Bills Honoring 1st All-Black, All-Female Unit Gain Support

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Bills Honoring 1st All-Black, All-Female Unit Gain Support

Support is growing to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the first and only all-female, all-Black American battalion to deploy overseas during World War II.

Bills pending in the Senate and House call for honoring the women of the battalion, commonly known as the Six Triple Eight, for their pioneering service, devotion to duty and contributions to increase the morale of service members serving in the European theater during World War II.

Secretary of State Choice Talks About World War II

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Secretary of State Choice Talks About World War II

Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to serve as secretary of state, talked about World War II in a speech after he was introduced. 

Blinken said he comes from a large family that has always viewed the United States as “the last best hope on Earth.” 

His father, Donald Blinken, served in the Army Air Forces in World War II, and his late stepfather, Samuel Pisar, was a concentration camp survivor. 

Operation Husky Showcased U.S. Military’s Capability

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Operation Husky Showcased U.S. Military’s Capability

On July 10, 1943, more than 160,000 American, British and Canadian troops descended on Sicily before sunrise for the first major assault on European soil.  

The complex and multipronged campaign marked the first time Western Allied troops got a “foothold ... back into fortress Europe again,” said James Holland, author of Sicily ’43: The First Assault on Fortress Europe, during the Association of the U.S. Army’s Thought Leaders webinar Nov. 19.

Merrill’s Marauders to Receive Gold Medal

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Merrill’s Marauders to Receive Gold Medal

Decades after their heroic actions in the jungles of Burma during World War II, the Army’s Merrill’s Marauders will finally receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

The “Merrill’s Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act” was signed into law Oct. 17 by President Donald Trump, after the legislation was passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives. A date has not been announced for presentation of the award, which must be designed and struck by the U.S. Mint. 

DoD Marks 75th Anniversary of V-E Day

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DoD Marks 75th Anniversary of V-E Day

The Defense Department will mark the 75th anniversary of V-E Day on Friday with a special program. 

Victory in Europe Day, or V-E Day, marks the day Allied nations accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany during World War II. The surrender prompted mass celebrations in European and American cities.

President Harry Truman dedicated V-E Day to President Franklin Roosevelt, who had died just weeks earlier, and is quoted as saying, “Our victory is only half over,” in reference to continued fighting in the Pacific.

WWII Hero, Airborne Icon Dies

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WWII Hero, Airborne Icon Dies

Legendary World War II paratrooper Lt. Col. James “Maggie” Megellas, one of the 82nd Airborne Division’s original “Devils in Baggy Pants,” died April 2 at his home in Colleyville, Texas.

Megellas died three weeks after celebrating his 103rd birthday. His death was announced by the 82nd Airborne Division in a Facebook post on April 3 that said, in part, “This loss will be felt by us all. Remember, Paratroopers never die, they just slip away.”

30th ID Receives Presidential Unit Citation

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30th ID Receives Presidential Unit Citation

The Army’s famed 30th Infantry Division will receive the Presidential Unit Citation for its heroic stand against an entire German Panzer Corps in Mortain, France, during World War II, the White House announced March 17.

The brutal weeklong battle in August 1944 was critical to the Allied victory in Europe, and after the war, eight units within the division were recognized with the Presidential Unit Citation, President Donald Trump said in a statement.

Author Sheds Light on Deadly Battle of Manila

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Author Sheds Light on Deadly Battle of Manila

A new book sheds light on the somewhat overshadowed Battle of Manila in the Philippines, a monthlong conflict near the end of World War II that resulted in the destruction of the city and a brutalization of the civilian population by Japanese forces.

“American Gen. Douglas MacArthur, driven from the Philippines at the start of World War II, famously vowed to return. This is the untold story of his homecoming,” author James Scott said of his book Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila.