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July 15, 2016
Diane and Ron Fagen hold the Congressional Gold Medal presented to the Fagen Fighters Museum by Lt. Col. Richard Cole, in center. Cole spoke Thursday to a crowd estimated at 800 at the Granite Falls museum. (Tom Cherveny / Tribune)
100 years a hero: Memory of the Doolittle Raiders lives on
July 15, 2016 - 12:00am
May 26, 2016
Editorial: It’s time to welcome this Willmar sailor home
May 26, 2016 - 6:58am
March 8, 2016
Betty Wall Strohfus, 95, talks about being a Women Air Force Service Pilot in World War II at an assembly by WeLEAD — a women’s empowerment group — in September in Willmar. “Raise your hand out there if anyone flew a Stearman. Good at doing acrobats,” she joshed to the audience at the MinnWest Auditorium. Strohfus died Sunday at her home in Faribault. (RAND MIDDLETON | TRIBUNE)
Pioneering female World War II pilot dies at age 96
March 8, 2016 - 11:18pm
November 18, 2015
John Delmar Anderson was one of about 100 Pearl Harbor veterans who gathered in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 2014, for the 73rd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was the oldest known survivor of the sinking of the battleship USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Former Minnesota resident, who was the eldest survivor of USS Arizona sinking, dies at 98
November 18, 2015 - 7:51am
November 12, 2015
During a recent interview at his Brainerd home, Walt Straka, a Bataan Death March survivor, discusses his war time experiences. (FORUM NEWS SERVICE)
Minnesota man tells of surviving Bataan Death March
November 12, 2015 - 9:35am
October 1, 2015
Betty Wall Strohfus, 95, flew ‘em all in World War II as a Women’s Air Force Service Pilot: “Raise your hand out there if anyone flew a Stearman. Good at doing acrobats,” she joshed the audience Wednesday at the MinnWest Auditorium in Willmar. (RAND MIDDLETON | TRIBUNE)play button
A love for flying and high places
October 1, 2015 - 12:00am
August 15, 2015
Editorial: Thank you to the Greatest Generation of WW II
August 15, 2015 - 6:00am
June 22, 2015
The PV-2 Harpoon “Attu Warrior’’ cuts across a summer sky above the Fagen Fighters Museum on Saturday. The museum was host to the Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow. (TOM CHERVENY/TRIBUNE)
‘Bombs Away’ air show pays tribute to veterans Saturday in Granite Falls
June 22, 2015 - 12:02am
May 25, 2015
World War II combat medic Glenn Stranberg, 97, of Atwater, was presented with a Quilt of Valor Sunday at Bethesda Pleasant View, where he is a resident. Stranberg served in both the Pacific and European Theaters from 1943 to 1945. Don Peterson of the Atwater American Legion and Gayle Liebe of Country Quilters are holding the quilt. (TRIBUNE/Rand Middleton)play button
Quilt of Valor
May 25, 2015 - 11:42pm
November 9, 2014
Erling Jonassen, 95, of Duluth, looks through World War II memorabilia in his apartment. Jonassen survived nearly three years in enemy territory in the Philippines during the war. FORUM NEWS SERVICE/ Bob King
Duluthian among those waiting for MacArthur
November 9, 2014 - 11:04pm
September 15, 2014
Wally Gustafson keeps this photograph of the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri on the wall at his downtown Willmar law office. He was perched atop one of the battleship’s guns only 30 feet away when the instrument of surrender was signed on September 2, 1945. (Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny)
Wally Gustafson: Witness to surrender of Japan aboard USS Missouri recalls somber event
September 15, 2014 - 12:03am
July 8, 2014
Appreciation dinner
July 8, 2014 - 11:15pm
May 24, 2014
World War II veteran Ersie Quimby, 96, discusses Friday what he might expect when he raises the flag prior to the Minnesota Twins baseball game on Memorial Day. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)
World War II veteran from Willmar to raise flag for Twins on Memorial Day
May 24, 2014 - 4:00am
Delbert Belton, who was wounded in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, died Thursday after he was beaten in Spokane, Wash. Photo provided by family friends via KHQ-TV - See more at: http://www.wctrib.com/content/wwii-veteran-beaten-death-outside-spokane-club#sthash.1TlHanJC.dpuf
Random attack kills WWI vet in Spokane, suspect sought
August 24, 2013 - 7:12am
August 23, 2013
Delbert Belton, who was wounded in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, died Thursday after he was beaten in Spokane, Wash. Photo provided by family friends via KHQ-TV
WWII veteran beaten to death outside Spokane club
August 23, 2013 - 9:28am