World War II History Center

World War II History Center The World War II History Center is a museum and research library that has information about the entire War on the European, Pacific and Home Fronts, and how the entire country pulled together to help win the war.
The World War II History Center is a museum and research library dedicated to World War II. The Center includes information about the entire war on the European, Pacific and Home Fronts, and how the entire country pulled together to help win the war. Not only does the center feature the American perspective, but it also highlights the efforts of the Allies and the Axis alike. The purpose is to provide one of the most comprehensive facilities on the subject of World War II in the United States, and potentially the world.

Got a question about WWII? We can answer it! Ask our research department - http://wwiihistorycenter.org/researchpage.htm Vision Statement To remember a generation, to honor their sacrifices, and to educate future generations. Mission Statement The mission of the World War II History Center Foundation is to facilitate a museum and resource facility dedicated to the history of the World War II era. The center will strive to educate all generations about the reasons for the war and the profound impact WWII had on the world. The Importance of World War II The World War II era was a defining era for the United States , as well as the world. It was the last time that America was united with one goal - good overcoming evil. WWII was the largest war in human history, resulting in over 50,000,000 deaths world-wide. Over 16,000,000 men and women served in America's Armed Forces the largest number to serve at one time. Over 400,000 Americans died protecting the freedoms the United States were founded on. The world changed before, during and after the war. Politics, news coverage, ethnic tolerance, women's equality, advancements in technology, military strategies, foreign policies and governments. World War II on All Fronts There are many museums in the United States that touch on World War II, focusing on a unit, a battle, or a region of the war. This museum will be one of the few that will cover the entire war, on the European and Pacific fronts, as well as the home front. The resource center will contain information on all aspects of the war and will be available through the use of a computer database accessible for free on the internet. Kansas: Why, Where, and When? Kansas has its own unique history tied to the World War II era. The Boeing plant in Wichita built B-29 bombers for the Pacific Theater. 13 prisoner of war camps were located in Kansas, housing German and Italian POWs. There were several air bases in Kansas including Topeka, Hutchinson and Winfield. A Red Cross and United Service Organization (USO) canteen was located in Newton at the railroad depot, serving over 2,000,000 service men and women. Lastly, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, Dwight D. Eisenhower's childhood home is located in Abilene. Goals To be a valued contributor of cultural opportunities for the Wichita Metro area, as well as the surrounding communities. To partner with area schools and colleges offering research opportunities, outreach programs, K-12 educational programs tied to Kansas State Standards, adult lecture series, summer programs, and internships. To be a nationally recognized, regional-level museum and resource center, offering research capabilities, interactive exhibits and educational programs. History of the Foundation The World War II History Center Foundation was envisioned by founder Allen Cooley. Allen was a co-creator of the Kansas World War II Historical Society, a group of individuals that shared the same passion for preserving the history of World War II. After a few years of setting up displays of memorabilia at Veteran's Day events, local fairs and other outlets, Allen decided it was time to proceed to the next step of creating a permanent museum. It was clear that with so many people involved in the war effort, that there was a vast number of descendants that wanted to learn more about their family's service during the war. After doing some research on World War II museums across the country, Allen was shocked discover that there were so few that focused entirely on the war, and even fewer that covered the whole war. There are many museums in this country that touch on the war, or that cover a portion of it, but there are always visitors to these places that feel left out or forgotten. Allen's intent early on was to create an all-inclusive museum and research facility that even covered aspects of the Axis side of the war. Allen learned about the process of create a non-profit organization, a necessary step in developing a museum, and set out to recruit people willing to serve on the board of directors. After a few short months in April of 2006, the World War II History Center Foundation was established as a corporate entity in the State of Kansas. By June that same year, the Foundation was recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit by the Federal government, allowing the Foundation to raise funds with a tax-exempt status. Support for the Foundation grew as members of the original Board of Directors recruited members and volunteers. By the end of 2007, the Foundation had found a home for the organization as well as enough space to set up basic museum operations on the 4th floor of the Commerce Bank building in downtown El Dorado, Kansas. This was a big step for the Foundation because it gave the organization a physical location that members, volunteers, and potential funders to visit and learn more about the World War II History Center and its capabilities. Prior to the creation of the Foundation, Allen had created the World War II Research Database on his home computer in November of 2005. He created the database of military personnel, units and naval vessels of all combatant nations that served during the war as a way to help people find information that sought regarding a loved one's service during the war. Allen had always been an avid reader of World War II history, but often thought about the amazing stories he read about servicemen and women that would likely never be known by their descendants. So, Allen created a website and began cataloguing his small collection of books and magazine articles on the war. This website became the World War II History Center's website, and the Research Database became a unique and on-going service provided by the World War II History Center. Initially, research requests regarding information in the database were completed free of charge. However, by the middle of 2007, so many requests were coming in (4 or 5 per week) that they could not be completed timely enough, and it was decided to begin charging a small fee for completion of the research. This service continues today and the Center received over 500 requests in 2008 alone. At the end of 2007, the Foundation was forced to find a new home because its location at the Commerce Bank building was going to be no longer available. It was at that time that the Foundation worked out a deal with the owner of another building in downtown El Dorado that had been vacant for almost 2 years. The building needed a lot of work, and needed to be brought up to code before it could be used, but the owner (Nita Whiteman) allowed the Foundation to lease the building rent-free for 18 months while renovation work was completed. By the fall of 2008, a majority of this work was complete and the World War II History Center officially opened in its new location at 119 W. Central on September 27th, 2008. The Center now includes a Tribute Gallery, Research Library, Gift Shop and several exhibits. It also has the capability to host guest lectures and a regular movie night event. The Center began keeping regular operating hours in November, 2008 and since then has seen an average of 7 visitors per day. In September, 2010, the Foundation was able to purchase the building it had been leasing for the previous two years from owner Nita Whiteman. The purchase was made possible by funds raised by the Foundation as well as two large grants from the Stone Family Foundation and the K.T. Wiedemann Foundation, Inc. The achievement of this goal was the largest accomplishment to date by the World War II History Center Foundation and it secured a home for the foreseeable future which allowed the Center to focus on developing and improving the museum and its research services.

