Friends of the National World War II Memorial

Friends of the National World War II Memorial Friends of the National World War II Memorial is dedicated to teaching lessons of yesterday to unite generations of tomorrow. Founded in 2007, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the national memory of World War II and to creating the next “Greatest Generation” of tomorrow.
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To meet this mission, Friends sponsors an annual public lecture series featuring prominent historians; hosts an annual teachers conference in Washington, DC; and collects and archives video interviews of World War II veterans and other members of the Greatest Generation. Additionally, Friends has the lead responsibility in planning and staging five or more major national commemorative events annua

To meet this mission, Friends sponsors an annual public lecture series featuring prominent historians; hosts an annual teachers conference in Washington, DC; and collects and archives video interviews of World War II veterans and other members of the Greatest Generation. Additionally, Friends has the lead responsibility in planning and staging five or more major national commemorative events annua

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On this day in 1963, World War II veteran and Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated in Jackson, Mississipp...
06/12/2021

On this day in 1963, World War II veteran and Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated in Jackson, Mississippi by a white supremacist. He was buried on June 19 in Arlington National Cemetery, where he received full military honors before a crowd of more than 3,000.

Medgar Wiley Evers (July 2, 1925 – June 12, 1963) was an American civil rights activist in Mississippi, the state's field secretary for the NAACP, and a World War II veteran who had served in the United States Army. He worked to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi, end the segregation of public facilities, and expand opportunities for African Americans, which included the enforcement of voting rights.

Evers served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 to 1945. He was sent to the European Theater where he fought in the Battle of Normandy in June 1944. After the end of the war, Evers was honorably discharged as a sergeant.

A college graduate, Evers became active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. Following the 1954 ruling of the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, Evers challenged the segregation of the state-supported public University of Mississippi, applying to law school there. He also worked for voting rights, economic opportunity, access to public facilities, and other changes in the segregated society. Evers was awarded the 1963 NAACP Spingarn Medal.

As a veteran, Evers was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

His murder and the resulting trials inspired civil rights protests; his life and these events inspired numerous works of art, music, and film.

#WWII #WW2 #OnThisDay #OTD #History #CivilRights #CivilRightsMovement #MedgarEvers #BlackVetsCount #RestInPeace #RIP #WeRememberThem

Today is late President George H.W. Bush's birthday. He would have been 97 years old today. A World War II veteran, Pres...
06/12/2021

Today is late President George H.W. Bush's birthday. He would have been 97 years old today.

A World War II veteran, President Bush postponed his university studies after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, enlisted in the U.S. Navy on his 18th birthday, and became one of its youngest aviators.

In September 1943, he was assigned to Torpedo Squadron 51 (VT-51) as the photographic officer. The following year, his squadron was assigned to the USS San Jacinto as a member of Air Group 51, where his lanky physique earned him the nickname "Skin". During this time, the task force was victorious at the Battle of the Philippine Sea, one of the largest air battles of World War II.

Bush was promoted to lieutenant (junior grade) on August 1, 1944, and San Jacinto commenced operations against the Japanese in the Bonin Islands. He piloted one of the four Grumman TBM Avengers of VT-51 that attacked the Japanese installations on Chichijima on September 2, 1944. His crew included Radioman Second Class John Delaney and Lt. William White. His aircraft was hit by flak during the attack, but Bush successfully released bombs and scored several hits. With his engine ablaze, he flew several miles from the island, where he and one other crew member bailed out; the other man's parachute did not open. Bush spent four hours in his inflated liferaft, protected by fighter aircraft circling above, until the submarine USS Finback came to his rescue. He remained in Finback for the next month and participated in the rescue of other aviators. Several of those shot down during the attack were executed, and their livers were eaten by their captors.

This experience shaped Bush profoundly, leading him to ask, "Why had I been spared and what did God have for me?"

In November 1944, Bush returned to San Jacinto and participated in operations in the Philippines until his squadron was replaced and sent home to the United States. By 1944 he had flown 58 combat missions for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals, and the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to San Jacinto. He was then reassigned to a training wing for torpedo bomber crews at Norfolk Navy Base, Virginia. His final assignment was to the new torpedo squadron VT-153 based at Naval Air Station Grosse Ile, Michigan. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in September 1945, one month after the surrender of Japan.

