Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America's past. These stories are about Americans - people just like you - who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you. Kate Kelly

World War II

Little Orphan Annie, The Comic Strip

The comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, was created by a young cartoonist by the name of Harold Gray (1894-1968). Gray’s parents both died before he... continue »

Poodles Against Hitler: A Canine Unit for World War II

Despite the success that European countries had with the dogs used during World War I, the U.S. government had never proceeded with organizing a canine... continue »

Latinas in World War II: A Little-Recognized Group

In the 1930s during the Great Depression, Americans were looking for scapegoats, and in an effort to save jobs for “real Americans” they began rounding... continue »

Where Were You on September 11?

Is there any American who doesn't approach September 11th with a feeling of sadness and the thought of, "What will I do? How will I... continue »

Memorial Day: Remembering All Who Have Served, Including Military Dogs

Memorial Day, initially known as Decoration Day, began shortly after the Civil War in the way that one might expect a day of remembrance to... continue »

Martha Gellhorn (1908-1998), Writer and Highly Respected War Correspondent

Covered Spanish Civil War, World War II, and Vietnam War as well as wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua and the U.S. invasion of Panama... continue »

Frances Wills and Harriet Ida Pickens, First African-American Women to become WAVES Officers (1944)

With so many men going overseas during World War II, the government needed ways to get additional help. In the Navy their solution was to... continue »

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), Growing Up to be President

Served as president from 1953-1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower came to national prominence and was elected to the presidency in 1953 because of his esteemed military... continue »

Honoring the Veterans and Those Who Tell Their Stories

Today we have both video and audio reports from war zones, and whenever there is breaking news we can access as much information about a... continue »

Trainer Willy Necker and His Dogs

Willy Necker was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1909. His father was a building contractor who raised dogs as a hobby so Willy grew up... continue »

Dorie Miller (1919-1943), Hero of World War II

Serving in a noncombat role in the Navy, Dorie Miller responded heroically when the battleship West Virginia was attacked at Pearl Harbor Because the Navy... continue »

Mae West Life Preserver: Countless Owe Lives to It

Most of the time, it’s the little things that count. Anyone in the military knows that the mode of transport and the types of firepower... continue »