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Commemorating World War II

 

The Defense Department pays tribute to all who served the nation during World War II and to the Allied countries whose service members fought side-by-side with America’s forces. DOD honors the troops who perished in the fight, were listed as missing in action or were prisoners of war; the veterans who returned; and the sacrifices of their families in the fight to preserve freedom.

 

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Feature U.S. General Returns WWII Accordion to German Owner's Family
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Feature New Book of WWII Photos Highlights Significance of Army Signal Corps
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Americans Salute WWII Vets on Veterans Day

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Pfc. Floyd Lindstrom

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Academy Names Airfield in Honor of First Black Air Force General

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'Midway' Actors Experience the Gravity of Their WWII Characters

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Navy Helps 'Midway' Film Crew Bring Battle to Life

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100-Year-Old Sentinel Returns to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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WWII Battle Helped Secure Philippines 75 Years Ago

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Strategic Bombing Matured Quickly During WWII

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Tanks Reigned Supreme on WWII Battlefields

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WWII Posters Aimed to Inspire, Encourage Service

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Pvt. Pedro Cano

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Army Capt. James Burt

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After Nearly 75 Years, 'Eagle 7' Tankers Pinned With Bronze Stars

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Army Tech. 5th Grade Harold A. Garman

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U.S., Allies Remember Operation Market Garden

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Steelers Honor World War II Veteran Brothers at Home Opener

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Army Pvt. John Towle

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Battles of Guam: From Defeat to Victory

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WWII Operation Forager Provided Key Warfighting Lessons

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Marine Corps Capt. Everett Pope

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Labor Day Marks 74th Anniversary of Japan's WWII Surrender

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Army Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright

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DOD Commemorates 75th Anniversary of Paris Liberation

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Army Tech. Sgt. Francis J. Clark

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Army Pvt. Wilburn Ross

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Allies Opened Second Front in France After Normandy Landings

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'C-Rats' Fueled Troops During and After World War II

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Army Sgt. John J. McVeigh

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Battle-Scarred Flag From U.S. D-Day Landing Craft Returns Home

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Army Pvt. Donald Lobaugh

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Remains Believed to be WWII Vets Found on Tarawa Return to U.S.

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Marine Corps Sgt. Grant Timmerman

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Remembrance Important to D-Day Veterans

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WWII Veteran Shares Memories From Normandy Invasion

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Reading of Names Commemorates D-Day

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75 Years Later, These D-Day Vets Remember

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Army Cpl. Robert Maxwell

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Native American Vet Recalls D-Day, Honors Comrades

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Navy Adm. Frank Jack Fletcher

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Marine Corps Pfc. Harold Gonsalves

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Rosie the Riveter Inspired Women to Serve in World War II

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High-Desert Trek Honors Bataan Death March Survivors

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Army Capt. Jack Treadwell

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Marine Corps Cpl. Hershel Williams

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Army Pfc. William A. Soderman

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Marine Corps Capt. Joseph Foss

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Army Tech Sgt. Forrest Everhart

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Army Pvt. Barney Hajiro

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Timeline of Major WWII Events

July 21, 1944

Battle of Guam

Aug. 7, 1944

Battle for Brest

Aug. 16, 1944

Operation Dragoon

Aug. 25, 1944

Liberation of Paris

Sept. 5, 1944

Battle of Nancy

Sept. 15, 1944

Battle of Peleliu

Sept. 17, 1944

Battle of Angaur

Sept. 17, 1944

Operation Market Garden

Sept. 19, 1944

Battle of Hurtgen Forest

Sept. 27, 1944

Battle of Metz

Oct. 2, 1944

Battle of Aachen

Oct. 23, 1944

Battle of Leyte Gulf

Dec. 16, 1944

Battle of the Bulge

Jan. 1, 1945

Operation Nordwind

Jan. 9, 1945

Battle of Luzon

Jan. 20, 1945

Colmar Pocket

Jan. 27, 1945

Soviet Troops Liberate Auschwitz-Birkenau

Feb. 3, 1945

Battle of Manila

Feb. 19, 1945

Battle of Iwo Jima

March 24, 1945

Operation Varsity

April 1, 1945

Ruhr Pocket

April 1, 1945

Battle of Okinawa

April 6, 1945

Operation Grapeshot

April 11, 1945

U.S. Troops Liberate Buchenwald

May 8, 1945

V-E Day

Sept. 2, 1945

V-J Day

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