World War II


Honoring My Grandma, 70 Years After Auschwitz’s Liberation

By Wendy Widom CHICAGO (CBS) — On this day 70 years ago, Auschwitz was liberated and my grandma Miriam, a prisoner there, was set free. Unlike other prisoners, who were forced on the Death March, my […]


Milton Kaplan, World War II veteran. (Courtesy: U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky)

World War II Vet, 91, Gets Bundle Of Combat Medals

Milton Kaplan finally got his due Friday.


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The Story Of German POWs Held In Chicagoland

As World War II raged across the Atlantic, thousands of German prisoners of war were held in camps around Chicago.



Veteran’s Day: Honoring the Women Who Wrote Computer Programs to Win WWII

By Melissa Pierce & Marian Mangoubi, Producers of Born with Curiosity: The Grace Hopper Story CHICAGO (CBS) — On Veterans Day, we honor and remember the brave women and men who fought for and served our country. But […]


Emanuel Mark was a Latvian immigrant who became an American citizen and enlisted in the Army in World War II.  (Credit: Purple Hearts Reunited)

While Installing Pacemaker, Doctors Find Shrapnel That Wounded WWII Vet

A 94-year old World War II veteran who received his Purple Heart 70 years late this August underwent surgery recently, and doctors found a piece of the shrapnel that wounded him.


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14-Year-Old Suburban Girl Interviewing World War II Vets To Keep Their Stories Alive

A 14-year old suburban girl is on a mission to make sure the stories of World War Two veterans aren’t lost when they die, reports WBBM’s Cisco Cotto.


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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Chicago

Many know Chicago is known as “the Windy City” and Wrigley Field is one of America’s oldest baseball stadiums, but there are a lot of other things about this great city that are not widely known.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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