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President Barack Obama's great uncle Charles Payne and his wife Melanie, leave after celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp outside Weimar April 11, 2010. Over 50.000 prisoners -Jews, non-Jewish Poles and Slovenes, religious and political prisoners, Roma and Sinti, Jehovah's Witnesses, criminals, homosexuals, and prisoners of war- died in the camp between 1937 and 1945. (Photo credit: JENS SCHLUETER/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama’s Great Uncle, Charles Payne, Dies

President Barack Obama’s great uncle, Charles T. Payne, a World War II veteran and chemical engineer turned library pioneer, has died at the age of 89.

08/12/2014

A group of 89 veterans visits the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., as part of a trip organized by the Honor Flight network. (Credit: CBS)

World War II Vets Make Emotional Journey To Memorial

89 World War II veterans from Chicago just got to make an unforgettable journey, travelling to their memorial in Washington.

07/15/2014

An area veteran is honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C. recently. (CBS)

Program Honors WWII Veterans By Flying Them To Washington D.C. Monument

They come before dawn to Midway Airport: 89 veterans, most around 90 years old, going on a trip of a lifetime, thanks to Honor Flight Chicago. CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports.

07/14/2014

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower giving order of the day to Allied paratroopers, just before they board their airplane to participate in the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. (Photo credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago Area Marks 70th Anniversary Of D-Day

Several commemorations have been planned throughout the Chicago area on Friday to honor the 70th anniversary of D-Day, bringing together communities and surviving veterans to tell their stories.

06/06/2014

The German submarine U-505 has been on display at the Museum of Science and Industry since 1954. (Scott Brownell, Museum of Science and Industry)

WWII Sailor Recalls Capture Of U-505: ‘All Hell Broke Loose’

One of the last surviving U.S. sailors who helped board and capture the German submarine U-505 during World War II was at the Museum of Science and Industry on Wednesday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the U-boat’s capture.

06/04/2014

World War II vet Elliott Times. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Park Ridge Man Among World War II Vets Honored During Parade

World War II veterans – the so-called “greatest generation” – had a place of honor in Memorial Day ceremonies.

05/27/2014

A Bronze Star military medal (Getty Images)

WWII Veteran Awarded Medal Posthumously

John Bock survived the Battle of the Bulge and went on to have a distinguished career as an aeronautical engineer, never discussing his bravery on the battlefield. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

05/26/2014

Tourists visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC. (Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Chicago Businessman Wants Crowds To Greet Vets Returning On Honor Flights

David Hockberg escorted veterans of World War II on a journey to Washington D.C. to see the memorial built in their honor. It’s a free trip for the veterans arranged by Honor flight Chicago several times a year.

11/11/2013

Esther and George Pollitt. (Credit: Steve Miller)

Suburban World War II Veteran Honored

A World War II veteran from Palos Park was honored this afternoon because in the span of two weeks this summer, he is celebrating his 90th birthday and he and his wife are celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary.

07/28/2013

Rev. John Boyle (Photo courtesy Fourth Presbyterian Church)

Fourth Presbyterian Associate Pastor, WWII Veteran John Boyle Dies At 87

John Boyle found his path to God after walking into the hell of Dachau. He was a 19-year-old sergeant serving with the U.S. Army forces that liberated the infamous German concentration camp on April 29, 1945.

06/10/2013

Workers with A & T Recovery prepare a WWII era FM-2 'Wildcat' fighter plane for transport after it was recovered from Lake Michigan on Dec. 7, 2012 in Waukegan, Illinois. The aircraft, which was recovered from about 160 feet of water, crashed into the lake on Dec. 28, 1944, when the engine died while it was on a training mission being piloted by Ensign William Forbes, who survived the crash. The aircraft, which is still owned by the U.S. Navy, will be shipped to the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida for restoration. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

World War II Fighter Raised From Lake Michigan

After spending almost 70 years, submerged in Lake Michigan salvage experts pulled an old World War II fighter plane out of the water on Friday.

CBS Chicago–12/07/2012

WWII Fighter To Be Raised From Lake Michigan

A sunken World War II Wildcat Fighter has concluded its final fight–45 miles under the water to a safe harbor in Waukegan.

12/05/2012

Hawkins Fairley, 98, is battling the city of Chicago over a $26,000 water bill. (CBS)

World War II Vet Battles City Over $25,000 Water Bill

Talk about a G.I. bill. A 98-year-old member of the Greatest Generation is challenging a Chicago water bill of nearly $26,000. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports.

CBS 2–07/02/2012

Midway Veterans

Veterans Of Battle Of Midway Honored At Namesake Airport

Veterans from the pivotal World War II Battle of Midway took center stage at Midway Airport as the airport marked the 70th anniversary of the battle, after which the airport is named.

WBBM Newsradio–06/08/2012

American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, western France. (Photo credit: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion: Obama’s Non-Commemoration Of D-Day Is Inexcusable

Wednesday of this week was a meaningful and historic day for Americans, and President Barack Obama was too busy campaigning and raising reelection funds to properly commemorate the day. Beyond being wrong, it is inexcusable. […]

06/07/2012

Bob Persinger

World War II Vet Recounts Horrors Of Death Camp

Ahead of Memorial Day, a World War II veteran from Rockford says what he saw 67 years ago never leaves him.

WBBM Newsradio–05/25/2012

Tuskegee Airmen pilots John Rogers Sr. (left) and Julius Echols (right). (Family Photos)

Tuskegee Airmen Recall WWII Experience As ‘Red Tails’ Hits Theaters

A new major motion picture from producer George Lucas tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the famed all-black World War II fighter squadron. About 16 of its members now live in Chicago.

CBS 2–01/19/2012

World War II veteran Gerald Diez, 90, may be displaced from his home at the Marion VA, his family says. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Will VA Bounce Vets From Nursing Facilities?

The families of military veterans say their loved ones are being pushed out of the VA centers that promised to take care of them. CBS 2’s Dave Savini investigates.

CBS 2–06/23/2011

Carlos Zambrano

Cubs Make First Trip To Fenway Since 1918 World Series

The last time the Chicago Cubs made a trip to Fenway Park, Cubs hitters were trying to figure out ace pitcher Babe Ruth, and baseball’s oldest ballpark was still a new-age novelty.

CBS Chicago–05/20/2011

The Bears and Packers playing on December 14, 1941 (Credit: The Green Bay Press-Gazette)

A Matchup 69 Years In The Making

The Bears and Packers have played each other more than 180 times, it’s football’s longest rivalry, but it’s taken 69 years for them to meet again in the postseason.

CBS 2–01/18/2011

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