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34th President of The United States, Five-Star General & WWII Hero Dwight D. Eisenhower was born on October 14th, 1890 in Denison, Texas.

Image: George S. Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1945 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
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American Heroes of WWII

Image: "American assault troops of the 3d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st U.S. Infantry Division, who stormed Omaha Beach” via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
An early photo of Art Carney, famous American celebrity of Irish descent. 

During WWII Carney served as an infantryman with the U.S. Army and was wounded in the leg in 1944.

His career included performances in film, radio, Broadway and television which he was best known for his role as Ed Norton in The Honeymooners.
 
Image via Wikimedia Commons by Ray Lee Jackson, New York, public domain
American ships approaching Iwo Jima

- February 19th, 1945

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American WWII Flying Ace Richard Ira Bong

Shot down 40 (recorded) enemy aircraft in the War in the Pacific 

Tragically, the 24 year old was killed while testing a jet fighter before the conclusion of the war. 

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Betty Wall Strohfus (1919-2016) holding a photograph of herself when she was a WASP pilot during WWII

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Colonel Curtis LeMay commending this Flying Fortress crew following their daring mission during WWII. The crew pictured shot down numerous enemy aircraft before getting hit and crashing into the ocean. They spent thirty hours in the open sea before being rescued.

Curtis LeMay was born on November 15th, 1906 in Columbus, Ohio.

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James Doolittle was born on December 14th, 1896 in Alameda, California.

During WWII James personally led a squadron of Army bombers in a courageous one-way mission over Japan.

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WWII Veteran and retired United States Senator Bob Dole was born on July 22nd, 1923 in Russell, Kansas.

Image by Harris & Ewing via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
A sketch of an American soldier in France during WWII

- October 31st, 1944

by Victor A. Lundy via Library of Congress, no known restrictions 
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United States Marine, WWII Veteran and actor Lee Marvin was born on February 19th, 1924 in New York City.

Image: Marvin in 1980 by Dijk, Hans van / Anefo - CC BY SA 3.0 nl via Wikimedia Commons, no known restrictions
General George S. Patton talking to injured American soldiers during WWII

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American WWII journalist Ernie Pyle was born on August 3rd, 1900 in Dana, Indiana.

Image: Ernie Pyle (seated bottom center) at Anzio with the 191st Tank Battalion, US Army in 1944 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
"We Can Do It!”

c. 1942-1943

WWII era poster by American artist J. Howard Miller from National Archives via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Marines make their way through deep mud on Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea during WWII 

- November 4th, 1943

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions
“...whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old.”

- Winston Churchill in 1940

Image: Churchill during WWII by the British Government, public domain via Wikimedia Commons
WWII, Europe, France, "American soldiers watch as the Tricolor flies from the Eiffel Tower again" 

- 1944

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Seaman First Class Rollin A. Fritch 
During WWII Fritch gave his life defending a troop transport ship against a Japanese kamikaze attack.

He was posthumously awarded a Silver Star and in 2016 a U.S. Coast Guard cutter was named in his honor.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American senior military officials (European theater) of WWII

- 1945

public domain 

Source: 
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George Bush, Navy pilot during World War II

c. 1943

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall being interviewed during a radio broadcast to troops, WWII 

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Army General and Medal of Honor Recipient Jonathan M. Wainwright was born on August 23rd, 1883 in Walla Walla, Washington. During WWII he commanded Allied forces in the Philippines and surrendered to the Japanese in an effort to prevent further American casualties. General Wainwright was held as a POW in various camps by the Japanese for nearly 40 months.

Image: "General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright greet each other at the New Grand Hotel, Yokohama, Japan, August 31, 1945, in their first meeting since they parted on Corregidor more than three years before.”
by U.S. Army via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

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World War II & Korean War Veteran Ted Williams was born on August 30th, 1918 in San Diego, California.

As a star baseball player for the Boston Red Sox, No. 9 won the American League Batting Championship six times.

His name, "Theodore” or "Ted” for short was chosen in honor of Theodore Roosevelt.

Image: Ted Williams being sworn into the U.S. military during WWII via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Hollywood actress Marlene Dietrich autographs the cast of an American soldier recovering in a hospital in Belgium during WWII

- 1944 

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
George Preddy 

Greensboro, North Carolina flying ace George Preddy received The Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal (both with multiple awards) for his extraordinary services during WWII. 

Tragically, George was killed on Christmas Day in 1944 as a result of friendly fire.

