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WORLD WAR II

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Pfc. Robert L. Alexander of Tolley, North Dakota, received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart awards, according to the state Department of Veterans Affairs.
The family of 2nd Lt. William J. McGowan was able to lay him to rest Saturday, 78 years after the 23-year-old pilot's plane was shot down on D-Day. His remains were recovered in France in 2018 and identified in 2019.
The remains of Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. William J. McGowan, a Benson native killed June 6, 1944, in France, will be buried in the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on Saturday.
Eighty years ago this month, the first of 6,000 soldiers came to the Twin Cities during World War II to be trained at a covert military intelligence language school. Most were Nisei, born in the United States to Japanese immigrant parents. They would later be shipped to the Pacific theater to intercept radio signal communications, translate captured battle plans, interrogate prisoners of war, and even crawl toward enemy lines to spy on Japanese commanders.
Ruth Shephard is only one of about 30 female World War II veterans still alive in North Dakota.
For Memorial Day, an American military cemetery in Cambridge wants to honor the Americans (including North Dakotans and Minnesotans) who are buried there with photos beside their grave markers. Maybe you know one of these men.

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Remains of U.S. service members who died in a Tokyo military prison fire in 1945 are undergoing DNA analysis at a laboratory in Hawaii.
"Did You Know That" columnist Curt Eriksmoen concludes the story of Gerald P. Nye, whose strong isolationist policies put him at odds with many voters in the 1940s.
"Did You Know That" columnist Curt Eriksmoen continues the story of Gerald P. Nye.

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