WHATEVER BECAME OF TAKEO TANIMIZU’S ZERO FIGHTER 03-09? By Henry Sakaida “I flew the most famous Zero fighter during the war, but no one knows me!” chuckled former Zero pilot Takeo Tanimizu. Photographs of Tanimizu’s A6M5 […]

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Posted on October 27th, 2017 by:

BOOST FOR THE NISEI (2ND GENERATION JAPANESE AMERICANS) OF THE 100TH BATTALION Dear YANK: Recently there has been much talk about Japanese-Americans. I am a former infantryman of the 133rd Infantry, 34th Division. A year ago attached […]

GI FOSTER FATHERS – AMERICAN TRUCK DRIVERS HELP INJURED CHINESE CHILDREN ON THE BURMA ROAD By a YANK Field Correspondent SOUTHWEST CHINA—Whenever a GI truck passes a certain small village on the Burma Road, it honks its […]

MEMPHIS BELLE BACK–REPORT OF ETO PREMIERE OF FILM AT HOME AIRBASE From the May 13, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes A FORTRESS BASE, May 12–The flak-scarred Memphis Belle, first Fortress to fly back to the […]

THREE SUNDAYS –  FROM DIARY OF A SOLDIER FIGHTING IN FRANCE By Pvt. Michael Pinkosky In the mail the other day, YANK received from Pvt. Michael Pinkosky a copy of a hastily scribbled diary which he had […]

WIDOW OF GEN. THEODORE ROOSEVELT GIVEN HIS MEDAL OF HONOR WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 1944—Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr., eldest, son of the late President, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously yesterday for gallantry in […]


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GEN. THEODORE ROOSEVELT DIES IN FRANCE FIRST U.S. ARMY HQ, Normandy July 14—Brig Gen. Theodore Roosevelt, son of the late president Theodore Roosevelt and veteran of four campaigns of this war, died in his tent Wednesday […]

SOVIET ACE VIKTOR LOZOVSKI RAMMED A GERMAN ME-109 By Henry Sakaida Intentionally ramming an enemy aircraft in a dogfight took nerves of steel, skill, and a lot of luck. Soviet pilots exhibited extreme hatred toward their […]

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Posted on September 1st, 2017 by:

THE DEATH OF ERNIE PYLE FROM YANK MAGAZINE By Evans Wylie Sp1c YANK Staff Correspondent OKINAWA, RYUKYUS–Ernie Pyle covered the Okinawa D-Day with the Marines. Many did not recognize him at first and stared curiously at […]

GENERAL OMAR BRADLEY TELLS OF ALLIED GAINS IN GERMANY From the April 20, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes TWELFTH ARMY GP. HQ. April 19–“Virtually every German soldier that faced us back on the Siegfried Line […]

NO ORDERS–BUT GENERAL HOGE CROSSED RHINE AT REMAGEN ANYWAY From the March 16, 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes EAST OF THE RHINE, Mar. 15–When they get around to writing the history of World War II […]

‘IKE’ JUST A GI LOOKING FOR MAIL, SAYS MRS. EISENHOWER From the July 11, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes FORT BENNING, Ga., July 10 (AP)–Gen. Eisenhower’s moral, says Mrs. Eisenhower, is “no different from that […]

Roald Dahl – WWII Royal Air Force Flying Ace and Spy By Dirk de Klein of dirkdeklein.net For decades I have been enjoying his stories from ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’ and ‘BfG’ to the creepy ‘Tales […]

VISITING DUCKY LOUIE, “CHINA’S LITTLE DEVIL” By Henry Sakaida In September 2016, I made a road trip up to the San Francisco Bay Area with friends to meet and interview Dr. Lawrence Louie, a retired dentist. […]

JOSEPH VAN DER HAEGHEN THE PERFECT B-17 PILOT By Maxine Van der Haeghen My husband of 63 ½ years, Joe Van der Haeghen, died early in the morning of January 1, 2009. He was 91 ½ […]

2ND BLOOD BATH ON IN GERMANY–1,000 OFFICERS REPORTED SHOT; SCHACHT BELIEVED ARRESTED OR DEAD; STAUFFENBERG SHOT From the July 24, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes Information reaching Stockholm yesterday indicated that “Hangman” Heinrich Himmler and […]



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INVASION BOATS, BLOOD-THAT WAS JUNE 6, 1944 By David A Gordon Stars and Stripes Staff Writer One year ago today, thousands of American soldiers crouched in swaying invasion boats, vomited and prayed in choppy seas, and […]

A DOUGHBOY RECALLS EPIC TREK IN NORMANDY WITH A PARATROOPER 2 AWOLS Miss Outfit But Find Battle By Charles W. White Stars and Stripes Staff Writer A REPLACEMENT CENTER, England, July 10, 1944—In halting monotone, punctuated […]

THE ROUT AT THE ALAMO BY HENRY SAKAIDA The story of the Battle of the Alamo as you know it today, is a patriotic concoction of myth and truth. I’ve always loved the story ever since […]

THE TRAGIC STORY OF COL HARRY R. MELTON JR. by Henry Sakaida PART I You know the old saying: “One thing leads to another…” Back in 1980, I met a very nice gentleman in Tokyo named […]

U.S. 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION MARCHES IN RIO DE JANEIRO: AN ALMOST HOMECOMING By Sgt. Don Cooke YANK Staff Correspondent RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL—A platoon of the 10th Mountain Division drew something a little different in overseas […]

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