Mission: The mission of the World War II History Center Foundation is to facilitate a museum and resource facility dedicated to the history of the World War II era. The center will strive to educate all generations about the reasons for the war and the profound impact WWII had on the world.

06/25/2019
The story of the "Phantom Fortress"
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Phantom Fortress: The Crewless Landing of a B-17

The story of the "Phantom Fortress"

On November 23, 1944, a Royal Air Force antiaircraft unit stationed outside Cortonburg, Belgium observed a B-17 Flying Fortress flying towards them. The

06/06/2019
NBC News

NBC News

WATCH: 97-year-old US paratrooper veteran Tom Rice, who served with the Army's 101st Airborne Division, recreates his D-Day jump in Normandy 75 years later. https://nbcnews.to/2IjQYtN

The 75th Ranger Regiment
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The 75th Ranger Regiment

#Rangers from the 75th Ranger Regiment climbed the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc June 5 in honor of the Rangers of #WorldWarII.

The U.S. Army Rangers tackled some of the toughest missions of World War II and became combat legends. These Rangers set the standards for what we all aspire to and they showed us what was possible. Modern Rangers stand on the shoulders of these great men.

Rangers Lead the Way!
#RLTW
#DDay75

We honor and remember the sacrifices of the tens of thousands of men who stormed, by air and by sea, northern France 75 ...
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05/22/2019
Darren Stephens - News On 6 StormTracker

Darren Stephens - News On 6 StormTracker

Because of the near historic flooding in Muskogee the USS Batfish is once again floating. I wonder if this is the first time it has been floating since it was last in military service? Perhaps someone can research this to find out. KOTV - News On 6 #okwx

Women of World War II
05/15/2019

Women of World War II

"She is a spitfire still," the daughter of this WWII marine vet says of her mother, 95-year-old Janice Calden. Mrs. Calden, then Janice Hawker, was working at IBM when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. She heard about the “Free a Marine to Fight” campaign and immediately signed up with the Women Marines...