In addition to his military service, he founded his own oil company and served in the U.S. House or Representatives, as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, as director of the CIA, as Vice President of the United States, and as our 41st President.

President Bush also served on our World War II 75th Anniversary Honorary Committee, for which we are incredibly grateful and humbled.

Happy birthday, President Bush, and thank you for your service. May you continue to rest in peace.

#WWII #WW2 #Navy #RestInPeace #RIP #ThankYou #GreatestGeneration #HappyBirthday #GeorgeHWBush #NeverForgotten #OTD

#OnThisDay in 1944, reinforcements poured across the English Channel to support the beachhead at Normandy. These soldier...
06/12/2021

#OnThisDay in 1944, reinforcements poured across the English Channel to support the beachhead at Normandy. These soldiers were photographed as they crammed aboard one of the ships. (National Archives)

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

#OnThisDay in 1944, reinforcements poured across the English Channel to support the beachhead at Normandy. These soldiers were photographed as they crammed aboard one of the ships. (National Archives)

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

#OnThisDay in 1944, men on Utah Beach were photographed disassembling German remote-controlled mines. These devices, whi...
06/12/2021

#OnThisDay in 1944, men on Utah Beach were photographed disassembling German remote-controlled mines. These devices, which they called Beetles, carried 130 pounds of explosives and were remotely operated by a trailing wire leading to a joystick box.

#WWII #Navy #WeRememberThem

#OnThisDay in 1944, men on Utah Beach were photographed disassembling German remote-controlled mines. These devices, which they called Beetles, carried 130 pounds of explosives and were remotely operated by a trailing wire leading to a joystick box.

#WWII #Navy #WeRememberThem

Richard McCool received the Medal of Honor for leading rescue  at sea near Okinawa #OnThisDay in 1945. After a plane cra...
06/11/2021

Richard McCool received the Medal of Honor for leading rescue at sea near Okinawa #OnThisDay in 1945. After a plane crashed into his ship, he fought through shrapnel wounds and burns to personally save many crewmen. He passed on in 2008. Thank you, sir.

#WWII #WeRememberThem

Richard McCool received the Medal of Honor for leading rescue at sea near Okinawa #OnThisDay in 1945. After a plane crashed into his ship, he fought through shrapnel wounds and burns to personally save many crewmen. He passed on in 2008. Thank you, sir.

#WWII #WeRememberThem

Robert Cole (right) of the 101st Airborne received the Medal of Honor for leading a bayonet charge outside of Carentan, ...
06/11/2021

Robert Cole (right) of the 101st Airborne received the Medal of Honor for leading a bayonet charge outside of Carentan, France #OnThisDay in 1944. He was killed four months later during Operation Market Garden. We are grateful for his service and sacrifice.

#WWII #WeRememberThem

Robert Cole (right) of the 101st Airborne received the Medal of Honor for leading a bayonet charge outside of Carentan, France #OnThisDay in 1944. He was killed four months later during Operation Market Garden. We are grateful for his service and sacrifice.

#WWII #WeRememberThem

"US Coast Guardsmen John Smith, left, and Daniel Kaczorowski, right, manning a 20-mm Oerlikon autocannon aboard a landin...
06/11/2021

"US Coast Guardsmen John Smith, left, and Daniel Kaczorowski, right, manning a 20-mm Oerlikon autocannon aboard a landing craft, June 10, 1944, off the coast of France" (National Archives)

#WWII #WeRememberThem #BlackVetsCount

"US Coast Guardsmen John Smith, left, and Daniel Kaczorowski, right, manning a 20-mm Oerlikon autocannon aboard a landing craft, June 10, 1944, off the coast of France" (National Archives)

#WWII #WeRememberThem #BlackVetsCount

#OnThisDay in 1940, President Roosevelt delivered a commencement address to UVA shortly after Italy joined Germany's war...
06/10/2021

#OnThisDay in 1940, President Roosevelt delivered a commencement address to UVA shortly after Italy joined Germany's war in Europe.

"I call for effort, courage, sacrifice, devotion. With the love of freedom, all of these are possible!"

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

#OnThisDay in 1940, President Roosevelt delivered a commencement address to UVA shortly after Italy joined Germany's war in Europe.

