World War II

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Vietnam Veterans Honored At Fort Snelling Ceremony

The ceremony marked the 50th anniversary of the U.S. buildup of military personnel in South Vietnam. The Pentagon wants to elevate the status of Vietnam vets to the status of World War 2 and Korean War veterans.

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Germany Shelves Nazi Crimes Probe Of Minnesota Man

The son of a Minnesota man who was exposed by The Associated Press as a commander of an SS-led unit in World War II is applauding Germany’s decision to shelve its investigation into his father.

07/31/2015

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After 71 Years, World War II Vet Receives H.S. Diploma

He left high school 71 years ago, but a World War II Veteran finally received his diploma on Monday. Russell Whittaker was 17 years old when he left Mound High School in 1944 to enlist in the U.S. Navy.

07/13/2015

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2 Minn. Tennis Players In Their 90s Competing In Nat’l Games

There’s a reason 93-year-old Ray Ranallo still feels so young, and it isn’t just the tennis.

06/29/2015

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Klobuchar Presents Bronze Star To Family Of World War II Vet

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has presented the Bronze Star and other war medals to the family of a World War II veteran. Warren Reyburn was a staff sergeant stationed in the Pacific with the 25th Infantry Division nicknamed “Tropic Lightning.”

05/24/2015

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World War II Veteran Finally Receives Legion Of Merit Award

World War II veteran Arnold Hjermstad, 96, of Cannon Falls got his Legion of Merit award Saturday. He earned it while serving in North Africa and Europe, but because of clerical errors in the system, he never got to hold it — until now.

05/16/2015

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After 70 Years, World War II Veteran Receives POW Medal

Seventy years after being shot down and held captive in World War II, a Minnesota veteran has proudly received his POW medal. Sen. Al Franken presented Robert Michelsen of Apple Valley his long-overdue honor Sunday afternoon at the VA Medical Center.

03/29/2015

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Flags Fly At Half-Staff To Remember Pearl Harbor

Gov. Mark Dayton is ordering that U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff to remember the attack on Pearl Harbor and honor the Americans who died in World War II. Sunday marks the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack that killed about 2,400 sailors, Marines and soldiers.

12/06/2014

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Sen. Klobuchar Presents WWII Vet With French Honor

Private Jim Carroll was given the highest decoration France can bestow on a foreign citizen for his service and sacrifice in Western Europe during World War II.

11/30/2014

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Minnesota WWII Vet To Receive French Honor

A World War II veteran from Minnesota is about to receive the highest decoration France can present to a foreign citizen.

11/28/2014

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She Became A U.S. Citizen At 97, Now She’s Casting Her First Vote

For the first nine decades of her life, Chengyi Pan was a Chinese citizen. She remembers the days during World War II when American pilots dropped daily supplies, including toothpaste and chocolate.

10/30/2014

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WWII Veteran Glider Pilots Reunite In Anoka Co.

They played a key role in storming the beaches at Normandy, but they don’t always get the recognition in the history books. On Saturday, dozens of World War II glider pilots from around the country met to share their stories at the Anoka County airport.

10/04/2014

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Chicago

Many know Chicago is known as “the Windy City” and Wrigley Field is one of America’s oldest baseball stadiums, but there are a lot of other things about this great city that are not widely known.

09/17/2014

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D-Day Paratrooper Returns To Normandy For 70th Anniversary

How quickly the years roll back to a single day that turned the tide of World War II. “I’ve never been here since 70 years ago,” Minnetonka resident Rollie Daniel said. In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944 Daniel was in the massive wave of Army paratroopers dropping from the skies over Normandy, France.

06/06/2014

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Dozens Of WWII Veterans Given Honor Flight To Washington, D.C.

Dozens of local World War II veterans are back from a one-day trip to Washington, D.C. They flew out at 6:15 a.m. Saturday morning and returned home around 10:30 p.m.

04/27/2014

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Jewish Group Speaks Out On Photo Of Nazi Flags In Mpls. Restaurant

Local Jewish community groups were speaking out Tuesday about a controversial holiday party held at a popular Minneapolis restaurant.

03/18/2014

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Murder Charges Recommended In Minn. Nazi Case

A German federal prosecutor in charge of investigating Nazi crimes says he is recommending murder charges against a Minnesota man shown in a June AP report to be a former commander in a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children.

11/18/2013

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Minn. Vet Shot Photos In WWII, Now He’s Put Them Online

The tools of Daniel Novak’s war experience are stored in a locked briefcase. While most World War II soldiers were armed with weapons, Novak had black and white film.

11/11/2013

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Financial Company Calling On Industry To Hire Disabled Vets

Minnesota disabled Veterans looking for work might turn to Drexel Hamilton. The financial services company is based in Philadelphia, but was in the Twin Cities talking to an industry group.

11/06/2013

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After 68 Years, WWII Vet Returns Samurai Sword To Owner

A weapon once used in war is now a symbol of peace, thanks to a Minnesota man who wanted to do the “right thing.” Hundreds looked on as World War II veteran Orval Amdahl returned a Japanese sword to its rightful owner Saturday afternoon in St. Paul. Amdahl was given the sword 68 years ago as a war souvenir. He never felt it truly belonged to him, so Amdahl used an inscription on the sword to find its true owner, which led him to the Motomura family of Japan.

09/21/2013

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‘Miracle’ Returns World War II POW’s Medals To Minn. Family

The daughter of a World War II hero says it is a miracle. Precious medals her father was awarded for his service were stolen in a North Minneapolis burglary last year. And against all odds, those medals have been returned by a thief who apparently had regrets.

09/18/2013

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2 Kids Battling Cancer Ruled The Sky Today

For most children, the police escort and limo would equal the ride of a lifetime, but for Dawson Parker and Terrique Powell on Wednesday, it was just the start. They got the red carpet treatment at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, riding in vintage World War II planes.

07/24/2013

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Airplanes From World War II Featured In Tour

B-24, B-17, and P-51. These aren’t bingo numbers. They’re airplanes from World War II featured in the Wings of Freedom Tour at the Blaine Airport.

07/18/2013

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World War II Pilot Flies Again

A World War II veteran took a step back in history with a commemorative flight on a plane he learned to fly some 70 years ago. John Rewey was trained on a B-25 and a co-pilot on one for a short time before he was assigned on a B-24 crew. He flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. His family arranged for the 89 year old to take flight again.

07/06/2013

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Minn.’s Klobuchar To Give WWII Vet Service Medal

A veteran of World War II living in Bemidji is receiving high honors from France for actions almost 70 years ago. Private 1st Class John O’Boyle stood ready to be presented with the Knight of the Legion Honor Medal during a ceremony on Wednesday.

07/03/2013

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