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 annually and each summer sponsors a dozen free public performances of military bands at the Memorial. 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.

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 annually and each summer sponsors a dozen free public performances of military bands at the Memorial. 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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The USS Johnston was launched #OnThisDay in 1943. Lt. Cmdr. Ernest Evans told his crew "This is going to be a fighting s...
03/25/2021

The USS Johnston was launched #OnThisDay in 1943. Lt. Cmdr. Ernest Evans told his crew "This is going to be a fighting ship. I intend to go in harm's way, and anyone who doesn't want to go along had better get off right now."

#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

"C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft releasing hundreds of paratroopers and their supplies over the Rees-Wesel region in No...
03/25/2021

"C-47 Skytrain transport aircraft releasing hundreds of paratroopers and their supplies over the Rees-Wesel region in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany during Operation Varsity, 24 Mar 1945" (US Army Signal Corps)

#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

"George Patton preparing to urinate in the Rhine River, Germany, 24 Mar 1945" (National Archives)#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRem...
03/24/2021

"George Patton preparing to urinate in the Rhine River, Germany, 24 Mar 1945" (National Archives)

#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

WWII veteran Corporal Dennis Dunlap turns 100-years-young today! Please join the Friends of the National World War II Me...
03/24/2021

WWII veteran Corporal Dennis Dunlap turns 100-years-young today!

Please join the Friends of the National World War II Memorial in wishing Corporal Dunlap a very Happy Birthday!

Sign Cpl. Dunlap's birthday card today!

#WWII #WW2 #WorldWarII #16MillionStrong #HappyBirthday #WeRememberThem

https://www.wwiimemorialfriends.org/birthday-card/corporal-dennis-dunlap/

"American soldiers watch the eruption at Mt. Vesuvius, 23 March 1944." (LIFE)#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16Million...
03/24/2021

"American soldiers watch the eruption at Mt. Vesuvius, 23 March 1944." (LIFE)

#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

Edward Carter, Jr. received a Medal of Honor for his actions #OnThisDay in 1945. Fighting in Germany, he was wounded fiv...
03/23/2021

Edward Carter, Jr. received a Medal of Honor for his actions #OnThisDay in 1945. Fighting in Germany, he was wounded five times leading a patrol. When eight enemy soldiers tried to capture him, he shot six and captured two.

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong #BlackVetsCount

#OnThisDay in 1944, Mount Vesuvius erupted, as seen here from a B-25 bomber. More than 70 airplanes of the 340th Bombard...
03/23/2021

#OnThisDay in 1944, Mount Vesuvius erupted, as seen here from a B-25 bomber. More than 70 airplanes of the 340th Bombardment Group were destroyed. This event partially inspired the novel Catch-22, which is based on the unit.

#WWII #HiRes #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

"Captain Dixie Kiefer of USS Ticonderoga presenting a cake to VT-80 pilot Clyde Grow for making the 6,000th landing on t...
03/23/2021

"Captain Dixie Kiefer of USS Ticonderoga presenting a cake to VT-80 pilot Clyde Grow for making the 6,000th landing on the carrier, late 1944." (US Navy)

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

"US Navy SACO Lieutenant Commander Ganty, US Navy SACO Lieutenant A. P. Rosche, and Chinese irregular troops on a reconn...
03/22/2021

"US Navy SACO Lieutenant Commander Ganty, US Navy SACO Lieutenant A. P. Rosche, and Chinese irregular troops on a reconnaissance survey in eastern China, early 1945." (US Navy)

#WWII #HiRes #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

"Lucian Truscott, commanding general of the US Fifth Army in Italy, congratulates African-American troops of the 92nd In...
03/22/2021

"Lucian Truscott, commanding general of the US Fifth Army in Italy, congratulates African-American troops of the 92nd Infantry Division after they threw back a German attack in the hills north of Viareggio, Italy in 1944." (US Army)

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

#OnThisDay in 1944, US Army Private Jonathan Hoag was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for his bravery treating wounde...
03/21/2021

#OnThisDay in 1944, US Army Private Jonathan Hoag was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for his bravery treating wounded on the battlefield in Italy.

