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Oldest US WWII Vet Celebrates 112th With Drive-By Party

New Orleans honors Lawrence Brooks with music and a parade

(Newser) - A Louisiana man who is the oldest living World War II veteran in the United States has marked his 112th birthday. Lawrence Brooks celebrated Sunday with a drive-by party at his New Orleans home hosted by the National World War II Museum, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. He also...

Reward for Man Who Raised $34M Walking in His Garden

Tom Moore has received a deluge of cards for his 100th birthday

(Newser) - A British World War II veteran wanted to show his appreciation of the National Health Service by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on April 30—with a goal of raising $1,250. Now that he has raised more than 27,000 times that, Britain is...

99-Year-Old Walks in His Garden, Raises $17M

Donations poured in for Tom Moore, who will give funds to health workers

(Newser) - A 99-year-old World War II veteran has raised $17 million for health workers in the UK simply by walking in his yard. Tom Moore set out to complete 100 lengths of his 82-foot garden in Bedfordshire, England, before his 100th birthday on April 30, knocking them off in groups of...

Trump Salutes 'Greatest Americans Who Will Ever Live'

Leaders mark 75 years since Normandy landings

(Newser) - D-Day veterans are "among the very greatest Americans who will ever live," President Trump said Thursday at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the day thousands of American, British, and Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Normandy to begin the invasion of Nazi-occupied France. "Their mission...

Why a 90-Year-Old Is Beating Taylor Swift on the Charts

Jim Radford's D-Day memorial song has been re-released

(Newser) - A 90-year-old is currently beating Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and Ed Sheeran on Amazon UK's singles chart—but not just any 90-year-old, a D-Day veteran who's out with a tribute to that fateful day in 1944. Jim Radford was just 15 during World War II's D-Day landings—...

Last WWII Doolittle Raider Dies
Last WWII Doolittle Raider Dies
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Last WWII Doolittle Raider Dies

Doolittle co-pilot Dick Cole was 103

(Newser) - Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring US attack on Japan during World War II, died Tuesday at a military hospital in Texas. He was 103. Cole's daughter, Cindy Chal, said he was having some heart...

Last 'Great Escape' Survivor Dies
Last 'Great Escape'
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Last 'Great Escape' Survivor Dies

Dick Churchill thought his name saved his life

(Newser) - The last of the Great Escapers has died. Dick Churchill, a British Royal Air Force veteran who took part in the famous 1944 mass escape from the Stalag Luft III POW camp, died earlier this month at his home in England, the New York Times reports. He was 99. The...

Nation's Oldest WWII Vet Dies at 112
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Nation's Oldest Man Is Dead

Richard Overton, 112, also was oldest WWII vet

(Newser) - A family member says the nation's oldest World War II veteran, who was also believed to be oldest living man in the US, has died in Texas. Richard Overton was 112. Shirley Overton, whose husband was Richard's cousin, says the Army veteran died Thursday evening at a rehab...

Sole Survivor Marks 75th Anniversary of 1st US Raid on Japan

Dick Cole, 101, is last of Doolittle's Tokyo Raiders

(Newser) - At age 101, retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole says his memories are vivid of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders mission that helped change the course of World War II. Now the sole survivor of the original 80-member group, he plans to take part in events Monday and Tuesday at the National...

Female WWII Pilot Is Finally Honored at Arlington

'This now is about closure,' says granddaughter

(Newser) - It took an act of Congress, but World War II pilot Elaine Harmon is finally being laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, reports the AP . Harmon died last year at age 95. She was one of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, a group of women who flew military aircraft...

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...

America's Oldest WWII Vet Dies at 110

Frank Levingston fought fascists in Italy

(Newser) - A Louisiana man who was fighting Nazis when he was nearly 40 has died at the age of 110. Frank Levingston of Lake Charles was believed to have been America's oldest living WWII veteran, ABC News reports. He enlisted in the army on Oct. 6, 1942, less than a...

Story of WWII Escape Finally Surfaces Thanks to Son

Edwin Shifrin helped devise plan to fool Nazi guards

(Newser) - Edwin Shifrin, 93, seldom discussed his time at war and his memory is fading, but the Missouri man received a prisoner-of-war medal in February after son Dan Shifrin dug through old news reports and his father's military records and pieced together what happened. Assigned to the Army's 30th...

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...

Skulls, Bones Found in Closet at Japanese Consulate

Letter found with box in Chicago says remains are of 2 Japanese war vets

(Newser) - Everyone has skeletons in their closet of some sort, but the Japanese Consulate in Chicago actually, literally does—or did, anyway. A worker told police that a box filled with two skulls and a bunch of bones was discovered by staffers yesterday in a closet that the consulate's previous...

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