"I call for effort, courage, sacrifice, devotion. With the love of freedom, all of these are possible!"

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

"A platoon of African-American troops of the US Army moving along a farm house as they prepare to eliminate a German sni...
06/10/2021

"A platoon of African-American troops of the US Army moving along a farm house as they prepare to eliminate a German sniper up ahead, near Vierville-sur-Mer, France, 10 Jun 1944" (National Archives)

#WWII #Army #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

"A platoon of African-American troops of the US Army moving along a farm house as they prepare to eliminate a German sniper up ahead, near Vierville-sur-Mer, France, 10 Jun 1944" (National Archives)

#WWII #Army #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

"American men and equipment being landed near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 9 Jun 1944" (National Archives)#WWII #OnThisDa...
06/10/2021

"American men and equipment being landed near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 9 Jun 1944" (National Archives)

#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

"American men and equipment being landed near Colleville-sur-Mer, France, 9 Jun 1944" (National Archives)

#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

06/09/2021
Army Birthday Twilight Tattoo Hosted by CSA/SMA

Join us #LIVE for the Army Birthday Twilight Tattoo hosted by CSA/SMA as we honor the courage of the American Soldier through history! 🇺🇸

This year, June 14 marks 246 years of America’s Army serving and protecting our nation.​

No matter the challenges we face as a nation, be it a domestic or foreign threat, a natural or man-made disaster, or public health crisis, the U.S. Army has answered the call to serve.

#ArmyBday | #ServeWithHonor

Charles DeGlopper, 22, posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions #OnThisDay in 1944. Fighting in France, ...
06/09/2021

Charles DeGlopper, 22, posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions #OnThisDay in 1944. Fighting in France, he gave his life during a lone rearguard action, allowing his company to escape a German ambush. Rest In Peace, Sir.

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

Charles DeGlopper, 22, posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions #OnThisDay in 1944. Fighting in France, he gave his life during a lone rearguard action, allowing his company to escape a German ambush. Rest In Peace, Sir.

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

#OnThisDay in 1945, General George Patton greeted a massive crowd in Los Angeles upon his return to the United States. H...
06/09/2021

#OnThisDay in 1945, General George Patton greeted a massive crowd in Los Angeles upon his return to the United States. He later addressed more than 100,000 people at the Memorial Coliseum. (National Archives)

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

#OnThisDay in 1945, General George Patton greeted a massive crowd in Los Angeles upon his return to the United States. He later addressed more than 100,000 people at the Memorial Coliseum. (National Archives)

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

#OnThisDay in 1944, US Army Rangers removed prisoners from the cliffs of Pointe Du Hoc, which they had captured in a dar...
06/09/2021

#OnThisDay in 1944, US Army Rangers removed prisoners from the cliffs of Pointe Du Hoc, which they had captured in a daring assault on D-Day. The American flag in the picture prevents friendly fire from ship batteries offshore. (National Archives)

#WWII #Army #WeRememberThem

#OnThisDay in 1944, US Army Rangers removed prisoners from the cliffs of Pointe Du Hoc, which they had captured in a daring assault on D-Day. The American flag in the picture prevents friendly fire from ship batteries offshore. (National Archives)

#WWII #Army #WeRememberThem

Fred Lester, 19, received a posthumous Medal of Honor for his actions #OnThisDay in 1945. Serving as a medic on Okinawa,...
06/08/2021

Fred Lester, 19, received a posthumous Medal of Honor for his actions #OnThisDay in 1945. Serving as a medic on Okinawa, he was fatally wounded while rescuing three Marines from a bullet-swept hillside. He refused aid while directing their treatment.

#WWII #USMC #WeRememberThem

Fred Lester, 19, received a posthumous Medal of Honor for his actions #OnThisDay in 1945. Serving as a medic on Okinawa, he was fatally wounded while rescuing three Marines from a bullet-swept hillside. He refused aid while directing their treatment.

#WWII #USMC #WeRememberThem

"They were the only aviators during World War II who had no motors, no parachutes, and no second chances."- General Will...
06/08/2021

"They were the only aviators during World War II who had no motors, no parachutes, and no second chances."

- General William C. Westmoreland

#OnThisDay in 1944, a weary group of D-Day glider pilots embarked for England to refit for resupply missions.

