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  • 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 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 »
  • Warbirds star in World War II Museum expansion

    August 26, 2010 11:34 AM

    A flock of warbirds will be the stars of the latest expansion of the National World War II Museum. Construction of the $35 million U.S. Freedom Pavilion: Land, Sea and Air will be formally announced Friday as part of the museum's overall $300 million expansion. The pavilion will... more »
  • Rare WWII Plane Resurfaces Intact

    August 20, 2010 8:20 PM

    Divers in San Diego raised a rare World War II navy dive bomber to the surface of a reservoir where it crashed in 1945. The next step is to move the SB2C Helldiver from the water to the shore and and keep it intact. Divers spent two days in zero-visibility... more »
  • Georgia pastor arrested protesting "Demon" mascot

    August 9, 2010 12:26 PM

    Police have arrested a pastor in Georgia for protesting outside a high school against its demon mascot. Police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh said 36-year-old Donald Crosby was arrested Monday in the central Georgia city of Warner Robins. Crosby and supporters picked the opening day of classes to protest against... more »
  • Look what I found!

    July 6, 2010 8:18 PM

    A person doing yard work in Durham, North Carolina unearthed a rare but potentially deadly find. It was a World War II era mortar round. The shell was found under some pine needles and the bomb squad evacuated three nearby homes as a precaution. Technitians determined it was inert and... more »
  • Salute 2 Hometown Heroes: St. Clair Bienvenu

    July 2, 2010 6:32 PM

    Volunteers were the backbone of the military during World War II. Many of the best came from Baton Rouge. News 2’s Rob Krieger got answers on why one LSU student decided to sit in a cock pit instead of a classroom. more »
  • Salute 2 Hometown Heroes: Hillar Moore

    June 25, 2010 6:01 PM

    One veteran has a familiar name, thanks to his son, the District Attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish. Hillar Moore hasn’t always followed the rules though. News 2’s Rob Krieger got answers on why a little fib sent the marine and hometown hero to the front lines during World War... more »
  • Woman who says she was nurse in WWII photo dies

    June 23, 2010 12:07 PM

    Edith Shain, who said she was the nurse kissed by a sailor in Times Square in an iconic World War II photo, has died. Her son, Robert, says Shain was 91 when she died Sunday at her Los Angeles home. In August 1945, Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstadt... more »
  • Oldest Medal of Honor recipient of World War II dies

    May 27, 2010 8:27 PM

    The oldest Medal of Honor recipient from World War II has died in California at the age of 100. Retired Navy Lt. John Finn passed away on his ranch in Live Oak Springs where he had lived for the past 50 years. Finn earned the nation's highest military honor for... more »
  • Record attendance at WWII museum

    April 13, 2010 5:20 AM

    The National World War II museum in New Orleans reporting record-breaking attendance. More than 100,000 visitors have visited the museum since the start of the year. March saw the best one-month attendance since the museum opened with 43,301 visitors. The previous record of 41,000 was set in 2001. more »
  • Lake Charles to vote whether to dock WW2-era ship

    March 17, 2010 5:08 AM

    The Lake Charles City Council will vote today on whether to give the USS Orleck, a World War II-era destroyer, a permanent lakefront site. Supporters plan to bring the ship temporarily whether or not the city approves an agreement with the ship's supporters. It's to be towed on Friday from... more »
  • Hundreds exposed to unexploded ordnance in Tangipahoa Parish

    November 18, 2009 10:20 PM

    The United States Army Corps of Engineers recently told residents who live on the Hammond Gunnery and Bombing Range, they could be at risk of coming in contact with an un-exploded bomb. The 15,000 acre tract of land sits just east of the City of Hammond. The War Department leased... more »
  • Famed WWII pilot dies

    November 14, 2009 3:28 PM

    One of the last surviving aviators from World War II's famed Black Sheep Squadron has died in Covington. Henry Mayor "Hank" Bourgeois was 88 years old. Bourgeois served during both World War II and the Korean War and was best remembered for his service with the unit known... more »

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    September 18, 2014

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    September 18, 2014

    BELL, Fla.- A grandfather killed his six grandchildren, the kids' mother who is also his daughter and then himself Thursday evening. "Tomorrow is going... more »
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    September 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON- Earth's hottest August was part of more heat records set around the world according to federal meteorologists. They say May, June and July... more »