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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.

 

Stories

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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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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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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