WWII

George Takei’s Take on Hiroshima, From Devastation to Rebirth

Posted on 08/4/2014 by |Best Life | Comments

TechnologyMany people know George Takei as Mr. Sulu from TV’s popular Star Trek and most recently as a social media guru and host of the AARP-produced YouTube series “Takei’s Take.” But the Los Angeles native also has ties to Japan, where he lost an aunt and a cousin after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, wiping out the port city on Aug. 6, 1945. Eight years old at the time, Takei was incarcerated with his parents and …

Louis Zamperini: Olympic Runner, POW Was Twice a Hero

Posted on 07/3/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyIn 1936, at age 19, Louis Zamperini was one of the best middle-distance runners in the world. He was good enough to be on the U.S. team in the Berlin Olympics, where he finished eighth in the 5,000 meters and stood close enough to Adolf Hitler’s box at the stadium to get a good look at the Nazi dictator. “I was pretty naïve about world politics, and I thought he looked funny, like something out of a Laurel and Hardy …

Chester Nez: Last of the Navajo Code-Talkers

Posted on 06/6/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyWhen Chester Nez attended boarding school in the 1930s, he risked having his mouth washed out with soap if he spoke in Navajo instead of English. But fortunately for America’s fortunes during World War II, he never forgot the language of his people. Nez, who died on June 4 at age 93 in Albuquerque, N.M., was the last of the U.S. Marine Corps’ original group of 29 Navajo code talkers, who used their native language to transmit radio messages on …

Veterans Conquer Barricades at Closed War Memorial

Posted on 10/1/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIf they can storm enemy beaches, they certainly won’t let a little barricade — or even a government shutdown — stand in their way. Join the discussion: Share a memory to honor our veterans A group of World War II veterans from Mississippi had chartered an $80,000 flight to Washington, D.C., to visit the National World War II Memorial. They arrived Oct. 1 to find to find the monument blocked off, a casualty of the government shutdown caused by the standoff …

Trying to Save a Piece of Rosie the Riveter’s Factory

Posted on 08/5/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayDuring World War II, Rosie the Riveter, her bicep flexed, peered out from a poster and reminded American women filling factory jobs that “We Can Do It!” There was also a real Rosie – Rose Will Monroe, a riveter at a Ford auto factory retooled to build bombers in Ypsilanti, Mich., and the star of a film promoting war bonds. A small Michigan museum is trying to save a corner of Rosie’s factory – the Willow Run Bomber Plant – …

Rick Atkinson Plans to Refight the Revolutionary War

Posted on 06/18/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentRick Atkinson’s Guns at Last Light has topped bestseller lists since May. It was the third volume in the “Liberation Trilogy,” his epic history of World War II, and now the two-time Pulitzer winner has reupped for another conflict: the Revolutionary War. Atkinson, 60 (left), spent a grueling 15 years researching and writing the three WWII books (which now have a combined 900,000 copies in print). But “the American Revolution has always had a grip on my imagination,” he says. …