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong #BlackVetsCount

"US Army WAC PFC Johnnie Mae Welton conducting a lab experiment in the serology lab at Fort Jackson Station Hospital, So...
03/20/2021

"US Army WAC PFC Johnnie Mae Welton conducting a lab experiment in the serology lab at Fort Jackson Station Hospital, South Carolina, United States, 20 Mar 1944"

#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong #BlackVetsCount

Herbert Burr of Missouri was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Germany #OnThisDay in 1945. When a rocket wou...
03/20/2021

Herbert Burr of Missouri was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Germany #OnThisDay in 1945. When a rocket wounded his tank crew and forced them to bail out, gunner Burr took the driver's seat and ran over an enemy anti-tank gun.

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

"B-24J Liberators of the 15th Air Force return from mission to Mühldorf, Germany to their base in Italy, Mar 19 1945" (N...
03/19/2021

"B-24J Liberators of the 15th Air Force return from mission to Mühldorf, Germany to their base in Italy, Mar 19 1945" (National Archives)

#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

#OnThisDay in 1945, the USS Franklin was bombed. Lt. Donald Gray received the Medal of Honor for tireless rescue efforts...
03/19/2021

#OnThisDay in 1945, the USS Franklin was bombed. Lt. Donald Gray received the Medal of Honor for tireless rescue efforts that saved several hundred lives. Chaplain Joseph O'Callahan received the Medal for fearless firefighting and "comforting and encouraging men of all faiths."

A shift change at the Oak Ridge uranium enrichment facility, also known as "Site X" to members of the Manhattan Project,...
03/19/2021

A shift change at the Oak Ridge uranium enrichment facility, also known as "Site X" to members of the Manhattan Project, in 1945. (National Archives)

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong #WomensHistory

A submariner poses with Betty, the toy poodle mascot of the submarine USS Whale, in 1945. Betty had been with the Whale ...
03/18/2021

A submariner poses with Betty, the toy poodle mascot of the submarine USS Whale, in 1945. Betty had been with the Whale for almost two years. She was designated "Dog First Class" and had a reputation as a "girl getter" when the crewmen were on shore leave.

#WWII #WeRememberThem

"General Dwight Eisenhower sharing a lighter moment with four US Army soldiers during the Battle of Tunisia, 18 Mar 1943...
03/18/2021

"General Dwight Eisenhower sharing a lighter moment with four US Army soldiers during the Battle of Tunisia, 18 Mar 1943." (US Army Signal Corps)

#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

#OnThisDay in 1942, American and Irish service members were photographed during a St. Patrick's Day celebration in Irela...
03/18/2021

#OnThisDay in 1942, American and Irish service members were photographed during a St. Patrick's Day celebration in Ireland. (US Army)

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong #StPatricksDay

American soldiers gather around a piano on a French street in 1944. The piano is a Steinway Victory Vertical, which was ...
03/17/2021

American soldiers gather around a piano on a French street in 1944. The piano is a Steinway Victory Vertical, which was a special design meant to be airdropped to the front lines.

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

"This Japanese soldier played dead for almost two days in a shell hole holding a live grenade. Promising no resistance, ...
03/17/2021

"This Japanese soldier played dead for almost two days in a shell hole holding a live grenade. Promising no resistance, he was given a cigarette before being removed from the hole. Iwo Jima, Mar 16, 1945" (US Marine Corps)

#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

Francis Pierce was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions March 15-16, 1945. Serving as a Navy medic on Iwo Jima, Pi...
03/16/2021

Francis Pierce was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions March 15-16, 1945. Serving as a Navy medic on Iwo Jima, Pierce risked his life to save many wounded Marines and led an ad hoc assault on an enemy strongpoint.

