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Category: World War II

Gravestone identifying it as the resting place of seven unknowns from USS Oklahoma. (Credit: AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

In Reversal, Pearl Harbor Unknowns to Be Exhumed

Changing course, the Pentagon will exhume and try to identify the remains of hundreds of USS Oklahoma sailors killed during the 1941 Pearl Harbor bombing.

USS Independence in 1943.

WWII Aircraft Carrier Used in Atomic Bomb Tests Found Intact on Sea Floor

Researchers have used an underwater drone to explore the wreck of USS Independence, a light aircraft carrier that served during World War II and later became a target during atomic bomb tests at the Bikini Atoll.

Excavation of the cave on Peleliu. (Credit: Steve Ballinger)

Bodies of Japanese WWII Soldiers Found in Island Caves

The remains of six Japanese soldiers killed during battle on the island of Peleliu in 1944 have been discovered after being sealed in a cave for 70 years.

Image of the Musashi captured by the underwater probe (Credit: Paul Allen)

WWII’s Largest Battleship Revealed After 70 Years Underwater

After an eight-year search, a research team sponsored by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has discovered the shipwreck of the massive Japanese battleship Musashi.

The Marine Corps War Memorial, or Iwo Jima Memorial, in Arlington, Virginia. (Credit: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Battle of Iwo Jima Begins, 70 Years Ago

Seventy years after U.S. Marines began the invasion of Iwo Jima, take a look back at one of the most hard-fought battles of World War II.

USS Arizona survivor, retired Lieutenant Commander Joseph Langdell at the 65th anniversary commemorations at Pearl Harbor, 2006. (Credit: U.S. Department of Defense)

Oldest Surviving USS Arizona Crewman Dies at 100

Joe Langdell, the oldest surviving crewman assigned to USS Arizona during the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, died last week at age 100.

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Notes by Alan Turing’s Team Found in the Walls of Code-Breaking Hut

Papers used by Alan Turing’s cryptologists for their World War II-era work breaking the “Enigma” code have been found being used to line the roof of a drafty hut at Britain’s Bletchley Park.

Speaker John Boehner presents the Congressional Gold Medal to American Eugene Gutierrez and Canadian Charles Mann, members of the 1st Special Service Force. (Credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

WWII “Devil’s Brigade” Honored by Congress

The elite WWII commando unit nicknamed the “Devil’s Brigade” has received the Congressional Gold Medal, America’s highest civilian honor.

Production still from the filming of "Fury." (Credit: Columbia Pictures)

The Final Push to Berlin: The History Behind “Fury”

Learn more about the last days of World War II in Europe that serve as the backdrop to the war drama “Fury.”

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Audie Murphy’s World War II Heroics, 70 Years Ago

Seventy years after U.S. soldier Audie Murphy went “To Hell and Back” and earned the Medal of Honor, learn the story behind one of the most astonishing battlefield actions of World War II.

Joseph Shambrey and Clarence "Buddy" Huntley Jr. (Credit: AP Photo/Tim Shambray/ Bruce Talamon

Two Tuskegee Airmen Die on Same Day in Los Angeles

Two members of the famed World War II African-American flying squadron passed away on the same day last week at their respective homes in Los Angeles.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Louis Zamperini

With the new film “Unbroken” about to hit theaters, learn eight fascinating facts about one of the most celebrated American servicemen of World War II.

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8 Things You May Not Know About the Battle of the Bulge

Seventy years after the start of Nazi Germany’s last gasp attack at the Battle of the Bulge, learn eight surprising facts about the fight Winston Churchill called “undoubtedly the greatest American battle” of World War II.