#WWII #WeRememberThem

"They were the only aviators during World War II who had no motors, no parachutes, and no second chances."

- General William C. Westmoreland

#OnThisDay in 1944, a weary group of D-Day glider pilots embarked for England to refit for resupply missions.

#WWII #WeRememberThem

#OnThisDay in 1944, the US 2nd Infantry Division was photographed moving inland from Omaha Beach. They were heading for ...
06/08/2021

#OnThisDay in 1944, the US 2nd Infantry Division was photographed moving inland from Omaha Beach. They were heading for 105 days of combat in the liberation of France. We are thankful for their service and sacrifice. (US Army Signal Corps)

#WWII #Army #WeRememberThem

#OnThisDay in 1944, the US 2nd Infantry Division was photographed moving inland from Omaha Beach. They were heading for 105 days of combat in the liberation of France. We are thankful for their service and sacrifice. (US Army Signal Corps)

#WWII #Army #WeRememberThem

#OnThisDay in 1943, the crew of the Memphis Belle returned from their landmark 25th combat mission. The joy is evident o...
06/07/2021

#OnThisDay in 1943, the crew of the Memphis Belle returned from their landmark 25th combat mission. The joy is evident on their faces! We are eternally grateful for their service. (National Archives)

#WWII #USAF #WeRememberThem

#OnThisDay in 1943, the crew of the Memphis Belle returned from their landmark 25th combat mission. The joy is evident on their faces! We are eternally grateful for their service. (National Archives)

#WWII #USAF #WeRememberThem

Help us celebrate Samuel Preffer's 100th birthday! WWII veteran Sam Preffer turns 100-years-young today.  Please join th...
06/07/2021

Help us celebrate Samuel Preffer's 100th birthday!

WWII veteran Sam Preffer turns 100-years-young today. Please join the Friends of the National World War II Memorial in wishing Mr. Preffer a very Happy Birthday.

Sign Sam's birthday card today!

#WWII #WW2 #WorldWarII #HappyBirthday #centenarian

https://www.wwiimemorialfriends.org/birthday-card/samuel-preffer/

Help us celebrate Samuel Preffer's 100th birthday!

WWII veteran Sam Preffer turns 100-years-young today. Please join the Friends of the National World War II Memorial in wishing Mr. Preffer a very Happy Birthday.

Sign Sam's birthday card today!

#WWII #WW2 #WorldWarII #HappyBirthday #centenarian

https://www.wwiimemorialfriends.org/birthday-card/samuel-preffer/

Join us for a very special "Victory in Europe" Tour to London, Normandy, and Paris with New York Times best-selling auth...
06/06/2021
Victory In Europe Tour 2022

Join us for a very special "Victory in Europe" Tour to London, Normandy, and Paris with New York Times best-selling author Alex Kershaw.

Trip begins in London on Wed., June 8, 2022 and concludes in Paris on Tues., June 14, 2022. In between, you will follow the Allied route from Portsmouth across the Channel to Ouistreham to Normandy...just as thousands of young Americans did 77 years ago.

#WWII #WW2 #WorldWarII #DDay #Normandy #TheFirstWaveBook #BedfordBoys

https://vimeo.com/558955898

This is "Victory In Europe Tour 2022" by Friends of World War II Memorial on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Watch Now! Special D-Day Video Presentation narrated by author Alex Kershaw Please join Friends for this special 77th an...
06/06/2021
D-Day Commemoration 2021

Watch Now! Special D-Day Video Presentation narrated by author Alex Kershaw

Please join Friends for this special 77th anniversary of D-Day video tribute in honor of the two million Allied service members who took part in Operation Overlord and in remembrance of the 225,000 Allies who were killed, wounded, or missing.

