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World War II

WWII WASP Mascot Created by Roald Dahl and Disney Studios

Roald Dahl and Walt Disney Studios collaborated to create what became the mascot for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). She was a fairy-like female... continue »

Hispanic Women in Arizona Provided Aid in World War II

During World War II, the country needed citizen support at home and abroad for all that needed to be done to fight a war. Tucson,... continue »

Japanese American WWII Vet Receives Medal of Honor Belatedly

George T. “Joe” Sakato (1921-2015) served in the American infantry during World War II. Like many other Japanese Americans, he faced many obstacles in his... continue »

Ace Pilot Pete Fernandez: Korean War

Ace pilot Pete Fernandez was one of the top fighter pilots in the Korean War, but he almost didn’t see combat. He was so valuable... continue »

Smoky, Yorkshire Terrier and WWII War Dog

Smoky, a four-pound Yorkshire terrier, went to war by happenstance. She was found in New Guinea near... continue »

The Triple Nickles: Army’s First Black Paratroopers

The Triple Nickles, as the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion was known, were a remarkable, highly-disciplined company of African American paratroopers who paved the way for... continue »

The Fuller Brush Man

The Fuller Brush man is an iconic part of America’s past.  He became part of popular culture via movies and cartoon characters, and during his... continue »

Elsie the Cow, Borden Marketing Mascot

Elsie the Cow is one of the most famous marketing mascots ever created. She has been more popular than the Pillsbury Doughboy, better than the... continue »

Mexican-American Hero: Medal of Honor Recipient, 1945

Mexican-born Silvestre S. Herrera (1916-2007) wasn’t even a U.S. citizen when he signed up to fight for the United States in World War II. As... continue »

Dogs Make News

Dogs made the news regularly in times past. Two stories that took place within a couple of years of each other caught my attention: “Dog... continue »

WWII War Dog: Lucky, The Family Pet

At the start of World War II, the United States military had no There was no photo of Lucky in the... continue »

“Kilroy Was Here”-A Story from World War II

The words, “Kilroy was here,” alongside a drawing of a long-nosed, bald fellow peering over a fence still pop up occasionally on walls and buildings... continue »