World War II

A central Illinois library is screening a series of documentaries to mark the state's bicentennial.

World War II Cannon Restored For Illinois Cemetery

Nov 10, 2017
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A restored World War II cannon that was taken away from a cemetery south of Chicago because it was falling apart is about to return. The 1943 U.S. Army M5 anti-tank weapon will be placed on a new cement pad at Pioneer Cemetery in the Will County community of Mokena during a ceremony on Veterans Day. 

Female WWII Pilot, BU Professor Dies

Oct 5, 2017
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Bradley University is commemorating the life of a respected professor emeritus and World War II pilot.

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The daughter of a World War II veteran who died 47 years ago has finally received her father’s Purple Heart.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Family members of Navy pilot Edward "Butch" O'Hare are gathering at his namesake Chicago airport to mark the 75th anniversary of his heroic World War II mission.

The National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago has acquired 31 screen prints by the American writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr.  An exhibit of Vonnegut artwork is on display at the museum through May 6.


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois will mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and honor the men and women who died there with a ceremony in Springfield. 

The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs says the event is scheduled for Wednesday at the Disabled American Veterans Hall. It will include the reading of a proclamation signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner and a wreath laying in the waters of Lake Springfield. 

 The Sangamon County Inter-veteran Honor Guard also will play "Taps." 

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ALSIP, Ill. (AP) - A U.S. Marine from Illinois who was killed in one of the bloodiest World War II battles in the Pacific has been buried near his hometown of Blue Island after his remains were discovered in a mass grave.

Eighteen-year-old Marine Pfc. Charles E. Oetjen died in November 1943 on the first day of the Battle of Tarawa between U.S. and Japanese forces on the small central Pacific atoll.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - A U.S. Marine Corps veteran is raising money to erect in a Bloomington park a memorial to those who served in World War II.

Dale Mills pitched the idea for a granite monument in Miller Park to Mayor Tari Renner last month. Renner says the city found it "absolutely appropriate to move forward with the project."

Mills says he has "more patriotism in one toe" than some other people. He says he chose Miller Park because it's the only park in Bloomington with other military monuments. He's helped maintain those other memorials in the past.  

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 EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) - Jane Loy Ries is keeping alive the World War II stories she heard as a child.  Ries has decorated for the second year an 8-foot Christmas tree in the Effingham County Museum with ornaments honoring those who served in the war.  

The retired second-grade public schoolteacher started the project when she was still in the classroom. Pupils "adopted" a veteran and were instructed to learn about him. 

 Two hundred veterans are represented on the ornaments featuring red hearts backing the veterans' photos.