Read more about Janice on our website:
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"Of the 73,000 Americans who took part, just 30 are currently scheduled to come to France for this year's anniversary. T...
05/09/2019
Alabama Local News, Breaking News, Sports & Weather

"Of the 73,000 Americans who took part, just 30 are currently scheduled to come to France for this year's anniversary. The U.S. Veterans Administration estimates that about 348 American World War II veterans die every day."

https://www.al.com/news/2019/05/as-d-day-invasion-nears-75th-anniversary-few-veterans-live-to-remember-normandy.html

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04/30/2019
KENS 5 & Kens5.com

KENS 5 & Kens5.com

AMERICAN HERO: The last living member of the first-ever Navy SEAL team just turned 94 – so we went to meet him and hear the WWII stories only he can tell 🇺🇸https://cbsn.ws/2vha5yL

04/28/2019
Joël Stoppels Battlefield Tours

Joël Stoppels Battlefield Tours

(Scroll down for English) Neem even de tijd voor deze bijzondere beelden. Cameramannen van het US Army Signal Corps filmden de opmars van het 45th Infantry en de 20th Armored divisies naar München. De films van 29 april en 30 april 1945 tonen enkele gevechten tussen Amerikaanse eenheden en groepen SS-soldaten die in het bos verborgen waren tijdens de benadering van de stad.

Cameramen of the US Army Signal Corps filmed the advance to Munich of the 45th US Infantry and the 20th Armoured divisions. The films of April 29 and April 30, 1945 show some fights between American units and groups of SS soldiers hidden in the woods during their approach to the city. There was no fighting downtown Munich, nevertheless the Nazi Wehrmacht and their broadcaster spoke about heavy resistance.

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04/25/2019
The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum

Tiger 131 runs 76 years to the day after its capture. See it running on Tiger day 11

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Olive-Drab.com
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Olive-Drab.com

Factory photo of fresh olive drab paint job on a gasoline trailer being prepared for delivery to the Army Air Force at Heil and Co., Milwaukee, WI, February 1943. Workers are Helen Ryan, age 41 (with cap), and Agnes Cliemka, age 23.

Women At War
04/14/2019

Women At War

This is US Army nurse Katherine M. Flynn (Nolan) who passed away last month. She enlisted in the Army in August 1943 and reported to MacDill Army Air Field where she met her future husband of 60 years, James Nolan.

She landed on Utah Beach, with the 53rd Field Hospital, as part of the Normandy Invasion and worked in the 53rd Field Hospital in Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe, Ardennes, Rhineland. She earned five battle stars, moving with the troops from France to Belgium to Holland to Germany. When hostilities ended, her hospital treated the survivors of Nazi concentration camps as well as American POW's.

After the war she married then Captain James Nolan who became a career Air Force Officer retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Her two oldest sons, James and John, served in Vietnam, her youngest son, Stephen, served in Afghanistan and her granddaughter, Erin, served in Iraq. Katherine was an active member of the Veteran's of the Battle of the Bulge, a charter member of Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA), and a member of the Reserve Officers Association (ROA). In 2007 she was awarded the highest French order of merit, The Legion of Honor, by the government of France.
#womenatwar #armynurse #ANC #WWII #ThisGirlCan #womenshistory #fieldhospital

Women of World War II
04/12/2019

Women of World War II

The Bataan Death March began on this date in 1942... 78 Army and Navy nurses were captured during the fall of Bataan and most were held in captivity for three years. Some are pictured here following their release in 1945.

http://womenofwwii.com/tag/angels-of-bataan/

New Mexico Military Museum
04/11/2019
New Mexico Military Museum

New Mexico Military Museum

We shall not forget... Remember Bataan! That's the New Mexico National Guard's promise to our Soldiers of the 515th and 200th Coast Artillery.

Women of World War II
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Women of World War II

Women of World War II

NBC’s Rehema Ellis meets some of the last remaining women who helped break Japanese and German military codes during World War II...

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Lt. “Rose Bowl” Miller Graduates from Gridiron Glory to WWII Legend - Military Trader

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By Dave Werner, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs   The USS Strong (DD 467), a WWII destroyer sunk by a Japanese torpedo in July 1943 in the Battle for Kula Gulf, has been located on the Pacific seafloor by the Research Vessel Petrel. … More »

Julia Writes WWII
03/28/2019
Julia Writes WWII

Julia Writes WWII

One week ago we lost another Tuskegee Airman - Robert T McDaniel who lived a very fine 96 years.

Thank you for your service, sir, and may you RIP ❤️

WWII Veterans History Project
03/24/2019

WWII Veterans History Project

44th INFANTRY DIVISION IN FRANCE, GERMANY, and AUSTRIA

I recently interviewed 97-year-old WWII veteran Daniel Bananzio, who served in the 44th Infantry Division during the war. He entered service in the US Army on September 16, 1940, and was stationed in Alaska throughout 1941, 1942, and into 1943. He landed in Cherbourg, France on September 15, 1944 and first entered combat in October.