Image: WWII American Flying Ace George E. Preddy Jr. in the summer of 1944 showing 6 fingers representing the 6 enemy aircraft that he shot down during a single mission 
via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
United States Coast Guardsman on beach patrol with working dog during WWII

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
United We Win 

poster from WWII

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
On today's date August 14th, 1945: President Truman announced that Japan surrendered unconditionally - The end of World War II. 
Seen below is the famous "Kissing The War Goodbye" photo. Taken in Times Square Manhattan, NY on that day.
(National Archives Identifier) 520697.  Public Domain
On today's date November 27th, 1921: Dora Jean Dougherty Strother was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dora Jean was a Woman Airforce Service Pilot during WWII.  After the war she received a PhD from NYU and broke two world records in helicopter flying. To read more about Women Airforce Service Pilots click here: https://heartfelthistory.com/2016/08/heroines-heavens-women-airforce-service-pilots-wasp-world-war-ii/

Photo: Center is Dora Jean Dougherty Strother, test pilot for Bell Helicopter Co. in 1961 - By Smithsonian Institution from United States [No restrictions], via Wikimedia Commons
Americans viewing key historical documents and artifacts from U.S. history that were on exhibit aboard The Freedom Train of 1947-1949.

Following WWII, the train traveled throughout the United States.

Image c. 1948 via Alamy
Worker Hanging Parachutes during WWII, Pepperell Manufacturing Company in San Antonio, Texas

- 1943 

via Wikimedia Commons, no known restrictions
American Soldiers march in a victory parade following the Liberation of Paris during WWII

- 1944

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American WWII veteran and champion golfer Bobby Jones was born on March 17th, 1902 in Atlanta, Georgia

Image: Bobby Jones c. 1917 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
WWII Veteran Tony Bennett was born on August 3rd, 1926 in New York City.

Image: Unidentified woman with singer Tony Bennett by City of Boston Archives from West Roxbury, United States - CC BY 2.0
M&M’s were patented and introduced the same year and just prior to the U.S. entry into WWII in 1941.

The U.S. military purchased the candies because the hard shells prevented the chocolate centers from melting in warmer foreign climates. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Ingrid Bergman with servicemen drinking soda during WWII 

- 1942

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Women USGS geologists working with maps during WWII
Food to make America strong 

American women, many are teachers and students, work together at a local canning facility near Rochelle, Illinois during WWII, the summer of 1942 

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American women produce drill points that were used to build American ships and weapons during WWII.
Republic Drill and Tool Company, Chicago, Illinois

- 1940s

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
General Carl Spaatz was born on June 28th, 1891 in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.

Spaatz served in the Mexican Expedition, WWI and during WWII where he held the command of The U.S. Strategic Air Forces in Europe and later The U.S. Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific.

Image: Generals Arnold, Spaatz and Vandenberg in 1945 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Lt. Gen. Jacob L. Devers, commander of U.S. Forces in European theater of operations during WWII decorating Lt. Col. (and famous movie director) Frank Capra with the Legion of Merit Award in 1943.

General Devers was born on September 8th, 1887 in York, Pennsylvania. 

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Quebec City during the Octagon Conference where British and American leadership reviewed plans during WWII.

- September 1944

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“U.S. Forces during the Invasion of Normandy”

- June 6th, 1944

Image: Created by The United Kingdom Government via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
“Paratrooper about to jump into combat on D-Day, on June 6, 1944 - the invasion of Normandy”

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
“Elvin Harley of Kalamazoo, Michigan, of the 3rd Armored Division receives a small kiss from a little French girl near Aboncourt, France.”

- 1945

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
President Reagan with former U.S. Rangers in Normandy, France 

- 1984 

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
“Private First Class Lee Harper, who was wounded in Normandy, is greeted by his 2 year old sister, Janet, whom he had never seen before, on his arrival in New York City on August 1, 1945. His mother and his wife look on. Press Association.”

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
“Remembering a Fallen Friend...World War II veteran pays tribute to a fellow soldier who saved his life seventy years prior in Normandy”

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
General Dwight D. Eisenhower in his jeep in Normandy

- 1944

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Patton rides in a jeep labeled “War Eagle!”

c. 1945 

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
New Jersey born Admiral Halsey having Thanksgiving dinner with the crew aboard the USS New Jersey 

- November 1944

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
War-time scene aboard an American aircraft carrier 

- 1942

via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions
Bob Hope, Frances Langford and others meeting General George S. Patton in Sicily 

- 1943 

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
On today's date October 20th, 1944 Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed on the beachhead of Leyte Island of the Philippines. This was two and a half years after he made his famous quote, "I shall return."

