World War II

Curie High School senior Aisolis Ramos (third from the left) at Normandy.  (Credit Aisolis Ramos)

ROTC Students’ Visit To Nomandy The ‘Trip Of A Lifetime’

For Curie High School senior Aisolis Ramos, it started with an essay: why she wanted to go to the site of the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War II.

08/11/2015

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Remains Of Soldier Who Died In Japanese Prison Camp Returned To Chicago

The remains of a soldier who died in a Japanese prison camp over 70 years ago have now been buried on Chicago’s Northwest Side.

07/18/2015

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

Honor Flight Chicago Taking World War II Vets To Washington D.C. To See Memorial

As the nation prepares for the Independence Day holiday, Honor Flight Chicago will be taking another group of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. Tuesday to see the memorial that honors them.

06/29/2015

Nick Sherbula and Jim Vitti, two World War II veterans, have remained close for more than 70 years. (CBS)

For Two World War II Vets, Friendship Endures More Than 70 Years

Native Chicagoans Nick Sherbula and Jim Vitti were strangers before World War II and the U.S. Army brought them together. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.

05/25/2015

Veterans say this flag has been flying at half-staff for five months. (CBS/Steve Miller)

CPS Removes Tattered American Flag That Offended Veterans

A World War II veteran who lives next door to the Ruben Salazar Bilingual Center told WBBM Newsradio earlier this week the school had kept a ragged flag flying at half-mast for the past five months.

05/15/2015

Navy veteran Joe Hoppe being presented with medals and ribbons he earned in World War II. (Source Senator Durbin's Twitter)

70 Years Later, Navy Veteran Receives Medals For World War II Service

Months before the United States entered the war, Joe Hoppe enlisted in the Navy. He was inspired by seeing newsreels of the Nazi blitz of London.

04/13/2015

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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 […]

01/27/2015

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.

01/23/2015

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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.

12/12/2014

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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 […]

11/11/2014

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.

10/07/2014

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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.

09/24/2014

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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.

09/17/2014

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

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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

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