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Sunken Nazi Sub Slumbers Off Louisiana Coast

And a camera captures incredible images of the German U-boat

(Newser) - Many never knew how close German U-boats came to US soil during World War II, but new high-def footage reveals several wrecks on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. Robert Ballard, known for discovering the Titanic, is now mapping some of these wrecks, including the SS Robert E. Lee... More »

Thousands of WWII War Crimes Records Unveiled

Holocaust Museum makes digital archive available to public

(Newser) - From Adolf Hitler down to the petty bureaucrats who staffed the Nazi death camps, thousands of perpetrators of World War II war crimes were eventually written up in vast reams of investigative files—files that now, for the first time, can be viewed in their entirety by the public. The... More »

Has Glenn Miller Mystery Been Solved?

'Perfect storm' led to 1944 crash, historian says

(Newser) - The Glenn Miller mystery is getting a fresh look nearly 70 years after the beloved bandleader disappeared over the English Channel in 1944 on his way to play a concert for US troops in Paris—and a historian says newly discovered documents help explain what happened to him. An episode... More »

WWII POW 'X-816' to Be Dug Up After Lawsuit

Family says the remains belong to Bud Kelder

(Newser) - An anonymous POW buried in an American war cemetery in the Philippines isn't "X-816," it's Bud Kelder, say family members who have finally won their fight to have the remains disinterred. The 26-year-old Army medic survived the Bataan Death March but died in a POW camp... More »

Normandy Invaded Again in Final D-Day Salute

1K paratroopers dropped on beach as 70th anniversary winds down

(Newser) - Nearly 1,000 paratroopers dropped out of the sky in Normandy today—but this time they did so in peace, instead of to wrest western France from the Nazis as they did during World War II. Drawing huge crowds who braved hot weather and lined the historic landing area at... More »

'Democracy's Beachhead': Vets, Leaders Honor D-Day

Obama in Normandy for 70th anniversary

(Newser) - World leaders joined thousands of veterans who stormed the beaches of Normandy 70 years ago today to commemorate D-Day. At Omaha Beach, the site of the bloodiest fighting, a US military band played while veterans from the 29th Infantry Division stood at attention at 6:30am, the precise moment Allied... More »

Last Original Navajo Code Talker Dies

Chester Nez helped create WWII code Japan couldn't crack

(Newser) - For the last of the group of Navajo men who created a code that confounded the Japanese in World War II, "baa hane' yée éí t'áá kódiíji' bíighah silíí"—"his life story ends here"—fellow Navajo veterans... More »

Churchill's Last Surviving Child Dies

Mary Soames passes just ahead of 70th anniversary of D-Day

(Newser) - Mary Soames, the last surviving child of British World War II leader Winston Churchill, has died. She was 91. "She was a distinguished writer and led a distinguished life, with her service in the war, and is part of that generation which is passing," her son, Nicholas Soames,... More »

How 50 Kids Were Saved From Hitler—by a US Couple

Meet Philly's Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus

(Newser) - They're a little like the American version of Oskar Schindler, but most probably haven't heard of Eleanor and Gilbert Kraus. Steven Pressman is out to change that with a new book called 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany,... More »

Audi Reveals Dark Details of Its Nazi Past

Predecessor Auto Union used concentration camp labor

(Newser) - Audi has finally released what Germany's other major car manufacturers have—a report detailing how its predecessor company made use of concentration camp labor. The admission comes via a newly released historical study that the company itself called for. It found that 3,700 concentration camp inmates were made... More »

WWII Paratrooper Finally Makes First Jump

He gets his wings more than 70 years after training

(Newser) - More than 70 years after he first trained as a paratrooper, a Canadian World War II veteran has finally jumped out of a plane. Ralph Mayville, 92, served in the elite US-Canadian "Devil's Brigade" for years but was never called upon to jump. On the weekend, he did... More »

Unopened WWII Letter Finally Heads Home

Michigan couple's granddaughter to get letter they never received

(Newser) - Just where a World War II letter has been for nearly 70 years is a mystery, but it's finally on its last journey home. The letter—sent by Army Sgt. Myron Cook to a Muskegon, Mich., address from an army base in Europe, WZZM reports—somehow re-entered the mail... More »

WWII Medal Found Stashed in Maple Tree

Charity to return medal to veteran's son

(Newser) - A Nebraska man is getting a memento of his late father from an odd place: A maple tree in Vermont. Robert G. Woody's 1945 Good Conduct Medal, awarded after he served in the Pacific theater throughout World War II, was found stashed in the tree along with assorted other... More »

'Rosie the Riveter' Plant Saved

Group just about raises the $8M needed to buy 150K square feet of it

(Newser) - The Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter showed that a woman could do a "man's work" by building World War II-era bombers has been saved from the wrecking ball , organizers of a campaign to build a museum on the site announced today. The site's manager had given... More »

143 Men Captured While Fighting Nazis Honored

They were imprisoned in notorious Swiss camp

(Newser) - After more than 70 years, the Pentagon has finally decided that 143 American airmen who served time in a tough prison camp after being captured while fighting Nazi Germany were prisoners of war who deserve recognition. The men weren't recognized as POWs until now because they were imprisoned not... More »

New Clue in 70-Year-Old Mystery: Dog Tags

Japanese group uncovers those belonging to US soldier missing since 1944

(Newser) - It's a clue uncovered in a cave on a Pacific Island, and an 81-year-old Florida man believes it may put an end to a World War II mystery that's troubled him for some 70 years: the fate of his uncle, Army Private Bernard Gavrin, who was declared MIA... More »

WWII Bomb Kills 8 in Bangkok

Scrap shop workers tried to cut it open

(Newser) - Workers at a scrap shop in Thailand's capital accidentally detonated a large bomb believed to have been dropped during World War II, killing at least eight people and injuring 20 others, police say. Bangkok's bomb squad chief says construction workers found the bomb buried at a building site... More »

Pearl Harbor Remains IDed, Then Buried as Unknowns

Now families want 4 caskets exhumed

(Newser) - The remains of 27 sailors killed at Pearl Harbor were identified through dental records in 1949, but instead of being returned to their families, the remains were placed in five caskets and buried as unknown soldiers at the Hawaiian cemetery known as "Punchbowl." "They didn't have... More »

'Great Escape' Survivor Tells His Tale, 70 Years On

Dick Churchill thinks his name may have saved him

(Newser) - Monday marked the first "formal act of remembrance" held in the name of the World War II prisoners who participated in the "Great Escape," the famed March 24, 1944, breakout from German POW camp Stalag Luft III that saw only three men make it to freedom. The... More »

Brit Who Cracked Hitler's Code Dies at 93

Raymond "Jerry" Roberts remembered

(Newser) - Britain has lost one of its last World War II code breakers, credited with shortening the war by at least two years and saving millions of lives. Raymond "Jerry" Roberts—who died at 93 after a short illness—served as a German linguist and cryptographer at Britain's premier... More »

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