The Associated Press: Airman Killed in WWII to Be Buried in California
The Associated Press | By Sylvie Corbet and Catherine Gaschka: Normandy Tries to Keep Alive ‘Infinite Gratitude’ for D-Day
SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE, France — At 10 years old, Henri-Jean Renaud watched U.S. paratroopers landing through the window of his Normandy home in the early hours of D-Day. Like other French who lived through the war, he’s trying to pass on to younger generations the gratitude he feels.
With fewer veterans and witnesses able to share personal memories, the French who owe their freedom to D-Day’s fighters are more determined than ever to keep alive the memory of the battle and its significance.
The Associated Press | By Hillel Italie: Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Has Book Coming This Summer
NEW YORK — Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has a book coming out this summer, but he warns that it will not be a “tell-all” about President Donald Trump.
“Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead” will be published July 16, Random House announced Tuesday. Co-written with Bing West, the book will be an “expansive account” of the retired general’s military career, according to the publisher. Mattis will write about conflicts from Afghanistan to Iraq and use those experiences for lessons on war and peace.
Military.com | By Amy Bushatz: You Sent This World War II Vet 500 Birthday Cards
What’s the best way to celebrate the birthday of a 100-year-old World War II veteran? With cake — and about 500 birthday cards and presents from around the world, of course.
That’s exactly the kind of celebration Military.com readers gave to former Army nurse Charlotte Schwid, who turned 100 on May 22. Friends and family threw a birthday party for her at Eagle River VFW Post 9785 in Alaska. And after Military.com published an article asking for your participation, you shipped in cards and packages as a surprise.
By Edward Gitre, The Conversation: Uncensored surveys reveal what US soldiers really thought about America and the military during World War II
By Jim Garamone: Arlington Ceremony Remembers America’s Fallen Heroes