#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

Brigadier General Charles McGee fought against enemies in the sky and segregation and racism on the ground. The decorate...
03/16/2021
Legendary Fighter | Coastal Style Magazine

Brigadier General Charles McGee fought against enemies in the sky and segregation and racism on the ground. The decorated war hero and oldest living Tuskegee Airmen pilot on why he’s proud simply to be an American:

https://coastalstylemag.com/legendary-fighter/

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

Brigadier General Charles McGee fought against enemies in the sky and segregation and racism on the ground. The decorated war hero and oldest living Tuskegee Airmen pilot why he’s proud simply to be an American Story and Interview by Jonathan Westman Photography by Grant L. Gursky Times and techno...

#OnThisDay in 1945, P-51D Mustangs took off from Iwo Jima to escort a flight of Allied bombers. Note Mt. Suribachi in th...
03/16/2021

#OnThisDay in 1945, P-51D Mustangs took off from Iwo Jima to escort a flight of Allied bombers. Note Mt. Suribachi in the background of the photo! (United States Air Force)

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

This rare photograph, taken #OnThisDay in 1945, shows multiple flights of B-24 Liberators passing through flak and spotl...
03/15/2021

This rare photograph, taken #OnThisDay in 1945, shows multiple flights of B-24 Liberators passing through flak and spotlights over Zossen, Germany. (National Archives)

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

#OnThisDay in 1945, two Marines were photographed while reading letters from home during a lull in the fighting on Iwo J...
03/15/2021

#OnThisDay in 1945, two Marines were photographed while reading letters from home during a lull in the fighting on Iwo Jima. (US Naval History and Heritage Command)

#WWII #USMC #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

George Phillips was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions #OnThisDay in 1945. Standing night watch ove...
03/14/2021

George Phillips was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions #OnThisDay in 1945. Standing night watch over his squad's foxhole on Iwo Jima, he dove on a grenade that unexpectedly landed in their midst. He was 18 years old. Rest In Peace, Sir.

#WWII #WeRememberThem

"Landing Signal Officer Ensign R. J. Grant guiding in a F6F Hellcat fighter aboard USS Enterprise, 13 Mar 1945"#WWII #On...
03/13/2021

"Landing Signal Officer Ensign R. J. Grant guiding in a F6F Hellcat fighter aboard USS Enterprise, 13 Mar 1945"

#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

Please join Friends of the National World War II Memorial on Saturday, March 20 at 10 a.m. ET for the sixth of its Month...
03/13/2021

Please join Friends of the National World War II Memorial on Saturday, March 20 at 10 a.m. ET for the sixth of its Monthly Virtual Education Conference Series. Click the link below learn more about the March 20th presentations and to sign-up today!

#WWII #WW2 #WorldWarII #educate #education #conferenceseries

https://www.wwiimemorialteachers.org/education-series

"An artilleryman loading a 105mm shell packed with D-ration chocolate bars for an infantry battalion cut off from suppli...
03/12/2021

"An artilleryman loading a 105mm shell packed with D-ration chocolate bars for an infantry battalion cut off from supplies, 1944" (US Army Signal Corps)

#WWII #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

"B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 301st Bomb Group over the Italian Alps on their way to the rail yards in Vienna, Austria,...
03/12/2021

"B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 301st Bomb Group over the Italian Alps on their way to the rail yards in Vienna, Austria, 12 Mar 1945" (National Archives)

#WWII #HiRes #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

"Deanie Bishop in the cockpit of a basic trainer aircraft during her WASP training at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, ...
03/12/2021

"Deanie Bishop in the cockpit of a basic trainer aircraft during her WASP training at Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas, United States, 11 Mar 1944" (US Army Air Force)

#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong #WomensHistory

"The 17th Airborne Division making a practice jump near Chalon-sur-Saône, France, Mar 11, 1945." (US Army)#WWII #HiRes #...
03/11/2021

"The 17th Airborne Division making a practice jump near Chalon-sur-Saône, France, Mar 11, 1945." (US Army)

#WWII #HiRes #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong

"US Army African-American soldiers who risked their lives to save a drowning US Marine at Iwo Jima, 11 Mar 1945" (Nation...
03/11/2021

"US Army African-American soldiers who risked their lives to save a drowning US Marine at Iwo Jima, 11 Mar 1945" (National Archives)
#WWII #OnThisDay #WeRememberThem #16MillionStrong #BlackVetsCount

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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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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