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Hundreds Attend Funeral of Veteran With No Family

'We serve together, so therefore we should not die alone'

(Newser) - When Army Maj. Jaspen Boothe heard about Serina Vine, she knew she had to do something. Vine, a veteran of World War II, died May 21 at age 91 with no known surviving family. Boothe learned that there were only going to be four people attending Vine's funeral service... More »

Female WWII Pilots Regain Right to Be Buried at Arlington

'I think that the WASP deserve to have that honor'

(Newser) - Female WWII pilots are once again allowed to have their ashes buried with honors at Arlington National Cemetery thanks to legislation passed by Congress this week, the Los Angeles Times reports. More than 1,000 women flew noncombat and training missions as part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots program... More »

WWII Sweethearts Share a Squeeze—70 Years Later

Norwood Thomas, Joyce Morris will spend two weeks together in Australia

(Newser) - It was the hug he'd been waiting 70 years for. World War II vet Norwood Thomas, 93, greeted his wartime sweetheart Joyce Morris, 88, in person on Wednesday for the first time since their brief love affair in London in 1944, per NBC News . "This is about the... More »

WWII Sweethearts to Reunite on Valentine's Day

Norwood Thomas hopes to give his wartime girlfriend a 'squeeze'

(Newser) - Norwood Thomas' reunion with his wartime girlfriend was incredible, but it came with one major drawback: "I can't take you in my arms and give you a squeeze," the 93-year-old World War II vet told Joyce Morris, 88, during a Skype call in November. "Well, we'... More »

Lawmaker: Let Female Pilots' Ashes Rest at Arlington

Arizona congresswoman files legislation to that effect

(Newser) - An Arizona congresswoman filed legislation Wednesday to ensure that a group of female World War II pilots can have their ashes laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. The pilots known as Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, flew military aircraft in noncombat roles during wartime to free up male... More »

Lonely Obituary Draws Hundreds to WWII Vet's Funeral

Harold Jellicoe Percival never married or had kids

(Newser) - WWII veteran Harold Jellicoe Percival died last month at age 99, leaving no close family behind. So the funeral home organizing his service put a note in the UK man's obituary asking that "any service personnel who can" come to the funeral today, the BBC reports. The obituary... More »

Occupy DC: Vets Continue Shutdown Protests

WWII Memorial protest now in day 2, more being considered

(Newser) - Well if America's youth won't protest the government shutdown , it looks like America's veterans will. After a group of vets stormed the barricades of DC's WWII memorial yesterday, more protests are in the works, reports Buzzfeed . More veterans groups will arrive at the memorial today, while... More »

Vets Storm Barricaded WWII Memorial

They're not taking your shutdown baloney, dear Congress

(Newser) - The World War II Memorial in Washington is currently barricaded, thanks to the government shutdown, but that didn't stop a group of WWII vets from entering it today. The group, part of an honor flight program from Mississippi, had chartered an airplane and made plans too far in advance... More »

WWII Vet Reunited With Lost Dog Tag, 69 Years Later

French woman found it in a farm field

(Newser) - A long-forgotten dog tag that spent the past 69 years in a farm field in France is back in the hands of the western New York veteran who lost it. Irving Mann says he was skeptical when an email from a French woman recently arrived at his Rochester jewelry store.... More »

World War II Vet Discovers He's Not a US Citizen

95-year-old Leeland Davidson to undergo naturalization process

(Newser) - Leeland Davidson is a 95-year-old who fought for the US in World War II—and he's just learned that, technically, he’s not an American. He was taking a trip to the DMV to apply for an ID to visit relatives in Canada, when he got the surprising news. “... More »

Vets Protest Wife-Killer's Burial in National Cemetery

Raymond Sawyer died while serving sentence

(Newser) - A WWII veteran is scheduled to be buried in Denver's Fort Logan National Cemetery today, and plenty of people aren't happy about it. That's because former Marine Raymond R. Sawyer died in an Arizona state prison on Aug. 11, reports the AP, where he was serving a 13-year sentence for... More »

Obama, Beware: Afghanistan Is 'Another Vietnam'

Domestic issues must trump unwinnable war: Dem elder statesman

(Newser) - When George McGovern hears about President Obama's plans for Afghanistan, he reluctantly reaches an unavoidable conclusion. "I can only think: another Vietnam," the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee writes in the Washington Post . "I hope I am incorrect, but history tells me otherwise." After 9 years at... More »

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