WWII

Does Your Mayor Have More ‘Seniority’ Than Richard Wills?

Posted on 05/31/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeMeet the “un-politician.” When we telephoned Richard Wills, the 93-year-old mayor of Negaunee, Mich., he wasn’t all that sure that he even wanted to talk about himself. And he was especially reticent to talk about his service in World War II, where he fought in five battles, including the landing on Omaha Beach, on “D-Day Plus Two.” It was a friend’s idea, not his, to reach out around the country to find out if Wills is America’s oldest mayor. (Seemed …

A Time to Remember

Posted on 05/29/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeI had not seen Rose Toren for almost 15 years, until last weekend, when I decided that if anyone deserved tribute on this special holiday of memory and celebration, it was she. Memorials apply to many sorrows. She had just reached the age of 90 and, beset by failing health, seemed frail and detached, paying the price of time and grief in a prevailing mood of sadness that had deepened over the years. But, despite that, one could also clearly …

Walter Cronkite’s WWII Letters Home in New Book

Posted on 05/15/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin TodayBefore he was the voice of his generation and “the most trusted man in America,” Walter Cronkite was a 20-something war correspondent writing letters home to his new wife. Now his namesake and grandson, Walter Cronkite IV, has complied the letters in a book, Cronkite’s War: His World War II Letters Home. The grandson, a recent college graduate, is working in Washington these days at, of course, CBS News. That’s where Cronkite, who died in 2009, anchored the evening news after …

George Smith: A Native American Who Helped Win WWII

Posted on 11/9/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyGeorge Smith and his fellow Navajo code talkers played an important but long under-appreciated role in defeating the Japanese in the bloody, hard-fought Pacific islands campaign during World War II. Smith, who died on Oct. 30 at age 90 in Window Rock, Ariz., was part of a group of about 400 Native Americans who transmitted battlefield communications in a fashion that baffled Japanese code-breakers — by talking on the radio in their own indigenous languages. That tactic was so effective, in fact, that the …

The Past is Now: Preserving Memories and Honoring Veterans

Posted on 11/10/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringWhat if future history lessons included stories of everyday people? Not everyday people who became president, or painted masterpieces or dominated a sport, but regular folks who left behind stories – and memories – that fade all too soon with the passing of each successive generation. A year-old company, called 1000memories, has devised a way to capture the old photographs and stories of our loved ones for present and future generations. It was founded in 2010 as a place for …

Spirit of `45 – Greatest Generation

Posted on 04/30/2011 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Your LifeThe general session at the annual conference of the American Society on Aging (ASA), “Aging in America,” kicked off with a tribute to the men and women of the Greatest Generation. ASA received an award for their role in supporting the creation of the “Spirit of `45 Day,” a new effort to bring generations together to preserve the legacy of the Greatest Generation. Their example of courage, self-sacrifice, “can-do” attitude and commitment to community can help inspire a renewal of national unity in America at a time when …