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World War II History

History from the greatest generation, World War II if you have a story we can tell please let us know we would be proud to tell it. All who served in WWII are heroes from all services from all nations who served beside us.

‎1945 American Lt. Audie Murphy

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is wounded in France. Born the son of Texas sharecroppers on June 20, 1924, Murphy served three years of active duty, beginning... as a private, rising to the rank of staff sergeant, and finally given a battlefield commission to 2nd lieutenant

Boyd D. "Buzz" Wagner

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was Commander of the 17th Pursuit Squadron on December 8, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Clark Field, and became one of the first American pilots to engage the enemy in the air. Later in the month, he became the first American World War II ace when he downed his fifth Japanese aircraft.

Last Island Invasion

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The last battle invasion of WWII was seen by Don Lumsden first hand.Don is the Oldest Frogman in the US. Read about some of his stories and see why the UDT teams of the 1940-s evolved into the Navy SEALs of the 1960's

Shifty Powers history of a quiet hero

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 "Shifty" By Chuck Yeager: Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry.  If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the History Channel, you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10 episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them.

Fritz Payne

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world war two Marine Corp ace has lived 100 years we salute him and his war exploits. Major Payne entered combat at Guadalcanal in September 1942 on detached duty with VMF-223. His first victory was a half-share in a Japanese twin-engine bomber on 14 September followed by a solo victory two weeks later. When his own squadron, VMF-212, arrived in October, Payne quickly added for more victories: two bombers and a pair of Zekes between 18 and 23 October to become a Wildcat ace. 

The Great Escape Tunnel Unearthed:

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Untouched for almost seven decades, the tunnel used in the Great Escape has finally been unearthed. The 111-yard passage nicknamed Harry by Allied prisoners was sealed by the Germans after the audacious break-out from the POW camp Stalag Luft III in western Poland . Despite huge interest in the subject, encouraged by the film starring Steve McQueen, the tunnel remained undisturbed over the decades because it was behind the Iron Curtain and the Soviet authorities had no interest in its significance. 

Bataan Death March

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The Bataan Death March began as a plea for life. Men were tired, weak, and lacking food. The 70-mile march from Mariveles (on the tip of Bataan) to San Fernando was a trial that tested a man, broke him, or got him killed. The famished men who made the exhausting march in World War II would never be forgotten.

Eniwetok Operation,

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February 1944. Weary Marines take time out of coffee after two days and nights of fighting on Eniwetok Atoll. David Dail standing while drinking a cup of coffee. Eniwetok was his first battle, he was born December 10, 1925, Wayne Co., North Carolina, he was 17 years old. His mother signed for him to join the Marine Corps.He died April 7, 2006, in Reseda California, I believe he was 81. Internment-Riverside National Cemetary. 

B-17 in 1943 A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943

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between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress named All American, piloted by Lt. Kendrick R. Bragg, of the 414th Bomb Squadron.

WWII King of the Pacific

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 See this amazing original color film of the war in the Pacific with the aircraft carriers role in it. The Aircraft carrier changed the way war was fought at sea. These carriers were truly the Kings of the Pacific, with as many as 3500 men aboard.

World War II-in-the-Philippines

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From the attack at Clark Field till Mac Arthur returned to Leyte. The war in the Philippines has many stories learn about the Great Raid in Cabanatuan. And the landing at the Lingayan Gulf in Northern Luzon

War in the Pacific

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The war in the pacific was a series of island hoping invasions and battles taking the Pacific back from the Japanese one island at a time. From the Philippines to Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Okinawa, Guam, Rota, Tinian, Papua New Guinea, Yap etc.

War in the Philippines

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Starting with the attack on 8 December 1941 when the Japanese attack Clark Field, To the Leyte Gulf when Mac Arthur kept his promise to return.

Old 666 B-17 Bomber

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B17 bombers fought in the pacific war with great successes this video is a tribute to one of them. Old 666 is immortalized in this video.

History of Tinian Island Pacific Ocean

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 On July 24, 1944, 30,000 US Marines landed on the beaches of Tinian... Eight days later, over 8,000 of the 8,800 Japanese soldiers on the island were dead (vs. 328 Marines), and four months later the Seabees had built the busiest airfield of WWII - dubbed North Field - enabling B-29 Super fortresses to launch air attacks on the Philippines, Okinawa, and mainland Japan.

The Great Raid at Cabanatuan

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The Raid at Cabanatuan was a rescue of Allied prisoners of war (POWs) and civilians from a Japanese camp near Cabanatuan City, in the Philippines. On January 30, 1945, during World War II, United States Army Rangers, Alamo Scouts, and Filipino guerrillas liberated more than 500 from the POW camp.

Camp Bright Guam

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Pictures of Camp Bright US Navy small boat repair station in Guam WWII. Camp Bright was a small boat repair station and historical photographs were lost to the Navy until these photos came forth at the 50th anniversary to the invasion of Guam by the Marines

There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy. George Washington
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Garfields Last Stand is proud to host the team room and has a long tradition of supporting the troops