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Johnnie Jones, civil rights icon, gets Purple Heart 77 years after World War II wounds

It’s been 77 years and Johnnie Jones still sees the German sniper who tried to kill him as he came ashore on Omaha Beach for D-Day. “I remember it all,” he said. “Sometimes reminiscing is a terrible thing. I close my eyes at night and still see him. I lay down at night and as soon as I close my eyes, I relive the whole [...]

By |June 28th, 2021|Health, Honoring Vets, Minority Veterans|44 Comments

Famous NFL coach, World War II Veteran eager to add to his literary accomplishments

He has also written a book of poems, one of which he recited during a recent ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of V.J. Day, the Japanese surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, that ended World War II. Speaking by Zoom to “Friends of the National World War II Memorial,” Levy recognized the significance of that day:

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World War II Veterans honored, even as event cancelled

Although a scheduled Sept. 25 flyover of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was cancelled due to weather, event organizers still honored World War II Veterans and the 75th anniversary of the end of the war. More than 16 million Veterans served during World War II, some of whom participated in the events prior to the scheduled flyover. One of those Veterans is 95-year-old Marine Corps Veteran Paul Hilliard.

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September 2 is the 75th anniversary of end of World War II

Navy Veteran Carl Niewoehner was on a Navy patrol craft when he heard World War II was over. “Some people cheered. Some cried. You get a little edgy. Eventually, we all were able to let loose.”

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Kazuo Yamaguchi: A Nisei Soldier of World War II

Because Kazuo Yamaguchi was a Japanese American, the U.S. Army initially turned him away from a recruiting station during World War II. Yamaguchi was later drafted into the service, where he developed a sense of duty, honor, and an appreciation for his heritage.

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Secretary Wilkie on the 75th Anniversary of the End of World War II

On May 8, VA marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, a victory for the forces of freedom that shaped the world for all of us who followed after.

By |May 11th, 2020|Honoring Vets, Secretary's Blog|4 Comments
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