#WWII #WW2 #WorldWarII #DDay #Normandy #WeRememberThem

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This is "D-Day Commemoration 2021" by Friends of World War II Memorial on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

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#OnThisDay in 1944, General Eisenhower spoke to American paratroopers about to embark on the Normandy invasion. After de...
06/05/2021

#OnThisDay in 1944, General Eisenhower spoke to American paratroopers about to embark on the Normandy invasion. After demanding "full victory, nothing less," he reportedly joked about fly fishing in order to alleviate stress before the operation. (US Army)

#WWII #WeRememberThem

#OnThisDay in 1944, General Eisenhower spoke to American paratroopers about to embark on the Normandy invasion. After demanding "full victory, nothing less," he reportedly joked about fly fishing in order to alleviate stress before the operation. (US Army)

#WWII #WeRememberThem

"Yorktown listing to port after receiving the second torpedo hit at the Battle of Midway, 4 Jun 1942" (National Archives...
06/05/2021

"Yorktown listing to port after receiving the second torpedo hit at the Battle of Midway, 4 Jun 1942" (National Archives)

#WWII #Navy #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem

"Yorktown listing to port after receiving the second torpedo hit at the Battle of Midway, 4 Jun 1942" (National Archives)

#WWII #Navy #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem

#OnThisDay in 1944, a boarding party from the USS Pillsbury captured the German submarine U-505. It was the first succes...
06/04/2021

#OnThisDay in 1944, a boarding party from the USS Pillsbury captured the German submarine U-505. It was the first successful capture of an enemy man-of-war on the high seas since 1815, earning the crew a Presidential Unit Citation. (US Navy)

#WWII #Navy #WeRememberThem

#OnThisDay in 1944, a boarding party from the USS Pillsbury captured the German submarine U-505. It was the first successful capture of an enemy man-of-war on the high seas since 1815, earning the crew a Presidential Unit Citation. (US Navy)

#WWII #Navy #WeRememberThem

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Founded in 2007, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the national memory of World War II and to creating the next “Greatest Generation” of tomorrow. To meet this mission, Friends sponsors an annual public lecture series featuring prominent historians; hosts an annual teachers conference in Washington, DC; and collects and archives video interviews of World War II veterans and other members of the Greatest Generation. Additionally, Friends has the lead responsibility in planning, staging, and funding five or more major national commemorative events annually and is currently sponsoring a national four-year World War II 75th anniversary commemoration. Friends relies on private support to breathe new life into the Memorial and to ensure that it continues to serve as a living lesson for all Americans.

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Long live the queen of England 💂🇬🇧🌹
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Am new here, please welcome me in your fold
Anyone out there know about the USS Baxter, from WWII..my father was a Corpsman on the ship
I'd like to see a Facebook post from you honoring 1st Class Douglas Monro who received the Medal of Honor. Signalman First Class Douglas Munro earned the decoration in September 1942 at Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. He was awarded it posthumously for heroism while leading a group of Higgins boats to evacuate a Marine battalion trapped by a larger Japanese force at Point Cruz.
Dear Sir/Madam: I am writing this letter to fulfill the longtime wish and request of my ailing 87-year-old mother, Gloria B. Pangilinan. My grandfather (my mother's father), Mr. Juan Butial, was a Private First-Class (6610631, Medical Department) who served under United States Army in the Philippines during World War II. He fought alongside American soldiers during the war against the Imperial Japanese forces in the Western Pacific. He was killed in action on the Corregidor Island on April 9, 1942 and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for his gallantry and devotion. Unfortunately, the medal was never formally received by my grandmother after the war ended. As the last remaining person in the family, it would be my mother's greatest honor to receive the Purple Heart Medal bestowed up by my grandfather before she passes away. I am hopeful you can provide me with the right contact, direction and/or guidance to assist with this very important request. I thank you in advance for your assistance. Sincerely, Arnold B. Pangilinan
Greetings, I am writing this letter to fulfill the longtime wish and request of my ailing 87-year-old mother, Gloria B. Pangilinan. My grandfather (my mother's father), Mr. Juan Butial, was a Private First-Class (6610631, Medical Department) who served under United States Army in the Philippines during World War II. He fought alongside American soldiers during the war against the Imperial Japanese forces in the Western Pacific. He was killed in action on the Corregidor Island on April 9, 1942 and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for his gallantry and devotion. Unfortunately, the medal was never formally received by my grandmother after the war ended. As the last remaining person in the family, it would be my mother's greatest honor to receive the Purple Heart Medal bestowed up by my grandfather before she passes away. I am hopeful you can provide me with the right contact, direction and/or guidance to assist with this very important request. I thank you in advance for your assistance. Sincerely, Arnold B. Pangilinan