Photo via Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain, U.S. Government
"Vincent Price and Gertrude Lawrence serving refreshments to servicemen at American Theatre Wing Stage Door Canteen, New York City, ca. 1943.”

via New York Public Library Digital Collections, no known restrictions
Mrs. Irene Bracker, mother of two children, employed at the roundhouse as a wiper, Clinton, Iowa, 1943

Photo by Jack Delano [Public domain]
Description and Photo via Wikimedia Commons
"Marines show their appreciation to the Coast Guard during the invasion of Guam during World War II”

On July 21st, 1944 U.S. forces began their assault on Guam to liberate the island after years of Japanese occupation.

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General George S. Patton Jr. when he was a young boy

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
"Troops of the 20th Armored Division and units of the 9th Army whoop it up between raindrops as the SS John Ericsson nears Pier 84, North River”

- August 6th, 1945

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions 
https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2008680587/
Harry Truman and General MacArthur 

- Wake Island, 1950

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Chippers in a Shipyard - Three Women Working

- 1942 

via Wikimedia Commons, no known restrictions
Audie Murphy being sworn in to the Texas National Guard

- 1950 

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
A U.S. G.I. capturing a German soldier at Illy, France

- 1944

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
James Doolittle 

- 1982

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Sailor in Pearl Harbor 

- January 1945

via Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts CC BY-NC-ND, no known restrictions
Four Women Airforce Service Pilots leaving their B-17 Flying Fortress, Pistol Packin' Mama.  L to R are Frances Green, Margaret Kirchner, Ann Waldner and Blanche Osborn.

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
On March 6th, 1944 the United States conducted a major daylight bombing raid over Berlin.
Hundreds of American bombers (over 700) including B-17 Flying Fortresses dropped numerous bombs on the defiant city. Nearly 10% of those bombers that flew in the raid were lost.

During WWII, Allied forces dropped over 1 million tons of explosives over Germany.  To this day, some of those undetonated bombs may still be active.

Image: Group of B-17 Flying Fortress bombers via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
U.S. Navy Seabees reading mail from home 

- 1943

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
On June 11th, 1944 the USS Missouri was commissioned. In the following year, the Japanese signed the instruments of surrender aboard this American battleship.

Image: USS Missouri in 1945 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
An image of the "Medal of Freedom” which was awarded to American civilians who assisted the United States against enemies of war. 
President Truman established the award on July 6th, 1945.

It was replaced by the current Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963.

Image: Hdec CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
U.S. Navy pilots aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington  

- 1943

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
An American soldier near Saint-Lô, France in July 1944

On July 18th, 1944 in the aftermath of D-Day, American forces gained access to the strategically located city following heavy fighting against stiff German resistance.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
"A package for Hitler”

Photo shows a U.S. infantryman in training who is about to throw a grenade 

- Fort Belvoir, Virginia 1942

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Damage to the forecastle deck of the USS Nevada after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
General Omar N. Bradley, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, and General George S. Patton in Bastogne, Belgium during WWII 

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Twins Amy and Mary Rose Lindich, twenty-one, employed at the Pennsylvania Railroad 

- 1943

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

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"Middle River, Maryland. A FSA (Farm Security Administration) housing project for Glenn L. Martin aircraft workers. A worker's family in their trailer home”

- 1943

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions 
https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2017860624/
Officer of the U.S. Navy during WWII using a periscope on a submarine

c. 1942

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

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Private First Class Rudolph Fino 

Gave his life during the Tunisian Campaign in North Africa in early April 1943

Image from Milford Town Library, Paul E. Curran Historical Collection via Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts, CC BY-NC-ND

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U.S. Navy Grumman F6F Hellcat catapulted from the USS Yorktown 

- 1943

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

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American soldiers of the 89th Infantry Division crossing the Rhine under enemy fire about a month before they liberated Buchenwald concentration camp on April 11th, 1945.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

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American Infantrymen of the 255th move down a street in Waldenburg to root out the enemy toward the end of WWII

- Image dated April 16th, 1945

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

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Americans, many holding newspapers while celebrating on May 8th, 1945 

VE Day 

via Alamy 

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