisters dead at 94

    January 30, 2013 4:19 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Patty Andrews, the last survivor of the three singing Andrews sisters, has died in Los Angeles at age 94. Andrews died Wednesday at her home in suburban Northridge of natural causes, said family spokesman Alan Eichler. Andrews Sisters hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy... more »
  • "Weather for The Big One"

    June 6, 2012 6:47 PM

    The invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944 was the greatest military operation in history. As noted in a previous column, if the weather was unfavorable for Operation Overlord, it would have postponed the invasion for two weeks until tides were suitable for landing. Weatherwise Magazine reports that in 1944,... more »
  • World War II Museum expecting three millionth visitor

    May 1, 2012 9:10 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The World War II Museum, which opened June 6, 2000, expected its three millionth visitor to arrive sometime Tuesday. The museum has experienced record-setting attendance. Last month, it had almost 45,000 visitors-the most ever in a one-month period. Based on current visitor totals and visitation trends,... more »
  • 'Band of Brothers' soldier dies at 90 in Washington

    February 28, 2012 12:35 PM

    BURLINGTON, Wash. - A veteran whose World War II exploits were depicted in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died, his family said. Lynn D. "Buck" Compton died Saturday in Burlington, Wash., after having a heart attack last month, the family told the Los Angeles Times. In January, nearly... more »
  • Treasure hunter takes aim at $3B sunken bounty

    February 1, 2012 12:25 PM

    PORTLAND, Maine - A shipwreck hunter says he has found the wreck of a World War II merchant ship that was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Cape Cod with a load of platinum now valued at $3 billion - perhaps the richest hoard ever discovered at the bottom of... more »
  • WWII Museum leaders moving forward with expansion

    May 30, 2011 10:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Organizers at the National World War II Museum are preparing for future stages of their $300 million expansion project. The Times-Picayune reports museum leaders appeared before the City Planning Commission last week to seek permission for some changes in the master plan they began laying out... more »
  • Scuba Inventor Dies

    February 21, 2011 7:32 PM

    The man who invented the underwater breathing system and coined the word "Scuba" has died in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Doctor Christian J. Lambertsen was 93. He earned is undergraduate degree from Rutgers and before enrolling in medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, he was working on his breathing apparatus... more »

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