World War II

Military
4:14 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Durham Navy Veteran Celebrates His 100th Birthday

Members of the 1st Naval Construction Battalion on Bora Bora during World War II.
Credit U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

Durham resident and Navy veteran Jerry Smith turns 100 years old on Tuesday, and he’ll have what is likely to be his biggest birthday bash yet.  The North Carolina Executive Mansion is hosting a party for Mr. Smith to honor his service as a Navy Seabee during World War II. Attendees include Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, Senator Richard Burr, Rear Adm. Douglas Morton, as well as other Naval Commanders and Army Maj. Gen. Greg Lusk.

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The State of Things
12:02 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Researcher Documents The Use Of Music In War

Cover of the book 'Sounds of War: Music in the United States during World War II'.
Credit Philip E Pascuzzo/National Archives / Oxford University Press

    

World War II was fought not only with guns and bombs but also with strings, brass, and percussion.

The American government used classical music as part of the war effort to demonstrate the cultural dominance of the Allies. The military also used songs to rally American troops.

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Untold Story Of World War II Heroism Revealed

The Secret Rescue by Cate Lineberry
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We’re all familiar with the brave soldiers who fought and died during World War II, but the story of a group of medics and nurses, stranded in Nazi-occupied Albania, remained untold until now.

Writer Cate Lineberry chronicles the tale in her new book, “The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Medics and Nurses Behind Nazi Lines” (LBC/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks to writer Cate Lineberry about her new book.

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The State of Things
10:22 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Conscientious Objector Documents Pacifist Role In World War Two

Ned Arnett's "A Different Kind of War Story"
Credit xlibris.com

An interview with World War Two conscientious objector and author Ned Arnett

Ned Arnett was a conscientious objector during World War Two, a position that was rare and not commonly documented.

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State of Things
11:21 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Colors of Confinement

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Bill Manbo’s family was just one of many forcibly relocated into Japanese internment camps during World War II. He recorded his time there on a 35 millimeter camera and eventually passed the photos along to Eric Muller, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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State of Things
11:53 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Honoring Jan Karski

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The Nazi invasion of Poland launched World War II in Europe and ushered in one of the most destructive periods in world history. A group of freedom fighters called the Polish Underground fought the Nazis throughout the war.

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Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Wed February 29, 2012

NC WWII Veterans Awarded Legion of Honour

Ten veterans in North Carolina received France’s highest honor in a special ceremony yesterday. The French Consul General in Atlanta awarded the Legion of Honour to a group of World War Two veterans in a ceremony at the old state capitol building. The retired service members say they were lucky to survive a war that changed their lives forever.

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Military
4:40 am
Wed March 9, 2011

Battleship To Get Repairs

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A relic of World War II and source of pride for North Carolinians is getting some much-needed repairs. The Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington will have work done on its hull starting in April. But people will be able to tour the ship as the work is taking place.

Spokeswoman Heather Loftin says it's an opportunity for a new generation to experience history in the making:

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