He first saw action in the town of Lunéville, where they were hit by a heavy German counterattack. In late December 1944, while holding the line along the Blies River, they were successful in stopping three attempted enemy crossings of the river. Throughout 1945, Bananzio remembers fighting through Germany, crossing the Danube river, and entering Austria in late April. Units of the 44th Infantry Division even received Nazi scientist Wernher von Braun's surrender on May 2, 1945.

After participating in four campaigns in the European Theater, Dan Bananzio returned home and was discharged from the Army on August 8, 1945.

He is the first veteran from the 44th Infantry Division that I have had the privilege to meet and interview. It is great to add the story of that unit to the WWII Veterans History Project's oral history archive!

#WWIIVHP #TravelingMuseumofWWII #VeteranInterview #44thInfantryDivision #History #Military #DDay #Normandy #Infantry #Veteran #WWII #Cherbourg #Soldier #OralHistory #Medals #Hero #Alaska #FootstepsResearchers

Women of World War II
03/23/2019

Women of World War II

On this day in 1945, the Raid on Los Baños took place in the Philippines, executed by a combined U.S. Army Airborne and Filipino guerrilla task force, resulting in the liberation of 2,147 Allied civilian and military internees.

Pictured here are the U.S. Navy Nurses rescued from Los Banos, speaking with Admiral Kinkaid. Known as the “Sacred Eleven”, these 11 Navy nurses spent three years in captivity at the Japanese internment camp at Los Banos, where they created a makeshift hospital and treated civilian prisoners, including children afflicted with measles, chicken pox, and diphtheria. They worked 12-hour shifts and treated as many as 200 patients a day for diseases such as beriberi, dysentery, and tuberculosis.

Visit our website here: http://womenofwwii.com/

The National WWII Museum
03/17/2019
The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum

Before the war, Oradour-sur-Glane was a quiet, rural community in central France. In 1944, the village was left in ruins after German Waffen-SS troops massacred 642 men, women, and children before burning the village to the ground. Today, tourists can visit the old town of Oradour where crumbling walls, cars, and other household items have been left untouched for the last 74 years. The ruins of this village serve as a reminder of Nazi atrocities suffered by not only the French but also other civilian populations who came face-to-face with Nazi oppression.

Go For Broke National Education Center
03/13/2019

Go For Broke National Education Center

Our hearts and sympathies go out to the family of Hiroshi Arisumi, who passed away on Friday, March 8. Hiroshi served in the 442nd RCT and was part of the 232nd Combat Engineer Company. We were honored to capture his story, and are forever indebted to his service.

"When I was young, I always liked the army. So I used to tell my folks, 'One of these days I'm going to join the army.' When the news came out that they're going to form the 442 Combat team, I thought to myself well, here's my chance to go. I told my parents, 'I'm going.' And they told me, 'Well you gotta go and fight for your country.' So they gave me their blessing."

AirCorps Aviation
03/13/2019
AirCorps Aviation

AirCorps Aviation

He flew missions on D-Day, was shot down over Dunkirk and trained hundreds of Canadian pilots for combat in the skies over Europe.

Jack Hilton — Second World War veteran, last of the Hawker Typhoon pilots and Airdrie resident — has died at age 99.

03/11/2019
War History Online

War History Online

1943 WW2 Footage on how to fly the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (Starting procedure and checks)

Combatcamera.be
03/11/2019

Combatcamera.be

March 1945, the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen becomes history..

WWII Veterans History Project
03/11/2019

WWII Veterans History Project

I had the honor of interviewing 97-year-old WWII veteran Chief Petty Officer Walter Bischoff, who served aboard the USS Madison (DD-425) during WWII. He described how his ship operated in convoys in the North Atlantic, the North Sea, and to Murmansk, beginning in late 1941.

He still remembers launching depth charges are numerous German submarines, and forcing several U-Boats to come to the surface. He recalls his ship's involvement in Operation Torch, and how they carried troops and supplies to support the initial invasion of North Africa.

Throughout 1943, the ship had many "oil runs", escorting tankers from South America to England and was constantly threatened by German vessels and aircraft. In 1944, they were involved in the Anzio invasion, as well as the invasion of Southern France.

At this time, CPO Bischoff left his ship to attend a training course stateside and did not go to the Pacific Theater, something he wishes he could have done.

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